MEET NAT - Founder
As an ocean dweller, nature lover and adventure seeker Nat lives with a simple philosophy - movement is medicine.
Captured by both the physical and physiological elements of yoga, along with the enriching philosophies, she is dedicated to sharing the medicine of this practice one breath at a time.
With a daily Mysore practice and a background rich in the Ashtanga system, Nat is passionate about sharing and facilitating the boundless wonders of a Mysore style self practice.
She can also be found to unleash a powerful Vinyasa in her signature 'Empower Flow'. Set to the backdrop of invigorating breathe and uplifting tunes, Nat loves witnessing a class raise the collective energy and dive deep into the balance between strength and grace.
Nat is a big believer in moving beyond the physical. She sees yoga as not only a form of physical movement, but as an entire system, intelligently designed to help us move more freely through life, both in body and mind. And what excites Nat most is sharing this intelligence. Enriching all who cross her path with the boundless wisdom that yoga has to offer.
Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned yogi, Nat welcomes and encourages you to come and move. To come and discover the medicine for yourself.
As an artist, a woman, a business owner and a lover to her partner, family and friends she is committed to using all that she has learned from yoga to live to her fullest human potential.
Having spent the last decade deep in yoga practice, study and tradition, some of her education includes:
· Eastern Philosophy 2004- 2006 Vedanta, Literacy, India
· Yogic Studies 2006-2007 Satyananada, Mangrove Retreat
· Yogis Studies 2008 Satyananda, New Zealand retreat centre
· Ashtanga Yoga/Mysore - Samudra 2012 -2015 , Teachers Mike Hannum, Peter Bertero and Merja Valkonen-Hernandez).
· Workshops and Intensives (between 2011 to 2016) with leading international teachers Mark Robberds, Sarah powers, Donna Farhi, David Swensen, Simon borg olivier , And Dena Kingsberg
Feeling more alert, steady and attune than ever, she believes she is here to share and teach others all that she has discovered. To nurture our human nature. To help others unfold and to smile at life’s blow outs. To make the day count for something soulful and nourishing.
“You’re present IN the moment. Inside yourself. There is an inner awareness; connection; contentment; an inside feeling. There is a union of all the senses and they draw inward. And you don’t have any capacity or need to ask questions or be attached to ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. You just are. You are yoga.”
Ashlee is a beach bum at heart, she cannot go for a walk WITH shoes on, nor WITHOUT taking a few steps on her hands aka upside-down...
She has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and teaching for 6. She completed her certificate IV 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Byron Yoga Centre in 2010 and has continued to develop her knowledge and passion for yoga through further teacher trainings (Ashlee is an accredited Kids Yoga Teacher, and a registered Pre and Postnatal Yoga teacher), workshops, retreats, and of course her self- practice.
As a grommet, Ashlee was an enthusiastic gymnast – this is where her curiosity for biomechanics of the human body began. And once lit, a true passion never goes away!
Her classes are as diverse as her personality, but always delivered with a strong focus on alignment thus making them continually challenging for experienced yogis, but equally nourishing for those who have never stepped foot on a ‘sticky – mat’.
Ashlee loves the way yoga builds her up, irons her out and seduces her body into shapes she’d never imagine she could conquer with such ease and grace. She also loves how there is no one way to practice. Ashlee believes yoga is the journey.