founder, Emily van eman
Hi! My name is Emily, and one of the things you'll learn about me quickly is that I have a strong passion for the human body. In a way, I see my role as a guardian; a protector of the beautiful temples that walk around on this planet. My goal is to help you see your awesome-ness and teach you how to use your body (in the state that it is) with grace and confidence.
I have long been a teacher, but over the last 15 years, under many many different roofs (in many cases, out under the blue sky). This is an interesting way of connecting with different groups and keeping the commitment factor low, but that belief system smacked me in the face a couple of years ago when I realized that at the heart of the matter, I had a dangerous fear of stability and accumulation.
It is through (and only through) deep introspective work, meditation, and somatic-energetic therapy (vs. medication or someone else telling me what I needed to change) that I re-wrote those limiting beliefs, grounded in my physical body and started accumulating wealth. This studio is the physical manifestation of that journey, and it's a unique journey that I think we all have to take at some point in our lives, where we stop looking for the answers on the outside, and start trusting the answers on the inside.
I call myself a Movement Therapist, but really I am exactly what I need to be for you in the moment, ranging from structural, functional movement and strength coach to yoga instructor to energetic healer and listener to playmate. In any case, I always have time to be present with you. I thank you in advance for allowing me the opportunity to get to know you!
When I'm not teaching, I'm sharing the great dance with my daughter Sam (7) and my partner. I enjoy running, exploring the outdoors, cooking, writing, crafting, reading, and a nice glass of red wine.
YOGA THERAPIST, JENNE SLUDER
Jenne Sluder is a yoga therapist, musician, and native of Asheville, NC. Jenne holds a Master's in Transpersonal Psychology and specializes in a somatic approach to improving mental health. She is a registered yoga therapist and is certified as an advanced instructor of therapeutic yoga and meditation. Jenne teaches yoga in traditional studios as well as in mental health settings for adults and at-risk youth. Her passion as a teacher is to deepen intimacy and compassion with our bodies, with our selves, with each other, and with the natural world, as the healthiest context for human life. You can learn more about her work and her music at jennesluder.com
ROB BRUCE, QIGONG
Rob began his study of chi based movement practices in 1996 with several Qigong classes, including the comprehensive Eight Treasures Qigong set introduced to the west by Master Hua-Ching Ni. While continuing to regularly practice and develop his Qigong skills, Rob expanded his practice in 1999 to include Tai Chi Chuan. Studying directly under Master San Gee Tam, founder of the Golden Flower Tai Chi Association International, Rob received his certification as a Golden Flower Instructor in March 2004. In 2006 he received his Instructor Certification from CHI Health Institute of the College of Tao for the Eight Treasures Qigong practice.
Over the past 10+ years, Rob has taught both Qigong and Tai Chi at various locations in the Charlotte area. Now a resident of Saluda, he looks forward to sharing his experience and love of these gentle movement practices with all interested people in the Hendersonville area. “The slow flowing movement of these practices provided me with the satisfaction and results I was looking for from a personal fitness perspective, and their meditative and energetic aspects completely changed my perspective on health and well-being.” Rob is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Certified Personal Trainer.
Jagdeesh Kaur, which means servant to the universe, began practicing yoga in the 90's and it soon turned into a desire to teach. A few years passed and my practice had reached a plateau. My search began for teachings that would touch something inside of me, that would stir my spirit and mind as well as my body. Enter, Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
As a teacher, I hope to bring you through these teachings, the awareness of self and balance that comes from the commitment of this practice. Through Kundalini Yoga I have experienced many levels of change in my life. It is not just the practice itself but what you bring to it. I am still amazed at the effects and results that are achieved.
Steve grew up in Maryland and graduated from the U. of Maryland. In the Navy during Vietnam, he flew airplanes and served on the National Ski Patrol in the 1970's. Steve graduated from chiropractic school in 1981 and has been in practice here in Hendersonville ever since. He practiced daily with locally renowned yogi, Fred Brown for 12 years and has taken over his legacy with a similar style of yoga and joyful play.
Lyn Levin, RYT, LMBT, Certified Health Coach, has been teaching yoga, practicing massage and helping people live better for over twelve years. She discovered yoga over 20 years ago, balancing being a stay-at-home-mom with spiritual growth. Yoga provided far-reaching benefits that changed her life, helping her integrate family obligations with self-discovery. Lyn’s further studies lead her to Qi-gong energy work, Thai yoga massage, health coaching, and Reiki. She is committed to being a catalyst for her students and clients, helping them to illuminate and restore balance to mind, body and spirit.
TIMOTHY THEW, C-EP
Timothy has been a personal trainer since 1996, focusing on in-home fitness, rehabilitative recovery, health and fitness maintenance, and sports specific performance. Among his other training, he was certified as an Exercise Physiologist/Health Fitness Specialist by the prestigious American College of Sports Medicine, and later wascertified as a USA Triathlon Coach. Tim has provided assistance for clients in need of higher performance in endurance sports, but works primarily with everyday people wanting to gain or maintain health. He finds joy providing a variety of appropriate, safe and functional workouts specific to his clients' goals and needs. In Tim's personal time he enjoys running, biking, swimming and weight training.