Ashley received her 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate in January 2017 and is a 200 Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) and Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) with Yoga Alliance. She is trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and studied with Mindful Schools to become a K-12 mindfulness educator. Her areas of interest include: trauma-informed yoga, vinyasa flow, yoga nidra, and yoga/mindfulness for kids. She’s also trained under James Fox, founder of the Prison Yoga Project (PYP), to teach trauma-informed practices. She’s enjoyed an IRest Yoga Nidra immersion program with Stephanie Lopez and recently earned her certification in Kids and Families Yoga Teaching Training with Rainbow Kids Yoga in Chicago, Illinois.
Ashley’s big dream of growing mindfulness training in her local grade schools, prisons, and other underserved populations took off in 2017. Since receiving her 200RYT and quitting her 9-5 to teach yoga full-time, Ashley’s penchant for fundraising has led to everything from bringing the first Yoga and Mindfulness Club to Washington Middle School to providing the means to volunteering on a regular basis at the Old Capitol Farmers Market, with the Boys and Girls Club, Compass for Kids, the Kidzeum of Health and Science, as well as many other local events (accomplishments that led to her being the 2018 recipient of the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln’s Women Helping Women Award). She has presented her work at conferences with the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies and Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, twice having the honor of offering MBSR training to military personnel at the 2018 Annual SHARP Refresher Training in Marseilles and Springfield, Illinois. She founded and is the executive director of Yoga for a Mindful Midwest, an initiative that has ushered mindfulness programming into many District 186 schools, local agencies, Decatur, Illinois’s Eisenhower High School, and weekly MBSR training with the Sangamon County Community Resource Center. A native of Springfield, she happily makes a home here with her partner, Jim, and their fantastic daughter, Mira.