Ashley Ludman graduated magna cum laude in 1995 with a degree in occupational therapy. She began her professional life specializing in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. In 2001, she made the leap from the world of western medicine to the practice of alternative wellness, and opened Seaside Yoga in 2002. This studio housed a thriving community where Ashley developed her unique teaching style and supported a larger community of teachers, students and support staff for 8 years. In that time, she facilitated Yoga Teacher Training programs regionally and nationally, mentored many new teachers, and sustained a full private practice, while returning to graduate school in clinical counseling.
After 8 years of successful business and growth, Ashley closed Seaside Yoga, sold her house and car, and began living in Central America, splitting time between the Pacific coast (Nosara) and the cloud forest (Monteverde) of Costa Rica and the Mayan Highlands (Lake Atitlan) of Guatemala, while offering Yoga Teacher Training immersions.
In 2012, Ashley evolved her healing practice to include Clarity Breathwork, after studying with Ashanna Solaris and Dana Delong. Breakthrough Breathwork was birthed in 2016 after Ashley began to synthesize her practices of tantric philosophy, bodywork, somatic movement and therapeutic journaling. Splitting time now between NYC, Nosara and North Carolina, Ash’s intention now is to support developing Breathwork Facilitators and communities.
Ashley has deep gratitude for the many students, teachers, healers and shamans who have guided her through her personal journey. Known for her witty and down-to-earth storytelling practices, she is completing her memoir chronicling a journey her lessons through plant medicine ceremony, breathwork and somatic movement while trading her comfort zone of life in North Carolina for the unpredictable jungle of Nosara, Costa Rica.
Every practice Ashley guides is a journey, as she blends her deep wisdom of anatomy, alignment and energetics with a love of storytelling as a window into the body’s potential for transformation. Her students call her grounded and accessible, and unapologetically honest. Ashley’s authenticity is woven with an ability to bring her experience of life, yoga and healing to her teaching in a way that will inspire you to see new possibilities within yourself and the world around you.