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

Basics and Beyond, Yoga Six Week Series at Asheville Yoga Center on Tuesdays from 5:45 to 7:15 PM; Click HERE for more information on how to sign up and dates .

The Art of Teaching Yoga (RYT 300) at Asheville Yoga Center; January 15 – 19, 2018; Save $100 if you sign up December 4, 2017; $550 with Early Bird Discount; ($650 after December 4, 2017) Click HERE to register and more information! 

Summary of the Training:  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.

Therapeutic Essentials of Yoga with Joe Taft (RYT 300) at Asheville Yoga CenterMay 3 -6, 2018; All Levels Welcome! Save $100 if you register by March 22, 2018
$350 with Early Bird Special! ($450 after March 22, 2018) 
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Summary of the Training: In this training, we explore principle-based therapeutics, meaning that one thing builds on the next. This set of principles or actions in the body will help a number of therapeutic issues that students may have. Every session includes asana, anatomy, body mapping and therapeutic hands-on adjustments. You’ll learn techniques to help students in a classroom setting and in a one-on-one private setting. We look at “inner alignment” or how students align attitudinally, because the outer form always reflects the inner state on some level. You will also learn how to empower your students, – so they can help themselves. Most importantly, together we’ll create a fun learning environment that allows our knowledge and body awareness to flourish.

Yoga Workshop for Lower Back Care at Asheville Yoga Center; TBA for 2018; All levels welcome, especially helpful to yoga teachers and pain suffers who wish to gain further therapeutic insights. Click HERE to register and more information!

The Power of Now: A Weekend Yoga Workshop on the Teachings of Ekhart Tolle interwoven with Yoga Asana at  Asheville Yoga Center; TBA for 2018; Philosophers, yogis and seekers will especially enjoy this workshop! Click HERE to register and more information! 

Joe has several classes on Yoga International for you to enjoy!

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