Ashley TurnerSanta Monica, CA
About the Teacher
Elevating personal growth as a lifestyle, Ashley Turner, M.A., MFTI (#62103) brings a fresh approach to yoga as a modern day psychotherapist with a soulful bent on celebrating the body’s wisdom and inner spirit.
Deep, witty, and laser focused, she draws on the source texts of yoga while incorporating the best of Neurobiology, Jungian Psychology, Ayurveda, Tantra, Shamanism and Priestess work – vigorously challenging students from the inside out. She is known for her ability to translate complex themes into practical, real-life tools accessible to all.
She is the teacher-in-residence at Montage Laguna Beach, leading monthly workshops and an adjunct faculty member at Kripalu and Loyola Marymount University’s Yoga Philosophy program.
Her first book, Aroma Yoga®: A Guide to Using Essential Oils in Your Practice and Your Life, co-written with Tracy Griffiths, was published in October 2011.
Also, a frequent body-mind contributor to top tier media publications including Self, Shape, Women’s Health, Yoga Journal and Natural Health, Ashley is the creator of best-selling Element Beginner Yoga DVD’s Yoga for Weightloss, Yoga for Stress Relief + Flexibility and Power Yoga. Her latest DVDYoga Bootcamp was released by ExerciseTV in October 2011.
Named by Yoga Journal as Who’s Who in Power Yoga, she focuses on a dynamic vinyasa style of yoga sprinkled with nuggets of wisdom from the roots of Yoga Psychology, deep self-inquiry, devotion and humor.
She completed a Masters in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Depth (Jungian) Pyschology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and wrote her Master’s thesis on the integration of yoga and psychology. In 2006, Ashley completed a 13-month Priestess Training with Ariel Spilsbury to become an Ordained Priestess and continues to emphasize reclaiming and empowering the feminine (in women and men). She is passionate about leading global retreats as a gateway to align with the collective unconscious through sacred adventure – inspired by an undergradutae degree in International Relations from USC.
Her original and most profound yoga teacher is Ram Dass and she began her formal training in classical Ashtanga Yoga with his Hatha Yoga teacher, Baba Hari Das at the Mt. Madonna Yoga Center near Watsonville, CA. Subsequently, she studied extensively with Sharon Gannon and David Life of Jivamukti Yoga, Mark Whitwell, Seane Corn, Mona Miller, Govindas and Krishna Das – but recognizes the ultimate teacher is life itself!
Ashley consults Hollywood creatives, leading companies, distinguished business leaders, couples, adolescents and individuals. With a diverse palate and ability to speak directly to her audience, Ashley has toured with rock stars teaching yoga, lectures in academic settings and leads transformational events worldwide.
She lives in Santa Monica, CA and Aspen, CO.
Therapy & Coaching
“Ashley helped me drain the emotional swamp around many tough issues in my life. She is whip smart, caring, yet never lets you get away with your normal shit. Go to her and you will get better and be happier!” –Vince Green, Attorney, Los Angeles
Individual, couples + group therapy/coaching worldwide via Skype, phone or private practice in Santa Monica, CA.
Change occurs on all levels of life simultaneously. Any effective approach to self-improvement must tackle the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual realms together.
Mindfully break through blocks in relationships/intimacy, weight loss/body image, addiction, depression/anxiety or finance. Learn to compassionately resolve difficult emotions such as grief, anger, resentment, loneliness, disappointment, sadness and fear.
Deep, witty and laser-focused on connecting with you right where you need it most, Ashley combines the best tools of East and West, to guide you towards Truth and a more healthy, wealthy, joyful way of life.
PSYCHOTHERAPY: Best for identifying and working through unresolved emotions, anxiety, addiction, family of origin issues, trauma, grief, relationship patterns and errors in logic that are blocking you.
COACHING: Directive, dynamic and goal-oriented. Based on accountability and taking the action-steps necessary to achieve your desired results. Coaching may involve some therapeutic work, if there is a need.
“Ashley Turner changed my yoga practice! Prior to meeting Ashley I treated yoga like any other workout – just muscling my way through. Her unique style combines humor, patience and grace. For the first time, she taught me how to combine power and flexibility with mind and spirit.” – Tony Horton, P90X Fitness Guru
“Ashley is a trusted confidante, friend, priestess and leader. She is a powerful motivator and a strong influence. Over the last 4 years, our work together slows me down and helps me think more clearly and creatively.” – Pete Yorn, Recording Artist
“Ashley has been an extraordinary gift for me personally and to scores of Guthy-Renker employees she has inspired to reach their physical and spiritual potential. Her teaching style is calming, which gives you confidence to push yourself and do things you did not think were possible. Before you know it, you feel better than you thought possible!” – Ben Van de Bunt, CEO, Guthy Ranker