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 Tuesdays as of June 6th. This collaboration brings my skills and talents straight to the heart of my own community and there will be additional announcements very soon. 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 by signing up 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 in Israel with experiential learning opportunities in yoga and mindfulness as they prepare for their trip abroad. 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.

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

How 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.