ASHLEY KOKELJ | RYT 200
Owner + Beer Yogi
I grew up playing the guitar, painting, and acting, literally booking it in the opposite direction at any mention of physical activity. I began to learn about yoga from a book I bought in high school when searching for a natural therapy to aid in day to day mental health. Yoga helped me take control over the unhealthy areas in my life and take responsibility over who I wanted to be, what I wanted to accomplish, and how I wanted to feel. After the personal study of yoga for nearly 10 years, I quit my day job in commercial insurance to obtain my Ashtanga Vinyasa 200hr yoga teaching certification from Tattvaa Yogashala in Rishikesh, India, the yoga capital of the world.
Alcohol was banned in this North town of India and is strictly frowned apon on in the traditional yoga communities around the world. With alcohol, beer in particular, being a part of my upbringing and lifestyle, I found myself having to thinking long and hard about why and when I decide to drink. With this personal experience in mind as well as countless others surrounding alcohol abuse, the concept of drinking mindfully was born and has been used ever since to promote responsibility over how we interact with alcohol in our lives.
I created YOGA ON TAP at first as a mobile yoga + beer tasting workshop in partnership with various craft breweries across Ottawa in 2015 when I returned from my training in India and haven’t looked back once. I look forward to connecting participants to themselves, their beers and their communities at one of our next events in Ottawa or across Canada! If we’ve met you know I love to chat so don’t be shy and let’s connect!
Outside of YOGA ON TAP, I’m also lucky enough to teach at various other yoga studios across Ottawa and abroad so check out my personal schedule here or email me for more information! Thanks for supporting my local business and your wellness! Cheers and namaste!