Ayurvedic Yoga | Open

This class is taught by:

Courtney Bledsoe

I took my first Power Yoga class in 2009 when I was living in Indiana, and like so many I was only motivated by the physical benefits of Yoga. My practice was sporadic for the next several years, popping into a class every couple of months and streaming online videos at home. Life then took a turn and I relocated to North Carolina. Moving away from my home, family, and friends, I began seeking new connections. I started taking classes regularly in Wilmington at several different studios, and fell in love with yoga. On the mat, I felt empowered, and I discovered something new about myself with every class I took. I learned to cultivate practices to center my mind, physically challenge my body, and exercise true self-love. In early 2016, I decided I wanted to take a 200 Hour Teacher Training, and that is when I found Longwave Yoga. After my first class at Longwave, I knew this was the studio I was supposed to enroll with. In December 2016, I graduated the 200HR Yogic Studies and Teacher Training, under the tutelage of Lexi Hawks and Mary Glackmeyer.

Since my training I have found a love for teaching. Yoga has proven to be a vehicle to serve and connect with others while sharing my passion for wellness. When you attend my class, I strive to offer space to “Let Go” and enjoy your journey on the mat. I promise to offer guidance and understanding, always encouraging students to acknowledge their intuition and innate knowledge of their body.

Rebecca Warfield

Rebecca could not be more excited to teach at Longwave Yoga—the very studio in which she received her RYT 200 and 300 certification under the guidance of Lexi Paulos. For many years, Rebecca intermittently explored various styles of yoga, by way of her modern dance and ballet training. However, Rebecca took a hiatus from dance and yoga to pursue a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature and a career teaching college English. It wasn’t until she was searching for alternative forms of therapy that she discovered the expansiveness of yoga’s capacity to heal.She believes the vehicle toward learning, awareness, and healing presents itself in many forms. For her, the most valuable lessons have come from literature and yoga, for both require us to explore and analyze the facets of our own truth. Rebecca knows from experience that yoga affords the practitioner mindfulness, choice, empowerment, challenge, and strength—on and off the mat in the mind, body, and spirit.It is Rebecca’s hope that her students are able to recognize their own potential through their practice. Her classes aim to offer choice and the exploration of student’s personal yoga journey. Becky is currently completing the Longwave Yoga 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training.

Logan Wagenseller

I have always been drawn to great stories of adventure, courage, and triumph... Through my yoga practice, I  have learned the greatest story to tell is the one of self-discovery. Through my teaching, I hope to instill confidence, strength, and self-love in a strong and powerful, yet compassionate and vulnerable way, inspiring students to unearth their potential and tell their own authentic story. After a series of events that drastically altered my life’s path, I dedicated myself to a powerful, daily asana practice. This daily practice taught me how to navigate life’s uncharted waters with grace and humor and instilled in me a desire to share that strength and that story with others. Life brought me to Wilmington and to Longwave in 2015, where I immediately connected to the studio and all of the wonderful teachers. It is because of their support and love that I decided to enroll in the 200-hour teacher training under the guidance of Lexi Hawks and Mary Glackmeyer. Without a doubt, it was the best decision I have ever made, as it has opened the door for a lifetime of learning and doing what I love, teaching. As an instructor, I strive to always give others the love, positivity, and space to be their authentic selves and will forever encourage my students to seek self-discovery and to tell their authentic story.

Donnie Seacrest

In the late 2000s, looking for physical and emotional wellness, I started exploring yoga. What I found was the most powerful form of self-care I had ever encountered. I began with AM/PM Yoga VHS tapes featuring Rodney Yee and Patricia Walden and intermittent classes at my local recreation center. After getting hooked and wanting to deepen my practice, I received my 200-Hour Teacher Training in 2013 from Urban Bliss School of Yoga. I like my classes to be playful but grounded with mindful breathing techniques and safe alignment. I draw from all styles of yoga, but I find myself coming back to teachings from Kundalini and flow classes again and again. The VHS tapes have since been upgraded to DVDs, but the AM/PM double feature that first ignited my interest in yoga still has not lost its initial magic.
Ayurvedic Yoga - Season/Dosha Descriptions

Ayurveda is known as the science of self-healing and longevity. In the practice of Ayurveda (the sister science of yoga), the Doshas (constitutions) have a yearly cycle, which we experience as the seasons. There are three seasons in the Ayurvedic calendar, which coincide with the conditions of climatic changes. Approximately, in North America, we experience the following cycles:
Kapha - Mid-February through May
Pitta - June through September
Vata - October through Mid-February

More specifically, in the coastal Carolinas, the primary dosha present in the environment is Kapha, and we must always think of keeping the Kapha dosha in balance. In the Longwave Yoga Ayurvedic class you will be guided in a practice appropriate to pacify the predominate seasonal dosha, while always considering which elements are most dominant in the Wilmington, NC area.

Vata is the season which brings rushing air, cool, rough, dry wind, cooling the earth and atmosphere from the fire of Pitta. It is that quality of space that brings in cool, clear, cloudless days of fall. Naturally these changes and qualities in the seasons bring similar changes to our bodies. Vata loves to move and excite, but sometimes that movement can be scattered, which elevates the Vata qualities in the body and mind. When Vata is aggravated, the movement becomes “confused.” We become drier, feel a little spacey, and skin becomes rougher to the touch. If Vata becomes out of balance in our bodies, physiologically we can become dehydrated, our joints have that snap, crackle, and pop effect happen as we begin to move, and emotionally we may feel anxious or forgetful. To pacify, we take slow, steady movement that compresses the colon, large intestine, pelvis, and sacrum. During this time of year, a yoga practice that focuses on calming the nerves and grounding that airy quality can be very beneficial in balancing Vata. The practice may be shorter, but end with a longer, restful savasana so the mind and body have ample time to settle. Poses that are ideal for pacifying Vata dosha are: Bhujangasana, Ustrasana, and Gomukasana.


Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Dec 14 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Courtney Bledsoe
  • Fri Dec 15 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Rebecca Warfield
  • Tue Dec 19 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Logan Wagenseller
  • Thu Dec 21 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Courtney Bledsoe
  • Fri Dec 22 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Rebecca Warfield
  • Tue Dec 26 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Donnie Seacrest
  • Thu Dec 28 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Rebecca Warfield
  • Fri Dec 29 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Rebecca Warfield
  • Tue Jan 02 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Logan Wagenseller
  • Thu Jan 04 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Courtney Bledsoe
  • Tue Jan 09 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Logan Wagenseller
  • Thu Jan 11 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Courtney Bledsoe
  • Tue Jan 16 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Logan Wagenseller
  • Thu Jan 18 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Courtney Bledsoe
  • Tue Jan 23 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Logan Wagenseller
  • Thu Jan 25 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Courtney Bledsoe
  • Tue Jan 30 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Logan Wagenseller
  • Thu Feb 01 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Courtney Bledsoe
  • Tue Feb 06 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Logan Wagenseller
  • Thu Feb 08 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Courtney Bledsoe