Since a young age, Karine has had a passion for movement and exercise. She trained and coached competitively in gymnastics and dance. After having suffered ankle injuries, which led her to quit training, she realized the importance of safe practice and healthy movement. Karine took her first yoga class in 2013, and quickly fell in love. After attending weekly classes, exploring her personal practice, as well as being engaged in the beautiful community of yoga on social media, she quickly realized she wanted more and could not get enough!
In January 2017, Karine finally followed her dream, and enrolled to Upward Dog’s YTT200hr program with Elizabeth Whissell and Garrett Plumley.
Karine enjoys the beauty of rhythm and flow by linking breath with movement. She incorporates movements for strength and flexibility in her classes, all while offering many options for variations and freedom to be creative. Coming from a background of faith, she invites her students to practice open minded, open hearted, and free of judgement. She wishes to share her love for yoga with her students by incorporating both the mental and physical benefits of yoga throughout practice.
Learn to fall in love with taking care of yourself: Body… Mind… and Spirit.
She found was a deep sense of calm upon leaving each class; a decrease in the amount of anxious thoughts and feelings she had throughout the day; and, if they did crop up – a new means of coping - breathing - acknowledging, accepting, and, as appropriate, releasing.
After 7 years of a committed practice, Ashley felt complied to be able to share this sacred gift of yoga with others in the community. As such, she attended 200 hr training here in Ottawa, under Megan Campbell and Tiffani Harris, and began teaching immediately following.
Ashley’s style of yoga is inclusive while creative, she provides detailed anatomical cueing, as she values a creating a safe space and sense of belonging for anyBODY and everyBODY in her classes. She also strives to empower others to connect to, honour and live their truth, whatever that may mean for the individual. Ashley believes in continuous learning, and giving her best self in her teachings, so you can be yours.
Meet Ashley on the mat every Tuesday and Friday at 6:30AM for an all-levels Hatha flow class, to check-in, breathe, and set yourself up for the day ahead, knowing you can handle whatever may come your way