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 became 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 enjoys 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.

As a team instructor at Asheville Yoga Center’s teacher training programs, Joe loves watching his students launch their own teaching careers and journey into self-empowerment through a deeper practice in yoga. Joe believes in the body’s healing powers, and enjoys witnessing those blessed moments in the classroom when students experience how the body is a vessel for the spirit’s journey.

Recently Joe has begun collaborating with the School of Wholeness and Enlightenment (SoWe). To learn more about their exciting work to bridge on an educational the level, the world as we know and a new paradigm awakening on the collective scale. Their website will be offering classes and among those will be Joe’s yoga classes. 

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 the Asheville Yoga Center on Tuesdays from 5:45 to 7:15 PM; Click HERE for more information on how to sign up and dates. This is an on-going series, so please refer to the website for the dates when the next one starts!

Fundraising Retreat Weekend for The School of Wholeness and Englightment (SoWe) at The Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone, NC on October 19-21, 2018. Joe will be teaching yoga along with other renowned teachers. This event will be offering meditation, chi gong, network care, fire rituals and more. Click HERE to register!

Yoga Workshop for Lower Back Care at the Waynesville Yoga StudioSaturday, November 3rd, 2018; 1:00 – 3:30 PM, All Levels Welcome! $40. 

Joe will break down the two most common causes of back issues and help you develop a movement strategy which will serve you on and off the mat. He will introduce two primary techniques for addressing back health and maintenance.  Click HERE to register.

The Core Connection: The Dance between the Pelvic Floor and the Diaphragm at the Asheville Yoga Center on Saturday, November 17, 2018. 1:00pm – 3:30pm All Levels Welcome! $40.

Geek out on the subtle details of core alignment and the breath with the super geeky, fun yoga teachers, Deirdre Smith Gilmer and Joe Taft. You often hear in a yoga class, “Breathe into your belly”. What does that actually mean and how does your breath impact your diaphragm, core muscles, pelvic floor and overall health? This workshop is an opportunity to play with the particulars of the most common alignment (and misalignments) of the pelvic floor and the diaphragm. In this workshop, you will gain awareness of the way these two areas dance together, and how their functions affect your core strength. We will discuss how our posture and movement patterns directly shape our attitudes, breathing, and overall well-being; and how to recognize when these patterns are contributing to our aches and pains, or creating healthier habits. Click HERE to register!

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


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