Joe Taft Yoga

Joe Taft believes in the power of Yoga to transform oneself physically, mentally and spiritually. Joe has been teaching in Asheville, North Carolina since 2001. He offers weekly classes, workshops, and is a member of the Asheville Yoga Center’s teacher’s training faculty. Joe’s teaching style is a synthesis of dedicated hard work, deep study, and a unique fusion of various schools of yoga, which culminates in a powerful system of yoga that is easy to grasp and practice.

Joe’s yoga evolved out of a devoted path of seeking self-expression through various athletic mediums in which he become an accomplished competitor and instructor: tennis, kayaking, skiing, and snowboarding. He earned a BS in Recreational Management from Mars Hill University in 1996. His yoga is an amalgamation of in-depth knowledge of body mechanics, a well studied understanding of the complexities of movement, and his own personal journey on a spiritual path. He has restored balance to his body after multiple athletic injuries, and helped guide his students through this methodology on their own path of healing. His therapeutic approach is highly regarded by students who are grateful for his knowledge and devotion.

Joe (E-RYT500) is a former Certified Anusara® He has had the good fortune to study with some of the world’s best teachers of asana, yogic philosophy and meditation. Joe has dedicated himself to asana practice since 1995 and infuses his classes with a life-affirming philosophy through myths and story-telling. He finds his own trials and tribulations as his primary teacher on this journey called LIFE. Joe values humor in all aspects of life, which makes his classes a fun and safe experience for everyone. Joe believes in the practice of yoga to heal, empower and transform lives.

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Upcoming Events

The Art of Teaching Yoga – November 28th – December 2nd, 2016 at the Asheville Yoga Cennter; 300-hour YA credit

After years of teaching yoga, I began to notice there were very few yoga trainings offering strategies for creating a successful theme -based yoga class. I also began to understand how my own endless effort to create original and inspiring classes lead to notebooks full of ideas on how to connect yogic actions to a story, concept or even mythology. As a result, I created a 5-day training on how to align your core beliefs with seeing yourself becoming a teacher who has the confidence and persistence to plan inspiring yoga classes with your own unique themes. Often we are afraid to take ourselves out of our comfort zone and embrace challenges. In my opinion, the key to a successful yoga class is learning how to convey inspiring themes that not only uplift the students, but allow the teacher to continue to grow. This understanding of how our belief in the outcome of our success directly affects our performance is what educators, teachers, and neurologist are now calling growth mindset. In this training, you will learn how to achieve a growth mindset and apply these principles to your own lives in and outside the classroom. You will learn many techniques in how to improve your teaching and furthering your students, such as how verbal cueing directly connect to the overarching theme and the breath. We will dissect how the power of setting an intention or goal for your own practice, in your classes and in your life is practicing Yoga. You will leave this training with many examples of how to create a theme-based yoga class, but also how to approach every aspect of your life with a growth mindset.

Basics and Beyond, Yoga Six Week Series at the Asheville Yoga Center on Tuesdays from 5:45 to 7:15 PM; November 8th through December 13th, 2016.

Joe just created a few classes and brief alignment tutorials with Yoga International, check out the videos and sign up with Yoga International’s Online Classes:

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