When and why did you begin practicing yoga?
I began practicing hot yoga in 2006. Yoga has had a profound impact on my life by providing me with a deeper understanding and appreciation for one’s self and others. Although my practice started because of the physical benefits, today I practice daily for the inner work out, to connect to myself and release everyday stresses.” – Ashley D.
What made you fall in love with Radiant Hot Yoga?
I love Radiant! And for so many reasons!! The heat, the teachers, the people, the entire community of yogis are friendly and supportive. I enjoy the experience of each class being different and challenging, yet somehow exactly what I need for that day. It is the highlight of my day!” – Ashley D.
How has teaching yoga changed your life?
Teaching has been one of the best gifts in my life! To have the opportunity to teach, connect, and motivate while living my passion is a dream come true. Teaching is the best – it has enriched and enhanced my life tremendously. I am incredibly humbled and grateful to be be a part of Radiant and the amazing community.” – Ashley D.
When did you know you wanted to become a teacher at Radiant Hot Yoga?
I’ve always been a people person, and as long as I can remember have found myself wanting to positively impact and support others. I watched Teacher Training come and go for years- it always pulled on my heart, but I was too busy and committed to work to participate until I made the decision in 2016 to to commit to Teacher Training “no matter what”.” – Ashley D.
What did Teacher Training mean to you and how did it change your life?
It was truly an extraordinary experience, physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. 8-weeks and 200 hours of intense training not only learning so much about yoga, the niyamas, and yamas, and the body but also a deeper understanding of the self. I am so grateful to have been part of the teacher training and created so many strong bonds and memories with friends that will last forever.” – Ashley D.
What are a few of your favorite things to do outside of yoga?
Outside of the studio, I spend my time with my husband, dogs, friends, and family. I have a love for the beach, and enjoy being in the water. Music, traveling, and going to new places are some of my favorite experiences.” – Ashley D.
What is one of your most cherished moments since you’ve become a teacher?
There have been many everlasting, and very special moments made in studio since becoming a teacher. I’ll never forget my first class, I was so nervous, and it was a good size class!
Darlene and some dear friends were in the room. As soon as we got into table top something clicked and came over me, it was like an out of body experience- and I was watching myself teach. It was such an amazing feeling and the energy lasted the whole day. At that point, I finally had a instinct feeling that I was doing exactly what I was suppose to be doing in life.” – Ashley D.
If there was one last thing you’d like to share with your radiant students, what would you say?!
“Ego says once everything falls into place, I’ll find peace.” Spirit says, “Find your peace, and everything will fall into place.” – Ashley D.