April Bad Yogi Spotlight: Ashley dePreaux
April showers bring… this months Bad Yogi Community spotlight. This month, we’re highlighting the ever supportive, cheery Ashley dePreaux. You may see her floating around the community as Ashley D-Pro, and suddenly, we get it! 😉 Besides all that, we’re just so thankful to have Ashley as part of the Bad Yogi Community, and wanted to give her a little shout out this month. Get to know Ashley, below!
Q. What is your full name?
Ashley Nicole dePreaux.. Did you need my middle name?
(editors note: The middle name is perfect!)
Q. What country/state are you from?
I was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, but left soon after adulthood for the military. After many years of moving around, I’ve finally settled for good in Southern New Hampshire (snow!).
Q. How would your partner/closest friend describe you?
Let me ask him..
“Quick ramble in no particular order…Caring, thoughtful, beautiful, strong, wife, mother, best friend, goofy, open to new things, smart/successful, relatively responsible lol, nerd, yogi, sports fan, loving, treat hound like hubby, creative…I’m sure there’s more, but chores need to be done now.. Oh, as I was at the window washing my thermos…loyal, faithful, committed”
Q. How do you find motivation when it feels like you have NONE?
Sometimes it’s just like doing the dishes or folding the laundry. I know it HAS to get done, so I might as well just do it. The Nike slogan is successful for a reason!
Q. What do you think your purpose is?
I don’t think I have a grand purpose other than–no matter how cheesy it sounds–living my best life and doing everything I can so those that I love can ALSO live their best lives. I’m a huge believer in positive energy, and I like to think if I’m a good enough person, I’ll release more than my fair share of positive energy into the world, which will hopefully make a small difference in the grander scheme of things, and a large difference in the lives of those close to me.
Q. Do you feel like you’re living it?
Sometimes I have to remind myself to take a step back and smell the roses, but yes. I have a career that I look forward to progressing every day with a company who cares about its culture and coworkers whom I enjoy being around. Finding fulfillment in my “9-to-5” job allows me to focus my attention on my “main” job for the next several years: to raise two little boys to be kind, fun-loving, positive people of our community.
Q. If all good was “health food” & there were no negative health impacts, what would you eat every day of your life?
Oh goodness. I’m sorry, I just can’t answer this question. I’m such a fickle person and a non-discriminatory food junkie. Can I just say anything from the menu of The Cheesecake Factory? I haven’t been there in years, but don’t they have a little bit of all cuisines, PLUS like 68 kinds of cheesecake? Ok, I’m going with that.
Q. Chair pose for 1 minute or plank for 1 minute?
I actually don’t mind both, but I suppose plank because I generally feel more grounded and stable in this pose.
Q. What’s one fact that may surprise people, or that not many people know about you?
The first thing that comes to mind, even though it’s probably really embarrassing, is I’ve been married three times. The first was right out of high school, the second was in my early twenties and way too rushed, but I don’t regret the path I’ve taken. I’ve retraced my steps, and I never would have met my current husband and wouldn’t have the life I lead if I didn’t make those mistakes. Third time’s a charm, right?! This year will be six years married, and we haven’t hit a slump just yet! 😉
Q. What do you wish you would see more of in the world?
Kindness, definitely. Towards each other, towards the planet, and towards ourselves. I get that it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day hustle and bustle of things, and I definitely have my fair share of road rage (no one is perfect, after all), but kindness can go a long way in all directions. I often have to think to myself “What would be the kind thing to do/say in this situation?” even when I’m talking to myself.
Q. What do you love/appreciate most about the Bad Yogi Community?
The authenticity, the no-holds-barred topics that the community can discuss sometimes without becoming argumentative or hurtful, the silliness and inside jokes that we have, and the undying support that I see day in and day out, especially in our little corner of Facebook.
Q. Why Yoga?
I started yoga with some DVDs in my early 20s when I started dealing with chronic pain. It grew from a tool that I used for relieving aches to a way of life for me. I’ve learned about the 8 limbs of yoga, ayurvedic medicine, and the yamas and the niyamas to name a few things, and I’ve chosen elements out of each to enhance my daily life. There really is nothing like yoga. What else can make me cry in a puddle on my mat, breathe like Darth Vader, imagine purple light coming out of my head, and tone my butt at the same time?! It really is a whole body experience, and I don’t see myself EVER giving it up. Ever since I found Erin in early 2013, I’ve learned how to fit yoga into my life where I need it most, and I’ve been able to let go of the “perfect yogi” ideals. Now I love it even more, and it’s part of who I am.