MEET YOGI - ASHLEY - LANCASTER PA YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Allow me to introduce you to Ashley, a local yoga instructor, who found herself on the yoga mat and has created a career that she loves!  

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Q: What made you want to pursue yoga as a career path?

I was going through a low point in my life, feeling depressed, wasn’t satisfied with my job, pretty much just felt completely lost and unhappy, felt like I was never going be good enough for anything.  I wasn’t sure where to turn.  When I decided to go to a yoga training in Bali, I still wasn’t quite sure I wanted to teach yoga.  I was more going for myself, to heal my soul.  It was the most amazing experience with the most loving, beautiful people.  Some students there felt completely transformed after the training.  For me, it was a bit different.  I loved the training and learned so much, but I didn’t feel quite as strongly as most of them did; I felt great, but not much different.  I was a bit envious of their transformation.  It wasn’t until after I come back home and started teaching yoga where the real transformation happened.  I always knew I wanted a career where I could help others.  I wanted to be a nurse, but I faint at the sight of my own blood so that was out.  When I began to see that I was really touching lives it felt so rewarding.  I’ve since grown exponentially, so although the change didn’t occur right away, every day feels more and more like this path is meant for me and I look forward to continuing to flourish and sharing my love to help shape the lives of others in positive ways

Q: What advice do you have for a beginner?  

Start today!  Yoga is so powerful and a lifestyle, on and off the mat.  You don’t need to be flexible or know what you are doing to start.  Get to a studio.  Nothing surpasses group classes and energy.   Take as many classes and styles you need to until you find what suits you and your heart.  Find a teacher that resonates with you.  If you can’t make it to a studio, do videos.  There is a yoga is for everyone!  I offer videos.  If interested, you can message me on fb at Ashley Williams Yoga.  

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Q: Where did you study yoga? 

I studied Vinyasa/Hatha and some Yin with a specialty in acro, kids, and pre-natal.  And in magical Bali!  (Specifically near Ubud) yoga mecca! :)

Q: What is your favorite aspect of yoga?

You just feel amazing after a practice.  Period.  You could be having the worst day, could be super tight in the body, could have major anxiety, but after a nice class, you feel so relaxed, grounded, reconnected, and ready to conquer the day!  It also goes way beyond the mat.  It is a lifestyle change, so you will become more in tune with your body and mind and what it needs and conscious of your surroundings.  You will make better, healthier food choices, and bring mindfulness into your everyday life, helping you live now, in the present moment.  

Q: What is your favorite healthy recipe or food?

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Q: What is your favorite healthy recipe or food?

I love green smoothies and make them every morning.  Avocado, kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, apple, mango (or whatever fruits I have), coconut water, fresh ginger, turmeric, and then I throw in some superfoods like maca, bee pollen, chia seeds, spirulina, etc.  Right now I’m also on this spicy metabolism revving cabbage soup kick.  It might not sound that appealing but it is DELICIOUS.  It consists of cabbage, sweet potatoes, red lentils, onion, garlic, chick peas, tomatoes and more! 

Q: Where can one come to take classes from you?

My main studio is at Yoga United at Brighton in the center across from Bent Creek.  I teach a variety of classes Rise and Flow, warm vinyasa flow, fusion, candlelight restorative flow, and kids yoga at various times.  I teach a variety of workshops as well, you just have to keep a lookout for them, normally on Sundays.   

I offer private lessons and can go to someone’s house if they prefer one-on-one training.  

I also will be starting a 4-week yoga program at Z Fitness beginning Feb 15.  Perfect for beginners or anyone wanting to deepen their practice.

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Class of 2019 Model Call has officially begun!

CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS FOR THE CLASS OF 2019!  

 

You've spent the past twelve years preparing for this and now it's time to step into the spotlight with this once in a lifetime opportunity for the ULTIMATE SENIOR PORTRAIT EXPERIENCE!

AKP is seeking a handful of soon-to-be high school seniors to become models for the Class of 2019.  Models are needed for the following schools:

  • Hempfield
  • Manheim Township
  • Penn Manor
  • Warwick
  • Lampter Strasburg
  • Donegal

 If your school isn't listed, but you are interested in becoming a model - apply below as we might have a spot available! 

How it works: 

Complete the form below and I will review your application and set up a time to chat with you.  Due to the popularity of the model program, only two models from each school will be selected!  

Once I've had a chance to review all of the applications, I will contact those selected to finalize the model agreement and schedule a time for your photo shoot.  

