Off Grid Yoga School is located in the foothills of the beautiful Serra da Estrela Mountains of Central Portugal. Here we’re nestled in an idyllic valley on the River Seia at the sustainably run off-grid retreat centre, Cara Creek Eco Lodge.
The intention of Off Grid Yoga School is to use yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices as well as an immersion in nature to guide our students (group class students, retreat participants, and yoga teacher trainees) to a place within themselves where healing begins to take place.
Yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices help us develop a deep awareness of body and mind through anchoring with the breath, leading to a body-mind-spirit connection.
By practicing in nature, our connection with our inner most selves and with the nature around us deepens which enhances the experience on our mats. Lessons learned on the mat can then be taken off the mat and integrated into leading more meaningful and mindful lives.
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A bit about Ashley ~ Founder of Off Grid Yoga School
For as long as I can remember I have sought peace and healing for both myself and those around me. Healing our world and spreading peace starts from within, and for me I have found this sense of calm and peace on my yoga mat since I was about 16 years old.
Seeking healing for others is what likely drew me to nursing — my first career. During my years working as a nurse on Pediatric Intensive Care Units, yoga kept me grounded and helped to develop my intuition. Although I no longer work full-time in hospitals, I am so grateful for the lessons from my time there which I have taken into my every day life and into my yoga teaching.
After delving deeper into my personal yoga practice and taking a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, I began sharing this deeply healing practice with others through group and private classes.
In 2017, my partner and I merged our individual passions together, and moved to Central Portugal where we have created a piece of paradise situated right on the majestic River Seia.
Building from all natural materials (Rory’s passion) for all things healing and wellness (my passion), we have created a sustainable eco lodge and home that we are very excited to share with the world.
Besides teaching yoga in the community, hosting yoga retreats, and co-leading 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings I enjoy taking care of our small farm of pigs, chickens, and goats. Nature walks with our 4 lovely dogs and 2 cool cats is also a favourite pass time.
I am so grateful for this life, in which I’m able to practice and teach what I love and live a yogic lifestyle.
Yoga has allowed me to be an eternal learner. I continue to develop my own practice and grow thanks to my insightful yoga colleagues, and most of all from my yoga students.
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