Ashley first found the refuge of yoga while completing her masters degree. Initially, she saw the practice as simply an opportunity to clear her head and alleviate stress from the intense pressure of her graduate psychology and art therapy studies. Soon enough the benefits to body and mind washed over to spirit and led to a personal transformation that directed Ashley to a path of intentional living and sharing her love of the practice. Her mission to make yoga accessible to all has been the hallmark of offerings since she first began teaching in 2004. In addition to studios, Ashley has taught yoga in multiple clinical settings, with extensive experience working with survivors of sexual abuse and profound neglect and abuse, to people with eating disorders, terminal cancer diagnoses, Alzheimer's, dementia and Parkinsons, as well as to medical and clinical staff, executives, artists and entrepreneurs, to name just a few. Ashley's teaching style is both holistic and mindfulness-based and sources from a place of warmth, compassion and humor. In addition to teaching yoga, Ashley is Director and Lead Instructor of Awakened Heart Yoga School, a program that trains and certifies yoga teachers. She also teaches standup paddleboard yoga, is a yoga therapist, an art therapist, a meditation and mindfulness instructor and an equine-assisted therapist. Ashley travels to India yearly and students are invited to attend.
Additionally, Ashley works as a Yoga Therapist atCarolina House, an eating disorder facility with locations in Raleigh and Durham. She teaching SUP Yoga throughout the summer on Lake Johnson in Chatham County and Lake Wheeler in Raleigh.
Ashley is available for private yoga, meditation and SUP instruction.