Ashley Ludman, owner and director of Seaside Yoga, graduated with honors from East Carolina University in 1995, and began working in Wilmington, NC as an occupational therapist in 1996.
In 1999, Ashley left her job at the hospital and began pursuing her passion, teaching yoga and wellness. Within the next year, Ashley was a founding member of the Wilmington Yoga Center teaching cooperative. It was after September 11, 2001 that she began to cultivate intentions of establishing a yoga community dedicated to healing and transformation. With the help of Michele Martin, Amy Sulva and Jimbo Fox, Seaside Yoga was born in 2002. That same year, Seaside Yoga held its first Yoga Teacher Training, and graduated a group of students who have gone on to open their own studios, teach internationally, and make yoga a way of living.
Along the way, Ashley has dedicated the past few years to her study and teaching of Anusara Yoga, after inspiration from John Friend, Todd Norian and Lila Pierce Brown. She has completed over 500 hours of advanced study in Anusara Yoga, and was one of 50 teachers chosen to study Advanced Therapeutics with John Friend in 2007. Ashley continues to study annually with John, and has also found a new love in the study of tantric philosophy and meditation.
From 2008-2009, Ashley was initiated into Neelakantha Meditation and completed a year-long study with renowned tantric scholar, Paul Muller-Ortega. It was during this year that her profound inner evolution was supported by the study and practice of mantra and meditation.
Ashley's individual transformation has evolved through her study of energetics and subtle body anatomy, which takes her on an ever-expanding journey inward. Her personal work shines through in the delivery of her classes, where she teaches from her practice and experience of diverse physical, spiritual and philosophical study.
Ash has now left the comfy nest of her NC home in search of great adventures. She now calls the world her home, and shares her time between the Pacific Coast of California and Central America. She invites you on her journey! Take a leap...you won't be disappointed!
You may read more of Ash's experience, philosophy and practice on her blog, www.yogash.wordpress.com.