"The joy of freedom in the body brings peace to the mind." ~ Uma
Wyld’s mamma, yogini, beloved partner, mystic, eternal student, and lover of the goddess, Uma (Ashleigh) has been teaching therapeutic yoga, meditation and philosophy since 2005. Dedicated to the pursuit of healing a spinal condition from birth, Uma began a dedicated self-practice at a very young age. Now, emerging from a traumatic transition into motherhood: a month-long induced coma and re-learning how to walk, her fiercely loving passion, capacity and skillset for healing through embodiment is unparalleled. Grounded in a solid foundation of the ancient teachings, Uma’s offerings are a practical and comprehensive exploration of the mystical, energetic and contemplative practices of the yoga tradition.
Co-founder of The Ālaya Yoga School, Director of Yoga and Movement for The Envision Festival in Costa Rica, Uma also spent five years as the Global Yoga Trainer for Adidas, was the former Head of Yoga Content for Gaia.com, and was honored to be the youngest Certified Anusara Yoga Instructor in the world. Uma’s yoga videos (as Ashleigh Sergeant) are featured on Gaia.com, Grokker and ShriTV. A regular presenter at the Wanderlust Festival, Uma’s work can also be seen on Mind Body Green, YOGANONYMOUS, Latin Women’s Health and German Yoga Journal.
Uma is an exquisite embodiment of rare beauty and pure fire. Her beauty emanates from within and enhances everything that falls in her presence. Her fire is one of passion, clarity, discernment and love. Her honesty will undo you, her authenticity will liberate you, her light will guide you, and the brilliance of her presence will inspire you. To know her is pure magic. To walk with her is true grace. To be in her company is to experience the truth of love.
I feel infinitely blessed in this life to call Uma my soul sister, trusted confidant, co-teacher and
spiritual ally. If you get the chance to be in her light, I promise, your life will be forever changed.
- MEG MCCRAKEN
Uma’s life is a true embodiment of the teachings of yoga. Her life, presence and vibrant way of being in this world are shining examples of her dedicated practice. Steeped in a breadth of knowledge and depth of experience, she has the unique gift of being able to guide her students in a clear, effective and inspiring way. Grounded in a solid foundation of the ancient teachings, Uma continues to be on the leading edge of yoga's evolution. Her revolutionary approach to the practices breathes new life into the tradition, helping her students thrive in today’s ever-changing world.
Uma’s first teachers include Bryan Kest and Baron Baptiste. She received her first 200-HR teaching certification at the Himalayan Institute, strongly influenced by Rod Stryker’s ParaYoga, something she continues to study. Today, Uma brings thousands of hours of experience to her teaching, including the knowledge of therapeutic asana gained from traveling with and assisting John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga. Uma’s present passion is the deep exploration of the mystical and energetic side of yoga practices. For this her primary teacher and long time inspiration is the great Sally Kempton.
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