This trainer spotlight is with YouAligned’s very personal founder, Ashton August. In our YA Lessons Trainer Highlights, we characteristic one in every of our superb instructors and interview them so our members and readers can get to know them.
Ashton is a motivational writer, speaker and distinguished yoga teacher with over a decade of educating expertise. She is the founding father of YouAligned and creator of – and trainer! – on YA Lessons.
Ashton August shares her yoga journey:
“Whereas these first few months have been actually difficult for somebody who by no means stretched, I rapidly fell in love with the numerous advantages.”
Ashton provides dwell and digital yoga lessons, occasions, workshops and retreats and has reached tens of millions of scholars worldwide. She is thought for her welcoming and artistic but accessible lessons which can be enjoyable, difficult and up-lifting. In her writing and her educating, she infuses inspirational and motivational messages of empowerment.
I imagine that cultivating empowering self-talk and a wholesome mindset opens the door to dwelling an abundantly fulfilling life! – Ashton August
Wish to be taught extra about this unimaginable trainer, chief, and founder? Learn on.
Get to Know Your YA Lessons Trainer: Ashton August
We sat down with our beloved visionary, chief, and passionate yoga trainer, Ashton for a Q+A session so YA Lessons members and YouAligned readers can be taught extra about her.
YA: What’s your favourite self-care apply you’ll be able to’t dwell with out?
Ashton: My every day morning meditation! I’ve sat in meditation most mornings for the previous decade and it immensely helps my psychological well being, readability and confidence as I am going into my day. Once I miss a day, it reveals!
YA: What’s your go-to music or music style once you educate (or apply)?
Ashton: I’m at present actually into home music. I like discovering DJs on YouTube and listening to their mixes throughout my private apply. In my lessons, I like providing a soulful mix of upbeat, feel-good music throughout genres. Making a playlist for my lessons is one in every of my favourite components of educating!
YA: What’s your favourite motivational quote?
Ashton: Nicely, I’m so enthusiastic about motivational quotes that I wrote a whole ebook, A Yr of Self Motivation for Girls: Each day Inspiration, Braveness, and Confidence (A Yr of Each day Reflections), that includes my 75 favorites! So it’s laborious to choose only one.
However one in every of my long-time favourite quotes is, “The way you do something in life is the way you do the whole lot.” It embodies the integrity that I dwell by.
Need a peek of Ashton’s favourite quotes? Try: A Yr of Self-Motivation for Girls: YouAligned Founder Ashton August’s New E book Is Right here!
YA: What’s your favourite yoga pose? Least favourite?
Ashton: Dancer Pose is my absolute favourite! My grandfather and I used to journey all over the world, and we created a convention of me doing Dancer Pose each place we visited. That was so enjoyable!
My least favourite pose is Revolved Pyramid Pose as a result of it’s so difficult in my physique (which additionally signifies that I ought to apply it extra usually!).
YA: The place’s your favourite place on the earth you’ve ever been to, and why?
Ashton: Palms down, Kauai!! I’ve been all around the world and have seen some actually unimaginable locations. But nothing can contact lovely, magical, Kauai Hawaii. Do you know there’s a spot on that island by which it’s believed all souls enter and depart this earth? That’s why the Dalai Lama visits annually.
YA: What’s your #1 piece of recommendation for sustaining an empowered mindset?
Ashton: Set an intention for what you need particularly. Let’s say it’s extra self-confidence. Subsequent, craft an affirmation primarily based on that intention. Affirmations are highly effective “I’m” statements that assist affirm a selected perception or state of being that you simply search.
Repeat your affirmation each time you see it.
For instance, “I’m assured, highly effective and absolutely able to reaching something I set my thoughts to.” Then – and that is the important thing step – write it down on a sticky be aware (bonus: write it down on a number of sticky notes) after which place it the place you’ll see it usually (lavatory mirror, laptop computer display, steering wheel) and repeat your affirmation each time you see it.
Apply this I Am Worthy class on YA Lessons with Ashton the place she works with affirmations that she weaves all through a dynamic Hatha apply.
What’s one thing folks can be shocked to find out about you?
Ashton: Many, many issues. Haha!! Listed below are a number of enjoyable ones: I used to have my head shaved, and through that point I obtained a head tattoo. Now that my hair’s grown again, no one can inform!
Earlier than I created YouAligned, I used to be an English Professor. Once I needed to make the choice to depart educating to pursue YouAligned full time, it was one of the tough selections I ever made – and I’m SO comfortable I did!!!
For a lot of of you who apply yoga with me on YouAligned Lessons, you might not know that I’m additionally a motivational writer! I’ve two revealed books: Be taught Develop Shift. 30 Days of Private Progress), and A Yr of Self Motivation for Girls: Each day Inspiration, Braveness, and Confidence (A Yr of Each day Reflections), and I simply completed writing my third.
YA: Except for your individual, what’s your favourite class or trainer on YA Lessons?
Ashton: Because the founding father of the platform and the content material producer, I like each single trainer and providing we now have on YA Lessons!! Nevertheless, I do have a number of go-to’s for my private apply, primarily based on their model or codecs.
If I need my butt kicked to a killer playlist: Katie Kasten. Once I need a difficult, intelligently sequenced energy circulate: Alba Avella. Once I have to get my thoughts proper and a dose of inspiration: Youmie Jean Francois. Once I’m craving a guided meditation: Yogi Bryan.
Wish to Join Extra With Ashton August?
A Colorado native, Ashton now lives in sunny Arizona along with her husband, their two rescue canine, and their desert tortoise. When she’s not writing or producing content material for YA Lessons, yow will discover Ashton studying an amazing ebook, training sizzling yoga, climbing or van-lifing along with her husband and their pups.
Join along with her on social: @iamashtonaugust and go to her web site to be taught extra: ashtonaugust.com.
Take an On-line Yoga Class With Ashton August
Get grounded, centered, and current with this gradual vinyasa circulate by Ashton on YA Lessons. This gradual circulate is ideal for calming the rushed thoughts and works wonderful as a mid-day break for a busy work day. So seize your mat and discover your centered and aware self.
Ashton provides dozens of on-line lessons and full applications on YA Lessons, starting from light Hatha lessons to difficult Vinyasa flows and the whole lot in between.
Not but a YA Lessons member? You may attempt it free for 14 days.