Ashley A. - Instructor
I took my first Sumits Hot Yoga class at the Springfield studio in 2009. It was love at first sweat, and I continued to take classes whenever I was home on breaks from college. Three years later, a Sumits opened in Columbia and I was able to begin a consistent practice. At first, I attended classes for a “good workout,” but now, after several years of practice, I have left with so much more. Words cannot describe the many benefits this practice has given me, but I’ll try... First, I learned to love myself physically, just as I was. I found, the more time I dedicated to my practice, the more I started to learn about my body and state of mind, which in turn, resulted in gradual lifestyle changes. From my diet, to the way I view and interact with myself and others, yoga has become a lifestyle that continues to encourage me to be the best version of myself. Through life’s ups and downs, my mat has been there to ground me and remind me of all I have to be grateful for. Sumit’s sequence helped me stumble into a completely new way of life that has transformed my physical, mental, and spiritual health. I am forever grateful to Sumit for not only creating his sequence but for also encouraging me to go through teacher training to share this gift of yoga with others! I completed my first 200 hour training with Sumit in 2013. After two years of teaching, I continued my yoga education by attending a second 200 hour teacher training with Marianne Wells in Costa Rica. Along with my trainings, I have many yoga teachers, workshops, and students to thank for shaping me into the person and yoga teacher I am today! As a yoga teacher, it is my goal to educate students to truly listen to their bodies, to delve deeper than the physical practice, and most importantly learn to how to be a yogi in every area of life, not just in the hot sweaty room :).