Ashley Lopez is one of the amazing teachers at Imagine Yoga Studio. Here’s a bit more about her:
How has the practice has impacted your life? Yoga has completely shaped my lifestyle. I enjoy a regular meditation practice, my diet is influenced by my interest in Ayurveda and how what I eat affects the world and environment I live in, I take my physical practice everywhere I go, and I am happy to say that although I dance professionally I’ve never yet been hindered by a serious injury. I feel my awareness and presence of mind has been developed to such an extent that I have healthier relationships, and I have several strategies for dealing with life’s stresses. Most importantly, it has taught me gratitude. I am so grateful for the presence of yoga in my life because it makes me enjoy my physical being, my career, my loved ones, and every day I’m lucky enough to experience simply being.
What do you love about teaching yoga? Teaching is simply one of the most rewarding ways that one can invest their time. Reaching out to others and helping them grow—physically, mentally, emotionally—is an absolute pleasure. I love to see students simply discover new things about their bodies in class and to watch their curiosity and delight grown into their own passion for their practice. I love that, for everyone, yoga has a purpose.
How would you describe your teaching style or the classes you teach? I enjoy two modes of teaching: 1 – I love athleticism and the beauty of the poses. I love the challenge of increasing one’s strength and flexibility. 2 – I love helping people rehabilitate their injuries. I’m an absolute anatomy nerd and I am passionate about helping others feel better and about teaching them about how the body works.
What’s your favorite yoga pose ? Well, visually, I think Natarajasana is one of the prettiest poses a human body can make. In my practice, though, my favorite pose to get into is Halasana. Go figure—one is the opposite of the other!
What else do you like to do besides yoga, hobbies etc? I plant things. I ride a Harley Davidson. I bellydance. I practice contortion. In another life, I was an opera singer!
I initially came to yoga on the recommendation of my voice teacher: because he believed it would help me learn better breath control for singing. I was unaware there were classes that I could take, so I purchased a few books and found myself falling over in my bedroom trying to work out the poses. At the time, I found myself also mildly obsessed with meditation and had books on Zen as well. This was 1998. In my third year of college I became a fitness instructor. I started with Spin and Kickboxing, but quickly found my way into yoga classes. I learned to teach a short sequence after cycling and pursued deeper teacher training. Lucky me, at the time in the Midwest, most teacher trainings were more like apprenticeships—where students were able to learn one-on-one with their teachers over a longer period of time. I developed great relationships with my teacher trainers because I had access to them for years. It was a wonderful way to learn to teach. It was only after I’d been teaching and practicing for several years that I finally did my first 200-hour teacher training program.
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