I founded Namaste in Nature in 2017 to provide a fun, safe, unique & sustainable experience for both mind & body. I welcome everyone including beginners to enjoy a respite from modern stresses, anxieties and routines while celebrating and appreciating nature.
Miranda Peterson, Owner & Founder of Namaste in Nature, Lead Guide/Yoga Instructor @miramblings
I have practiced yoga since 2008 and completed my RYT® 200 Yoga Teacher Training in traditional Hatha style yoga at Ayur-Yoga Eco Ashram in Southern India.
I have led or participated in international classes and training across North America, South America, and Asia and also currently also teach studio classes at Asheville Yoga Center.
I believe yoga is for every body and should be accessible to everyone. I offer multiple options for each asana in the practices I guide so that they are inclusive of everyone from beginners to experts.
Before moving to Asheville and starting Namaste in Nature, I was an art director at Whole Foods Market and an international advertising agency before that. I am currently an independent creative consultant, specializing in the natural & organic food industry, responsible travel/tourism and wellness/yoga.
Abigail Temoshchuk, Guide/Yoga Instructor @atemoshchuk
Abigail has been practicing yoga for about 10 years now, and through her yoga journey has cultivated a sense of connection to herself and the beings & world around her. She believes strongly in the transformative and strengthening power that nature has to offer.
Abigail is a RYT-200 who practices mainly vinyasa yoga, but has also received training in yin and prenatal yoga. Her teaching style focuses on mindful body, drawing awareness in postures and encouraging exploration through micro-adjustments.
When she's not on the trail or the mat, you can find Abigail enjoying a craft beer and hanging out with her dog, Juneau.
Amy Trujillo, Guide/Yoga Instructor @elementshifting
Amy Trujillo is a spiritual renegade that feels most at home when she's immersed in nature, traveling around the globe, or has her nose in the latest book about herbal medicine, neurology, or self-healing. Think Dora the Explorer meets Hermione Granger. Her passion is to create a paradigm shift in the healthcare industry by helping others discover their innate wholeness. She is a BodyMind™ Coach, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMBT NC #16330), Yoga Teacher (RYT-500), and the founder of ElementShifting.com
Her work is centered around invoking huge shifts in others. Not just small steps towards greatness but big ones. Huge ones. It’s something that she experienced herself after a life-altering trauma and something that allows her to connect with others in a deep, meaningful, authentic way.
Amy spent 15 years in the U.S. Navy as an Information Warfare Officer and a Russian Linguist. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Russian Studies, is a certified Master Training Specialist with the Department of Defense and is currently pursuing an M.A in Health & Wellness Coaching with a concentration in Herbalism at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. In 2017, she took 6 months off and thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail with her partner in crime, Shane. When she's not leading hikes with Namaste in Nature or supporting her clients to shift into a balanced state of wholeness, you'll find her behind the microphone as host of the podcast Asheville Awake - a project dedicated to highlighting all the amazing people doing amazing things in this pretty cool town of Asheville, North Carolina.
Audra Goforth, Guide/Yoga Instructor @audrago4th
My yoga journey began as a senior in high school as a way to better my athletic performance as a basketball player. At the time, I never knew how much yoga would change my life. Through yoga I learned that my body was capable of many things–it’s a very powerful machine. I learned that despite the preconceived notion that most have, there is more to yoga than flexibility. To me, yoga is about mental, physical and emotional balance, which inevitably leads to self-improvement across all areas of your life.
I received my 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification in July 2018 through Asheville Community Yoga with an additional 50 hours towards my YTT. As an instructor, I want to teach yoga to people striving to live an active lifestyle, whether that be through sports, hiking, bodybuilding, swimming + more.
When I practice yoga I learn about balance. I allow myself to sort through the chaos of working 9-5 everyday, balancing the responsibilities of eating well, maintaining an active lifestyle, taking care of myself, having a social life, and being a dog mom. Despite your daily flow, everyone could use a little yoga, and I want to invite others to find theirs.
Ceiara Cartony, Guide/Yoga Instructor @ceceyogini
After over 10 years of yoga practice, I became a 200hr certified Hatha yoga teacher in 2014 at the Lotus Pond in Tampa, Florida. My classes focus on alignment, alongside utilizing the breath with movement and intertwining the 8 limbs philosophy. Finding stillness & allowing the mind to disconnect from distraction through meditation technique is essential in every one of my classes.
What initially began as a physical goal, my practice has evolved into recognizing the beautiful unveiling that yoga offers with yoga ethics. I aspire to outline the importance of yoga's entirety when teaching, creating an impact of mystery and yearning to learn more. My goal is to keep students coming back to explore & blossom their truest self.
Teaching outdoors is something that gives the yoga practice an experience like no other, I'm extremely grateful to be a part of Namaste in Nature. I also lead yoga in the park, am a mama to 2 daughters who I homeschool & we can always be found adventuring in the wilderness! Learn more and practice yoga with me at Carrier Park in Asheville.
