MEET ASHLEY MATTHEWS, OWNER AND FOUNDER, CERTIFIED ALCHEMICAL ASTROLOGER, WAVE RIDER

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INSPIRED BY AN INDIAN AND ASIAN PHILOSOPHY CLASS at the University of Tampa and the Four Buddhist Noble Truths of suffering, impermanence, liberation and enlightenment, Ashley began teaching yoga and meditation in 2012.  The moon became a comforting presence on her journeys away from home and she started to study the cycles of the planets and stars. Surprised by the power of astrology to help guide and inform her on her path of self-awareness and discovery, she became a Certified Alchemical Astrologer in 2017.

Her practice is driven by an unending search for truth and the wisdom that change is the only constant.  An upbringing by the sea on Plum Island, MA taught Ashley that we can learn to cultivate resilience by observing the incoming and outgoing waves of breath. Stemming from the Hatha/ Kripalu Yoga tradition, her classes are gentle and meditative in nature and often incorporate moments of soothing chanting and harmonium to connect with what's here and create balance in an otherwise fast-paced and results-driven world.

Ashley holds over 1,000 hours of professional yoga teaching experience, 200 hours of Yoga Alliance approved Kripalu-style training, 100 hours of study in Bhakti yoga and Kirtan, 112 hours of Ayurvedic apprenticeship with Dr. P. Chandramouleeswaran, M.D., PhD (AYU), and more. Ashley's two long-term trips to India since 2018 have given her a unique lens through which she works with others in both private and small-group settings to help bring balance between an eastern and western approach to living life.

Ancient arts such as Astrology, Tarot and Ayurveda help to guide Ashley and her clients when considering life's biggest questions: Who am I? Where do I belong? What is the work I am here to do in this life? How can I find lasting happiness? She weaves teachings from her spiritual dharma teachers Tara Brach, Johnathan Foust and Danna Faulds into her yoga classes, international retreats and private work. You can currently find Ashley teaching weekly virtual yoga classes and holding private virtual astrology, tarot and yoga sessions from home.

RELEVANT ACHIEVEMENTS AND CREDENTIALS

• Graduate of "Boost Immune Function through Qigong and Tai Chi with Yang Yang, PhD," a four-week online intensive course through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, September 2020

 

• Graduate of the four-week program "Decoding the Tarot: The Ultimate Guide to Divining the Wisdom of the Tarot Deck" with Alanna Kaivalya, Ph. D., the Modern Mystery School, June 2019

• Co-led 15 participants from the USA in "Explore, Open, Release, Transform," A 10-day Yoga and Meditation Immersion in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia, March 2019

• Completed 112 hours of Level 1 Ayurvedic apprenticeship under Dr. P. Chandramouleeswaran, B.A.M.S., M.D., Ph.D (AYU), Ayurveda Retreat Hospital, PVT. LTD., Tamil Nadu, India, February 2019

• Completed 100 hours of study in Bhakti Yoga and Kirtan through Supersoul Yoga Kirtan Academy, Govardhan Ecovillage, Mumbai, India, January 2019

• Guest teacher at "Blessfest," a three-day Yoga and Kirtan festival, Castleton-on-Hudson, New York, July 2018

 

• Certified Yogassage Practitioner, Anahata Yoga, Newbury, MA, May 2018

• Two-time participant in a traditional Ayurvedic 21-day panchakarma, or mind-body-spirit cleanse, in Coonoor, India, February 2018 & February 2019

• Co-facilitated a four-day yoga retreat, "Harvesting our Inner Bounty: Embrace Shadow and Reclaim Light" with Niav Connor, RYT, Tiverton, Rhode Island, October 2017

• Certified Alchemical Astrologer after completing a requisite course of study and 75 hours of training in the Alchemical Astrology Program with Alanna Kaivalya, Ph. D., the Modern Mystery School, September 2017

• Guest yoga teacher for company employees at Google, Cambridge, MA, personally facilitated by Google Chief Evalgelist Gopi Kallayil, July 2017

