Ashley Smith
April 27, 2022

RYT

When Ashley (Ash) Smith found her own healing through yoga and mindfulness, she knew she had to start her journey of becoming a yoga teacher so she could share its healing benefits with others.

Ash became a RYT-200 hour (registered yoga teacher) in 2020 from Yama Yoga. She enjoys teaching a variety of yoga styles including restorative, yin, slow flow, and vinyasa as well as sound meditation.

When you take Ash’s classes, you’ll notice a consistent theme of gratitude – for your body, mind, and spirit. Our bodies carry us through all of our experiences and are waiting for us to acknowledge and have more gratitude.

Ash holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

Q&A with Ashley (Ash) Smith

Q. How long have you been a yoga teacher?
A. I became certified in 2020 and have been teaching yoga since then.

Q. What areas do you specialize in?
A. I teach a variety of styles including restorative, yin, slow flow and vinyasa yoga.

Q. What brought you to your current style of practice?
A. I used to move so quickly through my yoga practices. It wasn’t until I took a restorative yin yoga class that made me realize the importance of slowing down. There is truly a beautiful balance that can be felt when activating both your yin and yang energies (yin meaning slow, and yang meaning fast). I found the importance of restorative/yin throughout the past year and now find myself focusing on the yin than the yang.

Q. What can a new student expect?
A. For new students coming into my class, you will feel supported by the cues I give, and hopefully, you’ll be inspired to come back again to learn something new. Movement options and modifications will always be an aspect of my classes. I find that in a yoga practice, props can be very helpful for anyone at any time. You will learn to use a variety of props to explore the yoga poses.

Q. What are your current wellness goals and how are you addressing them?
A. My current wellness goal is to find a balance between my movement practice and life. I find this is always changing due to life’s demands. But finding ways to be flexible with my movement practice helps me so much in times when I need it.

Q. What is your favorite beautiful spot in Milwaukee?
A. Atwater Beach!

Q. What is your favorite place to eat in Milwaukee?
A. My favorite place to eat in Milwaukee would have to be Hungry Sumo or Lucky Ginger.

Q. What are your top three favorite things to do/hobbies?
A. I love biking in the summer, intuitive dance, weight lifting, rock climbing, hiking, cooking colorful meals, and tending to my plant life.

Q. What do you do to de-stress?
A. Drinking water and taking some time to meditate really helps me destress when I need it. When I need some extra help, I visit the gym or take a hot yoga class.