About The Teacher

Ashley has been practicing yoga for ten years and teaching her practice for five years. She founded Zen Muskoka, a thriving yoga studio in Bracebridge, Ontario in 2013 where she continues to offer classes and workshops. She has led and facilitated international yoga retreats and co-founded the Muskoka Yoga Festival, a two-day outdoor yoga event that draws thousands of people to her tiny town every summer. Having competed in and coached artistic gymnastics, Ashley is passionate about physical expression that includes safe alignment tailored to the individual, a calm and focused mindset, and a true balance between strength and flexibility training. When she's not on the mat teaching presence and patience, you can find her feet strapped into skis or dancing along a surfboard.    

"I teach my practice. It's the most honest I can be. I teach what I'm struggling with, what I’m thriving in, what I'm comfortable with, and what makes me nervous. It's an inclusive practice that embodies alignment not only physically but emotionally and energetically. I want you to feel better; be it in your body, your thoughts, or your interactions with others. I want my practice to influence your practice and become a tool for your own personal growth however you see fit. I am a fitness instructor by trade, but an ambassador for vitality and vibrancy by heart."

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