Shakti Yoga & Living Arts encourages people to embrace the benefits of yoga by providing opportunities for students of all ages and skill levels to further their practice. When designing classes, the instructors draw inspiration from various styles, including the mindful alignment of Iyengar, the seamlessly transitioning sequences of Vinyasa, introspective focus of Kundalini, and the physically engaging backbends, inversions, and cartwheels of Ashtanga. With sessions that range from calm and mildly paced to vigorous and dynamic, the schedule accommodates individuals with varying yoga interests.
Shakti Yoga & Living Arts also offers healing treatments designed to promote holistic wellbeing. Acupuncture, meditation, reflexology, reiki, and massages that combine multiple modalities into each session all help promote balance, complementing an individual's ongoing yoga practice.
Ladies Workout Asheville's supportive, attentive staff help women navigate the facility's full exercise circuit, packed schedule of workout classes, and other body-bettering amenities such as tanning beds and nutrition counseling. Members and pass holders can tone tired muscles while shaking their hips in a Zumba class, tackle cardio and strength machines sized specifically for women's bodies, or channel their disdain for punching bags during group kickboxing lessons. After each workout, a thermal massage on a Migun bed relaxes weary muscles, and the sweat-sapping far-infrared sauna evicts toxins from the skin and lifts voodoo stress curses. Ladies Workout Asheville also offers fitness programs for kids at Cardio Kids.
Although its classes can provide a physical challenge, South Mountain Yoga emphasizes a mindful, contemplative form of yoga practice that teaches self-empowerment to students of all skill levels. The renovated studio space?housed within a 100-year-old building overlooking Spiotta Park?features modern amenities, such as a new, strand-woven bamboo floor and a back wall of sliding glass doors. This practice area is where the instructors share their passion for yoga?and encourage students to make yoga a part of their everyday lives. During beginner-level sessions, students learn the fundamentals of maintaining safe postural alignment and performing mindful breathing exercises. As they deepen their practice with South Mountain Yoga, they can begin to master inversions and other complex postures while constantly honing their strength and flexibility.