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How Ashley G. Preps For SOUL
March 3, 2017
SHLEY GODBY reveals her go-to routine before every class she leads in Dallas...
I believe the way I prepare for my class sets the true tone for how my class will flow. I always allow myself plenty of time in the morning (at least 2 hours) to get in the right mental zone if I teach before noon. If it is a super early class, I do a rough draft of my playlist the night before and final touches the next morning. I like prepping my music as close to my class time as possible because I feel it reflects my mood and my true honest self at that moment in time.
To get my mind right (or if I need a little assistance on the tone I want for that specific day), I have a couple reference points: The first tool is a deck of affirmation cards that sit by my bed called OWN YOUR AWESOME by The Joyologist, Tricia Huffman. I flip a new one over every morning to immediately set my intention for the day. I really relate to her wording and what she stands for.
Another reference is a book my best friend gave me called 100 Pep Talks by Elise Blaha Cripe. I will just randomly open to a passage in the book, and I feel like it always speaks to me in the exact way I need it to in that moment.
Once I have done all my prep work at home, then I will head to SoulCycle about 30 to 40 minutes before class. I like to feel the energy of the studio that day and start to connect to all my riders. And that is the final piece to my prep puzzle: the SOUL community. You all inspire me daily and constantly give me the guidance and support I need. I am so grateful for my Soul Dallas fam and wouldn’t trade the energy I receive for the world.
Once I step into that room, it's all about embracing the present moment and knowing that what organically happens is what's meant to be. The magic that goes on in between those four walls is worth every moment of preparation.