Aslihan, a.k.a. the CROW, is a highly qualified British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) Teacher with over 1000 hours of yoga teacher trainings and thousands of hours of teaching, learning and practice experience on the mat. She is a Progressive Hatha Yoga Teacher with 4.5 years of extensive and intensive training for Level 4 BWYQ Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation Teaching Diploma regulated by Ofqual. Following her training, she developed her skill set and knowledge in various of specialties. She is internationally certified Relax & Renew® Advanced Restorative Yoga for Therapeutic Applications Teacher; Menopause Yoga® Specialist; Teen Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher; Level 3 Sports Coach and Ayurveda In Action Teacher, integrating ayurvedic principles on & off the yoga mat. Aslihan is the founder of YogaCrow.UK and BE!Mindful Project, co-founder of Re: Balance Yoga Collective and creator of @my_menopause_diary on social media.
Her passion and purpose are bringing yoga into every aspect of individuals’ daily life with a carefully designed, distinct and ever-advancing schedule. She accomplishes this as a structured synthesis of modern science and holistic traditional wellbeing practices.
To achieve this, Aslihan offers and facilitates general and specialised yoga and meditation classes, workshops and courses, collaborative wellbeing events for all genders and ages, both in person and online. She trains and mentor individuals, groups and organisations for developing a daily practice of structured REST and conscious deliberate Self-Nurturing practices, so they can learn how to reduce the negative side effects of chronic stress and improve the quality and longevity of their life.
Over the years of her yoga learning and teaching experiences, she has made her mission supporting the wellbeing of women and helping them to combat their health problems. Alongside of mixed gender yoga classes, she also practises exclusively with girls & women in special sessions such as yoga for menopause / fertility / period pain / anxiety & depression / insomnia / fatigue & burn-out / chronic stress / positive body image / exam stress and in many other topics. She is passionate to inform females in depth about women wellness, in particular about menopause, by using mind & body practices as a vehicle. So, women can feel empowered, supported and guided to make informed choices, and manage the side effects of daily challenges by using a therapeutic and practical toolset in life.
Aslihan also aims to increase collective awareness, attention, compassion and effective communication about menopause in the communities to strengthen relationships between women and others, eliminate dysfunctional social patterns, and unlock new and healthy ways of living. So, everyone can accept menopause as an opportunity of self-knowledge and growth in a woman’s life. She runs yoga retreats dedicated only to women’s wellness which aim woman to connect closely with herself, with the nature and with other likeminded women to feel an intimate sense of rejuvenation, health and happiness.
Aslihan also holds a master’s degree in communication science & marketing and has a former corporate career in the food industry. She is a mum to a gorgeous teenager. She loves spending quality time in Nature, hiking, herbs ’n’ spices, kite flying, star gazing and walking on grass of the Earth, on sand of a beach and on her yoga mat with bare feet. She describes herself as a wellbeing-warrior who is inspired by collective LOVE & WISDOM.
Spreading the wisdom of yoga and raising an awareness of total health & well-being in our body, mind & heart are my strongest passion; because yogic living guides me to move consciously in my daily activities and allows me to smile from the deepest corners of my heart in a healthy body. I feel calmer, I think clearer and I focus better. Eventually I find wisdom within and bliss in my everyday activities no matter how big or difficult the daily obstacles are. I’d like to see everyone around me carrying this big smile from their heart and having their own greatest experiences with wisdom and blissful moments, too.
Aslihan's story to start doing yoga
Her story about starting to do yoga is not any different than others'… Long story short, it was because of the exhausting and destructive everyday challenges, dreadfully overwhelming work stress in the field of Marketing, PR & Customer Relations, broken relationships with others and few health problems.
For years, she struggled to keep up and stay motivated with traditional forms of exercises. But only after the unmanageable levels of stress in her professional life and an unbearable deep muscle problem at her back, she finally started to do Yoga with a very inspiring teacher, in Essex area. From the first class she attended, this ancient practice deeply fascinated her. Few months later she decided to go even deeper. she quickly developed a better understanding about Yoga and realised that it is a great “life ring” in our modern, hectic, stressful and busy lives, not just a physical exercise.
" Because of its holistic approach to the human body & mind, yoga gradually helped me to develop a better understanding of myself and a better relationship with the people around me. It also completely changed my perception of Nature and has helped me to grow within. Yoga became very quickly an absolute and the only way of life for me. I benefit from the yogic life style every single day to maintain my health & happiness, to find the physical, mental and emotional flexibility, strength and balance in coping with everyday situations and more over to transform my understanding about myself and others.
Yoga’s ancient philosophy and its practices keep me always on track and allow me to come back to my factory settings whenever I feel imbalanced in my body, mind and heart. It aided and supported my physical, mental and emotional health & wellbeing so much when the modern medicine & pharmacy fell short to offer me a complete preventive wellness as whole. I am so much keen to inspire the people and communities around me to transform their lives into a healthy & happy one.
Let’s spread the love and wisdom of yoga across the universe together ♡
Breathe well, flow well, connect well!
With Peace, Love & Joy "
~ Aslıhan, The Crow
Aslihan's yoga related qualifications
· Raja Yoga Meditation Training with Christina Spencer
· BWY Yoga Foundation Course (YFC) with Mandy Abbott
· BWYQ Level 4 (500 hours) Diploma in Teaching Yoga, Meditation & Pranayama (RQF) with Zoe Knott & Bob Insley
· NLP for Yoga Teachers with Antonia Boyle
· Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teaching to Refugees and Asylum Seekers with Ourmala
· Relax & Renew® Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 with Ph. D. PT. Judith Hanson Lasater
· Advance Restorative Yoga Teacher Training for Therapeutic Applications Level 2 with Ph. D. PT. Judith Hanson Lasater
· Teen Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher Training with Charlotta Martinus
· BWY Ayurveda in Action Module with Tarik Dervish & Cathy Mae
· Menopause Yoga® Teacher Training with Petra Coveney
These all trainings allowed me to understand the pattern of the mind and its relationship with the physical body in different sets. They also reinforce my teaching to guide the practitioners for getting the maximum benefits from my yoga sessions in physical, mental and emotional level. A million thanks to all my amazing teachers for their inspirational light which help me to create rich, authentic and diverse yoga guidance with an accesiable, insightful and sophisticated approach for all!