Meet the Inner Wild Yoga Team
We’re so excited to guide you on this journey into nature’s most beautiful yoga studios!
Inspired Guide & Founder
Nathalie is a deep breather, movement maker, and an advocate for living life off the beaten path. Deeply inspired by the natural world, she found her yoga roots on a remote corner of Lantau Island, Hong Kong - and has since been on a journey to guide others back to their heart centered nature, through nature.
Belgian born, Nathalie has a deep love for travel. At the age of seven she moved to the US with her family, later relocating to study and work in the UK, afterwards exploring life as a teacher in China and then at a permaculture farm in Hong Kong. Her path as a student of yoga began here, where she worked in environmental and outdoor education. As her personal practice grew alongside jungle landscapes, ocean waves and mountaintops, she soon realized the deeper transformational power of yoga in nature.
Nathalie completed her RYT-200, Registered Yoga Teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center in 2015 and founded Inner Wild Yoga soon after in the summer of 2016. Gathering outdoors and connecting with nature through the practice of yoga is something she is honored to share with this community!
Becky (Tara) Eschenroeder - a 500 hour E-RYT, 200 hour E-RYT, RCYT YACEP certified coach and mentor, and self published author - is an accomplished yoga who was voted as one of the top three yoga instructors by Richmond Magazine.
With some teachers, the lessons are planned. They are practiced. They are rehearsed. And they are perfected to a tee. But Tara Eschenroeder offers a different experience. Teaching was Tara’s dharma long before she realized it. She grew up with a bow and arrow in her hands, learning to pull back with just enough aim and control to send her arrow into the abyss, knowing and trusting it would hit its intended mark. And so she enters each class, each workshop, each lesson.. Having prepared her body and mind to become that bow - that vessel - that let’s her lesson go.. Weaving its way into the provided space and landing wherever it is intended.
Traveling is Tara’s home, as she spends much of her time around the country holding workshops, retreats, and classes.
Amanda Kayle Hastings RYT, BS, LBMT unearthed the transformative power of yoga when diagnosed with a rare medical condition in 2010. From a place of clarity and gratitude for the role yoga played in her healing, Amanda discovered her path in sharing the practice of yoga with others— so they too could ease the body, calm the waves of the mind, and heal the heart.
Amanda received her 240-hour yoga teaching certification at Neighborhood Yoga in Boone, NC in 2014. She has offered both private and community based yoga classes in multiple mountain towns throughout Western North Carolina as well as the North and South Islands of New Zealand. In 2015, Amanda completed her 675-hour massage and bodywork certification through Asheville School of Massage and Yoga to further explore the human mind-body connection. With a background in ecology, Amanda is also a trained naturalist fueled with a deep reverence for this Earth and inspiration from the flora and fauna of this diverse Southern Appalachian region.
When Ruth began practicing yoga she immediately knew that a radical change was happening and a shift began that was much deeper than just physical. For Ruth, yoga has been a journey toward healing, self-acceptance, surrender and empowerment. Ruth's mission is to help guide her students toward finding strength in their bodies and peace within their hearts.
Ruth is a vinyasa flow yoga teacher who emphasizes finding ease in movement. She has been teaching since 2013. Ruth is a RYT 200-hour teacher registered with Yoga Alliance; she received her training at Yoga South in Boca Raton, Florida under James Kigar and Judy Weaver. She also completed a 200-hour training in Sivananda-style yoga. Ruth loves to take her students to their edges and pulls inspiration from Baptiste and ashtanga styles. She instructed full-time for two years and has gained diverse experience teaching to all levels, including in studios, spas, and offices, as well as with veterans and people recovering from addiction in treatment centers. She has the unique ability to reach each student in her class, and her style, like her personality, is warm, nurturing, funny and compassionate.
She is currently enrolled in her 500hr teacher training at the Asheville Yoga Center and is deeply inspired by her yoga community here in the mountains of Asheville.
After suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in October of 2013, Chris was introduced to photography as a form of art therapy. What initially started as a tool for healing quickly became his passion. In a very short time, photography has become an invaluable part of his life. It is through this medium that he can share with others how he interprets the world around him.
Chris supports Inner Wild Yoga events by offering his wonderful talents as a photographer and visual storyteller.