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Ashley Platz

Ashley Platz

Ashley Platz

Ashley Platz

Ashley Platz

Ashley Platz

Ashley Platz

Ashley Platz

 

Ashley Platz

Ashley Platz

Ashley Platz

To me, yoga is the practice of being ok with being uncomfortable, on and off the mat. I am the most unlikely of yoga teachers. As a young child, I developed scoliosis and was told that the only fix would be steel rods along my spine. Thankfully, my parents refused. I was a track and field athlete as a teenager and fought my stubborn spine the whole way. My first exposure to yoga was in a college acting class that I felt was ridiculous. Then I moved to LA to continue the hustle in better weather and was sleeping on a futon, yet still couldn't put together why my back pain was persisting. Still didn't give yoga a chance. I blamed it on everything - my competitive nature, not wanting to drink the "LA Kool-Aid," I'm too A.D.D. Then I noticed I had moved into an apartment that was 2 blocks from a yoga studio. The universe was giving me a sign. One I didn't want. I reluctantly stepped into a yoga class, and a month later, back pain was no longer in my life. Floored, blown away, and desperate to know more, I took a teacher training. The next thing I know, I'm teaching all over Los Angeles, and my scoliosis is nearly completely gone.

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Number of years teaching

8+ years

Style

Playful, focused & physical

Inspiration

Liberation & elevation 

 

FAQ

What inspired you to teach yoga?

It took me so long to get out of my own way to even try yoga and it has changed my life completely. I aspire to be the bridge for people who struggle with that identity of “yogi” but want to feel better.

Who are your most influential teachers?

Noah Maze, Rocky Heron, Andrea Marcum, Jenny Arthur, Vinnie Marino, Anthony Benenati.

How would you describe your style?

Direct and supportive. I really enjoy guiding students breakthrough percieved limitations with practical help.

Why do you feel retreats are transformational?

The immersion. The immersive environment gives you permission to really focus on what you what to change in your practice.

What is your favorite pose to teach?

Bakasana. The first arm balance is the key to them all and watching students get it for the first time is magic.

What is your favorite pose to practice?

Dragonfly.

What are your favorite places to travel?

Anywhere near water, beaches, rivers, lakes, and even hot springs.