Anusara is a branch of Hatha yoga that uniquely integrates deep spiritual teachings and precise principles of alignment into the practice. At the heart of Anusara yoga is its life-affirming principles of “Opening to Grace” and “Aligning with the Divine,” Anusara yoga provides students with a solid foundation in the ancient non-dual Tantric philosophy of Kashmir Shaivism. Anusara recognizes and honors the many roots it has in the expanding art and science of yoga over its thousands of years of evolution. Each informs the present and adds depth and diversity to the practice.
About Joe Taft:
Joe believes in the power of Yoga to transform oneself physically, mentally and spiritually. Joe has been teaching in Asheville, North Carolina since 2001 and is a celebrated national workshop teacher as well as 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 healed his own 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 to be out of pain and recovered.
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 teaching and 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.