Charleston : King Street

Ashley Bell

A bit about Ashley...

I’m a yoga teacher because throughout my life I’ve taught everything that I’ve ever loved, from dance and group fitness to art and math (yes, I love math). My interest in health and wellness is rooted in my days studying dance and participating in sports every semester beginning in eight grade for the duration of my secondary education. I taught ballet as a high school student and group fitness in college before completing my graduate studies in Art Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College. As a creative arts teacher, I always hoped that students would come to recognize the validity of their own stories, and in trusting that truth find a medium through which they could share those experiences. As a yoga teacher, I hope that students will see that their bodies are an autobiographical collection of patterns of tightness, weakness, strength and softness resulting from their life, work and play. Through yoga, we can begin to observe and then adjust the structure of the body, breaking down those patterns that restrict movement and growth, opening into our full potential one breath at a time. Being able to move freely feels good, and when we feel good we are kinder and more compassionate towards ourselves and others. I truly believe that yoga can change the world that way. Some may regard that opinion as naive, but I am unapologetically enthusiastic about the power of this practice.

I completed my 200-hour teaching certification in 2003 at Gaea Yoga, Charleston’s first dedicated vinyasa studio. I have a prenatal yoga training from Asheville Yoga Center and have 100 hours toward my advanced certification from Laughing Lotus in NYC. I have served as a primary instructor for several 200-hour teacher trainings at Blue Turtle Yoga in Charleston, SC and will be on the faculty of trainings at both Gaea Yoga and Mission Yoga in the months ahead. As much as I enjoy sequencing complex flows that incorporate interesting balances and playful inversions, I truly love teaching beginners.