EARTHKEEPER YOGA

There is a very old language from South America called Quechua. It is a beautiful language born out of Indians living high in the Andes Mountains. Their word for community is "allyu". Their word for reciprocity is "ayni".   In these small mountain villages, the community survives (and thrives) because each and every member of the community is willing to do their part.  The word "ayni" actually translates to "for you today, for me tomorrow". In other words, "I will show up for you today. I trust that if I need you, you will show up for me tomorrow".  How beautiful is that? A community that is willing to care for the whole in such a way that all are encouraged to thrive?

As a human being, I strive to live my life with the same meaning and purpose. I value community. I value creating trust and sacred reciprocity within my personal relationships as well as my village.  I hold this hope for all of us.  I hold this hope and optimism for how we treat the Earth as well.  In order for the earth to nourish and feed us, to clean the air for us, we have to protect and invest in her well being. Spending time in direct relationship with the more than human world allows us to deepen this reciprocal bond. The more time that we spend in community with the birds, the trees and our waters, the more compassion we have for ourselves, others and our planet.

Over the last five years, Earthkeeper Yoga has continued to grow and thrive by staying grounded in community. If you would like to learn more and be informed as we make announcements about our future, be sure to subscribe here for updates.

With gratitude,

Ashley McDuff Clarke, MA Ed, RYT 500, Certified Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide

Presentations and Events:

  • Cool and Calm Chair Yoga, UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center June 2021

  • International Day of Yoga, UAB School of Education, June 2021

  • Celebrating the Summer Solstice Chair Yoga, UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center, June 2021

  • Mindful Outdoor Experience, Explore UAB, June 2021

  • Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership Mentorship, May 2021

  • Turning Off Autopilot Chair Yoga, UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center, May 2021

  • Urban Mindful Outdoor Experience, UAB Wellness Day for Students, April 2021

  • You're Grounded: A Gentle Chair Yoga Class in Honor of Earth Day, UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center, April 2021

  • Yoga in the Park,  Samford Junior Legacy League, April 2021

  • Urban Mindful Outdoor Experience, UAB Wellness Day for Students, March 2021

  • Shamrocks and Salutations Gentle Chair Yoga Class, UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center, March 2021

  • Shinrin Yoku: Forest Bathing, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, March 2021 

  • Open Your Heart Chair Yoga, UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center, Feb. 2021

  • Coping, Resilience, Thriving 2020, UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center, Dec. 2020 

  • Family Mindful Outdoor Experience , Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Nov. 2020 

  •  Anti-Racist Book Club, Co Facilitator, June – Sept. 2020 

  •  Lighten Up Book Club, Co Facilitator Birmingham, AL,  April 2020 – June 2020 

  •  Urban Mindful Outdoor Experience, Temple Beth El,  February 2020  

  •  Mindfulness Month, UAB School of Education, January 2020 

  •  Get Outside! Mindful Outdoor Experience, Red Mountain Park, November 2019 

  •  Mindful Outdoor Experience, Moss Rock Preserve, November 2019 

  •  Workplace Mindfulness Retreat for Mercedes Benz, Red Mountain Park,  August 2019 

  •  Chair Yoga and Workplace Mindfulness, United Ability, May 2019 

  •  Yoga Teacher Education Programs Panel, Fearless Fest, February 2019 

  • Ayni, Fearless Fest, February 2018

Degrees, Certifications, Trainings and Workshops:

  • Circle Yoga Shala Advanced Yoga Teacher Training (500 Hour), Jasper, AR, 2021

  • Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Stockbridge, MA, 2019

  • The Rites of the Munay Ki, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Stockbridge, MA, 2017

  • Sacred Glow Yoga Teacher Training (200 Hour), Villager Yoga, Birmingham, AL, 2017

  • Yoga & Shamanism, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Stockbridge, MA, 2016

  • The Wilkamayu with Don Mariano Quispe Flores and Odon Medina Calsin, Transformational Healing Arts, Madison, CT, 2016

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, Master in Secondary Education, 2012

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, Bachelor in English Literature, 2002