Yoga, Embodiment, Mindfulness Teacher
I was born in Poland in 1977 in the midst of political and social crisis. Despite the political upheaval, our lives were beautifully simple and deeply aligned with the cyclical patterns of nature. I like to think that this experience allowed me the insight into our own ability to continually renew and rebirth ourselves and the resilience needed to sustain it.
It came in handy later in life.
I have been graced with a bodily-kinaesthetic intelligence meaning that my experience of the world and self-expression has always been primarily through my body. Deep sensorial aliveness is my natural state.
Yet, I spent most of my young adult life trying to control my body; from how it looked to how it felt. As I tried to fit into cultural and societal standards, I learnt to reject what was deeply authentic and spontaneous in me.
Then finally, after my mother’s death I completely lost the ability to feel myself. I was in my early 30s and the emotional pain and grief rendered it impossible to draw any creativity or pleasure from my body; numb and dissociated, I lost any sense of intimacy and connection to myself and to life itself.
Though deeply grieving, I was back at a studio within months; dancing, moving, breathing through all that contraction and lifelessness in my body. I studied dance; I took up Yoga teacher training, I immersed myself in somatic and embodiment practices. My journey into understanding of our innate ability to renew and rebirth ourselves began to unravel. And so did my healing. My body re-awakened.
If there’s one thing I learnt along the way, is that we have a choice. We have the ability to re-claim our inner space, re-awaken our body and own our right to a life of pleasure and joy.
I invite you to own yours.
Ashka has been studying movement her whole life and teaching Yoga for over a decade. In 2008 she completed a Diploma in Dance at Birkbeck College London and Dance Movement Psychotherapy foundation at Goldsmiths University London. She trained with the Yoga Campus in 2012. Having explored meditation for most of her adult life, she undertook Mindfulness Meditation training with Michael Stone in 2016 and now implements its core teachings into every class she runs.
She studied Somatic Stress Release with Scott Lyons, an inquiry into the process of addressing and healing emotional wounds through body. In 2020 she expanded her understanding of psychosomatic patterns of trauma, studying embodiment with Michaela Bohem and Steve James.
Ashka has been teaching private and corporate clients across London and has been a teacher at Battersea Yoga and the Life Centre studios. She has been holding space for people living with dementia and Alzeheimer’s disease running weekly yoga and movement chair-based activities since 2009. She taught chair yoga for the Age UK charity. Her passion for dance continues to grow and support her practice with her current love for Contact Improvisation Dance, a movement form performed with a partner, where we explore interpersonal dynamics through a spontaneous improvised dance.
Grounded in her own study of yoga, buddhist teachings and meditation, dance and embodiment, Ashka aims to facilitate a path to inner wholeness. Her teachings are an invitation to welcome more play and pleasure into the experience; she believes they are fundamental on our path to healing and lead to a deeply intimate and fulfilling life.
You’ve got such a such a deep level of wisdom and presence in the way that you teach and guide people to move through their practice on the mat, but it feels like we are drawing that strength and energy from you at the same time as finding it within ourselves.
Your classes are quite orgasmic! And deeply healing; it is tough to let go, but you embody it so much within your own practice that I feel safe to completely, genuinely let go.
I moved from harsh self-judgment and shame to truly feeling free to be myself, the softening of my heart saying ‘YES!’ to anything uncomfortable, painful, and accepting of what is. I felt powerful, fearless, strong, bountiful of inner strength.
An incredibly talented teacher
I truly appreciate your understanding of physiology and the body; it helps reassure us that you know what’s best for us especially when our bodies are feeling weak or injured