Let me start by saying this, dear friends: wherever you are in your journey, you are not alone. You are held, you are supported … even if it doesn't feel that way, even if you're feeling lost.
You see, I know what it's like to walk in the dark … to not know where I'm going, or where the next step might take me.
And I also know what it's like to walk in the light … to move toward that which gives me joy, toward what fills me up and empowers me to give.
This is our shared experience. This is what it is to be human: to move from uncertainty to illumination and back again, over and over. This is what it means to practice yoga: to breathe in and breathe out, to receive and to give.
I'm Ashley Baker Haselton, and I'm here to support you in your journey.
A Short History of Ashley
I'm from the Shoals area in northwestern Alabama; I graduated from the University of North Alabama in Florence. I attended my first yoga class in college, and I was amazed by how the practice helped me find calm and release stress. At the time, though, I had no idea that yoga would become such a central part of my life.
In 2010, I was working at a corporate job. I was good at what I did, but the lifestyle wasn't a fit. I spent my days inside, sitting in meetings and wearing suits. (Secretly, I yearned for sunshine, movement, and yoga pants!) I wanted to make a career change, but I didn't know what to do. Fortunately, yoga taught me to search within to find answers. All the external voices clamored, “But you can't possibly quit your job!” Deep down, though, I knew better. My heart told me that a new adventure was at hand.
During this period, I attended my first class at Shoals Yoga, taught by Danielle Snoddy. It proved to be a catalyst for growth: in December 2011, I left my corporate position... I was catapulted out of my comfort zone. It was exactly what I feared, and exactly what I needed. In that spirit, I headed off on a 2 ½ month journey to India to practice yoga and explore the world … which is what I've always wanted to do.
I'd known for years that I loved yoga … but teaching? That was a whole new dragon to slay. Fortunately, I'd already made a big move away from my old life; it was time for something new. In June 2012, I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains at the Sivananda Yoga Ranch in Woodbourne, NY. Within a week of returning to Alabama, I was teaching classes at Shoals Yoga.
The Beauty of Now
Since I took the leap into teaching, I haven't looked back. Since 2012, I've taught hundreds of students in both public classes and private lessons, co-led multiple yoga retreats, traveled to Bali to begin my 500 hour teacher training with Janet Stone Yoga. I am now co-leading yoga teacher trainings with my first teacher, Danielle Snoddy, owner of Shoals Yoga. The journey continues, and I'm so glad to be here for it.
In all I do, I continue to follow my heart, listening intently when it speaks. And if there's a truth I can offer you as a teacher, it's this …
You have the courage to do what you are called to do.
You have the strength to embark upon your own hero's journey.
You have the love to carry you through both the light and the dark.