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. 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.
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.
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.
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, here.
‘We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers.’ - Bayard Rustin
I've answered the call! In preparation for the Women’s March in Washington on Saturday, January 21, 2017 I will receive training in the skills of Nonviolence and Peacekeeping from our local Quakers. Take action and take care!
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 yoga therapy sessions with me - please reach out to learn more.
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.
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.