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.
Alyssa instructs the following:
Warm Power Vinyasa | Intermediate
Warm Power Vinyasa uses mixed sequencing to build strength and flexibility through a vigorous flow. By moving at a quicker pace and linking together yoga postures through breath awareness and combining holds, core work, and balances, one will find this practice both challenging and transformative. The room will be heated, 85-95 degrees, keeping the body supple and promoting flexibility.
The intermediate class is sequenced for those with an established yoga practice of one year or more (or coming from another discipline that highlights body awareness and mechanics).
Warm Slow Flow | Basic
Slow Flow Yoga 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 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. The room will be heated between 85-95 degrees, keeping the body supple and promoting flexibility as it boosts the cardiovascular system.
Power Vinyasa | Open
Power Vinyasa Yoga uses mixed sequencing to build strength and flexibility through a vigorous flow. By linking together yoga postures through breath awareness and combining holds, intervals, core work, and balances, one will find this practice both challenging and transformative. The pace of the class can vary and each teacher tailors an intelligent sequence and playlist of uplifting music, to their own philosophy, offering diversity and creativity in each class.
All ability levels are welcome, as there will be modifications, options and specific alignment cues given throughout the class that appeal to all levels of practitioners. It is highly recommended that brand new beginner yogis partake in the beginner and /or basic level classes before joining an open-level class.