Ever since attending her first vinyasa class as a freshman in College, Amanda has been in love with yoga and its benefits. At the time, she couldn’t explain why she felt a sense of bliss and peace after every class, but knew she needed to learn more about this ancient practice. True to her Gypsy Blood, Amanda has moved around quite a bit living in places like the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, but is originally from South Carolina. When she lived in Venezuela she met a Shaman while traveling through the Amazon jungle, and he taught her the importance of meditation and breathwork. She later moved to Minneapolis from the East Coast and did her 230 hour Yoga Study/Teacher Training Certification at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis. She continues to further her training by regularly attending yoga festivals and retreats. Last May she had the opportunity to study with her teacher Emily Smith, learning the techniques of hands on adjustments, and began assisting in her Jivamukti classes.
Amanda leads a happy hour class three times a week at the Yoga Center, as well as other classes, special events, and private sessions in the downtown Minneapolis area. Living in so many places, she understands the importance of finding a “satsang” or community. She helps her students connect with their body, breath, and mind through meditation, pranayama, and asanas, while encouraging a connection with one another. She always has some form of music in class, whether playing her djembe drum and singing, or playing one of her favorite soundtracks.
Amanda has a theme and message for every class, presenting the basic concepts of the yoga philosophy in practical terms, which can be applied not just to yoga on the mat but into everyday life. Her favorite mantra, and how Amanda ends every class, is “lokah samasta sukhino bhavantu” which means “may all beings everywhere be peaceful, happy, and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of our own lives contribute in some way to that peacefulness, happiness, and freedom for all”.