I offer classes with heightened sense of awareness. My interest is in the wisdom of the body, and how the body can educate us about ourselves through movement. Listening to the body through movement can be a radical act of self empowerment and self love. Movement is medicine. Each person has the ability to self guide and move with awareness in their own way and through movement find greater joy, and improved health.
The focus of my personal practice and teaching is to expand the tool box of movement possibilities and to play more, increasing flexibility, agility, mobility, stability and strength.
I am a certified Nia Brown Belt Instructor and I'm also certified as an Ageless Grace faciltator. and believe that movement is medicine for every body.
Callan Welder is a licensed acupuncturist & herbalist, a Madison County native and the owner of Marshall Acupuncture & Herb Clinic. QiGong is a healing art that compliments both acupuncture and herbal treatments by harmonizing body, mind and spirit.
Callan has been practicing QiGong for more than eight years and has had the great pleasure of studying with expert teachers from America and China. He presents several forms of QiGong that can be traced back over 700 years to WuDang Mountain.
With my very first experience of Tai Chi Chuan 30 years ago, I quickly developed a deep love affair with the practice. I was enthralled by the fluidity and gracefulness of the movements, and I was deeply moved by the centering and peacefulness of the discipline. As my personal practice in both Tai Chi and Qigong developed, I found not only a way to keep my body supple and strong, but a technique to prevent stress, increase clarity, and hold a more relaxed approach to life.
As I studied, I began to understand and feel how the energies move through the body, and how profoundly we can affect our daily lives with this simple yet deep practice. I experience an internal shift in consciousness that allows me to sit at the very center of my being.
I love teaching as it gives me an opportunity to share my passion, and to see the results of the practice in others. I utilize movement practice in my coaching as a way of reducing stress and releasing trauma stored in the body.
If you have never danced, haven’t danced in 50 years, or dance every day, there is a place for you in my class. We will blend dance, healing and martial arts. Kicking, stepping and sliding into an improved physical and mental state. You will also increase flexibility, balance and stamina.
Working as a mental health therapist I have observed that people thrive when they have creative outlets and ways to connect to their bodies in a world that encourages disconnection. My classes offer an opportunity for both, with evocative music and conscious movement. “Staying in shape” will be an added benefit of the grounding, cathartic experience you will have.
My life changed when I stepped into my first NIA class in 2009. Anxiety, depression and disconnection decreased. Pleasure, energy, connection increased. I began sharing the joy of NIA in 2010 and have had the honor and privilege to teach at fitness centers, mental health facilities, yoga and dance studios, houses, hallways and backyards. Any space is the right space for NIA!
In addition to being a blue belt NIA instructor I am also an Ageless Grace Educator. Movement practices have the ability to heal ailments of various shades and depths, so join me on the dance floor and feel better in your body and better in your life.
"I love to teach what I love to do…" This statement encompasses my sentiments as an instructor, guide and coach. As a youth, gymnastics was my passion and it started me on a path of body awareness and experience that continues to unfold into the present moment. In college, I coached gymnastics and realized that I love helping bodies discover their abilities. I spent the next several years pursuing another form of kinesthetic awareness on a snowboard. As an instructor I witnessed many revelatory moments of self discovery and mastery of a skill that once seemed unattainable. These moments of self-realization also occur often in ayoga practice. Nothing brings more joy and satisfaction than learning about my own body, how it can move and breathe and what a remarkable vessel it truly is… I want to share these teachings with anyone who wants to learn. Our bodies are outrageously intelligent and talented- ALL of them! When you come to my yoga classes, be prepared for a playful and inquisitive exploration of your self, inside and out.
Praise to my teachers who have tended my desires and intentions on the yogic path. I received a 200-hr YA teacher certificate from Michaelle Edwards who founded the YogAlign method and taught me the significance of proper spinal alignment as well as the immense influence of the fascial system and the psoas. In Asheville, I study with Deirdre Smith-Gilmer and Joe Taft primarily, though Michael & Stephanie Johnson also brighten my heart with their teachings. I am deeply inspired by Anusara as well as Sridaiva yoga, I feel the truth of these systems in my body and incorporate the principles and alignments of both methods into my own practice and teaching.
