We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashlee Langas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashlee, why did you pursue a creative career?
I started dancing when I was 2 and I remember knowing very early on that THIS was the thing I loved. I loved my friends from dance class, I loved the hard work and discipline of being in class, and I loved performing. Before I would go on stage, my dad would coach me through a visualization exercise to help me get into “the zone” and it was satisfying to push through the nerves to deliver a great routine. Dance was everything. If you went back and asked 10 year old Ashlee what she wanted to be when she grew up, it would have been a professional dancer on Broadway. Years later I would end up in Los Angeles as a professional dancer. I was hired to work some really cool jobs that I feel very proud of, however at one point I looked up and realized that I was miserable. I no longer felt confident about my skills because my bills getting paid was the pressure in the audition rooms. I felt so disconnected from my body, my spirit and my craft. That’s when I found yoga.
Becoming a yoga teacher helped me rediscover the parts of movement and performing that I loved so much growing up. There is so much creativity in sequencing a class, in addition to the gratification of giving someone an experience that makes them feel something. I have also found discipline in the continued pursuit of building a creative career. Within the last year I have been exploring creativity as spirituality and vice versa. If we are all creations made in the image of some creator, doesn’t that make us all artists? That is why I am pursuing an artistic career. Because no matter what I do I am creating, whether I’m doing it intentionally or not. When we feel things like judgement and shame we get cut off from the part of us that is our connection to God. We are also getting cut off from the part of us that has something to create. And if we can expand how we label artists and creatives then we can realize that everyone has some kind of gift to share. I create to heal myself and others!
What should our readers know about your business?
I am a movement and wellness coach. My lifelong study of movement gives me a unique understanding of the body as well as the knowledge that true wellness is an inside-out journey. We can do all the bicep curls and downdogs to get in shape but we must look at wellness holistically if we want to make big changes. Through my brand, The Wavvy Cloud, I am creating spaces where we practice holding ourselves with more compassion and kindness. It is through this practice that we get to experience true inner freedom and healing. I believe there are different teachers/coaches for everyone. The message I have to share and the way I share it is what is right for some but not everyone. My approachable teaching style and the optional use of cannabis provides an access point to someone who may be intimidated by a yoga or meditation class.
Working virtually through 2020 expanded my ability to work with clients and students that I may not have worked with otherwise. I am excited to continue to find more creative ways to offer access online as well as plan for in person events and retreats. I just returned from Kauai where I was shooting yoga, fitness, and meditation videos as well as planning a creative retreat for later this year.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My absolute favorite thing to do in LA is to see a show at The Greek. For a fun night out in K-town I would take my friend to Gorilla Tacos followed by singing at Max Karaoke.
I live in Atwater Village and my favorite local place for grabbing a quick bite is Dune.
Highland Park Bowl is fun for a day out.
One of my other favorite summertime adventures is the outdoor movie screenings – Eat, See, Hear. In 2020 my wife and I have been replicating these in our backyard.
My favorite staycation spot is the Petit Ermitage.
Sound Nightclub is one of my favorite places for a night out dancing.
The roof at Mama Shelter is a great place for dinner and drinks.
For a super fancy meal my favorite place is Providence.
All of my references are at least a year out of date at this point as I’ve barely left the house. 😉 Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my Shoutout to my wife. After I became certified to teach yoga I was terrified to start teaching. My wife encouraged me to start by teaching friends. By practicing my teaching skills on friends I was able to build up my confidence and the word of mouth helped me to reach more clients and students. She continues to inspire me every day, especially in the last year. She has rediscovered her love of making music and is stepping, boldly, into becoming a producer.
Linda Pianigiani Ray Daily