Slow Flow | Open

This class is taught by:

Taylor Lawrence

One of my favorite poets, Rumi, once wrote, “Look past your thoughts so you may drink the pure nectar of this moment”. These beautiful words are a humbling reminder that each moment of your existence is sacred. I truly believe that by focusing on the here and now, we allow bliss and contentment to blossom. After taking my first yoga class with a friend in 2010, I was immediately drawn to the ancient practice. Not only did I fall in love the physical movements and expressions of my body, but I noticed a place of deep inner serenity within my mind that I had never quite reached before. Personally, yoga is the profound connection to soul through breath, movement, and stillness. My hope as a teacher is to guide my students to find that connection, in whatever way speaks to them; to create a safe space where students feel comfortable and nurtured. My classes are playful and experimental, thoughtful and grounding. I hope each and every student walks away empowered with the belief that they are their own most powerful teacher. I am a certified Yoga Alliance instructor, having trained with the Wilmington Yoga Center 200 hour Kunga Yoga school, as well as with Tamal Dodge in a 200 hour Power Yoga course. These trainings and many other teachers have inspired me throughout my own journey. Every individual I meet offers an opportunity to learn and grow, on and off the mat.

Hawks B

Brandon came to yoga before he had any idea what yoga was. Equal parts surfer and dedicated musician and composer trained in both classical and improvisational genres, yoga quite easily and naturally fell into his life when he was ready to receive it, and in hindsight, most needed it. The similarities he found in yoga with surfing, composition and improvisation were numerous and by no means limited to the practice of meditation, pranayama, rhythm and pace, awareness of self and ones environment, and certainly not least, a demand for absolute presence.
Whether practicing with Brandon outside on the beach as part of one of his yoga surf workshops, a SUP yoga class on the water, or in the studio at Longwave Yoga, you’ll likely find inspiration from the elements interwoven in all parts of his classes and sequencing.
Brandon also has a Bachelors degree in cultural anthropology and a Master’s degree in Business and owns a consulting company serving the ski resort industry.
His intention in every class is to provide students an opportunity for growth in a positive and unassuming environment from which they can leave relaxed, reflective and inspired. A heightened inclination to laugh at themselves is always encouraged.

Carolyn Royce

Carolyn and yoga fell in love following a lifelong swimming career. The physical practice of yoga came naturally and helped her regain physical strength, reinforcing the connection between body and mind, and bringing an element of balance back into her life. In 2013 she completed her 200-hour RYT to deepen her practice and pursue her love of helping others. Trained in Vinyasa, meditation, pranayama and assisting technique, she places an emphasis on being a student before a teacher; learning and cultivating a personal practice in order to translate knowledge authentically to her students. She feels a strong connection to the ocean and appreciates the beautiful unannounced moments of meditative clarity that are brought about when surrounded by nature. Carolyn is committed to helping others cultivate a joyful and authentic life, no matter their unique path, finding peace within themselves. Carolyn is also a proud representative of AcroYoga as a JAMbassador, helping cultivate an inspired community based on love, sensitivity, and play in the Wilmington, NC area.

Alyssa Winfield

I was first drawn to yoga in 2007 when I saw my friend hold a flawless scorpion pose. Coming from a dancing background, I was immediately hooked on the physicality and acrobatic aspects of the asana practice. It wasn’t long after starting my yoga journey that I realized how much yoga went beyond the physical postures. Every day I am amazed how yoga has transformed every aspect of my life - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I truly believe that if every person practiced yoga, the world would be drastically different. With this belief, and my desire to share my passion for yoga, I completed my 200-hour teacher training from Asheville Yoga Center in 2016 and am currently working on my 300-hour teacher training at Longwave Yoga. As an instructor, I try to bring joy and laughter to every class and encourage my students to try new and challenging things both on and off the mat. My mantra: Do the yoga - Be happy - Make the world a better place.
Slow Flow is a Vinyasa based practice that helps students develop awareness of the yogic breath while synchronizing movement. This class offers a slower pace which is nice for new students to take time in learning the poses and alignment, and offers advanced students time to explore variations. Slow flow helps to build deep transformational heat within the body while working strength and flexibility. One will leave feeling centered, calm, and connected.