I embarked upon my journey as a yogi after six years of working as a banker. This journey changed my life, for yoga enabled me to see so vividly the beauty of the world and the people within it. It has been eleven years between the days I first entered the yoga studio as a student in the United States and now, when I enter the studio as a teacher. For eleven years, I have never left the studio without feeling joy from practicing and teaching yoga. During this time I practiced Kriya, Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Kundalini before I fell in love with the peacefulness and humbleness of Iyengar yoga. Yoga is an inwards journey: a respite from the stress of the fast paced world outside of us to the serenity within us. Yoga is as much an exercise for the mind as it is for the body. Yoga teaches us to accept, embrace and improve our body and soul. There is neither comparison nor competition in yoga.
I believe in teaching students the use of a "beginner's mind," a mindset which involves opening one's heart and mind, staying in the present moment and reminding oneself of the reason why one first entered the yoga studio. I believe that the "beginner's mind" philosophy helps us to create a strong foundation of basic poses and movement to draw upon when it eventually guides us into the intermediate and advanced stages of the poses. If I were to define yoga in three words, those three words would be happiness, humbleness and acceptance. Therefore, the practices are to create happiness and renew energy, improving by acknowledging, embracing, even laughing at our imperfections, yet at the same time trying to improve upon them. Everyone of us is unique and no one is better or worse at yoga as a result of these imperfections.
I look forward to working with you in the studio, your home or mine, or in nature. Let's share our knowledge, positive energy and joy with one another. ~ Ashley - Om Shanti Shanti Shanti - E-RYT 500 (Hatha/Kriya/Yoga Therapist) & Ashtanga Student of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of KPJAYI in Mysore, India and Rama Jyoti Vernon.
"The energy that holds up the mountains is the energy that I bow to."
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"Your practice is your way to reconnect directly with the intimacy that is life. It is a whole body prayer, a celebration of that which beats the heart and moves the breath. My dynamic and inspiring teachers have taught me to live with compassion for my students and to have a sincere regard for their healing. As a catalyst for transformation they have encouraged my own self–empowerment and self–awareness, helping me to love and thrive through life’s many challenges. As a result my attention is focused on interweaving prana with physical alignment, mental wellness and an energetic flow to support a full and complete living sadhana, spiritual practice; within myself and within my students, on and off the mat. I teach and learn based on intelligent intuitive sequencing and applied spiritual wisdom.
My intention in teaching is to hold space for others’ awakening and healing. On a path lit by mentors in sacred wisdom traditions and a community of radically awakening spirit, I bow to my teachers in all forms."