I went into the summer at the World Series of Poker having tried Yoga a few times before but had never taken to it. Luckily I was introduced to Ashley and I never looked back. After some of my toughest poker sessions ever she was there to guide me through poses in a way other teachers hadn’t, which left me feeling refreshed, clear headed and ready to go again, not to mention the physical benefits. I would seriously recommend it to any other poker players out there, or anyone with stress in their day-to-day lives, it works!

Ben Heath

Final Table Contender, World Series of Poker

Ashley’s enthusiasm for life is palpable. Her natural curiosity and quest for adventure shows up in conversation and in her teachings. Yoga as a continuation of her adventure, enthusiasm and curiosity seems perfectly suited. As a teacher joy and light pours out of Ashley. It has been such an honour to watch the evolution from student to teacher and now as she develops her special language to teach with, it is quite beautiful to see her flourish  once a misfit, always a misfit, may you shine your light bright for the entire world to see.

Amber Joliat

Owner, Misfit Studio

Before taking your class, yoga was just something I did rarely and half-heartedly. I’m not an advanced student in any way, shape or form. I’m not naturally flexible and some of the poses terrify me. All yoga teachers try, but not all succeed in creating a safe space for their students. You truly make me feel comfortable and that I’m not any less because “our bodies are all shaped differently”. Thank you for your inspiring words and for all the little courtesies that make such a difference. I have finally begun to understand and reap the benefits of yoga for the mind, body and soul. I not understand why I need yoga, that I deserve it, and I’m certain that I will continue to practice for the rest of my life. I’m sure you already know (but just in case you forget for even a moment) how much you give to others just by simply sharing your light. And we are all so thankful! Sending good vibes and many blessings your way and to everyone you love.

Anonymous Letter Dropped Off At My Studio

I sit at my desk for 8 hours a day on a computer. Since going to Ashley’s Yin classes, my carpel tunnel symptoms are gone and I don’t get huge knots in the back of my shoulders that constantly ache. Her classes are a part of my life so I can keep living… even with all the sitting. If you have an office job, you need to go to these classes. They will change your life.

Shannon Simmons

Founder, The New School of Finance

In September, to balance the intense effort of marathon running, I started practicing warm yin with Ashley.  Ashley’s thoughtfully-themed warm yin classes have proven to be a perfect complement to running as they have helped increase strength, flexibility, balance and mental acuity. I credit Ashley for helping me stay healthy, assisting with recovery from high-intensity training, addressing postural and structural imbalance, preventing overuse injuries and ensuring that I’ll be running for decades to come.

Cynthia H.

Associate, DWPV

I met Ashley at a turning point in my life. Her Vinyasa and Yin classes, and her gentle and compassionate teaching helped me to recognize and deliver the physical and emotional healing that my body had been asking for.

Dominic B

Founder, The Working Group

There are very few Yoga classes I attend that consistently capture what I love most about Yoga — the journey inwards. Many classes are just there to make you stronger physically and test your limits. That’s easy. Ashley helps you get stronger emotionally. I’ve broken through so many self-built personal walls, built decades ago, through her class and her guidance. I love her and her classes because she is one of so few teachers who is willing to drag her class through the dark-side of themselves, giving us an opportunity to clean ourselves up. This is what I find in Ashley’s classes, every single time.

It’s rare that I open my heart. I think most people can say that, but Ashley’s class is truly heart opening. There have been times when I’ve felt an incredible transcendent bliss in her class and other times where I’ve questioned if there was any end to my un-measurable sadness. That said, I think what I’ve learned most from Ashley is that I have choice. Choice is what I’ve always had and in Ashley’s class I’ve learned how to choose me.

She’s helped me find out what’s mine inside my body and my mind. What to keep, what to let go, what to love and what to choose differently. That, in my honest and heart-felt opinion, is truly wise and worthy of love.

Stephan Gardner

Yoga & Meditation Instructor, Stephan Gardner

I had the chance to see Ashley teach yoga classes during our training course in Cusco. As a student she always shined for her enthusiasm, effort, patience and dedication to the yoga practice, inspiring not only me but each person in the class. I have always said that a good student will be a good teacher and that was reflected in her style of teaching. Even during the first class that she taught she quickly filled the room class with an inspiring , positive and enthusiastic energy, taking the time to connect with every person in the class. I cannot imagine what her future holds as she continues to evolve in her yoga practice and teaching. Ashley has so much love and enthusiasm for both life and yoga and it is transmitted when you come in touch with her.

