Article by Lewis Pelletier Anderson
Here at NamaSTAY hot yoga towels, we love to hear about people who do amazing things. Today we are so proud of Ashleigh Sergeant Altman (the world’s youngest certified yoga instructor.) We have included excerpts from an interview with Sergeant below from My Yoga Online for your convenience.
Raised by a yoga teacher, Ashleigh began her fascinating journey through yoga at an early age, and is honored to be the youngest Certified Anusara® Yoga Instructor in the world. Throughout 2008, Ashleigh traveled with and assisted the Anusara staff on tour with John Friend, accruing hundreds of study hours, which empowered her exponential growth. Ashleigh has been designated the 2011 Global Yoga Ambassador for adidas, teaching the methodology of Anusara to sponsored instructors worldwide through the program pioneered by Elena Brower in 2010. Ashleigh is dedicated to the study of Rajanaka Tantra as taught by Dr. Douglas Brooks and meditation under the guidance of Sally Kempton. Through years of Ayurvedic study, Ashleigh blends this ancient therapeutic understanding into her teaching, and often specializes in therapeutic yoga with elite athletes. Ashleigh’s classes are fun yet powerful invitations to connect to your heart, your strength and your vision. Grateful to all of her teachers, family and friends whose endless love and support continually fuel her evolution.Q&A with Ashleigh Sergeant Altman1. What does the practice of yoga mean to you?Yoga means a lifeway that is in alignment with the greatest good for all beings and all things. It means seeking to see connectivity between all parts of life and striving to help others do the same. To me, yoga means bringing all parts of my self into service of love and evolution. Yoga means finding my true path in this lifetime and working everyday to make sure that I live it out. It means raising the vibration–infinitely.2. What impact has yoga had on your life?Yoga has not only made an impact on my life but it has become my life. I hesitate to say th at becau se I think that this concept gets thrown around much too frequently and therefore loses its potency. Like I said above, yoga means to live in service of love and evolution. Not a day, or an hour, goes by when I don’t ask myself “Is this choice going to be beneficial for me and everyone involved?” That’s yoga. Having the spaciousness, and awareness to think of the greatest good while still moving forward with life’s daily necessities is what it’s all about.3. How does yoga help you off the yoga mat?It is impossible to answer this question completely as the answers are endless. Yoga has most importantly helped me with my anger. I’ve always been a heated person whose default emotion was anger. My practice has taught me how to shift and redirect my angry emotions in to energy that can serve me, rather than deplete me. It has taught me how to be more considerate of other’s feelings by showing me how to see things from more than one perspective. My yoga has made me a more compassionate and empathetic person and given me the courage to take down some of my most undesirable traits in the service of uncovering the brilliant person that I know I am inside. I’ve learned to rely on my inner feelings rather than searching for external validation. Yoga has taught me how to be happy; truly and completely happy.4. What do you recommend to people that are brand new to yoga?Take your timeExplore different methods and decide what really resonates with you. What feels good in your body? What nourishes your heart? And what feeds your mind? Your practice should embody all of these things or else it will be imbalanced. Don’t listen just to what others say about each teacher, pose and style. Only when you get quiet with yourself will you really know what is truly your path.
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