Proud that she was pursuing something she loved, and sad because I wouldn't see her glowing face and radiating positivity around the office any more.
If you have ever met Ashley, aka the Happy Yogi, aka founder & owner of Yoga on Tap, she just oozes positive vibes, has a contagious smile, and is just my one of my favourite people to hang out with (aside from Husband and the Zoo, of course!).
I knew as soon as she told me in confidence about her plans that she would excel at whatever she put her heart into.
I also knew that we would stay friends after she left. I have like no friends at work whom I hang out with outside of work. But for some odd reason, we clicked from Day 1, and it's been an awesome journey so far.
|Yeah. This is us. Being us.|
Her initial plans turned out to be not as she planned.
Anyone who knows the Happy Yogi knows she is HIGHLY organized, and loves her lists and plans.
What did she do instead?
She went to India to obtain her Yoga Instructor Certification.
A few months later Husband and I went to her apartment for dinner with her and her now-husband and she looked SO excited she was going to burst.
This is common and I love her enthusiasm - it's hard not to get excited for and with her.
She told us about her plans for Yoga on Tap - Husband and I looked at each other, and we couldn't help but to become invested emotionally in this rollercoaster with her.
What an amazing idea. And something that the growing beer community in the Ottawa area didn't have. We had never heard of such a thing before.
If anyone could pull it off, Ashley could! And she has.
Because she's an artist, she created her own symbol (yoga character with hops), and does it all. Marketing, paperwork, projections, plans, and of course, teaching!
Ashley's mantra for Yoga on Tap is to create a sense of Yoga + Beer = Community.
She is very involved with the local community, supporting local businesses, and create an overall life balance.
|After a great YOT session @ Bicycle Brewery|
It's balance. There are normally 4-6 sessions of Yoga on Tap per season, and you can purchase single, double, or all exclusive passes.
With each session, you meet your Yoga partners at the chosen brewery a few minutes before your Yoga session is to start, place down your mat, and get ready for an exhilarating experience.
You don't have to have Yoga experience. During your practice with YOT, you are encouraged to go at your own pace.
Ashley brings us through an hour journey of Vinyasas, Yoga Breathing, Warrior, Tree poses, and more. It's very flowy and relaxing. At the same time, it *is* a test of your strength and power. Each yoga practice teaches you more about your body, strength, and the ability to clear your mind of negativity. It is energizing and empowering for women and men alike. It's such a thrilling feeling afterwards - literally your stress just drips away.
During the session, she uses Red Solo Cups, hops, and beer references to add some beer fun to the practice. And the hour long Yoga session goes by in a flash.
With thoughtful music choices and Ashley's support throughout your practice, you really just don't want it to end.
Oh wait, it doesn't - there's more!
Next up are healthy snacks (prepared by Ashley herself - she's an AMAZING chef!) and beer tastings!
After a taste or two, you go on a tour of the brewery. They explain what they do, their history, go through the beer making process, and answer any questions you may have.
It's a very social atmosphere and a lot of fun.
Although the sessions are slated for 2 hours - people generally stay longer as they are too busy chatting and meeting members of their community with some common interests (beer and yoga to say the least).
So sign up for a Practice with Yoga On Tap, or book your private or group lesson (great party idea!) with the Happy Yogi today! You won't regret it!
And if you don't think Ashley will make you grin from ear to ear by the end (or beginning) of your session, you're mistaken.
She is a contagious spirit whose attitude and zeal for life is one we can all strive for.
Watch out, World, this is only the beginning for Yoga on Tap and Ashley!
|Summer 2015 Session @ Bicycle Brewery|
|Fall 2015 Session @ Whiprsnapr Brewery|