Chaitanya Nitai Das

Yoga Instructor and Director , Inbound Yoga

Ashley is one of those yoga teachers who exude a beautiful, radiant energy. From the moment I stepped into my first yin yoga class taught by her, I felt welcomed, calmed, and inspired. Ashley’s deep knowledge of yoga and gentle focus on alignment and breath forms the basis of her classes — but her creativity, passion, and love for her students is what makes her a very special teacher. Thank you, Ashley, for your endless inspiration, and for guiding me deeper into my practice.

Karina B.

Government Employee

Ashley brings an enormous amount of generosity and expertise to her classes. Her willingness to share the knowledge she has acquired and the skill in which she guides us through the different postures, has made Yin a “not to be missed” part of my week,

Steven Lewis

Artist, Steven Lewis Fine Art

Having Ashley as my yoga instructor has been such an uplifting experience. Not only in my yoga practice but in my life as a whole. She has such a vibrant spirit and her passion for the practice pours out with her every word and movement. It is so inspiring to sit in front of her and watch her lead you through a class because she is so committed to you as a student of yoga and a student of life. She is there to help you succeed. Ashley has this warmth and knowingness about her that instantly makes you feel comfortable and safe. It encourages you to let go of whatever it is you’re holding onto because she is right there with you, to guide and support you. Ashley cares deeply about her students and above all else, she listens. I am so grateful to her and her unwavering commitment to health and happiness. A class with Ashley is like a soul massage. I couldn’t recommend it more highly!

 

Meghan B

Musician, Meghan Bonnell

From the ocean floor in Ecuador when the tide is out, to my backyard in Montreal, Ashley offers group and private yoga classes to suit your needs and lifestyles! Ashley has the ability not only to relax you, but to make you laugh, despite pushing you farther than you thought you could go. After just a couple of classes with Ashley, this self-professed yoga hater is now hopelessly and fabulously addicted!

Bonnie K.

University Employee

“If yoga instruction at the intersection of secular spirituality, self-love, and holistic health is something you value in your everyday life, Ashley is a unanimous choice. She’s centered, attentive, and always looking to help people shed their layers as they move closer to who they truly are.”
Andrew Peek

Co-Founder, Next To North

Yin yoga is a resource for wellness in my life. I work as a clinician in a fast paced acute mental health service. Everyday life throws some new challenge my way. Although I love and am passionate about my work, the stress of the daily emotional ups and down can be hard to manage at times. In the past, the stress from the daily grind often got the better of me – sometimes difficult feelings came up and I’d be washed away in a sea of emotions. Thankfully, I was introduced to yin yoga three years ago at Yyoga and found a tool to better cope with the stress.  I came to Ashley’s class, and she encouraged me to move and breathe with challenging sensations. To sit with the sensations, take them all in, and breathe through it. I feel that the skills I’ve gained through yin yoga are applied not only on the mat, but in all areas of my life. Now, at work, when a crisis situation arises, I do the  same thing I do in my yin yoga to get myself through the situation. I breathe, notice all the sensations that arise, and just keep on breathing.

Kaitlyn

Clinician, CAMH

Lucky for us, Ashley brought her happy and healing yoga energy all the way up to the top of a remote hill in Minca, Colombia. Somewhere between sun salutations, she spread even more peace and beauty through a beautiful and peaceful place. Ashley’s teaching style, like herself, is very warm, focused and open, fostering the group energy whilst giving personal attention to each yogi. Every class she introduced new postures, and encouraged me to try out new poses and new thoughts. After a couple days, my backpack-weary body was already thanking me for the much needed care and attention. And so was my mind. I had the fortune to experience Ashley’s yoga classes in nature…but I’m pretty sure Ashley could transform a patch of sidewalk into a nurturing yoga studio through sheer will, if she wanted to. She is simply a gifted teacher.”

Aimee Hansen

Yoga Instructor, The Story Teller Within

I have been to a lot of yoga classes, but when I started practicing with Ashley my whole perspective changed. I began looking inward to what my body said that day instead of comparing myself to others. I began to move the way my tissues asked, and watched as a profound healing started taking place in my body. I’m forever in debt to Ashley for the space she creates when I take her classes. It has changed my whole practice…and my life.
Jordana Halpert

Founder, Simple Studs

Ashley brings extensive teacher training, years of practice and tremendous passion to her yoga classes. She has cultivated a refreshingly unique teaching style, which students like me yearn for and welcome. Ashley has a goddess-like presence and exudes grounded, powerful and positive energy, on and off the mat. I highly recommend you experience yoga with Ashley for yourself to enjoy physical, emotional and spiritual benefits.

