We are appreciating Miche Ashley as our May Teacher of the Month!!
Miche is kind, genuine and shows up so fully for her students and her community. She is a graduate from our 2017 yoga teacher training and we are so grateful to have her here sharing her compassion, wisdom and knowledge with us. Her voice is soothing and her authenticity is comforting, you will leave her classes feeling calm and nurtured. Be sure to drop in for one her regularly scheduled classes; Gentle Yoga on Tuesdays 8pm-9pm & Restorative Yoga on Saturdays 3:15pm-4:15pm. Miche helps to hold this place up by stepping in to sub classes whenever needed and by supporting the Karma Cafe, eating there regularly and bringing friends to help spread the word. Thank You Miche for shining so brightly and holding so much space. We love you! Read what Miche has to say:
1. What was the experience with yoga that got you hooked?
The experience that “hooked” me was during my YTT. I began to experience myself in my body, grounded, centered, at peace and whole, like I had not before – or at least in a very long time. All I knew is I wanted to feel that as often as possible and even when I was off my mat. It’s my go to now…yoga…
2.What inspires you to continue yoga?
Yoga has become the perfect platform for me to continue my own soul exploration and expansion; both personally and professionally. So my desire to show up in the world in service, embodied in love through flow, guidance and inspiration keeps me going and yoga allows me to live my soul purpose with ease and flow. I love it.
3. What is your most challenging pose?
My most challenging pose continues to be downward facing dog. Though it I say it’s my most challenging what I mean is it is the pose that continues to teach me where I am in my personal growth. Since my car accident nearly 2.5 years ago, this is the pose the continues to speak to me of self care while continually reaching for my edge.
4.What is your favorite time/place to practice?
I tend to enjoy practicing the most in the morning. When I first wake up, within that hour, because it helps me settle my mind, body and soul and get it all in sync with one another. Morning Yoga does for me what coffee does for others :). Then again I do love my cup of coffee..LOL!
5. How has yoga changed your life?
Funny but “changed” isn’t the word I’d use as much as “enhanced” really. I know that yoga has elevated, expanded, enhanced my life by allowing me a space to fully embody all of who I am. It’s a tad bit difficult to share in words but when I’m practicing it is the space that allows me to open, flow, ground, center, expand and love all at once. Whether I’m on my mat or in front of the room. The full expression of heart, mind and soul, of me, shows up…and that’s what excites me, pulls me back again and again. Yoga is the one place where I can be completely, utterly, unapologetically, lovingly, all of me.
6. Do you have a favorite yoga book or video?
As of right now, my favorite video is actually Sean Corn’s ‘Leadership Series” that was recently aired on One Commune. It was phenomenal…eye opening, life changing….I highly recommend everyone to watch it. You’ll never be the same once you have.
7. What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself?
Passionate, Healer, Guide
8. Is there a recurring theme that runs through your yoga practice?
Ha! This came up last night actually. YES. Breathe. I’ve begun to notice throughout my own personal practice and when I’m teaching, I’m guiding to highlight breathe in our movement…whether in stillness, transitions or holding an asana. The breathe is our biggest tool we bring to the mat. And it is the one tool that we take with us as we move through the world. I’ve learned and continue to learn that alignment with breathe allows so much to come through and inform our conscious minds of where we are resonating [or not] in each present moment. That ability to bring awareness into each moment, by way of yoga flow, is something that continues to support us as we move through the world. With enough breath, we put space in places that asks of us to show up powerfully and completely. And the more present we are the more power and the more love is shared and experienced. So yes…breath.
9. If you could just share one practice that has helped you the most, what would it be?
My one “practice” that has been with me for over the last decade is meditation. I find it not just about calming the mind [which is an illusion] but support my awareness to be present and “feel” into what is right before me. My practice of meditation is what supports me to show up in spaces that may feel tight or frightening because I know no matter what comes my way, if I just breathe, I’ll be okay.
10. What is your mantra?
breathe in, breathe out
11. Do you have a passion other than yoga you’d like to share about?
I’m really passionate about health, healing and wellness from a mind, body, spirit perspective. For us to show up in the world powerfully, clear in our purpose and passionate about it requires an alignment that runs deeper than the surface of our skin. And, misalignment of the truth of who we really are results in dis-ease in the body prompting our awareness to pay attention to what is not working: mind, body &soul.
12. How did you find Asheville Community Yoga?
Actually, I feel like we found one another. I was already “itching” to show up in a more powerful way from what I had been in my business at the time, and I received word [ twice ] about the Yoga Teacher Training program and I took it as a sign and the rest if herstory ;).
13. Do you have a spirit animal? If so, what is it?
This is so funny because my Spirit Animal is actually the Spider. Now this is why that’s funny because for the longest time I was terrified beyond belief of the Spider to the point where I would get hysterical. And over the years, most recent since relocating to Asheville, I’ve learned to accept the power of the Spider and accept and embrace my purpose for being here. As I’ve integrated my own fear in owning my own power and the responsibility that comes with that in how I am co-creating life with the Universe [oh the tangled web we weave! LOL], I have come to have a respect for my Spirit Animal. Now when I see her…I know she is alerting me that it is time to weave or to be mindful of what I am weaving out into the world.
14. What is a great class or workshop that you’ve been to recently?
Teacher Workshops hosted by Mama Wendy! Those have been a blessing as a new teacher. With each workshop that I attend, it has helped for me to learn from other teachers but more importantly to form bonds and new friendships that come in handy as I continue to walk my path.
15. What’s your most embarrassing moment in a yoga class?
Oh maybe the time I passed gas while going into child’s pose…LOL! That always will be my most embarrassing moment…