I practice yoga because…
Life is confusing and hard and fascinating. I simply must explore this beautiful and mysterious experience of being human. My yoga practice gives me the tools to uncover my purpose in life and find freedom from pain in a meaningful and effective way connected to ancient wisdom. Life is constantly giving to me, constantly waking me up to my Self, constantly providing for my growth and constantly helping me heal so I can walk in this world from a place of reverence and love. Being given the gift of human life is so profound I don’t think I could ever fathom it completely. I want nothing more than to stretch the limits of this experience infinitely, to live this life with as much purpose, meaning, presence and love as I possibly can. For me, the most authentic way to do that is share. Through my teaching, I strive to pass on this magical medicine to family, friends and students so they too can delight in a life rich with meaning and purpose and presence.
Ashleigh Sergeant is the Head of Yoga Content for Gaia.com, Director of Yoga and Movement for The Envision Festival in Costa Rica, co-founder of The Ālaya Yoga School, spent five years as the Global Yoga Trainer for adidas and was honored to be the youngest Certified Anusara Yoga Instructor in the world. Ashleigh’s yoga videos are featured on Gaia.com, Grokker and ShriTV. A regular presenter at the Wanderlust Festival, Ashleigh has contributed to Mind Body Green, YOGANONYMOUS, Latin Women’s Health and German Yoga Journal.
Ashleigh is a true embodiment of the teachings of yoga. Her life, presence and vibrant way of being in this world, radiate the effects of her dedicated practice. Steeped in a breadth of knowledge and depth of lived experience, Ashleigh has the unique gift of being able to guide her students in a clear, effective and inspiring way. With a solid foundation of the ancient teachings, Ashleigh is also on the leading edge of the evolution of yoga. Her revolutionary approach to the practices, breathes new life into the tradition and helps us to thrive in today’s ever-changing world.
Ashleigh’s first teachers included Bryan Kest and Baron Baptiste. She received her first 200-HR teaching certification at the Himalayan Institute with a strong influence from Rod Stryker’s ParaYoga, whom with she continues to study presently. For many years Ashleigh traveled with and assisted John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga, exploring the profound healing aspects of therapeutic asana. Ashleigh’s present passion is the deep exploration of the mystical and energetic side of the yoga practice and for this her primary teacher and long time inspiration is the great Sally Kempton.