I’ve decided to make my ‘Wednesday Woman of Note’ a regular thing. I have so many inspiring gals in my life and they’re doing so many great things, I want to highlight them and their work. Whether it’s their creativity, their profession, or their beautiful soul. I hope this new series encourages you to strive for your dreams and passions. The women I will be highlighting certainly have inspired me.
Ashley Corlis is a beautiful soul with an infectious smile and a warm heart. As my friend and yoga teacher I look up to her for many reasons, one of which is for always being so happy and positive. She always looks on the bright side, and it’s not just because she’s a yoga teacher. Although I’m sure the two are linked. It’s part of who she is, and it makes her an amazing yoga instructor. She was the one who continued to encouraged me to enroll in yoga teacher training and to further my practice. I hope one day I can bring the joy and good vibes to my students like she does to hers.
Describe a typical day. I take my dog for a walk or for a hike, do a home practice, teach about 3-4 yoga classes, make delicious and nutritious meals for myself & my husband, and somewhere in between do a little light reading or journaling, but not necessarily in that order.
What encouraged you to become a yoga instructor? I loved taking yoga and being a student so much that I thought to myself, how can I do this all day? The idea of becoming a yoga teacher was the natural answer. Being a yoga teacher does not only mean that I make a commitment to my students’ practice but it also means that I make a commitment to my own practice. I love being a student and a life-long learner. What I learn, I pass on. And when I teach I am always learning too. It is a continuous cycle of balance.
What are your top 3 beauty must haves? SPF tinted moisturizer, mascara and lip balm
Who’s your fashion icon? I can’t really say I have a fashion icon, but I do look up to anyone that is comfortable and radiant in their own skin. In my opinion, that is the definition of true beauty.
How would you describe your style? My style is casual, comfortable and a little bohemian. During the week I look like I either came from yoga, I am going to yoga or I am currently in yoga class. But otherwise, I love to wear jeans or dresses. My typical hairstyle is my hair blown by a walk with my dog or the windows rolled down in the car.
Where have you been daydreaming to travel to? I would love to go to Italy to look at paintings and drink wine. I would love to go to Bali or Hawaii on a yoga retreat. I would love to go to Greece to swim in the ocean and dine on delicious food.
What’s next for you? I am completing an Urban Zen Training at Yogaworks that helps people alleviate pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, digestive issues,exhaustion and practice the art of self-care. I am already implementing this in my teachings, especially with private students. I feel passionate about this work and the idea that everyone could use a little more self-care. I hope to give back to the community in this form and teach others how to practice self-care to better themselves and the world we live in.
What’s your biggest passion? I love teaching yoga in its many forms because it is accessible to every person. The beauty about yoga is that it is a self-healing and transformational practice. You can do it wherever, whenever, and under any circumstance. Yoga meets you where you are. I am always amazed after class when someone says, “Thank you for that great class,” because I honestly feel that they should just be thanking themselves for being open to the practice. Our own practice reveals so much to us if we allow it to speak freely. I am passionate about showing people that they already have the tools and the ability to be their best selves; loving, kind and peaceful. I also love encouraging people to follow their dharma, or life’s purpose because then life can be so fulfilling! Being a teacher is a gift that I am thankful for everyday.
Follow Ashley on Instagram for a daily dose of fun and inspiration @ashleycorlisyoga or subscribe to her blog, ashleycorlisyoga.com. You should definitely go to one of her classes at Yogaworks Tarzana, Yogaworks Studio City or Inner Power Yoga. You might even see me there.
Note: The light within me recognizes the light within you. Namaste!