Ashley Chandler/ Ash Willow: Director/Creator
I found yoga when I first moved to the hill country 13 years ago while attending University at Texas State. Little did I know then, this would lead me on such a rewarding and fruitful path. I was intrigued by Indian Philosophy and Eastern medicine. After graduating, the door was opened to Bikram Yoga.
My Bikram practice was very different from anything else I had done before. The heat, sweat, and daily cleanse opened my body and mind up to the unlimited possibilities. I felt better after every class. The more I practiced, the more I began to really love and understand what the yoga path is all about; patience, humility, discipline, persistence, consistency, practice and a lot of self love. I found myself at Bikram’s Yoga College of India Teacher Training in spring 2009. Since then, I have acquired thousands of hours teaching as well as hands on practical experience. I have grown my understanding within the practice, by traveling around the world and working with well renowned yogi’s in Texas, California, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Philippines & Singapore. Traveling was not only a time for me to really grow my yoga practice, but it was a time of healing, transformation, and self- realization.
After my travels, I opened myself up to other methods of yoga. Each one offering my practice something different, and each one being very beneficial to me. I have trained, traveled and taught with great yogi’s around the world. I am so happy to be home, back in the hill country, sharing the greatest passion in my life, Yoga. It is my intention to offer you a variety of styles. My hope is that you find a solid practice, and grow with us each and every day.
Stephanie Hite: teacher
Stephanie’s classes are inspired by honesty, authenticity and a pragmatic and sensible approach to yoga. She teaches hot and flow classes that are rooted in breath, alignment and a playful, lighthearted delivery. Students in her classes will leave feeling calm, relaxed and challenged. She intends to bring yoga down to earth so that anyone and everyone can enjoy the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of the practice.
Stephanie grew up moving all over the country and found those new experiences molded her into the “introvert disguising as extrovert” that she is today. She discovered yoga in 2007 and has been a devoted practitioner ever since. Yoga enabled her to grow physically, gaining both strength and flexibility, eliminated joint pain and alleviated anxiety and panic attacks. She has been so overwhelmed by the healing power of yoga that she wishes to pay it forward by bringing yoga to others. Stephanie completed her (RYT200) certified training at YogaOne in 2014. When not teaching or practicing yoga, you can find Stephanie dancing like no one is watching, making art and jewelry, baking and spending time with her chosen family (human and animal).
MEGAN WALKER: TEACHER
Megan received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from American Power Yoga in 2010, and has been teaching yoga in and around the Austin area ever since. Her continuing education includes advanced training in Ashtanga yoga, Ayurveda, adaptive yoga, yoga therapy, and prison yoga, as well as certification in the Lagree method, 500-hour yoga teacher certification, and various academic pursuits.
Megan teaches an accessible yet challenging form of Hatha Yoga influenced by her many years as a practitioner of Ashtanga. She brings a thorough understanding of body mechanics, fluency in the principles of learning and education, and experiential knowledge of the many facets of the practice to every single class. Her classes include a mix of centering, strengthening, and restorative practices that will leave a smile on your face, a softness in your heart, and a fire in your belly.
Christine de la torre- teacher
Christine began her journey with yoga when she was in high school, practicing Bikram. As Christine went on to college she lost her practice, but when she moved to Austin in 2011 she found her practice again and has not stopped since. She completed her 200 hour RYT certified training with Black Swan Yoga and is now a proud Buda resident.
Christine’s teaching philosophy is centered around making yoga accessible for all by focusing on having fun and offering modifications throughout class. Christine hopes to share her love of yoga with each of her students. Off her mat, you can find Christine cooking, crafting malas, and getting outside with her dog.