Michael Smith

Founder, Buena Vida

If I had to subsume Ashley’s classes in one word, it would be yoga-bliss. Ashley has a very unique and wonderful way of leading her students through classes that are demanding and at the same time tailorable to all different individual needs. Her teaching is steeped in knowledge about the body and yogic philosophy, but never fails to be tied to everyday-life topics or to offer meaningful questions to contemplate during class. To me her classes are grounding, uplifting, and always leave a smile in my face and heart – even at the time when life doesn’t make me feel like smiling.

Matanja Raschke

Ph.D in Sociology

YOGA. Even though I’d been sort of interested in yoga for yonks I’d never given it a go till a nice girl said she’d found a good roof in Ecuador if anyone was keen. Jeeze it was good and I reckon any athlete or pretty much anyone would benefit. Stretching for range of motion, core stability and balance all improved. Bloody good for part time surfers who sit on too many buses. Since then I have done some more research and included it as part of my general exercise – and I am hoping to try a half marathon in a few months. Kick a six!

Benjamin

As a new yogi, it can always be intimating taking a new class, meeting a new teacher, starting a new journey; however, Ashley made the transition easy and comfortable. In class, Ashley helps cultivate a safer space allowing for deeper learning, healing, grounding and self-reflection. Her classes are magical and truly are a blessing for those who seek solace in their busy lives.

Reenita V

Social Service Worker

An ode to Ashley Holly,
A yoga teacher who has had a life changing effect on me
When I first attended Ashley’s class I immediately knew I was in the presence of someone with an abundance of knowledge and a wealth of experience. The way in which she speaks is characteristic of someone with a deep understanding of what the people in her class really need.
Ashley is someone who knows all the poses well and can walk her students through a sequence with healing therapeutic effects on the body. But what she offers is so much more than that. Ashley is also keen to satisfy the minds of her students as well, explaining the significance of such poses and just what their effect will be on the body. I have learned a lot about Traditional Chinese Medicine, Meridian Theory and Acupuncture Points. As a result of this I have been able to take my healing practice into my own hands and become more empowered about my well-being. Ashley’s classes last well beyond the time we spend on the mat, and I think it’s because she genuinely cares about her students so much and brings so much love to her classes.
In 2015 when attending the World Series of Poker (a high stress environment), I hired Ashley to come spend a week with me and help me navigate the tough terrain. Not only was Ash an extremely grounding and balancing presence to have around, she intuitively knew when I needed guidance, listening, movement and play. She was assertive about her prescriptions and they always had the perfect effect. Thanks to her assistance I was able to navigate one of the most stressful summers of my life without taking a heavy toll on my body or mind. I am certain that without her presence that summer I would have experienced some sort of breakdown in that environment.
Ashley brings the best of both worlds to the classroom. She has a wealth of book knowledge and intellectual knowledge from attending teacher training’s and workshops. But she also brings a wealth of first-hand experience which is something money can’t buy. Having gone through her own journey with yoga, body work, coaching, self reflection, self analysis and self healing, she truly understands what people are going through. She brings a ton of compassion and empathy to her 1-on-1 sessions which I feel like is what separates her from most of the other teacher and coaches out there. She has walked the walk and is happy to share her challenges to help put her clients challenges into perspective and help them see that they too can overcome major difficulties.
Ashley is a driven, motivated, hard working and creative individual. When I first met her all I knew was that she was a Yin Yoga instructor. Since then I have learned that she organizes workshops with expert speakers, understands how to build up a successful personal business and market herself to make others aware of the powerful transformations that she can help them achieve. Whenever Ashley doesn’t know about something, she will study it, seek guidance, and test things out for herself until she truly understands them. This type of curiosity and dedication are what make her such a great student and teacher of life.
I am truly grateful to have discovered Ashley Holly one fateful day at YYoga on Queen Street. In her I have found a great teacher, a great friend and a great guide. She has introduced me to numerous healing modalities and healers from her network which have completely transformed me from someone who was dependent and dis empowered, to someone who truly believes anything is possible and someone who is fully in control of their own health, well being and destiny in this life.
Evan Jarvis