• Guest contributor for Boston Yoga Magazine (article here), July 2017

• Assistant teacher at "Uniting Shiva and Shakti" 10-day Yoga Retreat with Niav Connor, Haramara Retreat Center, Sayulita, Mexico, March 2017

• Guest Yoga Teacher for Newburyport High School's "Freshman Day of Mindfulness," October 2016 – 2019

• Registered Yoga Teacher, 200 hours (RYT 200), Vishuddha Yoga Teacher Training, Rowley, MA, June 2016
 

• Winner among 72 student presentations in the 2014 College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education Undergraduate Research Conference at the University of Tampa, FL with an independent study on ‘The Effects of Meditation on the Vocal Performance of Music,' April 2014

• Certified Practical Yoga Instructor through the Athletics and Fitness Association of America, AFAA, Orlando, FL, February 2012

RELEVANT TRAININGS

• Participant in "The Most Important Thing: Begin Your Year with Mindful Intention," a daylong online retreat with dharma teacher Jonathan Foust, January 2021

• Attended "Exploring the 36 Decans," a five-hour online astrology lecture with Austin Coppock at the Northwest Astrological Conference (NORWAC), May 2020

 

• Attended "Neptune: Martyr or Mystic?" an online lecture with Steven Forrest at NORWAC, May 2020

                                    

• Attended the 15+ hour "Astrology and Relationships" 2020 Astrology University Online Summit, April 2020

• Completed "Diving into the Darkness: The 8th and 12th Houses," an online training with Astrologer Kelly Surtees, April 2020

 

• Attended "Breakthrough and Transformation," a 15+ hour 2019 Astrology University Online Summit, October 2019

 

• Attended "2020: Epic Cycles of Change and Renewal," a 15+ hour Astrology University Online Summit, April 2019

• Graduate of "Annual Profections and Solar Returns," a 2-week training with Astrologer Kelly Surtees, December 2018

 

• Graduate of "Relationship Astrology," a 4-Week Online Training with Astrologer Kelly Surtees, November 2018

 

• Attended "Life Purpose and Destiny," a 15+ hour Astrology University Online Summit, October 2018

• Graduate of Positive Psychology Coaching, a weeklong immersive training through the Wholebeing Institute at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA, July 2018

• Participant in the annual "Energy Intensive" Program with Jonathan Foust and Richard Faulds, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA, November 2017

 

• Participant in "Boundless Form in the Shoulders and Hips," a daylong somatic and educational workshop with Matt Giordano, Coolidge Corner Yoga, Brookline, MA, June 2017

• Attended a live lecture, "The Internet to the Inner-Net," with Chief Evangelist of Brand Marketing at Google, Gopi Kallayil, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA, April 2017

• Participant in "Rasa Prana Vinyasa, the Art of Rejuvenating your Practice, Teaching, and Life" with International Yoga Teacher Shiva Rea, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA, August 2016

 

• Participant in "The Art of the Handstand" with Matt Giordano, Coolidge Corner Yoga, Brookline, MA, December 2015

 

• Completed "Partner Stretching and Assisting’ with Daniel Orlansky, Repose Yoga Studio, Newburyport, MA, November 2015

 

• Attended "Curanderismo: Mesoamerican Medicine for Body, Mind and Spirit," a lecture with Grace Sesma, Tampa, FL, November 2013

 

• Participant in "Qigong 101: Bone Marrow Cleansing and Healing Sounds," a daylong workshop with Ken Cohen, M.D., Tampa, FL, November 2013

 

• Attended "Meridian Yoga," a workshop with Alanna Kaivalya, Yoga Journal Conference, Hollywood, FL, November 2013

• Attended "The Art of Intelligent Sequencing," a lecture with Jason Crandell, Yoga Journal Conference, Hollywood, FL, November 2013

• Attended an in-person workshop with Rachel Brathen, internationally-known as “Yoga Girl,” Bella Prana Yoga and Meditation, Tampa, FL, April 2013

• Attended "A Fundamental Exploration of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga" with Steve Rubin, Bella Prana Yoga and Meditation, Tampa, FL, March 2013

PAST WORK AND RETREATS HERE

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