Amy began practicing yoga and meditation in 2008 while studying comparative religion and culture in Taiwan, Thailand, India and Turkey. She has practiced meditation with Buddhist, Sufi, Christian, and Secular teachers. In 2012 she completed a 200 hour Prana Yoga teacher training. Prana Yoga is a Hatha Yoga style that incorporates chakra sounds and pranayama into asana practice to deepen the experience of the flow of prana. Prana Yoga was developed by Jeff Migdow and Priti Robyn Ross and has links to Kripalu style teaching. Amy is participating in a 500 hour Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Teacher training at Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center that integrates her passions for meditation and yoga.
Amy teaches Hatha style yoga and meditation to beginners and those with an established practice, meditation and mindful awareness are incorporated into her yoga classes. Her objective as a teacher is to encourage home practice and impart tools that can be used to make the body and mind feel, calm, aligned and strong at any time. Amy believes in the power of yoga and meditation to help students of all walks of life. She has a focus on trauma-informed yoga and has trained with the Lineage Project in New York City, Off The Mat into the World in Oakland, CA and Street Yoga here in Portland. Amy teaches teen boys at Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center through Living Yoga and offers donation-based meditation classes to the public at As You Wish PDX in NE Portland.
Her other mindfulness practices are rock climbing, gardening and cooking. Amy is also a host for Prison Pipeline, a weekly show on KBOO Community Radio. She sets loving-kindness for herself and others as her deepest intention.