The UK's first "Yoga in Healthcare Conference"

I was thrilled to be able to attend the UK’s first Yoga in Healthcare Conference, held in London from February 15th to February 17th, alongside international health professionals, and UK based colleagues.

Together we explored how yoga improves health, supports self-reliance, and how we might better address health inequalities. We reviewed the evidence from cutting-edge research that supports yoga’s efficacy in healthcare, explored the economic case for yoga, and discussed how we can help create a sustainable health care system.

The overall aims of the conference were to raise the profile of yoga in health care, to explore current success stories, to discuss the incorporation of yoga into the national health care system, and to better understand how yoga could be offered on prescription.

Johns Hopkins Lung Cancer Patient Symposium

I was proud to be asked to be on a panel at the Johns Hopkins Lung Cancer Patient Symposium held on November 2nd at the Mt. Washington Conference Center. Our panel brought together several experts on “Holistic/Complementary Care” and my fifteen minute talk was entitled, “Prescription: Yoga. Now What?” It is an honor to offer support to those facing challenges, but especially those facing the very challenge that took my grandfather.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

I applied and was accepted as a merit reviewer of applications for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

"Patient, stakeholder, and scientist reviewers bring an important, diverse, and unique perspective to PCORI's merit review process. This community of reviewers is essential to helping PCORI identify and fund the best research to improve the quality and relevance of evidence available to patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers, and policy-makers to help make informed health decisions."

Duke Inspired, Broader Mission

Since completing Duke Integrative Medicine's Integrative Health Coaching foundation course, my mission has broadened to include the direct support of client driven health related decisions, patient centered clinical care, and organizational change, through evidence-based contemplative practices.

Beginning in October, I will be providing Integrative Health Coaching at the Joy Wellness Center of Shepherd's Clinic, starting with a six-week-long group coaching series comprised of a mix of in-person meetings and support phone calls (registration is open to current clients and residents of the zip codes currently served). Together we'll make lasting changes for better overall health outcomes!

Collaboration with Shepherd's Clinic and Joy Wellness Center

In collaboration with Shepherd's Clinic and Joy Wellness Center, I am thrilled to announce that I'll be offering a weekly group yoga class at on Tuesday mornings. This collaboration brings my skills and talents straight to the heart of my own community. If you or a loved one also live in northeast Baltimore, and are experiencing physical or mental health issues during a time without health insurance, the clinic may be able to help you. For additional wellness services, like my yoga class, that will compliment your primary care and benefit you on your path towards health and healing, please check the full calendar.  

Collaboration with Maryland Center for Veteran Education & Training

I'm pleased to announce that I am now offering the practice of chair yoga, pranayama, and meditation at the Maryland Center for Veteran Education and Training, on a weekly basis. MCVET serves over 200 veterans from around the United States by providing comprehensive services including case management, employment services, education services, life skills training, addiction counseling and recovery, housing, and meals, all in a secure setting. The public can support our Veterans by bringing their cars to the weekly carwash on either Friday or Saturday; and/or join me for the 22nd Annual MCVET 5K/10K Walk or Run.

Collaboration with Elijah Cummings Youth Program

I am pleased to announce that I'll be providing the youth accepted into Elijah Cummings Youth Program with experiential learning opportunities in yoga and mindfulness as they prepare for their trip to Israel. If you know an outstanding young person living in Maryland's 7th Congressional District also entering their sophomore year in a high school, you are encouraged to nominate them, here.

[Please note: In light of the Academic Boycott of Israel in support of human rights for Palestinians, I have resigned from this position.]

Collaboration with Shambhala

I'm pleased to announce that I'll be collaborating with the Shambhala Center of Baltimore in the months to come. I'll be providing restorative yoga during the 'Care for the Caregiver' portion of the weekend long 'Conscious Dying: Planning for Impermanence' workshop. Join us! Also, save the date for a Self-care Workshop just in time for Spring, and a Resiliency Workshop on Mother's Day. More information can be found, here.

There's an app for that!

There are now two great ways to learn more about my next group class or upcoming workshops. Maybe you already follow me on Facebook - thank you! Maybe you also already use the MindBody app but didn't know I was there as well. Let's connect! In addition, you may now also book individual integrative health coaching or integrative yoga therapy sessions with me - please reach out to learn more.

2016 Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium

Amy was awarded a scholarship to attend the 2016 Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium; AWAKE AT THE BEDSIDE: RADICAL COMPASSION IN PALLIATIVE AND END-OF-LIFE CARE. This event is a collaboration between the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care & The Garrison Institute, to occur from November 3rd to November 6th, 2016 at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, NY. The symposium will include a special performance of ‘Extreme Measures’ by Eve Ensler, performed by James Lecesne with a live ‘talk back’ session afterwards. More information can be found here

When I became a yoga teacher...

I regularly sit on the yoga mat at the front of the studio watching over a room full of people in corpse pose.

After all the beautiful work they do with the asana portion of class, I ask them to place one hand on their heart center, and to accept themselves unconditionally. I hold the space for this difficult work.

What does that mean? What did it take to get me to this yoga mat in the front of the room? The short answer is that my mom died, and as best I could, I helped her to do so. Of course there is a much longer answer...

Continue reading "A Beginning at Every End: The Year I Watched My Mother Die" on Elephant Journal, here.