Ashland Yoga Center is a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming community. We offer many different types of yoga to meet the variety of goals and needs our students bring to their mats. With two facilities and the combined expertise of our skillful instructors, our intention at AYC is to empower Southern Oregon’s yoga community through our classes, workshops, and teacher trainings.
Ashland Yoga Center combines the first two yoga studios that opened in Ashland: Our A Street location in the Railroad District is bright and beautiful, and our Siskiyou Boulevard location in South Ashland offers Heated classes, showers, and a retail space.
Yoga is a powerful practice of self-discovery and healing, and Ashland Yoga Center is a safe and supportive place for your unique journey. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced practitioner, if have specific therapeutic needs or you just want a stellar workout, we have options for you. We invite you to come and practice with us and look forward to seeing you on the mat!
New and returning students should look over our FAQ section for more information.
The Siskiyou Blvd hot yoga studio is on the south side of town and will host all classes that require heated rooms. A natural gas stove provides consistency and depth of the radiant heat.
The A Street yoga studio was established in 1998, providing the community with the experienced yoga instructors + yoga therapy.
Drop in rate is $15 per class. We accept cash, cards, or online payments at the studios. We offer a 10 percent discount on drop in classes, 10 class pass and unlimited monthly to seniors over 65 years old and local students with valid id.
Practicing yoga in the heat helps to melt away tension and facilitate release.
It may take a few classes to get used to the heat. The skin is the largest elimination organ of the body so the more you sweat the more you cleanse your body. Pretty soon you will savor the clean feeling you create inside your body during class and want to keep it by nourishing your body well between classes.
Anyone of any age and physical condition can do this yoga. All students work at their personal “edge” and beginners work right alongside more experienced students. Students practice no matter their age and level ability. The aim of this system is not to twist the body into bizarre pretzel shapes, but to strengthen and stretch the body, returning natural range of motion to the joints and restore energy flow throughout the entire body.
This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to a yoga class. But yoga is not about how flexible you are. It is about balancing strength and flexibility in your body. The Hot 26 class is a sequence of postures that challenges all levels of students and focuses primarily on core strength and the health of the spine. All that matters is that you try the right way, go to your personal “edge,” and you will get 100% of the benefits!
It reduces stress, increases blood circulation, and improves strength and flexibility. Regular practice (at least three times per week) can reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases (e.g., arthritis, diabetes and thyroid disorders). It also promotes relaxation and improves posture. Many of our students have experienced tremendous relief from chronic back pain.
It is not unusual to feel nauseous or dizzy during your first class. Practicing yoga in a heated room reveals to us our present condition, and inspires us take much better care of ourselves. Usually the problem is that we are not nourishing our body with healthy food and enough rest and pure drinking water for daily living. The series allows us to listen to the deepest messages of our bodies and learn to give it what it needs to function optimally. If you feel disoriented or like you need a good nap after your first few classes, this is likely because your body has begun to cleanse itself as a result of the yoga practice. After the first few classes this sensation will pass. The more you can relax as you give your 100% honest effort during class, the more energized you will feel throughout the class and throughout the rest of your day.
It is normal to feel sore after class. It is a good workout and you are using muscles you probably haven’t used in a while. Muscle soreness is a buildup of lactic acid. It may seem impossible to imagine that coming back for more will help, but stretching is THE BEST way to relieve the soreness. If you wait too long to come back, then you will be starting all over again.
As a beginner, it takes at least three classes for your body to understand the proper approach to the posture, and approximately ten classes for your body to begin to work with postures.
After that, it is our experience that three times per week will provide you with good results and five times per week is optimal for growth and healing in the practice.
A consistent practice has cumulative effects on the body. Think of every practice as a deposit of health and energy into the body. The more you practice, the more deposits you make and the more vitality you receive. Like any activity you do, such as running, skiing or biking, the more you practice the more enjoyable and rewarding the experience is.
Try easy. Try to find your edge in the practice where effort and surrender meet. Push yourself as hard as you can, while at the same time respecting your body and your abilities. Patience is one of the most challenging aspects of Hatha Yoga. Honor your body. Never sacrifice the body for the glory of the pose.
Willingness is key. 95% of your practice is simply getting to the studio. A consistent practice is the biggest contributor to a deep practice. If you commit to at least three classes per week you will start to experience true change and a tremendous amount of well-being.
Trust in the process. Know that your body can go where others before you have gone. It only requires focus, proper alignment and a consistent practice. Hatha yoga is the art of balancing patience and determination in the body. Let go of expectations but be prepared to work. Cultivating deep change in the body is not easy but the effort you put into your practice you will receive back tenfold.
Move slowly and fluidly. Entrances and exits are 1/3 of the poses each. So move slowly into out and out of the pose and give them your undivided attention. Never rush to your deepest extension. Build your poses one mindful breath at a time so the body can trust the journey into the pose and at your deepest extension it is an intense place but one that is enjoyable.
Communicate with your teachers. We are here to answer any questions and give you feedback at any time. We love to hear about your practice.
Replenish/Nourish your body. It isn’t difficult to get dehydrated, so make sure you are drinking plenty of water after class and the entire day before you come to class. You are less likely to feel lightheaded or dizzy during class if you’ve had enough to drink in the hours preceding class. How much is enough? Typically a good formula is to take your body weight and divide by 2. This is how many ounces of water you should consume daily. Here’s an example: 140 lb/2 = 70 oz. 64 oz is a half gallon. Being fully hydrated helps take pressure off of organs to do their jobs and helps flush the body and keep it running smoothly. Your body will adjust to the increased water intake. You may also find benefits of decreased body odor, smoother skin, and shinier hair.