Ashley has been both a student and teacher of yoga for over 20 years in numerous locations around the world, during which time he also completed nurse training in England and dance training in The Netherlands.
Iyengar and Vinyasa form the foundations of his practice and with a move to New York City he started to run a teacher training facility, teaching new yoga teachers in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®.
Now back in the UK Ashley teaches BROGA® and assists in the delivery of teacher trainings. He brings with him these decades of experience in yoga, teaching and also psychiatry.
Ashley is inspired by helping others to take a leap of faith, and watching them reap the rewards.
– His Journey –
During his nurse training in Bristol Ashley started to dance. A fellow student took him to a class on Jacob’s Wells Road and although she never returned, Ashley never looked back. A whole world was opened up – the world of his physical body. Having hated sports at school he had written off his physical self as something to complain about – ‘my this is too that’, ‘if only I was a bit more XZY’. Having found a new relationship with his body, he moved to Holland to embark on a crazy journey into the world of experimental dance that in turn led him to the hard discipline of ballet.
As yoga had always been a passion, once he decided to stop dancing it was a natural progression to learn to teach. Living with his partner in New York City he ran a teacher training facility and trained other teachers. It was a hotbed of learning, and he enjoyed being a part of the concentration of knowledge.
Since returning to England he has been nursing and teaching in a teacher training facility near Stroud and brought BROGA® to Bristol for the first time. BROGA®’s simplicity, honesty and results have been rewarding and he now teaches on the BROGA® teacher training for Broga® HQ.
– His outlook –
Ashley values the balance between the physical body and our emotional & rational selves. This balance completes us as individual beings and is then at play with the world around us. The basis of mindfulness is exploring the equilibrium between these aspects and being present to them. With this basis he likes to challenge the body, bringing larger amounts of focus and strength rewards. He does not promote anything that is esoteric or alienating and believes anyone can find a journey into their whole selves often using the gateway of physical achievement.
His values include integrity, honesty and discipline. He prides himself on being present for clients, plain speaking and celebrating achievements together.
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