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Featured Teacher: Ashley Ramos

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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!


Tell us about yourself! What are some things that your students might not know?

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.

Tell us about your yoga journey. What style did you start in and with whom do you study now?

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!

Describe your teaching style. What can folks expect when they attend your class? 

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.

Any exciting projects or plans on the horizon?

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).

Anything else you’d like to share with the YGSF community? 

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.

 

That’s all for now! Sign up for Ashley’s classes, and/or connect with her on Instagram.