Asheville Holistic, Alternative Health & Wellness

Holistic, Alternative Health & Wellness, Yoga

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!

Autumn Woodward, Massage and Bodywork Therapist
Autumn Woodward, Massage and Bodywork Therapist
Nestle into a charming downtown Asheville studio for a healing massage. Specializing in deep tissue, pediatric and family massage therapy, Autumn Woodward offers gentle healing work in downtown Asheville. After completing her M.A., she directed the massage program for nearby Haywood Community College.
Asheville Salt Cave
Asheville Salt Cave & Spa
Experience a unique oasis in downtown, a salt-enriched microclimate that allows the body and mind to gain relaxation and balance. The power of salt therapy has been known for centuries. Plus, get a hot salt stone massage and other spa treatments. Read more in our full page feature on the Salt Cave.
Silver Leaf Herbal Pharmacy & Acupuncture
Silver Leaf Herbal Pharmacy & Acupuncture
Evan Bussanich, L.Ac. Dipl.OM. is a natural medicine practitioner specializing in Chinese, Ayurvedic, Western herbal medicine, Homeopathy, and Classical Acupuncture. His general practice focuses on Chinese and Ayurvedic herbal medicine for internal conditions, with an emphasis on gastroenterology, immunological disorders, and chronic infections. Near downtown Asheville.
Still Point Wellness
Still Point Wellness
A spa dedicated to guiding you through an inner experience. Reconnect to your body's wisdom through a unique offering of services including Salt Water Floatation (sensory deprivation), Esalen® massage and bodywork, somatic psychology and yoga therapy.
 OM Sanctuary, Asheville
OM Sanctuary, Asheville
Find rejuvenation at this holistic retreat destination. De-stress, rest, and renew with nature, while being just two miles from downtown. Explore transformational life practices, silence, personal time and optional wellness programs such as meditation, yoga, qigong, massage and holistic fitness. With 16 rooms and nine cottages, the inn features complimentary breakfast, nature trails and serenity garden.
Kim Leibowitz L.Ac, HHP
Kim Leibowitz L.Ac, HHP
Specializing in Five Element Acupuncture, he completed a four year Masters Degree in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, with certifications in Chinese Herbology, and Medical Qi Gong. In addition to helping patients with a variety of holistic treatment methods, he offers regular Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes.
Asheville Wellness Tour
Asheville Wellness Tours
Discover a select collection of Asheville's holistic treasures on a 2-hour walking tour featuring an experiential journey. Possibilities include a tea ceremony, yoga in the park, crystal healing, honey tasting, sound healing, and essential oils. Hand crafted itineraries for groups too.
Mindfulness: Great Tree Zen Women's Temple
Mindfulness: Great Tree Zen Women's Temple
Come practice meditation in a beautiful natural setting. Nourish your happiness with mindfulness. Beginners welcome! Retreats and weekly meditation offerings allow you an opportunity to connect with yourself in a deep way.
Living Alchemy Ayurveda
Living Alchemy Ayurveda
Find optimal wellness through ancient wisdom with Ayurvedic health consultations, clinical massage, yoga therapy, and cleanse and renewal programs. They specialize in women’s health, digestive health, and pain management.
Blue Ridge Acupuncture Clinic
Blue Ridge Acupuncture Clinic
Founded in 2003, they provide the highest quality acupuncture and natural medicine services in Asheville. UNC-Chapel Hill graduate and owner, James Whittle has visited China eight times to work with Asia’s best and brightest physicians and acupuncturists.
Spas & Wellness
Spas & Wellness
Relax and rejuvenate as you get pampered at a spa. From natural hot springs to world-class destination spas, there are plenty of choices. We have been a destination for wellness for centuries. Also find a mecca for holistic and alternative wellness.

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.

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