Only 2 seniors will be picked to represent each school.  

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Introducing Karyn of Seven19Company - Personal Branding Photo Shoot

I had the pleasure of working with Karyn a few weeks ago to create a series of branding photos for her new website and the launch of her business, Seven19Company - a social media and business management company for wedding professionals.  

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What I do.....

I help wedding and event professionals with their business management and social media marketing. 

Problems I solve....

My clients are small business owners, maybe solopreneurs, who really want to grow their businesses & get more clients, but they need help to do that. I handle everything from billing and calendar management to social media marketing. By taking care of their phone calls and scheduling appointments, they will never have to let an answering machine talk to their clients. And by implementing important social strategies, my clients can reach out to clients who are looking for their services, without the expense of print or traditional marketing. 

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Is there a unique story behind your business or brand....

I was interested in wedding planning many years ago, when I had my first daughter. I tried to start my own business, but with being a full-time mom and working a full-time job, that made it very difficult. Instead, I focused on building my career in other ways - I went onto become a store manager for many years at a fast-paced retail store in Harrisburg, PA. 

Last year, I decided to start my company. I knew that I needed to help event professionals because this niche is so deserving for all the hard work that they put into making their clients' days perfect. Planners, photographers, caterers and DJs all have such an important role to play, and that can make it very stressful at times. So, I knew that I could help by taking some of that stress off of them.

Favorite podcasts / book / blog...

  • I love the GaryVee audio experience (Amanda turned me onto listening to Gary while working out) 
  • Freakonomics radio (because I'm a nerd like that)
  • The life coach school -Brooke has a lot of great life advice. 
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What surprising lessons have you learned along the way.....

Starting a business is very challenging. So, the most important thing that I have learned is how to fail a lot. Starting my own business is about trying new things that I haven’t done before; where I am not really sure of the outcome. Part of that includes failing at it sometimes and succeeding other times. Learning how to fail and keep going is a big life lesson for me. 

What is your favorite social media platform....

Probably Facebook. Facebook groups are such an amazing support to find people who are interested in the same topics as you are or going through the same struggles. I love being able to engage with people from everywhere on the earth just because we are interested in the same topic.

Any other highlights you’d like to share, upcoming events, program launches, etc...

 I am always available to talk, if you have questions about how to improve your social marketing or if you are wondering if my services are right for you. Any of your readers can give me a call or send me an email - even if they are not sure if that they need help. 

How to connect with me...

Email is karyn@seven19company.com

Website is www.karynkoenig.com

Facebook is 719 Company (so is Instagram)

HAVE PASSPORT WILL TRAVEL

As I begin to map out my calendar for 2018, I am leaving room for plenty of travel!  I've had the honor and privilege to travel with several clients over the years and always loved creating portraits that felt more magazine and fine art in style.  

In case you missed the announcement with all of the holiday excitement, I am opening my calendar to five weddings in 2018 along with photographing destination personal branding photo shoots and wellness / fitness retreats.  

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If you are planning a destination wedding - let's chat!  We've traveled to several amazing locations throughout the years and I'd love to discuss how we can document your wedding and provide you with an incredible collection of photographs that showcase your destination wedding. 

Kelsey - Headshots and Personal Branding Photography - Amanda Kraft Photography

Allow me introduce you to Kelsey.  I had the pleasure of photographing Kelsey before the holidays and have been patiently waiting to share this collection of photographs from her personal branding / headshot photo shoot.  The timing of her photo shoot couldn't have been better as we scheduled the photo shoot for the week she graduated from Penn State!  WE ARE..... PENN STATE! 

Kelsey will be taking the stage later this winter for her first ever TedTalk on Mental Health in the media and I couldn't be more excited to watch/hear her speak.  When she isn't busy with college classes and preparing for her presentation she is also a Miss Pennsylvania Contestant.  

I am very excited to see what the future has in store for her, because I know it's going to be incredible! 

 

 

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Elizabeth - HHS - CLASS OF 2018 - AMANDA KRAFT PHOTOGRAPHY

Allow me to introduce you to my new friend Elizabeth!  We had an absolute blast working together and couldn't have had a better day for her fall high school senior portraits.  Our morning began with hair & makeup at the studio and then ventured to Central Market and County Park for locations we used.  

We seriously hit the lighting jackpot during her photo shoot with beautiful morning lighting and the portraits taken in the black & white striped dress with the brown boots are my absolute favorite!  

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