You are made unique. Physically, mentally, experientially, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and wonderfully. Which is why you deserve personal attention to meet your health and well-being goals.
Do you want to form a better relationship with yourself? Do you want to trust and love your body? Develop creativity and playfulness? Implement stress-relieving tools? Transmute anger, pain, and sadness into healthy, expressive, and mindful movement? Support and improve nervous, respiratory, and digestive systems? Improve coordination, balance, flexibility, and posture? Build discipline? Mindfulness? Fluidity? Control?
Do you want to form better relationships with your family, friends, co-workers, and the greater world? Do you want to build a home practice? A life practice?
Whatever your goals, I am here to help you shake up thought patterns and learned behaviors, to dance it out, to soften, to strengthen, to get to the root, and to deconstruct yoga so that yoga and you can meet on level ground, exactly where you are, as you are.
I enjoy fascilitating the practice and tradition of yoga and watching it grow from a seed to a sprouting flower within each and every student I've had. I've enjoyed watching this process unfold within myself, too.
In 2012, my highschool friend invited me to a yoga class after school one day. I agreed with an easy, "why not?" At the studio, a sign read, "Slow down. Don't hurry. Don't worry. Trust the process." I can't remember my first class, and I can't remember my 50th, but the words on that sign and those practices began weaving their way into my thought patterns. Yoga was saving my life, and I knew it could save other's. I even remember telling my freshman floormate that I was going to be a yoga instructor one day.
In 2015, I began teaching at my college's recreation center. In the summer of 2016, I received my 200-hour certification under the guidance of Mary Byerly at Panacea de la Montagne in Costa Rica. While teaching various formats of yoga to staff and students at my college, I also expanded my audience and taught at both a local studio and wellness center. At the studio, I taught pranayama, meditation, and asana in community-based classes. At the wellness center, I taught gentle yoga, restorative yoga and meditation, chair yoga for those with a limited range of motion, and mindful movement for children.
When I graduated college, I hopped on a plane and began a 3-week individual intensive with my teacher in Costa Rica for continuing education. Currently, I am studying with Alexandria Crow in a year-long program called "Deconstruct to Reconsctruct."
With little and big accomplishments along the way, I am here, and I am still practicing and studying through direct experience, ancient text, and modern interpretation.
Yoga has taught me to explore myself, my relationships, and the natural and contrived world with love, attention and patience. This practice cultivates intention; it's a creation of moment-to-moment awareness, all while honoring every piece and bringing shadow to light. Forever a teacher and a student, always learning from you and from the ancient ones. I'm here to hold space for you as you honor your authenticity. I'm here to live my yoga as you live yours.
Ashlyn creates an environment of peace and progression in every class. She has a voice made from angels that leads you through a practice with ease while simultaneously pushing you to further your posture in poses. Highly recommend grabbing a class with her and then another!
Ashlyn is excellent!! She asked me plenty of questions about what I wanted to get out of my practice and what my body limitations were (in my case, a sore wrist). At the end of my session she wrote down things I should focus on in my own time. I still have that sheet and reference it frequently! Can't recommend Ashlyn enough.
Ashlyn gives an excellent, wholesome, knowledgeable, and caring yoga experience. Her lessons are perfect for beginners as well as full blown yogis. Her lessons have helped me physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. Highly recommend.
Ashlyn was able to show me how to gently push past mental blockages using my breath. She is patient and kind, she helped me learn to be gentle to myself.
To begin the process, I will send you a questionnaire to get to know you better. In our first session, we will evaluate your goals and expectations, go over any questions, and determine a schedule. From there, I will create a plan and practice that personally suits you.
2015-17 UREC certified mind-body instructor at James Madison University
2016 Hatha, Vinyasa, and Iyengar 200hr Yoga Certification with Mary Byerly at Panacea de la Montana
2016-17 President of Turning In, a student-run meditation club
2017 proposed, designed, and implemented a children's yoga camp at RMH Wellness Center in Harrisonburg, VA
2017 yoga workshops for continuing education with Desiree Rumbaugh + Moses Brown
2018 3-week yoga study intensive for continuing education with Mary Byerly at Panacea de la Montana
2019 year-long program, "Deconstruct to Reconstruct," with Alexandria Crow