200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Alley Cat Yoga (Ashley Hagen and Dave Frenz)
Why do you love teaching yoga?
I love teaching yoga to be able to share all of the benefits & gifts that yoga has given me with others. I love holding space for others to be able to unwind & take time for themselves in a society that encourages constant "doing" & productivity. It's such a joy to teach students how to take their yoga practices beyond the mat & bring the valuable lessons of contentment, mindfulness, & acceptance that we learn from yoga into the world with them.
What can students expect to experience in your class?
Students can expect to feel fully supported & accepted in my classes. I am constantly striving to cultivate an environment that feels inclusive, & students in all bodies & from all backgrounds are welcomed within my classes.
You can expect grounding, yet engaging, sequences that link breath to movement at a steady, controlled pace. You can also expect yoga philosophy & "off the mat" yoga lessons to be woven throughout the class. In my classes, personalization is always encouraged so that every student can make the practice feel good in their body.
Every class contains a holistic experience of mindful movement, breathwork, philosophy, & meditation that will leave students feeling peaceful & calm as they move back into their everyday lives.
What is the greatest benefit of yoga?
While it's hard to name just one benefit of yoga that outweighs the array of benefits that come from a consistent practice, the one that has impacted my life the most has been the ability to be mindful & present in the moment. I spent years of my life feeling burnt out, stressed, & overwhelmed, constantly worrying about the future or dwelling on the past. The practice of yoga has allowed me to ground myself in the present moment when I experience feelings of overwhelm creeping in. I'm now often able to find acceptance & ease in the right here & right now, which has helped me immensely.
Personal Inclusivity Statement
I strongly believe in making the practice of yoga accessible to all, as it is so often portrayed as something that is exclusive to those that look a certain way or have the resources to practice yoga. I truly believe that every single person can benefit from this practice, & don't want anyone to feel that it isn't for them due to the color of their skin, the size of their body, socioeconomic status, or any other factors.
I am especially passionate about creating yoga spaces that feel inclusive to individuals in larger bodies, as I think the "fitness" portrayal of yoga has often left bigger bodied individuals feeling alienated from the practice. With that being said, I welcome those from all races, genders, sexualities, body sizes, & socioeconomic statuses in my classes.