About Ashley and Awakened Heart
Ashley Nunn began studying ayurveda when she was 25 years old, in a quest to alleviate chronic health issues. Some years later, this path led her to begin meditating in 1999. Shortly thereafter, inspired by the life of the Buddha, Ashley travelled to India to see the sacred sites. While in India, Ashley travelled through cities and countrysides, including to Bodh Gaya, Rajastahn and the Himalayas. She also attended the 2001 Khumba Mela in Allahabad, the largest spiritual gathering to have occurred in the world, thus far. She was profoundly affected by her time in India and, after settling into the culture, was struck by the warmth and kindness of the Indian people as well as the raw beauty and diversity of the country. Upon her return and moved by her experiences in India to make an impact on those in need, Ashley enrolled in graduate school to become a children's and family therapist. She also began avidly practicing yoga with Larry Schultz in San Francisco at that time. In 2004, she graduated with her masters degree and received her yoga teacher training from Larry. She went on to teach yoga and meditation in hospitals, treatment facilities, and in studios to people from ages 7 to over 90. Ashley began offering private and public mindfulness-based retreats in 2011.In 2012, Ashley founded a Meditation and Mindfulness program at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington DC. She created and facilitated programming that introduced mindfulness practices to people with terminal illness, including dementia and cancer. The program quickly expanded to offer meditation and mindfulness to patients, staff and visitors at the hospital, as well as in support group settings. In 2016, Ashley became a certified SUP Yoga instructor and began yoga teacher trainings as Lead Instructor. In 2017, Ashley was invited by employee wellness leaders SAS Institue to lead a program at SAS that she created, which is based on Steven Levine's book A Year to Live.
Awakened Heart Sanctuary references the ever-present resilient open-heartedness within each of us that awakens when become immersed in the moment, allowing us to let go of the illusion of separateness and experience our true nature of love, compassion, peace and union with divinity. Yoga means union and it is through these yogic practices we find the gateway to true happiness.