|Amy is a multiple certified yoga teacher, personal trainer and former professional dancer with an international career. Amy completed her 500 hour teacher training with Don and Amba Stapleton at the Nosara Yoga Institute and is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500 and RYT 500. Certified in both pre-natal yoga and personal training, she also holds specialist certifications in flexibility training, postural alignment, and Pranassage - a creative synthesis of one-on-one yoga and bodywork that produces deep relaxation in the receiver.|
Amy co-created Pure Core with Michelle Demus as a way to develop core strength to enhance one's yoga practice. Her vinyasa class is an experiential, creative and playful practice where she encourages students to tune into their present experience. In her classes, she focuses attention on alignment, breath and self-discovery.
More about Amy:
What classes do you teach at Pure?
Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Basics, Center Sculpt
How long have you been practicing yoga?
About 13 years
What first attracted / what brought you to yoga?
As my dance career was ending, and I was having a lot of back pain, a friend of mine suggested I try yoga. I didn't really know what it was, but I went hoping it would help. Not only did it help my back, it opened up a new world to me and helped me find a spiritual outlet which had been missing in my life.
What brought you to teaching / what do you love about teaching?
I've been teaching forever. I started teaching dance when I was 14 or 15 years old and teaching has been a part of my life since. I love teaching yoga because it allows me to hold the space and facilitate another person's self-inquiry. When someone comes to my class, I guide them through a practice that will hopefully allow them to recognize their own inner teacher.
What motivates you to practice today?
Being a single working mother to a new baby, the past year has been challenging for me to find time to practice. However, I know how important my practice is (whether or not it includes daily asana) because yoga makes me a better, happier, calmer mom. I'm also motivated to practice because I want my son to experience yoga at an early age, and we lead and teach by example.
What do you love about Pure Yoga?
I love the fact that you can find so many different styles and teachers under one roof. PURE offers a space where truly anyone can find a class to take.