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March 2020

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Temporary Closure Updates – What You Need to Know

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We had a great day holding our first LIVE classes! Check your email for details on how to access recordings. We are adding more daily. Check our schedule page for class updates as we work to create a live schedule with variety of classes and instructors! Thank you for you understanding and patience as we work hard to bring you awesome classes to your home!

Please check your email for password and access the Video Content Here.

You may also grab One Week Online Pass for $25 and get access to our LIVE classes and recording for a week at a time. We’ve got folks from all over the world joining in! You can too! Read More

Saturday March 28th: How to Fuel your Body for Hot Yoga!

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Wellness and Nutrition Workshop with Rachel

Do you ever feel stressed out about eating before/after yoga? What to eat? When to eat? How much water should you drink? On March 28th, you’ll have the chance to meet with our very own yoga teacher and in-house nutrition coach, Rachel Kaplan where she’ll be walking you through a 60 mins workshop on proper nutrition for maximum results on and off the mat.  Read More

Health Tips from HYA’s resident Chinese Medicine Expert

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Chinese medicine for Immune Protection and why sweating is so important!

With much of the world concerned about the latest viral illness (Corvid-9 / Corona) spreading, is it important for us to do what we can to keep our immune system amped up. Ironically as China was the source of this outbreak it may also hold the keys to preventing its spread. Chinese Medicine has a long history of treating and preventing what we in the west refer to as viral diseases. In Chinese Medicine viral conditions are associated with wind. They move quickly, change directions suddenly and can disappear as quickly as they arrived.

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We have recently reviewed the reports from the Chinese Medicine Hospitals that have been key in lessening the impact of this new virus. The treatment success in China has been the highest in people who are being treated with both a western and eastern medical approach. Chinese Medicine views the body with a profoundly different lens than western medicine. The body is viewed as a series of energetic rivers that influence the physical health of the body. If the rivers of the body are clean and flowing the cells of the body are strong and the organs are in balance.

When dealing with “Wind Invasion” based disease there are several energetic factors that are the most important to help prevent getting sick.

Rest- Making sure you have been sleeping enough to recharge your batteries (the kidneys are the batteries of the body in Chinese Medicine). Rest is very important to allow the body to detoxify and regenerate.

Exercise– Moderate exercise tones the lungs and cleanses the lymphatic system. The lungs control the air that enters and exits the body. Healthy lungs and mucosa will catch pathogens expelling them before they move deeper. Exercises like YOGA, tai chi and qi gong are best. They all wring out the fascia of the body allowing for the smooth flow of energy in our bodies. They also help reduce stress leaving the body more resources to deal with new toxins faster. Chinese Medicine hospitals in China are teaching qigong classes for both prevention and faster recovery for people who have already contracted the virus.

Remineralization– In order for the kidneys to have the power they need to energize the immune system proper intake of minerals, vitamins and electrolytes is critical. The kidneys manage the loss or savings of electrolytes like sodium and potassium. It’s a good time to replenish your body by taking electrolytes, trace minerals, zinc, magnesium and vitamins B’s, C & D.

Hydration– Staying hydrated is always important to allow the body to cleanse it self. This leads us to one of the most important thing we can do t

o to prevent illness. When our rivers are full of fresh clean waters we can more easily clean out the crud when it arrives. Dehydration causes sticky mucus buildup in all tissues of the body. It is a lot harder to expel toxins from sticky mucus than mucus that is thin and flowing.

Sweating– In Chinese Medicine theory sweating is the first line of defense in any wind (virus) based disease. When we sweat we detoxify our body through our pores,”Releasing the Exterior” we call it,  cleaning out many metabolic wastes without taxing the circulatory or lymphatic systems. Sweating literally causes the energy of the body to move outward. This positive pressure of physical material leaving the body prevents pathogens from entering. Pathogens would have to fight against the powerful outward flow to enter. Any pathogens that have begun to enter will be swept outwardly. Interesting enough all of the heavy hitter Chinese herbs that are being prescribed to combat this Corvid-9 target the release of neck and shoulder tension because this is where all the ‘wind gate’ acupuncture points and wind meridians are located. In other words this is where the ‘wind disease” enters us. So if you don’t have access to the herbs SWEATING and yoga w neck release stretching is the best thing for always and especially right now.

Herbs– Herbal medicine is a huge component in Chinese Medicine. There are many herbs that can be helpful in keeping our immune system firing on all cylinders. If you are not already sick herbs like Astragalus, Elderberry, Atractylodes and Mushrooms like Reshi, Lions Mane and Turkey Tail all help boost the immune system. Once you are feeling even the slightest bit under the weather (especially if you start feeling a little cold), Cinnamon, Ginger, and onion can help induce sweating. These herb also help fight off cold energy. One can take fire cider a mix of hot herbs to beat out any cold pathogens. If you are feeling unwell and slightly on the warmer side herbs like Mint, Echinacea, Chrysanthemum, and Kuduz. Elderberry is safe to take in all phases of wind (viral) illness. It is both preventative with high levels of anthocyanins (Colorful constituents that have antioxidant properties) and has been shown in studies to have a strong antiviral effect. Lessening the strength and duration of viral illnesses.

Acupuncture– Acupuncture treatments are especially helpful in the prevention phase. Making sure all of the energetic rivers in the body are clean and in harmony with each other.  Acupuncture can help you by reducing stress, improving sleep and boosting your immune system. Acupuncture can also help regulate the digestion allowing the body to break down pathogens more effectively.  Make sure your body is in balance before you get sick.

