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About Us

Like you, we’re yogis with a passion for travel, adventure, and fun.

Our Team

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Ashley Melin

Founder & Director

Ashley got the travel bug in 1996 after spending 3 months in Africa on a NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) trip. Afterwards, she traveled extensively throughout Central America, South America, and Europe. An avid yoga practitioner, she was drawn to India and traveled there alone in 2004 for three months. It was the experience of a lifetime and she felt compelled to share the experience with others. In 2007, she brought her first group.

An avid mountain biker, skier, and mountaineer, she has summited all the big mountains in the NW, the Matterhorn, Mt. Kenya, and many Fourteeners in Colorado. Yoga and meditation have been a daily part of her life for over 24 years and she has devoted her life to studying them in great depth.

Ashley holds degrees in Art History and Graphic Design from Duke University and Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. She is the principal designer at Point3 Design in Portland, OR where she lives with her son Carter and their dogs Summit and Shasta.

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Heather Bukart

Logistics Manager

An artist, dancer and Chicago native, Heather discovered yoga over a decade ago. In 2006, she completed the 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2008 at the Kripalu Center (Stockbridge, MA) under the tutelage of senior teachers mentored by Swami Kripalu. She has returned many times over the years as a faculty assistant and in pursuing her 500-level certification. In 2011, she was certified in prenatal yoga and began teaching regularly to local expectant moms in Milwaukee.

Heather became fascinated by yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda, and by 2010 was certified as an Ayurvedic Educator at Kanyakumari Ayurveda (Glendale, WI) and relocated to Milwaukee to further her studies. Since then she finished her training as a Certified Panchakarma Technician (2011) and completed her year-long internship to be certified as an Ayurvedic Practitioner (2012). In 2013, she led a group of Ayurvedic students and practitioners to South India where they learned about Panchakarma from Ayurvedic doctors, the ancient texts of Ayurveda, case studies, and hands-on experience at Vaidyagrama (Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu). She was the assistant teacher to Kanyakumari’s Ayurvedic Health Counselor professional training program until 2014 and continues to supervise interns.

Heather was such a great organizer and leader that Ashley brought her on board with Aum Adventures after her experience in India.

Heather lives in Milwaukee, WI with her husband Daniel, son Dorian, and cat Frieda.

To learn more about Heather, please visit AnnapurnaYogaAyurveda