When and how did you start practicing yoga? I first started practicing about ten years ago infrequently. I came back to my mat years later after a diagnosis of a chronic pain condition. I moved slowly at first and then something amazing happened, instead of just managing I began to thrive! Yoga has become an integral part of my life ever since. I try to live by the 8-limb path both on and off the mat.

How has it helped you grow as a person? I learned how to really love myself. I learned that in order to be fully present and compassionate towards my friends, family and fellow yogis I had to first cultivate that energy from within. I began to recognize that if I was feeling too critical of myself, or overwhelmed by overextending my energies it was because I was not listening to that inner wisdom. I feel like I have been introduced to my soul or inner divinity and have been working on nurturing that relationship with a new sense of gentleness. I have been able to recognize the light with in me, I now feel that I can truly honor the light within others and experience that interconnection with the universe. Namaste Y’all! 

What should students expect from your class? Expect to be challenged in a supported and balanced practice with a sense of playfulness.  At times we need almost be reacquainted with our bodies. By moving through the physical sensation of asana you will be able to tap into a deeper level, allowing you to awaken you to your higher self.  

Be Yoga has a number of class styles. Which is your favorite, and why? I enjoy the rhythm of Vinyasa and Slow Flow classes. I love being witness to the amazing moment of a chance encounter with that challenging pose- or falling on your face and being able to come out with a smile!

What element of yoga philosophy fascinates you the most? I love the theory as stated in the Yoga Sutras that you already have all that you need to succeed. I hear so many people say they want to try yoga for this or that reason all with the belief that they need to change something about themselves. Yes, yoga can help to replace old habits by creating better healthier habits or samskaras. But you my dear are a kindred spirit, you need only look within to find the answer. As a yoga teacher, I serve only as a guide to help bring you closer to that understanding.

What do you like to do when you’re not doing Yoga? I love to create and experience nature so you are likely to find me making art or somewhere outside!

Contact ashleywalker@beyogaclt.com