– The mind is the center of our world and if we let fears or stressors rule our whole being can suffer. In Chinese medicine we say the “5 emotions” are the internal cause of disease.  It is important during any global panic to take a few minutes a day to still ones mind and focus on the breath. Taking deep breaths and stilling the mind can help reduce stress. Take some time out of your day to count your blessings in life. Many of us live with many privileges for which our ancestors would only have dreamed of. Running water, warm homes, food on the table, loving relatives, friends and partners etc. If we can focus on the positive in our life we can reduce the impact of daily stresses in our life. Stress impacts the immune system. If we are hopeful we generate more immune cells and produce less stress hormones for our body to process. Another great reason to make it to YOGA.

If you would like any more detailed information, consultation, emotional stress support please don’t hesitate to reach out to

Sarah Fields has taught Bikram Yoga for 15 years and avid detox specialist. She has practiced Chinese medicine for 8 years and has 2 clinics in Western Carolina. Her loving partner Chris Jacobs also a TCM practitioner is the wonderful co-author of this article.

March 21st: Folds and Binds Master Class

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Folds and Binds Master Class

Saturday March 21st, 2-4pm

Ever wonder if you’re folding in the safest way? Ever look around the room when the teachers calls out “option to bind” and have no clue what the heck they’re talking about?! 
This master class will review all the ways to properly execute safe forward folds to lengthen and reduce back and hip pain… as well as binds that help to open your shoulders and upper back.
This class is open to all students. Warm to fully heated.
Free for Ultimate Members and $50 for others.

March 28th: Vinyasa Yoga with Live Music ($25)

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Uplift your spirit through movement and sound.

Join Ruth Morrow for a 90 minute vinyasa class with live acoustic & electronic mantra music by Amah G.  All styles & experience levels are welcome to come get your flow on! Get deeply connected to your internal rhythm as you move to live music. Be ready to learn the stories behind peak poses (what does Garudasana/eagle pose really mean?) and to sing along (only if you want to) with heartfelt Sanskrit mantras.

This class will be musically driven by live beats perfectly timed to keep your breathing steady to easily synch with your flow. Be prepared to achieve a balanced level of strength & bliss unlike anything you have experienced before.

Class is Saturday March 28th, 6:30-8pm at Hot Yoga Asheville. ($25 per person)


COVID-19 is not your friend, but we are!

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Hi Yogis!

It’s Adi owner of HYA. I am a mom of two young girls, I basically live at HYA 12 hours each day, and practice along side you in the yoga room.

Keeping HYA clean and sanitized has always been my top priority. I strongly believe that in order for you to get the power and benefits from a yoga practice the most necessary basic foundation between us needs to be trust.

From a place of trust – in the studio, with the teachers, and in the practice – you can then tap into your own vulnerability which is the most crucial step to stepping into your full potential and power.

This is why we work very hard to be clear, open and transparent in all our interactions with you.

In regards to sanitation, cleanliness and the COVID-19 virus we are doing the following:

1. We stay up to date with all local, state and federal advisories.
2. We sanitize all props, floors, doorknobs, handles, surfaces many times throughout the day, and after each use for blocks and mats. The products we use are Oxivir, Odoban, Clorox Wipes, and industrial cleaners that kill 99.9% of viruses including COVID-19.
3. We spray yoga floors between each class with Oxivir Spray (Hydrogen peroxide base. It’s amazing! Google it. Kills nearly everything!)
4. We run Thieves essential oil diffuser between all classes

5. Washcloths are washed with Ecos Detergent, Bleach, and doused in Lavendar oil (a natural disinfectant.) Our teachers use hand sanitizer before passing out the towels.  So far, folks seem to want the cold towels so we will continue until it becomes a thing. You may always choose to not get one.)

6. We use ODOROX® Boss XL3™ Hydroxyl Processor to deep clean the yoga room every night. The Boss XL3 processes a high concentration of ODOROX Hydroxyls as it decontaminates and deodorizes the room.

7. Lastly we will begin to limit class capacities to allow more room between mats.

What can you do to help?

1. Bring a yoga towel and mat to help catch your sweat. And wipe up after you leave class. We would like to limit mat rentals.

2. If you’re sick, please stay home! If you are having cold or flu symptoms, it’s too late to “sweat it out”. Please stay home, rest and get better soon.
3. If you do need a tissue during class, please keep it on your mat and under your towel for sanitation.
4. Work on your immune system. Yoga is a great way to stay healthy year round! With that said, keep coming to yoga! Skipping yoga now is like shooting yourself in the foot before a marathon! Stay away from sugar, processed foods and skipping meals. Maintain normal blood sugar levels, sleep enough, take vitamins (esp C, D and B complex) and eat vitamin rich foods.
5. Come to class clean and maintain regular good hygiene.
6. If you do not want hands on assists, please grab a blue heart outside the yoga room and place it on your mat before class.

7. Please wait until 10 minutes before your class to enter the room to allow us time for deep sanitization of the whole room.
8. Don’t Stress! Medical professionals agree that stress is one of the leading causes of weakened immune systems. Don’t worry, be happy.

And of course… WASH YOUR HANDS often with soap and water for at least 20-30 seconds. We have placed extra hand sanitizer all around the studio for you.

We will continue to update you if any changes in the schedule need to happen. We wish you all well and hope you stay strong, healthy and keep up with your self care regimens in the coming weeks, years and lifetime!

You are the reason we are here and we couldn’t do it without you.

❤ Much love and gratitude ❤

Adi and the HYA team