Hello friends, we’re bringing back the ‘Get to Know’ posts to highlight some hard-working women that are involved in all things beauty, health and wellness in DFW. Today’s special feature is the lovely, Ashley Garner. Ashley is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and currently works for the University of Texas at Dallas. These past few years Ashley has grown to love yoga so much that you could consider her a yogi-lover. If you follow her Instagram page you’ll see tons of pictures and videos of fun yoga poses that she does. Lucky for us, she was able to set aside some time in her busy schedule to answer a few questions about her passion for yoga.
-What made you want to start doing YOGA?
One of my lovely friends introduced me to yoga my senior year in college. I started taking classes at CorePower at Mockingbird Station and fell in love with the mix of strength and flexibility required for their classes.
-How long have you been doing YOGA?
Not too long. I practiced for about 2 years on and off between college and graduate school. Then I started Acrobatic yoga in March 2016, so it’s been about 2.5 years.
-Do you see yourself being a YOGA instructor one day?
I would definitely love to become acroyoga certified!
-How has YOGA improved your everyday life?
My range of motion has improved tremendously. I am more comfortable holding certain postures. And I have improved my mindset about the importance of flexibility. I engage in intense stretching 4 days a week.
-If you could travel anywhere where would you go?
I have two places, New Zealand and Spain! I speak Spanish and would LOVE to experience the fusion of Spanish and European culture. I also want to experience the cultural vibe of NZ.
-What are your favorite YOGA poses to do?
I like this question. I really find myself enjoying inversions (handstands, forearm stand, headstand, etc.)
-Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Fitness wise? Hopefully, acroyoga certified. I also practiced aerial fitness and I would love to get back to it and start performing. Career-wise, I plan to pursue a doctorate degree and continue to find ways to help students pursue educational excellence. I’m currently working in student affairs and I feel like Martin Lawrence when he would say “Martin luhh the kids.” Students are our future and I want to invest in my future through supporting young bright minds!