|Amanda started on her path of yoga through the advice of a close friend. With her background in cheerleading and dance, she developed a natural love for the asana practice and it grew into a desire to teach. Amanda is a graduate of Pure Yoga's Teacher Training Program and completed advanced training mentoring with the world renowned Alanna Kaivalya. .|
Amanda is on the board of The Libby Ross Foundation, a breast cancer foundation, as well as being certified to teach women cancer survivors. On an annual basis, she helps organize and assist the in Breast Cancer Awareness yoga workshop, which is sponsored by Zobha and the proceeds directly benefit the expansion of The Libby Ross Foundation Pose for Pink Program.
During her classes, Amanda strives to blend her love of music with a dynamic, fun, and creative sequence of asana. She has knowledge from distinguished teachers like, Manorama, Alana Kaivalya, Ana Forrest, and Rodney Yee
Working one on one, Amanda stresses that you begin with were you are and the rest will come. Whether it is athletes or a new mom trying to get back in shape each session is tailored to the clients needs and desires.
*More about Amanda
What classes do you teach at Pure?
Pure Core and Hot Power Vinyasa
How long have you been practicing yoga?
What brought you to yoga?
I am a worrier by nature and a co worker suggested I try yoga to help calm my mind and spirit. I was skeptical in the beginning, but after my first class I was hooked. Yoga had me at "OM".
Who was your first yoga teacher and how did she inspire you?
My first teacher was Alana Kailvalya and she was also my mentor. She is one of the strongest most inspirational teachers I have ever had the privilege to practice under. Every time she speaks it feels like she is speaking directly to me because she makes yogic philosophy so relevant and accessible.
What brought you to teaching / what do you love about teaching?
My teacher and mentor suggested I take the Teacher Training being offered at PURE and it was the best decision I have ever made. The training was not only completely all encompassing of different yoga lineages/styles, sanskrit, and philosophy, but it also created a wonderful sense of community among the trainees, the teachers, and other yoga students. Teaching others and being a witness to their path of yoga and enlightenment, inspires me to be a better teacher and yogi.
What motivates you to practice today?
I am constantly motivated by fellow yogis and my own desire to learn more about myself and my relationship to my body and the world around me.
Before becoming a yoga teacher, what did you do?
Before becoming yoga teacher I was in Brand Marketing and Public Relations.
Aside from yoga, what other hobbies or interests do you have?
I am on the board of The Libby Ross Foundation, which is a breast cancer foundation, whose main philanthropic endeavor is the Pose for Pink Yoga Program that raises funds in order to hold weekly free classes for women cancer survivors.
If you weren't a yoga teacher, what would you be?
If I were not a yoga teacher I would still be involved in yoga and practice as much as I could.
What do you love about Pure Yoga?
I love the community that is PURE Yoga. PURE has some of the best teachers in the world teaching at it's two locations as well as an amazing staff and fellow practitioners. Every time I go to PURE I feel like I'm home.