Cheri Stewart grew up in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of NC where she discovered the gift of yoga at a young age. After graduating from UNC Asheville with honors in economics and Spanish, she decided to pursue teacher training with her beloved teachers at Asheville Yoga Center. Cheri has studied with many teachers but continues to be most influenced by AYC’s Stephanie Keach, Shala Worseley, and Joe Taft. These individuals helped her discover and trust the teacher within, the divinity of intuition and its role in practice, and the alignment principles that bring asana to life. Cheri believes the yoga practice connects us to spirit and can lead to the flowering of human consciousness, that it is a celebration of life and the gift of embodiment. She believes that it makes us more fit vessels to serve our communities and fulfill our roles in the cosmic order. Everyday Cheri is deeply inspired by the divine play of Shiva (consciousness) and Shakti (creative potential), which manifest into music, flowers, sunsets, the human form, and creative vinyasa – all of which are explored in her shakti-inspired vinyasa classes. Cheri’s classes are fluid in nature and incorporate, pranayama, meditation, and yoga philosophy. Students will enjoy intentional eclectic music ranging from tribal to house to traditional Indian devotional. Powerful and dynamic sequences are balanced with yin and restorative yoga to tone and strengthen the body while nourishing the soul. In teaching, Cheri’s intention is to create a space for people to let go of everything outside of the NOW, release layered tension, “tune in” to their inner flow, manifest that intuition into body and spirit, and ultimately unleash their unlimited power and creative potential.