Erin Crowley, Guide/Yoga Instructor @crowleigherin
Erin practices yoga, writing and rock climbing by passion and has practiced yoga for 8 years. She studied with Vitality Cincinnati, a 200-hour Hatha-Ashtanga Teacher Training, after graduating from Xavier University in 2015 and is in the midst of a 350-hour Advanced World Peace Yoga Teacher Training.
Born and raised on the coast of Maine, Erin has always connected to nature and travel on an intrinsic level. Her teaching style adapts to all levels of experience and encourages deeper connection of body, mind, and spirit through intention, breath awareness and facilitating relaxation through meditation and body awareness.
Influencers like Eckhart Tolle, Dr. Wayne Dyer and Abraham Hicks inspire her along with topics like astronomy, philosophy and astrology. Erin’s background in digital media has led her to a new, exciting freelance lifestyle where she is most fulfilled by teaching yoga, working with yogic, wellness and outdoor clients, and embarking on the publishing of her first spiritual development book.
John Baldwin, Guide/Yoga Instructor @yoga.john
John has gone from former U.S. Marine to Wilderness-based addiction recovery guide offering connection and motivation for those starting on a new path. Along the way he has led hundreds of classes for 6 years including 6 semesters of Yoga for Health at Indiana University and at the University of Notre Dame. He loves both hiking and yoga as both are best done immersed in the scenery of the great outdoors. Let John accompany you to beautiful places in the mountains, in your mind, and in your body.
JT Sampers, Guide/Yoga Instructor @jtnadisampers
JT has been practicing and studying yoga since 2013. He finished YTT 200 hr program at MCTC in May 2016. JT taught at MCTC for a year during and after graduating.
He has a strong interest and knowledge in anatomy, neuroscience, and the emotional systems of the body-mind and is consistently inspired and learning more about them.
His teaching style is primarily informed by Hatha Yoga as well as his understanding of the body through anatomy and physiology.
JT teaches many different workshops, each of them are heavily informed and constantly tweaked by the lymphatic, emotional, mental, and physical systems.
Julia Haman, Guide/Yoga Instructor @juliahaman8
I have always felt a calling to teach, long before I even knew what it was I was supposed to be teaching. When yoga became a profoundly transformative part of my life, it was a no brainer to complete my 250 hour teaching training with Asheville Community Yoga. I have since found deep joy through sharing the practices of yoga and meditation in the Asheville area.
I have also worked as a teacher in the Spanish classroom, in whitewater rafts and in various outdoor guide positions in these sweet blue mountains. When weather permits, my own yoga practice takes place outside more often than inside. There is nothing I would rather be doing than riverside asana or mountaintop meditation. The opportunity to sync the body and breath with the natural rhythms of the earth is deeply healing, grounding, and brings me peace like nothing else can.
I am over the moon to teach yoga under the open sky, offering others the opportunity to settle into the sweetest part of themselves as they move, breathe and unwind with the earth.
Lindsay Coward, Guide/Yoga Instructor @yoga_nut_asheville
I am an RYT® 200 certified yoga instructor who specializes in teaching Hatha yoga, yin yoga and meditation. My classes focus on present awareness through noticing and moving (or holding) the body with relation to the breath.
Through my traveling yoga business, Yoga Nut, I teach with compassion for my clients and believe we must take care of our physical, mental and spiritual selves to be truly healthy and balanced.
I enjoy reading, spending time in nature and drinking coffee.
Loretta Zedella, Guide/Yoga Instructor @lorettazedella
Loretta Zedella has been teaching yoga for over 17 years. She is happy to be sharing these techniques now with Namaste in nature after teaching in Ohio at colleges, studios, and employee sites. She also loves hiking in the great outdoors so this combines two of her passions. www.LorettaZedella.com
Tara Eschenroeder, Guide/Yoga Instructor @greatabidingyoga
Teaching was Tara’s dharma long before she realized it. She grew up with a bow and arrow in her hands, learning to pull back with just enough aim and control to send her arrow into the abyss, knowing and trusting it would hit its intended mark. And so she enters each class, each workshop, each lesson.. Having prepared her body and mind to become that bow - that vessel - that let’s her lesson go.. Weaving its way into the provided space and landing wherever it is intended.
When you practice with Tara, you get more than a teacher on the mat; you gain guidance for your daily life. Inside the studio, no two classes or workshops are ever the same. Students are not told what to do, they are empowered to listen to their own bodies. Tara recently moved to Asheville from Richmond, VA, and is ERYT200, ERYT500, RCYT, YACEP and a Certified Coach and Mentor.
All guides are certified in CPR, First Aid & AED, have completed RYT® 200 Yoga Teacher Training and are members of Yoga Alliance.