Welcome to health and wellbeing through the evidence based practice of yoga, and meditation. Or, as we yogis say - "namaste" - which is a succinct way of saying "the light in me, honors the light in you." Even if you aren't feeling especially light inside right now, I'm looking forward to seeing you at an upcoming class, workshop, or special event!
When we meet, please share any concerns you may have - you can tell me anything - but most importantly, make sure to consult your doctor about any health issues before practicing yoga and meditation in general. In fact, you should consider introducing us - your doctor and me - we can work together for your benefit. If that sounds different than a usual yoga teacher, it is. I teach both traditional group yoga classes, as well as yoga and meditation for specific conditions. If you'd like to dive deep, I can help you navigate your individual path to health and wellbeing. To that end I'm also currently enrolled in Duke Integrative Medicine's Health Coaching program. Ask me about scheduling individual sessions (or click here)!
You should know, I'm an Advanced Teacher of Integrative Yoga Therapy, Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Yoga Warrior, and soon to be RYT500 (only 50 hours to go!). Here are the details on all of that:
Amy studied Integrative Yoga Therapy with Joseph & Lillian Le Page, Maria Mendola and Kaelash Neels, in addition to earning her RYT200 at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health with Michelle Dalbec & Rudy Pierce. Amy also returns to Kripalu as a faculty assistant.
As a Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Amy does her best to honor her lineage. As an Advanced Teacher of Integrative Yoga Therapy, Amy offers both group yoga classes to address stress management and the most common ailments in our culture, as well as yoga-based wellness programs to address many other specific health conditions in compliment to care provided by traditional healthcare providers.
Amy has a Masters, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, is certified to provide CPR, is trained in Mental Health First Aid, and is certified by Yoga Warriors International in teaching yoga to those with combat stress and post-traumatic stress disorder as well as those working in high stress environments and caregiving situations. She is now serving those who served our country at the Maryland Center for Veteran Education and Training on a weekly basis.
Amy recently joined the Healthy at Hopkins team at Bayview, and is now also teaching at Johns Hopkins' medical school as part of a team that spearheads the required Integrative Medicine course designed to allow first-year medical students to experience mindfulness and yoga as a way to understand the relevance of these practices to patient care.
Currently, you can also find Amy teaching both yoga and meditation, at her home studio, the Intentional Healing Space, Yoga on Main Street in Ellicott City, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, as well as various pop-up locations including Baltimore Shambhala Center, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and before Tara Brach's lectures through the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC. She first began teaching her longest running class two years ago at the International Capoeira Angola Foundation of Baltimore, where she was also a student of Capoeira, a movement based art form and martial art.
Amy began her own meditation practice long ago, and now also has two decades of experience with various forms of yoga (including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Bikram) through her own personal practice. In addition to being a yoga enthusiast, Amy is an avid cyclist, kayaker, runner, and even a Josh Billings triathlete.
Amy was an instructor at Ojas Wellness before they decided to discontinue their yoga program. In the past she has offered meditation to the young people learning to code at the Druid Hill YMCA, yoga before school at Waverly Elementary Middle School, pop up yoga at the Cloisters through Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts, and substituted for other teachers at locations such as Montgomery Park and for the Skipjacks hockey team.
If you're still reading; see you soon, and until then, "namaste" once again!