My Yoga Journey
For as long as I can remember I have sought a sense of peace and healing within myself and for those around me, as well as a yearning to help others. I’ve found a sense of peace and healing within myself on my yoga mat for over 15 years as well as a means to manage anxiety, depression and the overall rollercoaster of life.
An inner motive to care for others is what likely drew me to my first career as a nurse. During my years working on Pediatric Critical Care Units, yoga kept me grounded and well — mentally, physically and emotionally.
Although I no longer work full-time in hospitals, students benefit from the incorporation of my nursing knowledge into my yoga teaching.
I am grateful to live, practice and teach my passion at our small oasis in Central Portugal — Cara Creek Eco Lodge. My intention is to hold the space and provide the guidence for my students to connect more deeply and compassionately with themselves. I believe that this deepened compassionate connection leads to a more full and meaningful life, which resonates out to those they come into contact with and helps to spread compassion, peace and wellness.
Yoga has allowed me to be an eternal learner, which I love. I continue to develop my own practice and grow thanks to my insightful yoga colleagues, and even more so thanks to my yoga students.
Professional Bio & Trainings
- Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing ~ 2010
- 200 Hour Yoga Alliance certification ~ 2017
- 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Trainer ~ 2019
- Reiki Level 1 Training ~ 2020
- 300 Hour Yoga Alliance certification ~ 2020-in progress
- 50 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training ~ 2020-in progress
- 150 Hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training ~ 2020-in progress
- I have experience working with varying limitations and conditions. To name a few: Neuropathy, Sciatica, Arthritis, Parkinson’s Disease, Depression and Anxiety, and Incontinence
“I did regular yoga classes with Ashley and fell in love with yoga, so came back in 2019 to do my 200 hour yoga teacher training. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience – surrounded by nature, dogs, places to wild swim and the comfiest glamping ecopod to sleep in – I honestly can’t wait to find an excuse to come back!”
“Ashley’s yoga classes are suitable for all levels and focus on relaxation and awareness of your body and breath, as well as strength and flexibility. The setting is beautiful, it is so lovely to do yoga under the trees with the sound of the river rushing by. I would highly recommend them whether you are new to yoga or an experienced yogi.”
“I’ve had personalized sessions with Ashley for 2 years…. We’ve come a long way. I have lost weight, improved my balance and have strengthened muscles that were damaged from chemotherapy. My journey is long and I am taking it one day at a time. I thank Ashley for her patience and friendship throughout my journey.“