Founder, Gripsed

Ashley takes care of her students in her Yin classes, and offers delicious fascia releases to help ensure for a greater release and ease. She has a wild sense of adventure and takes her students on a journey in each class, with her inviting energy and presence.
Tasha Rooke

Yoga Meditation Teacher, CST, and Reiki Master, I Heart Yoga

“My name is Daniela, I have been a Yoga instructor for over 7 years. Recently I have felt like a hit a but of a wall in my teaching, as I seemnto have lost a bit of my personal practice. I was looking all over for a course or workshop that would fulfill my empty space and with every website visited I felt more and more discouraged. Until I saw a shared post about Ashley’s online workshop. I was immediately interested. From the first to the last video she shared I was always left feeling as if she was right there with me guiding me along the way. She has a way of sharing her knowledge with those viewing so gently and powerfully that it resonates deeper then I could have imagined.  It was a wonderful experience and I am forever grateful for the time she put into this and for the path she has so graciously lit up for me and my practice.”

Daniela Pittigilo

Yoga Instructor

Yin yoga has taught me to not take my emotions personally. To sort through them and process why I am feeling the way that I do then let go. I has made my life so much easier in the way that I don’t become easily stressed. Yin yoga has trained my body to breathe through the sensations. The intense postures are just like hectic situations in life. I am able to stay in the present moment and find contentment & softness in both.

Valentine

Yoga Instructor, Tribe Yoga

Para alguien como yo es complejo asimilar el ESTAR AQUI, VIVIR EL AHORA, tengo mil cosas en la cabeza y siempre estoy haciendo algo aunque no tenga nada que hacer; es por eso que aprovecho esta oportunidad para agradecerte el regalarme dos semanas en las que estube AQUI, EN EL MOMENTO, realmente no entiendo como paso pero asi fue, ahora trato constantemente de recordar tus lecciones de yoga para disfrutar mas el AQUI Y AHORA. Mil bendiciones.

Alfonsio

Photographer

Ashley is great. When she speaks throughout the class she is both motivational and calming! I also appreciate the many variations she gave for each pose.

Classpass Member Review

Ashley is amazing- and they cut down the number of people in the class so it didn’t feel too busy. Highly recommended this one.

Classpass Member Review

Very relaxing class with lots of good stretching poses. The Aromatherapy aspect is great. I suggest arriving early as they pack this class with lots of people.  (Sunday night aromatherapy yin yoga public class at YYOGA)

Classpass Member Review

The instructor, Ashley, is very gifted and the class was excellent as always. The addition of the aromatherapy aspect is a nice touch and I like the personal attention class members get from the instructor…come early to get a good spot and to ensure you get your hands on a bolster. (Aromatherapy Yin Yoga group class at YYOGA)

Classpass Member Review

Como la mayoría de las cosas buenas que nos pasan en la vida, conocí a Ashley por casualidad mientras me encontraba en la playa de Montañita, Ecuador, junto a otro amigo que estaba iniciándose en la práctica del yoga y que compartía sus conocimientos con los desconocidos que pasaban frente al sitio que había escogido para quedarse. La coincidencia no sólo nos unió en una bonita aunque fugaz amistad en medio del viaje que cada uno de nosotros estaba haciendo, sino que nos permitió compartir momentos muy agradables alrededor del yoga.

Ya fuera temprano en la mañana o entrando la noche, Ashley siempre nos convocaba a un momento de conexión con nuestro interior a través de movimientos corporales que me llenaron de energía, de vitalidad, y sobre todo, de pensamientos positivos y bienestar. No importaba la dificultad de las posturas o el hecho que cientos de mosquitos estuvieran picándonos mientras practicábamos. Lo más valioso siempre fue experimentar la paz y calma que traía cada ejercicio, poder sentirse vivo, respirar y sentirse lejos de todo por un momento. Ashley además siempre fue muy paciente y nos guió de muy buena manera para que hiciéramos correctamente el trabajo.

No tengo duda que quienes quieran a cercarse a la práctica del yoga con Ashley, van a encontrar una excelente maestra y nuevos motivos cada día para estar bien consigo mismos.

