SUMMER / FALL 2017 CLASSES

Use the calendar below to book your next outdoor yoga class!

NOTE: NO CLASSES AVAILABLE OCTOBER 5-16, 2017.

 

Each class donates trees via 

 

12 TREES PLANTED SO FAR

 

Class Descriptions & Driving Directions

Learn more about our outdoor yoga + hiking + meditation classes in and around Asheville, North Carolina.
Visit our FAQ for more information on safety, what to wear, what to bring and what to expect during your yoga hike.

 
 
FLOWER-01.png

garden yoga

Fridays, 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Location: Botanical Gardens at Asheville
151 W.T. Weaver Blvd.
Asheville NC 28804-3414

Please arrive 5-10 minutes early. We will meet in the parking lot and enjoy a brief walking meditation through the beautiful botanical gardens before flowing through 75 minutes of traditional Hatha yoga in a secluded, flat grassy area surrounded by trees. These classes are held rain or shine as there is a covered cabin porch area where we can practice if it is raining or if the ground is too muddy. 

Afterwards: You are free to head back to the parking lot and leave or stay and explore more of the gardens.

A significant portion of every class goes directly to the Botanical Gardens at Asheville, a non-profit that relies completely on volunteers, donations and memberships.  

Directions: 

From Downtown Asheville

Take Merrimon Avenue (US 25) north for approximately 1.5 miles to the traffic light at W.T. Weaver Blvd. Turn left.  Pass the entrance to University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA) at the traffic circle.  Entrance to Gardens is the about .2 mile on the right before the traffic light. In other words, we’re the last driveway on the right on W.T. Weaver Blvd. before you get to Broadway.

From the South (Hendersonville)

Take I-26 West.  As you approach Asheville, I-26 will be joined by I-240.  Continue to follow signs for I-26 (future I-26)  Once the road begins to cross the SmokeyMountain Bridge, move IMMEDIATELY into the leftlane.   Take LEFT Exit 4A.  Go to Exit 25 which comes up quickly.  At the bottom of exit ramp turn right onto Broadway.  At second traffic light, turn left on to W.T. Weaver Blvd.  The BGA’s parking lot is first driveway on left.

From the North (Weaverville)

Take I-26 East to Exit 25.  At the bottom of exit ramp turn left.  At second traffic light, turn left on to W.T. Weaver Blvd. BGA’s parking lot is first driveway on left.

 
WATERFALL-01.png

waterfall yoga
 

Saturdays, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Location: Catawba River Falls
3046 Catawba River Road,
Old Fort, NC 28762

Please allow 45-60 minutes travel time and arrive 5-10 minutes early.
We'll meet in the gravel/grass parking lot at the end of Catawba River Road. There area public restrooms to use before or after the class here. We'll start hiking at 8:00 AM for about 45 minutes until we reach the waterfalls. I’ll discuss a bit of information and history along the way. At the falls, we'll meditate for 10-15 minutes surrounded by the soothing sounds of rushing water, birds chirping and wind rustling through the trees. We'll head back half way until we reach a small, shaded, flat area slightly off the main trail. Here, we’ll flow through at least 60 minutes of traditional Hatha yoga before hiking back to the parking lot.  The trail is 1.5 miles each way (3 miles roundtrip). 

Directions:

(About 31 miles from Asheville) From Asheville, take I-40 east to Exit 73 at Old Fort. Before the exit ramp ends, take the right hand turn onto Catawba River Rd. If you are coming from east of Old Fort on I-40 west, take Exit 73, turn left and take the first right before McDonalds (on ramp to get back onto I-40). Turn left onto Catawba River Rd. Drive three miles to the end of the road to the parking lot.

 
MOUNTAIN-01.png

mountain yoga

Saturdays, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Location: Max Patch
Pisgah National Forest/Hot Springs, NC

Please allow 60-75 minutes to drive from Asheville (45 miles) and arrive 5-10 minutes early.

Imagine doing yoga outside on a soft, grassy bald, invigorated by beautiful, panoramic mountain views as far as the eye can see. This is our Mountain Yoga class at Max Patch, part of Pisgah National Forest and the famous Appalachian Trail.

