Each month we feature an ambassador who inspires us, their students, and the community.


Cazoshay Ward, Ahnu Yoga Ambassador

Cazoshay (Shay) Ward is an Alaska-grown 200-hour level yoga instructor with an additional fifty hours of training from Yahweh Yoga in beautiful Chandler, Arizona. She was first exposed to yoga at age four doing handstands with her great aunt in her grandmother's living room. Little did she know that when she chose to take yoga again in high school to avoid having to participate in a regular gym class, that it would inspire a lifelong passion of not only practicing yoga, but desiring to share it with others. She strives to make yoga accessible to every person, at whatever level of fitness or experience they may currently be at. She is passionate about serving others, having served as a Goodwill Ambassador to the Republic of the Gambia; bringing medical and school supplies to the local hospital and schools; as well as volunteer-teaches yoga for various organizations and events, including Covenant House Alaska. Shay is a mom to an awesome little boy and an instructor with Hiking Yoga Alaska. One of her mottos is, "have mat, will travel," and she enjoys bringing her unique style of teaching to the world.

More about Cazoshay
Instagram: @Cazoshay_Marie
Twitter: @Cazoshay_Marie

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher/practitioner?
Experiencing firsthand the physical, mental and emotional benefits of yoga inspired me to want to share that with the world. I want everyone to be inspired to live the best life possible, and yoga definitely helps bring that about.

What is the one thing you love to do most other than yoga?
Art! I've been drawing, painting and otherwise creating art for as along as I can remember. When I'm not doing yoga, I'm probably creating art.

What food could you eat every day and never get bored of?
In addition to teaching yoga, I'm also a certified raw and living foods chef, so for me there's nothing like a good plate of raw zucchini noodles or raw blueberry pie!

What’s on your “studio playlist” right now?
I teach a variety of classes and special events ranging from Gentle Yoga and rockin "Move Yo Asana" classes, to themed classes for holidays and special groups; so right now I have everything from "Eye of the Tiger" to "Let It Be" and "Wide Awake" to "Skinny Love".

What advice would you give to someone just beginning to practice yoga?
Be gentle with yourself! Each asana is a journey, not a destination, so just enjoy being in the moment. Don't take it too seriously and mix it up a little! There are nearly as many different teachers and styles as there are practitioners, so don't be afraid to go outside the (traditional) yoga box!

Tell us something most people don't know about you!
I can sometimes be pretty quiet initially, but I'm really a big goofball-life is too short to take it too seriously! =)