About The Teacher

Biography Amy came to yoga as young mother. A kind friend, seeing her health decline took her to a yoga class. At that first savasana, she knew that yoga is what she needed. Through practice, diet and lifestyle changes she transformed her health and her life. After practicing for 10 years she bravely enrolled in her first yoga teacher training at The White Lotus Foundation with Tracey Rich and Ganga White in Santa Barbara, California.  She began teaching on a volunteer basis soon after at her church and a senior living center. Feeling like she wanted to learn more, she pursued a 500 hr training at Cloud Nine Yoga in Huntington Beach, California with Erika Faith-Calig. Her teaching practice began to grow and she soon felt she needed more training in the field of Vinyasa Flow.  Her husband lost his job in 2012, In order to help support the family she began to take on more classes as well as more training. She trained with Shiva Rea for three years in the Prana Flow system and with Demetri Velisarius in Prana Danda Yoga. She also returned to college to complete the esteemed Pilates/Dance Conditioning program at Orange Coast College, California.  She continues to learn what she can through daily study. Currently she is working on a certification in Thai Yoga Massage through the The Healing Academy Program with Shama Kern who teaches out of Thailand.  Her background in science as a Biology Major in college and the arts, eventually graduating with a B.A. in Theater Arts, gives her classes a creative flair with the grounding of western scientific thought. Her deep regard for the growth of the whole self and appreciation for spiritual development make her classes meaningful at all levels.  In the spring of 2018 Amy is honored to join the teaching staff at California State University, Kinesiology Department as a professor, teaching Beginning Hatha Yoga.  Amy is committed to the divine expression of self through the practices of yoga arts. 

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