Kim is certified to teach Kundalini and Hatha Yoga. She received her Level 1 Kundalini Yoga certificate from Golden Bridge in Los Angeles in 2005. She studied under the renowned teacher Gurmukh from Golden Bridge and also Guru Singh from Yoga West in LA. She received her Hatha Yoga certificate from Yandara in Baja Mexico in 2006. She specializes in meditation, mantra and pranayama in the treatment of depression, anxiety and addiction.
From a very young age, I knew that my lifes path would be informed by a passion for non-violence and unconditional love. Discovering yoga has been one of the most powerful tools for stewarding this vision and creating the lifestyle that allows me to put my ideas into a living, breathing practice.
Growing up in the fast paced environment of New York, I experienced health ailments and stress at a young age. Upon relocating to upstate New York, I fell in love with the mountains and fresh air, and began to experience healing through mind body connection, and connection with nature. Studying Eastern Religions and Cultural Anthropology at Hartwick College, my passion for peace and non-violence began to crystallize.
A love of movement has always been a major facet of my lifestyle, through dance, running, cycling, hiking, and occasional rock climbing, it was not until I rode my bike to West Asheville Yoga in 2006 and met Deirdre Smith-Gilmer, had I finally found a practice that truly bridged my physical longing for healthy movement, and emotional desire for peace and spiritual connection.
I completed my 230 hour teacher training in 2007 at the Asheville Yoga Center where I enjoyed learning from Shayla Worsley, Steph Keach, Sierra Hollister, Cindy Dollar and others. I am currently pursuing my 500hr training through Asheville Yoga Center, working with Joe Taft, Michael Johnson, always gaining inspiration from Kris Moon, and so many of the amazing teachers in our community. I am in love with Acro yoga, and how it weaves yoga with play, connection, and communication, and hope to pursue it more in the future.
When I am not practicing yoga or meditating, I may be found dancing and oragnizing jars of things in my kitchen, climbing a mountain, unschooling my kids, trying not to drink coffee, swimming anywhere, crooning on the ukelele, or contemplating the meaning of life with my nose in a book or journal. I love living in Marshall and our amazing community, and feel so lucky that I get to live here and incorporate all of these practices into my daily life.
I have studied dance most of my life of 39+ years. For the past 10 years, I've immersed my self in the Nia practice. The first principle in Nia is accessing Joy through moving our bodies, no matter what situation we might find our selves in. In Nia we are lead by the teacher to listen to our own body's way and encouraged to move together as a group. We support our bodies by playing with strength, flexibility, mobility, stability and agility. Nia is a time for release and gathering energy. Through life's gifts and challenges, I've used Nia as a tool to move more gracefully, flowing in and out of community and self. I've learned to go deep into my own movements and what they mean to me as they ripple out into the others around me and beyond.
Eight years of my Nia practice has been in this sacred space, Magictown. I spent about 2 and a half years in San Diego and Colorado Springs, completing my white belt training and taking Nia classes from a number of inspirational teachers. I look forward to more trainings, leading Nia and being lead.
This class is intended for all walks of life, body stages and abilities. Join me as we dance, express, feel and listen.
Yoga is truly the best medicine.
My yoga journey began when I was recovering from back surgery at age 19. Maintaining strength & good health was always a priority growing up as a competitive gymnast. After a career ending injury, I was told by doctors that my entire lifestyle would have to change due to the deteriorating state of my body. I refused to let that happen and began looking for solutions. I found yoga. I became dedicated to the practice as it provided me with strength, peace, and a greater acceptance and appreciation for myself. Yoga has helped me manage pain, prevent further injury, and maintain a strong and healthy mind and body. After years of a consistent and life-changing yoga practice, I knew I wanted to share this with others.
In 2017, I had the opportunity to complete a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course through Asheville Mindful Living with Scott McGregor. Here I realized yoga was much more than just a physical practice. I learned how to incorporate mindfulness into my everyday life and see yoga as a way of living. A few months later, I received my RYT 200 from Asheville Yoga Center in 2017.
I enjoy practicing and teaching all different styles of asana yoga, but have a special passion for power and strength yoga and any type of mindful flow- marrying the breath and body through mindful intentional movements. Outside of asana yoga, I love drawing and teaching mindful meditative art, such as zentangle & mandala designs.
My mission as a yoga instructor is to provide all of my students with a greater appreciation and understanding of their mind, body, and spirit. Through self exploration and guided instruction, I want to nourish students love for themselves & love for yoga.