Natalia Perez

School Teacher

Amazing teacher and class – feel so good! Got the heart rate up! (Flow group class at YYOGA)

Classpass Member Review

One a kind yoga class in Toronto! The aromatherapy is effective! This class is a perfect accompaniment to an active, busy fitness regime and life. Perfect, airy, clean, and spacious facilities with various of well maintained equipment. Experienced instructor. (Aromatherapy Yin Yoga public class at YYOGA)

Classpass Member Review

As an MA student at York University, I encountered a good deal of stress accompanying the daily grind of reading and writing. Needless to say, receiving editing support from Ashley on my International Political Economy essay was a lifesaver! In addition to resolving all of my formatting and grammatical errors, Ashley also offered insightful and thought provoking comments which helped to coach me through the complexity of my essay topic. Thank you Ashley for your patience & support! You are amazing! I would highly recommend their services to anyone looking for a polished and succinct finish product!

Meredith Kushnir 


Marketing Lead at CICMH

During my Master’s program, Ashley provided me with support and research ideas in order to strengthen my approach to various topics. During the early stages of my Major Research Paper, she provided feedback and critique that helped to form a clear and concise thesis statement. Her editing skills are unparalleled and her interest in my work, which was quite different from her own, shows her passion for all academics. I can honestly say her guidance has helped me to become a better student and I will take her lessons forward into future studies.

Meaghan Frauts

PhD Candidate, Western University

Mentoring with Ashley has been an invaluable experience that has helped me grown exponentially as a yoga teacher. Her years of expertise as an instructor and mentor has allowed me to elevate my teaching and gain an immense amount of knowledge and confidence. She gives you the utmost guidance and support as her student and I’m incredibly grateful for this experience!

Vivian Kan

Yoga Instructor

Upon completion of my 200 hour training at Yyoga, I immediately enrolled myself into the Yyoga mentorship program. Without a question, I chose Ashley McEachern to be my mentor. I had been attending Ashley’s classes for two years and have never felt a deeper pull towards a teacher of such wisdom, compassion & individuality. Ashley very quickly became someone that I could count on for any unanswered questions. She provided me with a space to play; to be curious, to explore and to discover myself as the teacher that I have now become. Above all, Ashley was attentive. She provided me with homework and weekly follow ups that kept me engaged throughout a very busy lifestyle. Ashley has exceeded my greatest expectations for both a mentor and a friend. From head to toe, top to bottom, Ashley’s light has deepened my passion for teaching. I am extremely grateful to have met such an influential soul.
Tori Lovegrove

Yoga Instructor

You don’t want to miss Ashley’s class. In fact, you’ll be happy to rearrange your day just so you can make it.  Ashley is a phenomenal yoga teacher. She can expertly read a room, and just seems to know what her students need moments after walking into the studio. Ashley has taught me a lot about mindfulness and how to listen to what’s going on in my body. I’m a runner and can be pretty hard on my body, so Ashley’s various classes — yin, hatha and flow — is the perfect compliment to a busy fitness routine. I’m grateful I stumbled into her class. Once you do, you’re an Ashley convert.
Dawn

Journalist

Ashley, You were are will always be one of my greatest teachers of opening the heart and wisdom of my soul. Thank you for inspiring my visions of connection, astonishment and profound love.

Steven

Healer

Your teachings and inspiration had brought me to where I am today. Having yin in my life and sharing it with others has changed me. And I thank you for inspiring that.

Daniela

Yoga Teacher

I finished my YTT and without question, I chose this wonderful human to be my mentor. If you have ever had the privilege to meet Ashley then you already know how much heart and soul that this chick pours into every last minute of her classes, days and conversations. Ashley thank you for sharing your knowledge, time and energy with us. You are oh so loved.

Tori

Yoga Teacher

Great class and great teacher. Very challenging with length of poses but feel fantastic after! – Yin with Ashley

Classpass Member Review

Ashley is so amazing!

Classpass Member Review

Great instructor! Very relaxing class that anyone could take part in (yin yoga)

Classpass Member Review

Ashley is an amazing instructor! Felt super strong and relaxed at the end of her class – almost wished it wasn’t over! (hatha)

Classpass Member Review

Ashley is my favorite instructor at YYOGA and her hatha class is one of my favorite classes!

Classpass Member Review

Ashley is so amazing! I love this class! (Restorative)

Classpass Member Review

Great balance between effort and ease. Ashley is magic. (Hatha)

Classpass Member Review

One of the best yoga classes I have ever been to. I feel so much lighter after class (yin yoga)

Classpass Member Review

Ashley is a great teacher! Great class. Balances strength with relaxation. (Power)

Classpass Member Review

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