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.
Joe just created a few classes and brief alignment tutorials with Yoga International, check out the videos:
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Asheville YogaFest, Friday, July 8th, 2:45-4:45 PM Click here to register
Holy Hanuman! The Science of the Hamstrings meet the Myth of Hanuman, Saturday, August 27, 2016, 2:00pm – 5:00pm; All Levels Welcome $40 Asheville Yoga Center
The myths about the monkey god Hanuman are inspiring, fun and playful. The reason hamstrings are related to Hanuman is because he leaps in the split position, thus calling “splits”, “Hanumanasana”. He is the great leaper and devoted servant who knows his inner powers.
As we explore some of the stories of Hanuman we will dive into common misalignment patterns in your asana which often lead to shortening our hamstrings or causing injuries. We replace them with healthy techniques and movement patterns that allow our hamstrings to lengthen and strengthen. If you have hamstrings issues this workshop is perfect for you. Please come ready to explore the science of the hamstrings and the myths of Hanuman. Lengthen your hamstrings so you may leap into your fullest potential.