We’ll hike between 1 and 3 miles as well as practice mediation and at least an hour to an hour and a half of yoga. The trails are rather easy but well worn, which can sometimes make them slippery, especially after a rain, so make sure you wear shoes with some good tread and/or feel free to bring walking sticks or poles. 

Positive physiological and mental benefits of both yoga and reconnecting with nature have been reported including reduction of pain, stress and inflammation as well as better sleep.

In the event of cancellation due to weather, you will be issued a refund.

Afterwards: There are plenty of spots throughout the bald where you can have a picnic or set up camp overnight where you will see some spectacular sunsets, sunrises and starry night skies. There is also a winding trail through the forest if you fancy more hiking. The town of Hot Springs are also nearby, but make sure you book in advance to guarantee you can enjoy a natural soak in the springs. Address: 315 Bridge Street, Hot Springs, NC.

Directions:

Note: Mobile GPS directions to this location are better than most other national park sites in the area but you may still lose cell service before or during this class. Please print, copy or screenshot the directions below.

There are many unpaved roads in the area that are not signed. These unpaved roads can be bumpy, so not recommended for low clearance cars. Follow one of these three routes. Allow 60-75 minutes to drive from Asheville (45 miles).

Directions via I-40 from Asheville: Take I-40 West about 40 miles to exit 7 (Harmon's Den). Take a right on Cold Springs Road, and the road almost immediately becomes gravel. This usually well-graded road climbs steadily but never steeply 6.2 miles to SR-1182 (Max Patch Road). 4WD recommended in winter and wet weather. Turn left and drive 1.5 miles to the Max Patch parking area on the right. Allow an hour to drive.

Directions via Hot Springs from Asheville: From Asheville: take US 25/70 north to Hot Springs (36 miles). From downtown Hot Springs, follow Highway 209/Appalachian Medley Scenic Byway (7.3 miles) to Meadow Fork Road (State Road 1175). Go 5.3 miles to State Road 1181. Follow 1181 for 2 miles (turns into gravel). At the top of the mountain, turn right onto State Road 1182 and Max Patch parking is 3 miles.

Directions via I-40 from Lake Junaluska: Exit #24 and follow NC 209 North about 8 miles to Fines Creek General Store. Continue straight about 12 miles onto Max Patch Road. The last 8 miles are unpaved and curvy. The obvious parking area will be on your left.

 
FOREST-01.png

forest yoga

Saturdays, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Level: Beginner . - Intermediate
Location: Pink Beds Trail
Pisgah National Forest/Cradle of Forestry

Please allow 60-75 minutes for travel time and arrive 5-10 minutes early. We'll meet in the parking lot near the map/information kiosk. There area public restrooms to use before or after the class here. 
We'll hike through a variety of landscapes on the Pink Beds Loop trail for about 45 minutes before taking a 10-15 minute meditation break in a secluded spot surrounded by the sounds of nature. We'll hike 45 minutes back to the large grassy area to flow through 75 minutes of traditional Hatha yoga. 

The Pink Beds Loop trail is 5 miles total but we will only hike a small portion of it. This trail has some muddy and tree root-y spots but it is pretty flat with little elevation change. Please wear sturdy hiking boots with ankle support. 

Afterwards: We recommend packing a picnic and enjoying it here at the Pink Beds after class. Then you can head home or explore more naturally beautiful areas nearby like Sliding Rock, Looking Glass Falls, John Rock and Looking Glass Rock

Directions:
Note: Mobile GPS directions to this location are often inaccurate and you may lose cell service before or during this class. Please print, copy or screenshot the directions below. 

Directions from Downtown Asheville (about 36 miles): Take I-240 West / I-26 East. Continue on I-26 East to Exit 40 for Highway 280 (and the Asheville Airport). Take a right onto Highway 280 West and go 16 miles toward Brevard. As you enter the Brevard area, you will see a big shopping center on the right (with Wal-Mart). Just past the center, turn right onto US Highway 276 North (Forest Heritage Scenic Byway) to enter the Pisgah National Forest. Go about 11 miles and watch for sign on the right.

Directions from Blue Ridge Parkway: Take exit for Highway 276 (milepost 412). Take 276 South for four miles and look for the picnic area entrance on the left.

 

If you have more questions or need more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions or Contact Us.