Asheville Movement Center Classes
Awareness Through Movement
with Lavinia Plonka
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If this is your first class, please call or email Lavinia 828-258-7220
Awareness Through Movement has sometimes been called “moving meditation.” Gentle yet sophisticated movements allow the mind to quiet down and the body to relax. The classes can help anyone improve range of motion, reduce pain, and experience more vitality. You can join these ongoing classes at any time. They are enjoyable and interesting, regardless of whether you want to improve peak performance, or just feel more comfortable in daily life. No movement experience is necessary. Feldenkrais lessons are gentle, safe, pleasurable movement explorations that help you reduce pain, move more gracefully and effortlessly, without strain or working out. They are suitable for everyone – no experience is necessary. The Feldenkrais Method has been found to help people heal and improve in many ways. Read more info on The Feldenkrais Method and some great testimonials.
Awareness Through Movement Ongoing Class Schedule
Lavinia will be traveling January 13 – 29. No class: Wednesdays 1/18, 25, Fridays, 1/13, 27. On Friday, 1/20, there will be a special Feldenkrais class with guest teacher Brian Loftin. Mondays, 1/16 and 23 will be a free introduction to the MELT Method with Pat Friedrichs. Regular classes resume 1/30.
Mondays – 1 PM
Wednesdays – 10:30 AM
Fridays – 9:30 AM
Purna Yoga Classes with Letitia Walker
Asheville Yoga Sangha at the Movement Center: The only Purna Yoga classes in Asheville… Letitia Walker’s Asheville Yoga Sangha classes are taught in the Purna Yoga style, placing the focus on mindful alignment and safe movement in the classical asanas so that students can pursue not only the form of the pose but the direction of their hearts. Letitia’s classes introduce students to all of the aspects of practicing yoga: asana and pranayama, meditation, as well as nutritional and lifestyle choices, and the concepts of the ancient yogic texts recontextualized for the modern world.
Letitia’s friendly yet firm teaching style provides students with a community-oriented, non-competitive setting in which to practice, change, grow and progress. Her clear, anatomically-oriented instructions, engaging personality, and sense of humor work together to make classes light-hearted and fun even in the midst of challenging, disciplined work.
Whether you’re a beginner or a continuing student, there is a place for you in any of the Yoga Sangha classes. While Tuesday Night Sangha is the best place to start if you’re a beginner, all students are welcome in any class. Modifications will be given as needed based on experience and physical limitations. Each class begins with the meditation techniques of Purna Yoga as developed by Savitri before moving into asana-oriented work. Classes explore the fundamentals of alignment in all the basic types of poses while also encouraging students to pursue the deeper, more heart-centered aspects of the yogic path. Students can expect a wide range of sequences covering all areas of asana including standing poses, backbends, forward bends, twists, seated and floor work as well as progression towards headstand and shoulder stand. The practice is heart-centered and rooted in the ideals of community exploration with a goal of discovery and eventually transformation.
Tuesday Night Yoga Sangha (Multi-level, great for beginners) 6:30 to 8:15 pm
Thursday Morning Yoga Sangha (Level 1 & 2) 9:00 to 10:30 am
Saturday Morning Yoga Sangha (All levels) 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Drop-in rate: $14. Pay only $12 per class if you’re a Yoga Sangha Punch Card Holder!
For more info: contact Letitia at AshevilleYogaSangha.com
Letitia is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT #102391), a graduate of Lighten Up Yoga Teacher Training (Apr. 2004) at the 200-hour level, and currently enrolled in the College of Purna Yoga, pursuing a 500-hour training that will certify her to teach Purna Yoga at the Affliate Level. She has been practicing since 1998, teaching since 2004, and has studied with noted teachers: Aadil Palkhivala, Savitri, Michael Stone, Roger Cole and Gabriel Halpern.