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Ronya Banks is a Vipassana (Mindfulness or Insight) meditation teacher. As the founder and lead teacher of the Asheville Insight Meditation community in Asheville, North Carolina, Ronya has been instrumental in providing programs and resources for individuals and groups that enhance equanimity, resilience, and spiritual growth.
She has taught mindfulness meditation to individuals and groups for over a decade and has been practicing for over 30 years. She is also a graduate of the joint IMS/Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader training program.
“I was struck by Ronya’s wonderful skill and compassion in leading….She is gentle and insightful, and her demeanor reflects the depth of her commitment to her own practice….I have nothing but praise for Ronya’s gifts.” — Sherry Dubester, MD
“I feel validated and joyful in Ronya’s presence, the mark of a true teacher….She taught us a more open connection with each other, greater energy, awareness, patience…” — Jane Q. Stanchich, Great Life Global
“Ronya skillfully weaves together ancient eastern mindfulness philosophies and real-life applications to help participants transform challenging life issues, habitual habit patterns, and core beliefs….” —Barbara Nerenz-Kelly
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Learn effective techniques for dealing with restlessness during meditation. Explore the source of restless feelings and find that elusive peace within.
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Learn how to handle a bad mood with mindfulness, ease, and acceptance. A bad mood doesn't have to spoil your or anyone else's day!
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