From fresh food and thriving farmer’s markets to abundant outdoor recreation options, Asheville has vigorous offerings to make towards your health. The vibrant community here appeals to holistic practitioners also, so our area is home to some of the most gifted in their fields. People travel to Asheville from afar to experience the benefits of working with skilled healers and integrative medicine practitioners located in the western North Carolina mountains.
Integrative wellness approaches draw on your body and being’s own healing capacity, to promote deep rooted health. Balance is promoted through Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and body awareness, pain reduction and increased fluidity of movement are aided by massage and bodywork. Mindfulness and meditation practice is increasingly recognized for its value in calming the mind. You will find many avenues for nourishing your health in positive ways, as Asheville’s reputation as a center for healing and natural medicine continues to grow.
Visitors may enjoy a single visit or more, in more than one modality, while locals may find a great fit for ongoing treatment. Even find a salt cave in the middle of downtown!
Yoga in Asheville
For many years, Asheville is a mecca for yoga. So there are plenty of choices for all levels and varieties of classes. It's a great way to rejuvenate! Most studios offer drop-in options on their classes for a fee (usually about $12-$15 a class). Whether you’d like to try yoga for the first time or want an intensive workout, check out one of these yoga studios all located in the downtown Asheville area:
- Asheville Yoga Center near downtown Asheville is a community center dedicated to offering all styles of hatha yoga to the public. They have classes perfect for total beginners through advanced. They have classes for those in rehabilitation, or those who have been away from their yoga practice for a while and need some inspiration, along with classes for pregnant women, children and really stressed out folks.
- Go Yoga Asheville is a green built Baptiste Inspired (almost) studio. Experience a fresh take on an ancient practice. This inspiring and energizing style of Yoga will challenge, refresh, center and rejuvenate your whole being. Purchase the Tourist Visa, $29 for 7 days of unlimited yoga. Conveniently located in Downtown Asheville at 65-A Biltmore Avenue.
- One Center Yoga in downtown Asheville is dedicated to the practice and teaching of yoga for overall health, including strength and flexibility of body, clarity of mind, and generosity of spirit. This in-depth Iyengar and Anusara studio offers beginner, ongoing, and over-50 classes. One Center’s experienced, certified teachers offer 20 classes per week in several traditions.
- Paddle Board Yoga: Take a class on the French Broad River in Asheville with Sol Flow. Beginners are welcome. Class plus board rental is $30/person.
Yoga Holistic Retreat & Seminars
The Prama Institute is a conference and retreat center located on forested hilltops and grasslands surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains. It sits near the French Broad River, about 25 minutes outside Asheville. Their scenic and peaceful surroundings create the perfect place for educational conferences, yoga retreats, workplace seminars, and other events.
Asheville Yoga Festival (July 26-29, 2018)
A must for yoga lovers with 30+ presenters and 70+ offerings including yoga, music, outdoor activities, and unique health & wellness vendors. Single and four-day tickets. Vendor Village at Pack Square Park downtown is free. Go to their Web site.