Today we’d like to introduce you to Ash Neumeister.
Ash, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
It’s hard for me to tell a clear story of how I got to where I am in my business which is closely linked with the development of my Spirituality. I do remember becoming curious about our energy bodies after reading “The Power Of Now” & “The Celestine Prophecy”. This curiosity led me to dive deeper into practices like Hatha Yoga, Kirtan, Ecstatic Dance, and Meditation which began to inform my relationship with Spirit.
It wasn’t until 2010 when I attended my first Burning Man that I really decided to take responsibility for my own happiness that the direction of my life changed. I ended an unhealthy relationship, quit my job, and went traveling to Thailand and India for five months. I was living in a school teaching Tibetan refugees for 3 of those months in Dharamshala and I had a lot of extra time on my hands in this rural town so I did a lot of reading Osho and other philosophers, connecting with the wise students and teachers, napping, walking, and meditating. I also learned Reiki and how to play the harmonium.
When I returned to LA, I continued my daily spiritual practice and knew I wanted to find a like-minded Tribe. I attended a breathwork session led by Michael Brian Baker, of The Breath Center, and it was life expanding. I had a profound cathartic release and was humbled by the power of breath. After attending these sessions weekly, I was offered an opportunity to train how to facilitate the group sessions. I also contacted Wayne Perry, of The Sound Therapy Center of LA, and became his assistant.
I studied with both of these men for a couple years and eventually realized I wanted to start teaching and sharing the power of our own Breath and Sounds. I have been regularly facilitating group sessions for six years now.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I think the biggest challenges come through the personal development work that is necessary for me to do as I put myself out there. My brand is me. I get to push past what people think of me. This was a big one, in the beginning, considering I am from a small town in the Midwest where energy work or spirituality was not really in the conversations. It is a continual growth process that is not always easy of dropping into the deeper trust of myself & Spirit and also focusing on my vision and being moved by my mission.
Also, it has been a challenge describing and explaining what I do so that people can find me or work with me. So much of my work is experiential and beyond explanation. Lastly, I have been building this business while working a full-time job as a music supervisor so creating the time can be a challenge sometimes.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
All the work I do is to support people in remembering who they are. It is about removing all the limitations we place on ourselves, whether that occurred through trauma, our environment, our broken hearts, etc.
I facilitate group transformational breathwork & sound healing sessions 3-4 times a month in LA. I collaborate with other sound healers often. “Pulse: A Transformational Breathwork & 432 Hz Sound Immersion” is a twice-monthly collab I have been co-facilitating with Torkom Ji for the past 3 years.
My sessions are a compilation of my training in breathwork, vocal over-toning, playing sound healing instruments, guided meditations, shamanism and some essential oils thrown in there. I also work with people in online group programs and one on one sessions coaching them through my Vibrational Medicine Training where we focus on clearing out any blockages in our energy so we can live in a high vibration and co-create the life of our dreams.
I am proud of making energy work accessible to everyone and re-framing it as necessary for our health. I am also proud of reminding people to be their own medicine through the use of their breath and sounds primarily. I consistently get feedback that one session with me is like years of therapy, so I am proud of that too.
What were you like growing up?
I always loved music. My friends, cousins, and sister would always make up dance routines. I was in choir all through high school and played in a band until I got braces and couldn’t play the trumpet anymore. I struggled with being accepted like most kids, but had many friends in various “groups”. I have always gotten along with all sorts of different people.
I have always really cared about people and animals and wanted to help them. I remember crying when I was probably around 6 years old when I would see those commercials asking for people to donate money to starving kids in Africa. My parents definitely thought I would join the Peace Corp.
- Website: www.ashneumeister.com
- Phone: 213) 536-9439
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ashneu/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashneumeister
J’aime Leigh Gianopoulos