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 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!

Move into the Moment with Ancient Mythology and Asana at the Asheville Yoga CenterSaturday, August 25, 2018, 2:00 – 5:00 PM, All Levels Welcome! $40 

Come and explore with Joe Taft an experience of a fun yoga practice interwoven with the perennial truths found in these ancient mythologies. Joe Taft has been studying India’s fabulous mythological heritage with renowned yoga scholars for nearly two decades. Joe’s enjoyment of these stories is contagious. He will conduct this workshop in such a way as to provide a deeper knowledge of the divine Gods and Goddesses so that you will have fun discovering which ones resonate with you and how these mythic figures are alive in each of us to a greater or lesser degree. Joe promises an uplifting and playful asana practice interwoven with these stories as empowering metaphors. Click HERE to register.

Yoga Workshop for Lower Back Care at the Asheville Yoga CenterSaturday, September 15, 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 Power of Now: A Weekend Yoga Workshop on the Teachings of Ekhart Tolle interwoven with Yoga Asana at  Asheville Yoga CenterSeptember 28 – 30, 2018; 300-hour YA credit, All Levels Welcome. Save $50 if you sign up by August 17, 2018. $250 with Early Bird Special! ($300 after August 17, 2018)

Being in the Now, or what we often call the present moment, is one of the most powerful practices of life (or yoga). Paradoxically, when we learn how to be in the Now, we deepen our ability to learn from the past and plan for the future. The book, The Power of Now, is a masterpiece that aligns beautifully with ancient yogic teachings. Instructor Joe Taft has spent several years contemplating and meditating on Tolle’s powerful teachings and shares how this work connects to the practice of asana, meditation and yogic philosophy. Come spend the weekend with us as we explore these teachings through our asana practice, group discussion, and most importantly, grounding through the body.

Friday, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am – 12:00pm | 1:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Philosophers, yogis and seekers will especially enjoy this workshop! Click HERE to register and more information! 

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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