This month we welcomed a new teacher (and Garden grad) to the Yoga Garden SF team: Ashley Ramos! She teaches Flow, Core & Restore on Mondays at 5:00 pm PT. Get to know her below, and sign up for her class here!
Other than being a yoga teacher, I am also a registered nurse! I currently work with teenagers in a psychiatric facility. I love promoting yoga and other ways of wellness to the people that I meet as a nurse.
I have 2 fur babies – Lila, my cat, and Bodie, my 6 months old mini dachshund!
I grew up in the Philippines and was there from 5 to 20 years old. I speak Tagalog and lived in a small town called Nueva Ecija & the major city, Manila.
Growing up in the Philippines, I skipped 7th and 8th grade (at that time, 6th graders can go straight to high school). I finished my Nursing degree at 20 years old, and took a couple years off before going back to nursing! I explored being in retail, food & coffee industry. During my time off from nursing was when I also decided to take a yoga teacher training.
I am a Reiki master & teacher! I first got into Reiki when I was finishing my research paper for Nursing school. My group mates and I researched about using Reiki as an adjunctive therapy for osteoarthritic knee pain in elderly clients. Long story short, we were able to prove that Reiki helps in managing this pain!
I am hoping to go back to school soon to be in a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.
How did you become interested in yoga?
I first got into yoga when I was 16 years old in Nursing school. I wanted to get into a workout, but also found that high intensity workouts were not for me. I started going into a hot yoga studio with my mom and loved it right away! I kept going and noticed that I always looked forward to taking a class after a stressful day in school. My practice was on and off from then, and got into a more consistent practice in 2017 where I was able to dive more than the physical aspect of yoga.
I started with hot yoga. After that, I attended other studios and learned more types of yoga. Now, my practice varies on what I need at the moment, and that usually cycles around vinyasa, mindful hatha flow, yin and restorative yoga. I practice with Alex Rossi, who is my mentor during my teacher training. I also like practicing with Shiva Rea & Marti Nikko. Nowadays with the pandemic, I like practicing & supporting classes taught by yoga teacher friends that I went to training with!
They can expect to be in a class where they can feel safe to fully connect with their body, mind and breath. I like holding a space where they feel safe enough to do that, and also be able to release of what they need to let go of. I like teaching a well rounded class where there is a balance of movement and rest. Where the only thing that is right is listening deeply as to what the Self is saying, what is needed in that moment. I teach the way I do because I think it’s so necessary for people to have that sense of safety and a time for them to deeply connect with themselves.
I am in the works of doing another Reiki attunement/training! As a Reiki master & teacher, I teach people who wants to learn how to do this for themselves. If you don’t know what Reiki is, it’s a Japanese energy healing modality where you can connect to Universal life force to be able to align the energy centers (chakras).
I did my 200 hour yoga teacher training at Yoga Garden back in 2018! I finished my 500 hour training here as well in 2019! It is such an honor to be back in this community and be on the teachers side. ♡ Also, I used to work at Native Twins Coffee (a coffee shop that used to be a couple buildings away from Yoga Garden). I never lived in Lower Divisadero, yet this block feels like home for me.