Souljourn creates life-changing experiences to explore, practice, and educate through yoga both on and off of the mat by offering a spectrum of workshops and global retreats. They wholeheartedly promote female empowerment and education in communities where women do not have the same opportunities or rights as men.
As an avid yogi living in the fast-paced city of New York, yoga instructor Jordan Ashley realised there was a true need for service-based yoga. It was clear to her that many people could benefit from experiences that provide perspective to the self and our global community through acts of selflessness.
Over the course of her life, Jordan became acutely aware of the privileges she enjoyed on a daily basis. This imbued her with a sense of responsibility to give back by raising awareness and funds for girls across the globe that don’t share the same advantages or rights.
Jordan’s first taste of “global seva” occurred following her experiences studying abroad. In Siem Reap, Cambodia, she taught English and encouraged female self-empowerment through the Ponheary Ly Foundation. On another study abroad program, Jordan lived with a Tibetan family in Dharamshala, India, and had the unique opportunity of observing and studying the effects of diaspora.
After completing her 200- and 300-hour yoga training courses in New York, Jordan decided to uproot her life and move to Southeast Asia to report for the Phnom Penh Post. In addition to NGO coverage, her career in journalism focused on lifestyle trends in Bangkok, Thailand.
The combination of these unique experiences in Southeast Asia and over 30 other countries across the globe inspired her to found Souljourn, a foundation committed to improving the lives of girls and women everywhere. By teaming up with yoga teachers from around the world, Souljourn allows Jordan to better share her message of compassion and peace through education and empowerment. Her foundation can be described as an avenue for passionate yogis that want more than just downward dog.
Thanks to the peaceful teachings of traditional yogic principles, Jordan helps other dedicated yogis take part in improving the lives of those less privileged. By moving these yogic principles and poses off the mat, Jordan has successfully exposed injustices, challenged inequality, and encouraged reflection to inspire true change.
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