Meet Ashley Reynolds
Ashley Reynolds, CYT
Ashley began her yoga journey right here at Hot Yoga Bowling Green almost 5 years ago, shortly after our doors first opened. She has since become one of our most requested and beloved teachers, and is a treasured premier instructor at Hot Yoga. She has a genuine love for Classic Rock music, as is evident in her highly-charged and energetic classes, but she has an even greater love for her yoga students. She is currently working toward the goal of RYT requirements, having trained with Tony Bishop in a number of workshops and intensive trainings while teaching and training regularly at Hot Yoga. She has completed workshops & education with Rolf Gates, Bea Raydo, Krista & Brock Cahill, and Martin Kirk, while reading and researching yoga on an ongoing basis.
Ashley is passionate about people and their needs, being involved with South Central Kentucky Crime Stoppers Board, member of the Junior Woman’s Club, Junior Woman’s Club Executive Board, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children), member of First Baptist Church, Alpha Delta Pi Alumnae, and WKU Alumnae.
She was recently honored with the prestigious Junior Woman’s Club “Club Woman of the Year”, “Kentucky Junior Club Rookie of the Year.”
Besides teaching yoga, her varied interests include attending concerts, traveling, flying, running for charities, riding horses and collecting Kentucky Derby Memorabilia. When she isn’t working at Harlin Parker Law Firm or teaching yoga, she loves spending time with friends and family, going to events in Nashville and NYC, cycling, and especially running for the Injured Marines Fund. She shares her favorite ‘Yoga’ quote: “If I’m losing balance in a pose, I stretch higher and God reaches down to steady me. It works every time, and not just in yoga.” — Terri Guillemets .
Ashley shares her yoga story in her own words: “After attending one class at Hot Yoga Bowling Green, I fell ‘downward dog heels over head’ in love with yoga practice. I initially took yoga classes with the hopes that the stretching and strengthening would help me with running. While running contracted my muscles, yoga was the perfect complement because it restores muscles! I am still passionate about running, but I am most at home on the mat. I like to lead class with a playful and energetic style that will encourage students to be curious and explore their own individual experience. No class is ever the same, and I’m thankful for each one more than the last.
Yoga has immensely helped to strengthen my faith in God. I like to stay active and love to be social. It is good for me to have a place to just be still and know that He is God. I often pray during my practice and feel as though a weight has been lifted off of me by the time the word Namaste has been said. Yoga gives me the same type of joy that flying a plane does – it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things.”
Ashley says it best when sharing her purpose of teaching: “I conclude each class with the reminder that the world sees our actions, not our intentions. I like to remind my students that a yoga class is a place where we always acknowledge the intention. It is not a competitive environment. I want to foster an environment of kindness, where as a class we trust one another’s intentions to simply do our best and walk away with a peaceful heart, mind, body and soul.”