Ashley Benton

Ashley’s first yoga classes were in 1997 when she was working as an art instructor for a performing arts camp in Colorado. The situation was unique because a co worker who had just finished his training gathered a group of students that committed to practicing 5 days a week for the 10 weeks they would be together. She was hooked and in awe of the transformation that took place on and off the mat. Having already been an art teacher for several years she was inspired to pursue becoming a yoga teacher as well. In 2004 she received her 200 hr certification from the Sivanada Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA. The month at the ashram changed her life forever. Just prior to the TTC she was introduced to Bikram yoga. Both practices resonated with her. She opened a studio in Paonia, CO with a Bikram certified teacher.  The studio was open for five years with a  focus on Sivananda, Bikram and Vinyasa.

A couple years later Ashley went to the Sivanada Ashram in Paradise Island, Bahamas and received her Level I/II certification for Thai Yoga Massage from the Lotus Palm School. This was a great addition to teaching, enabling her to make adjustments and help with modifications for those needing it. She continued her education in yoga as well taking workshops with Darma Mittra, Gary Kraftsow, Bikram and others.

And then there was a break… for several years. An injury that wouldn’t get better took her away from the mat. She explored other forms of exercise but the injury persisted and she missed yoga. It was time to get back on the mat.

Ashley is very grateful to have found Barkan Method Hot Yoga. It was a perfect combination of what she enjoyed the most in Sivananda and Bikram classes. Pranayama combined with a dynamic flow sequence to static postures that build strength and stamina are all part of the practice. She recently received a 200 hr certification from Barkan Method Hot Yoga and will be getting the level II/III in October.

Ashley believes in the power of yoga for self healing and its ability to transform you physically and mentally. She teaches that you have to meet yourself where you are that day and encourages students to find the edge without injury. She likes to tell her students the direct effect a posture may be having on the body and gives attention to details in all parts of the pose.

Off the mat she is an artist, mother and a little silly. She is very excited to be a part of the Atlanta yoga community.