Ashlea Hartz :
I began my yoga practice at the age of 17 when first introduced to the sun salutation by my soccer coach in Indiana where I grew up. Years later I took my first official class at the college rec center and started to fall in love with the new movement of the body. After moving to New York City in 2003, I became a regular yoga student practicing with amazing teachers from Jivamukti NYC, OM Yoga and Jaya Yoga before finding my home at Yogamaya in 2010. I began a new journey in life in 2012 when I became certified as a Vinyasa Yoga teacher and the following year moved to Santa Cruz to pursue a career in Holistic Nutrition. Now spending my time teaching yoga and healing people with the power of healthy food is my passion in life. I am very grateful to every teacher I have crossed paths with on and off the mat who have inspired me to follow the light within.