Ashley Thorndike began studying Asthanga yoga in Charlottesville,Virginia in 2001. She completed her 200-hour teacher training in the Asthanga and Hatha traditions with Laurel Hodory in November 2009. Ashley holds a B.F.A. in modern dance, a M.Ed. in counseling, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in dance studies. She has taught dance and related movement forms for 10 years in multiple locations. After teaching three semesters of Ashtanga-based courses in the Ohio State University Department of Dance, Ashley’s approach to yoga has shifted to a creative vinyasa class designed to provide opportunities for students to experience physical and emotional strength and flexibility though an emphasis on depth of practice, alignment, and edge.