Yoga for a Mindful Midwest
Connecting Mind, Body, and Heart in the Classroom and Beyond
Growing a Mindful Midwest
At Yoga for a Mindful Midwest, we envision a school environment where all students are able to participate and excel. Through both school-based and community-based services, our programs focus on empowering students, teachers, and any interested school personnel with the skills and tools that will lead to improved self-awareness, impulse control, confidence and resiliency in the school and beyond. We believe that every student has the innate ability to be a successful member of the school and the community. We aim to instill the knowledge necessary to grow and maintain positive results and successful school experiences, leading to a healthier community and future.
Ashley received her 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate from Ahh Yoga in January 2017 and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. She is trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and studied with Mindful Schools to become a K-12 mindfulness educator. Her areas of interests include: trauma-informed yoga, yoga nidra, and yoga/mindfulness for kids. She’s also trained under James Fox, founder of the Prison Yoga Project (PYP), to become certified to teach trauma-informed practices. Currently, she is enrolled in an IRest Yoga Nidra immersion program with Stephanie Lopez.
Ashley’s big dream of growing secular mindfulness training in her local grade schools, prisons, and other underserved populations really took off in 2018. Since receiving her 200RYT and quitting her 9-5 to teach yoga full-time, Ashley has gone on to hold four successful fundraisers to bring the first Yoga and Mindfulness Club to Washington Middle School and provide the means to volunteer on a regular basis at the Old Capital Farmers Market, with the Boys and Girls Club, Compass for Kids, the Kidzeum of Health and Science, as well as present her mission at conferences with the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies and Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Her most current Giving Tuesday fundraiser brought daytime programming to seven more area schools. She had the honor of offering MBSR training to military personnel at the 2018 Annual SHARP Refresher Training in Marseilles and Springfield, Illinois. She founded Yoga for a Mindful Midwest, an initiative that has ushered mindfulness programming into several District 186 schools, local organizations, and public events, an accomplishment that led to her being the 2018 recipient of the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln’s Women Helping Women Award. A native of Springfield, she happily makes a home here with her partner, Jim, and their fantastic daughter, Mira.
PARTNER WITH OUR ORGANIZATION
We partner with schools, non-profits, and other organizations that serve children to bring yoga and mindfulness to students and give teachers and youth leaders the tools needed to empower children.
Classroom yoga classes include 10x/30min classes, a sound bowl, a teacher handbooks and student workbooks. Check the pricing page for more information and contact us for booking.
VOLUNTEER AND TRAINING
We are always looking for people to help teach yoga at schools and organizations.
Check the training page for more information and upcoming events. Contact us if you are interested.
MAKE A DONATION
Your donations support our programming and help provide supplies such as yoga mats to those who could not otherwise afford it.
Thank you for your generosity!