Ashley Counsel – member since 2016.
Hi, I’m Ashley. I’m a vet assistant at a local vet office, I have a fur baby who is deaf and a huge part of my life. I have been battling Graves disease as well as hyperthyroidism for 2 years. My mission now is trying to get off of medication and find a better way to manage my health.
Q: How long have you been practicing?
A: Roughly 3 months now.
Q: Who or what inspired you to start?
A: My beautiful sister.
Q: What has challenged you to maintain your practice?
A: My health as well as mental state, I have good days and bad, and some times its hard to do more than just get through the day.
Q: Why have you continued to make MYStC a part of your life?
A: I feel amazing, I’m in a better state mentally and physically then I have ever been. When I started at Moksha I was very sick and nothing was working to help me feel better. I’m proud to say I’m off almost all my med’s now and closer to remission then ever!
Q: Which of the Seven Pillars of Moksha Yoga speaks especially strongly to you? Why?
A: Reach out. I have been so inspired by the people at the studio. They have been so amazing and supportive. I no longer want to live locked in my head. I’ve learned through the teachers and my sister to reach out of the confines of your own head:)
Q: What is it that you enjoy the most about the physical yoga practice?
A: I know at the end of my class I will feel better, my head will be clear and my heart will be full.
Q: If you met someone today who asked you why they should incorporate yoga into their lives, what would you tell them?
A: It’s amazing how you feel when you open your mind to something like yoga. Being completely tuned in with your body, soul and mind allows life to start to come together. It brings people together and brings you close to what really matters in the world around you. It wakes you up to the energy that surrounds you. With so much negative energy around us every day it’s easy for our mind to focus on the negative for sadness to creep in. Yoga brings you back to your centre, your focus changes, you learn to appreciate the little things again. Yoga makes me happy it makes me healthy and I’m more determined in my life and my promise to myself to be well, be happy, be positive. .. life just became beautiful again.