Christine Wiese

Christine began a dedicated Ashtanga practice in 2001. The practice is a keystone, which uses the laboratory of the body to entrain fundamental patterns that ripple into other facets of her life. The Ashtanga practice continues to fascinate and surprise her. Her passion for the practice and for sharing it in the traditional way inspired her to begin to learn to teach this method in 2007. David Keil (yoganatomy.com) has been her primary teacher since 2006. She continues to practice with him several times a year, so that she always remains a student first. She was fortunate to make one trip to Mysore, India to practice with Sharath Rangaswamy in 2013. Christine is also a licensed massage therapist (NC license # 15593) specializing in connective tissue therapy and structural integration. You can learn more about her massage work at themovementpuzzle.com

Jonathan_AYAJonathan Harrah

We do yoga all our lives. Every day; every minute; every moment. But, this is a bio about me. Ego, ego, ego. If you could only see me smirking. In my mid to late teens I practiced Bajiquan and Taijiquan, even yoga once or twice a month. I needed a change. I spent four years in Western North Carolina at the John C. Campbell Folk School. Their getting more into yoga with the help of friends. Work started soon after. On my off time I would venture into yoga studios. Mostly classes with the word Vinyasa in their title and a Yin class once in awhile. Still have a warm part of my heart for Yin or any roll around on the floor yogas. I moved to Germany in 2006 to be close to my lady and there I started Ashtanga at a great studio in Stuttgart called Yoga Mitte. I have been doing Ashtanga since. Home in Florida I continued my practice at a local Ashtanga shack. Now a life in Asheville, NC has grabbed me. Roots grow here and I hope to help Ashtanga grow the same in Asheville.

Yoga Achievements: Completed Asheville Community Yoga’s 21 Day Intensive Yoga Teacher Training program and am a RYT 200 hour certified yoga teacher — whatever that means. Through the years of Ashtanga practice I have found myself in workshops with humans greater than myself. Their knowledge and experience sprinkling over me. I have trained with and received teachings from David Swenson, Chuck Miller, David Keil, and other Ashtanga practitioners. Having had over 300 hours of training from Kino MacGregor and Tim Feldmann. I consider them the teachers that have helped bring change into my life. I continue to practice Ashtanga. Developing my practice and helping others find theirs. Be well. Ashtanga: breath, move, live.

Jared Westbrook

I began practicing Ashtanga while pursuing a Ph.D. I was hooked by the emphasis on breath linked with movement, the personalized instruction, and the empowerment of self-practice. Prior to moving to Asheville, I learned to assist in the Mysore room by apprenticing with Christine Wiese for five years. Since going down the Ashtanga rabbit hole, I have followed Christine’s linage to the headwaters. Each year I spend a week or two practicing with Christine’s teacher, David Keil. I was fortunate to attend an intensive at Purple Valley in Goa, India with David, his wife Gretchen, and their teacher, John Scott. I also made a trip to Mysore to study with Sharath Jois. A facet of practice that continues to fascinate me is maintaining a calm full breath while practicing progressively more difficult poses. Practice lends a sense of stability to my life. It is a positive feedback and a mirror for how I spend time off the mat. Through decades of practice and assisting in the Mysore room, I hope to give back a fraction of what this practice and the lineage has given to me. 

Our teachers!

photo on right: Christine and Jared practicing with their teachers in Goa, India

from left to right: Gretchen Suarez, David Keil, Christine Wiese, Jared Westbrook, and John Scott