Each of YMCA of Western North Carolina's five branches and 19 childcare sites remains true to its lasting mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages. Staff members uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, caring, responsibility, and respect as they invest in their community’s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, basketball courts, and personal-training sessions. They’ve also filled their fitness centers with free weights, cardio equipment, and weight machines. When they’re not helping adults trim down waistlines during cardio-dance and aerobics classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead more than 200 programs, including children’s day camps, after-school programs, and dance classes.
As massage therapists and yoga instructors, Jesamine Mello and Jill Burynski are able to integrate both disciplines in their treatment plans. The duo performs Swedish massages, hot-stone massages, and Thai bodywork sessions, and blends these modalities together with integrative massage. During private yoga lessons, they teach basic sequences and fluid transitions, giving clients the tools they need to practice at home or while trapped in elevators.
An accomplished yogini, Lighten Up Yoga's Lillah Schwartz captains a hand-selected crew of instructors as they guide students of all skill levels through sessions that siphon heavily from the philosophies of Iyengar yoga. With its focus on safe and meticulous anatomical alignment, Iyengar yoga safely introduces students to fundamental postures during a whole a schedule of classes. For pupils uncertain of where to begin, the studio offers 15-minute consultations to help place students in the appropriate class, assessing yogic experience by testing visitors' balance atop a possessed Ouija board. Asana Level 1 classes, and Asana Level 2 sessions include headstands, backbends, and slow-motion cartwheels for more experienced yogis. Back Care classes loosen up stiff hips and spines with a sequence of restorative poses. Vinyasa diverges from the other class sessions by presenting a challenging practice linking poses with fast-paced transitions into a seamless, dynamic flow intended to bolster stamina and flexibility.
After meeting in a yoga class, JP and Cassie McClellan went on to earn certification from the government of India in classical yoga, a qualification they draw on today as they lead yoga classes that incorporate modern innovations. JP's background includes a stint at Plum Village, the monastery of zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Cassie has practiced yoga since her late teens, and her practice went from a luxury to a life-long necessity after a car accident.
As certified Baptiste Power yoga instructors, the McClellans teach students Baron Baptiste's approach to yoga, which borrows from an array of yoga styles such as Bikram and Iyengar. Inside their heated studio, JP and Cassie guide students through a 60- to 90-minute sequence that was designed to condition NFL athletes, helping to tone their bodies, strengthen their minds, and soothe their shoulder pads. Their 1,200-square-foot studio boasts green initiatives such as LEED-certified paints and cork and bamboo floors that are soft on the feet.
Welcome to Fusion Pilates Asheville, a state-of-the-art Pilates & Gyrotonic® studio located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.
We are proud to offer innovative fitness training using our client customized and highly effective blend of Fusion Pilates™, the Gyrotonic® Expansion System®, Gyrokinesis® and yoga.
With a long-standing commitment to women, children, minorities, and social-justice issues and a presence in Asheville since 1906, the YWCA is more than just a workout facility. Its history is peppered with groundbreaking programs to bolster race relations, achieve women's empowerment through business ventures, and promote children's health by providing access to physical activity, urging them to hula-hoop with donuts instead of eating them. Staff members further the organization's vision with dedication to school-age programs for health and fitness efforts and initiatives to help unemployed community members locate jobs in the area.
At O3 Health and Fitness, Keith Wimsett leads a team of certified trainers while his wife Marlena rubs down recovering muscles with therapeutic massage. Keith and his team advocate a four-tiered philosophy built around increasing strength and cardiovascular endurance while monitoring food intake and hydration. Personal trainers work with individuals or small groups to forge customized fitness plans while also eliciting sweaty smiles through group boot camps.