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

INSPIRED BY AN INDIAN AND ASIAN PHILOSOPHY CLASS in college and the Buddhist teaching of impermanence, Ashley formally began teaching yoga and meditation in 2011. The moon became a comforting presence whenever she found herself traveling far from her home on Plum Island, Massachusetts. Ashley became a Certified Alchemical Astrologer in 2017 to help her understand how the cycles of the planets and stars could help inspire and inform her life here on Earth.

Her yoga teaching practice is driven by an unending search for truth and the understanding that change is the only constant. Like the waves of the ocean, we can learn to cultivate resilience by observing the pause between the incoming and outgoing breath. Ashley's classes are gentle and meditative in nature, and often incorporate moments of soothing chanting and harmonium music 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 Hatha yoga teaching experience, as well as a Kripalu-based 200-hour certification, 100 hours of study in Bhakti yoga and Kirtan, and 112 hours of apprenticeship under Dr. Mouleeswaran, M.D., PhD (AYU) in Foundations of Ayurveda. Ashley's two trips to India since 2018 have given her a unique lens through which she works with others 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 most pressing 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 spiritual dharma teachers Tara Brach, Johnathan Foust and Danna Faulds into her yoga classes, international retreats and private work.

RELEVANT ACHIEVEMENTS AND CREDENTIALS

• 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-leader of 15 participants from the USA in a 10-day yoga and meditation immersion, "Explore,

  Open, Release, Transform" in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia                                                                                             March 2019

• Completed 112 hours of Level 1 Ayurvedic apprenticeship under Dr. P. Chandra Mouleeswaran,

  B.A.M.S., M.D., Ph.D (AYU), Ayurveda Retreat Hospital, PVT. LTD., Tamil Nadu, India                                      February 2019

• Graduate of 100-Hour Yoga Alliance approved hours of study of Bhakti yoga and kirtan,

  Supersoul Kirtan Academy, Govardhan Ecovillage, Mumbai, India                                                                      January 2019

• Guest teacher at Blessfest, a three-day kirtan festival, Castleton-on-Hudson, New York                                     July 2018

 

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

Participant in traditional 21-day panchakarma, or Ayurvedic cleanse, in Coonoor, south India                   February 2018

• Co-facilitated a four-day yoga retreat, "Harvesting our Inner Bounty: Embrace Shadow and

  Reclaim Light" with Niav Connor, Tiverton, Rhode Island                                                                                      October 2017

• Certified Alchemical Astrologer after completing the 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 to employees at Google, Cambridge, MA                                                                                   July 2017

• Guest contributor at 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

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

• Registered Yoga Teacher, 200 hours (RYT 200), Vishuddha Yoga Teacher Training,

  Rowley, MA                                                                                                                                                                          June 2016
 

• Winner of 72 entrants in the 2014 College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education

  Undergraduate Research Conference with an independent study on ‘The Effects of Meditation

  on the Vocal Performance of Music,' University of Tampa, Tampa, FL                                                                      April 2014

• Certified Practical Yoga Instructor, AFAA, Orlando, FL                                                                                         February 2012

RELEVANT TRAININGS

• Participant in 'Exploring the 36 Decans,' a five-hour online astrology lecture with Austin Coppock

  at the Northwest Regional Astrology Conference (NORWAC)                                                                                     May 2020

 

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

                                    

• Participant in the 15+ hour 2020 Astrology University Online Summit, "Astrology + Relationships"                      April 2020

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

 

• Participant in the 15+ hour 2019 Astrology University Online Summit, "Breakthrough and

  Transformation"                                                                                                                                                              October 2019

 

• Participant in the 15+ hour Astrology University Online Summit, "Epic Cycles of

  Change and Renewal"                                                                                                                                                        April 2019

• Profections and Solar Returns, a 2-week training with Kelly Surtees                                                             December 2018

• Relationship Astrology, a 4-Week Online Training with Kelly Surtees                                                            November 2018

• Participant in the 15+ hour 2018 Astrology University Online Summit, "Life Purpose and Destiny"                October 2018

• Week-long immersive training in Positive Psychology Coaching through the Wholebeing Institute,

  Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA                                                                                                   July 2018

• Energy Intensive (Yoga, Meditation, Breathwork) with Jonathan Foust and Richard Faulds,

  Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA                                                                                       November 2017

• ‘Boundless Form in the Shoulders and Hips’ with Matt Giordano, Coolidge Corner Yoga, Brookline, MA         June 2017

• The Internet to the Inner-Net’ with Gopi Kallayil, Chief Evangelist, Brand Marketing at Google,

   Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA                                                                                                 April 2017

• ‘Rasa Prana Vinyasa, Art of Rejuvenating your Practice, Teaching, and Life’ with Shiva Rea,

   Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA                                                                                            August 2016

• ‘The Art of the Handstand’ with Matt Giordano, Coolidge Corner Yoga, Brookline, MA                              December 2015

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

• ‘Curanderismo: Mesoamerican Medicine for Body, Mind and Spirit’ with Grace Sesma, Tampa, FL        November 2013

• ‘Qigong 101: Bone Marrow Cleansing and Healing Sounds with Ken Cohen, M.D., Tampa, FL                  November 2013

• ‘Meridian Yoga’ with Alanna Kaivalya, Yoga Journal Conference, Hollywood, FL                                        November 2013

• ‘The Art of Intelligent Sequencing’ with Jason Crandell, Yoga Journal Conference, Hollywood, FL        November 2013

• Workshop with online sensation “Yoga Girl” Rachel Brathen, Bella Prana Yoga and Meditation,

   Tampa, FL                                                                                                                                                                             April 2013

• ‘A Fundamental Exploration of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga’ with Steve Rubin,

   Bella Prana Yoga and Meditation, Tampa, FL                                                                                                             March 2013

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