Tampa, FL, November 18 — In a typical yoga class, a yoga instructor might advise you to grab a block or a strap as an extra prop to help you get into the yoga poses better. When yoga instructor Ashley Halley walks into class, she has a bag full of props that are necessary to the yoga workout; and what a workout it is! This is Yoga Boot Camp (or MOVE-Yoga), a cross training workout she designed that blends targeted yoga stretching with interval training and cardio bursts to increase endurance, stability, focus, and power. Her overloaded bag includes various types of resistance bands used to help students achieve the benefits to muscle and bone development arrived from weight-building exercises, but it may also have an assortment of balls so students can give themselves a sort of self-massage, rolling out tightness or lactic acid build-up from their muscles. It is this balance of working hard and nurturing the body that sets the class apart as something truly unique to the fitness options in the area.
“I basically took the things I love about yoga and incorporated them with what I know as a personal trainer can make a person stronger. After years of practicing yoga, I found I was strong in some areas, yet very weak in others. Those weak areas, like the knees, were becoming hyper-flexible and causing me problems. This program, MOVE-Yoga, addresses stabilizing the joints and improving agility, strength, and balance.”
Halley’s insights in this training come not only from observing her own body, but also through the dual certifications she holds in bodywork as a 500- hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and as a Personal Trainer. For the past seven years, she has traveled the world learning from leaders in the fitness world included the renowned yogi Shiva Rea, celebrity trainer Tracey Anderson, and New York City’s fitness guru Simone De La Rue (Body by Simone).
With MOVE-Yoga, Halley incorporates all of these fitness concepts into class, including, the micro-muscle movements Tracey Anderson teaches, the Barre Fitness trend is apparent in the core exercises, and the polymetrics approach is evident in the jumping exercises that are incorporated into each and every class. While this class will make you sweat and identify muscles you never knew you had, Ashley’s zany spirit keeps the workout light-hearted and fun. She calls this “recess” for adults. It is not uncommon for Ashley to lead a bear crawl or frog hop across the studio space with grown men and women smiling and laughing at themselves.
The MOVE-Yoga follows the philosophy, “Move a muscle, change a feeling.” As Ashley says, “Movement is essential to the health of our bodies and mind. It propels us forward and achieves things that just aren’t possible from the perspective of sitting on the couch.” The MOVE-Yoga training program has also been used in Halley’s private client base to rehabilitate students after stroke, dealing with arthritis, or re-training their legs to walk again.
Currently, Halley teaches this class at the Bella Prana Yoga Studio on Kennedy Ave, but she is available for bookings, including corporate locations and private sessions. In 2014, she is traveling and teaching at a variety of national and international locations. She is sought out for her expert advice on nutrition, fitness, and movement.
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Ashley Halley is a 500-hour RYT (Registered Yoga Instructor) and Certified Personal Trainer. She has been teaching in Tampa Bay for over 7 years offering a wide variety of classes merging yoga, dance, and fitness modalities. Her studies of movement have taken her all over the world including pilgrimages to India and Bhutan. She continues to travel and study with industry leaders. For more information, visit http://ashleyhalley.com/