Qualifications: Certified to teach yoga by Dr. Jeff Migdow and Robyn Ross of Prana Yoga.
Personal History: After graduating from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2005 I began working as a Certified Holistic Health Counselor and Healing Foods Private Chef. 2005 was also the year I discovered both the Brazilian Martial Art known as Capoeira and the practice of Vinyasa Yoga. A year later, in 2006, I finished my first Yoga Teacher Training in NYC and since, has immersed myself in the practice of Yoga, Thai Bodywork, and the Brazilian Martial Art - Capoeira.
I have studied with many talented teachers of yoga, martial arts, bodywork therapy, and other healing arts and attribute the talent and knowledge of NYC teachers, artists, and friends for my growth and insight both as a person and as a teacher.
In 2006 my work as a yoga instructor began with The Lineage Project, teaching to at-risk and incarcerated youth in New York City. I spent 6 years teaching with the Lineage Project and feel that my voice truly emerged in the face of these young and challenging students.
In 2007, I developed B.A.M.M! (Body Awareness through Movement & Mindfulness), a program for girls empowering them to experience their bodies as instruments of expression and to open the floor for real dialogue about self image, self esteem and self respect in a safe space. Upon reflection, I believe, my truest teachers of all were these students.
2009 and 2010 were epic years of personal growth. I participated in Off the Mat Into the World’s SEVA Challenge and through several events that I created and hosted was able to raise just over $5,000 for the organization. I also began teaching at New York City’s infamous OM Factory and was introduced to Acro-yoga and re-introduced to Thai Bodywork. Both of these practices awakened in me the healing capacity for transformation through play, compassion, communication, and connection which planted a seed for fusing my own passion of Yoga and Capoeira. In 2010 I developed Yogaeira and went to Thailand to deepen my studies of Thai Bodywork to become certified as a practitioner of the art.
As a yogi, bodyworker, capoeirista, and teacher my personal process is to keep the channel of my truth open and to remember to stay in balance with the practices; both acknowledging the lessons and value in body and in spirit and how they go hand in hand. I encourage my students to find the balance between the two as well.
Workout Philosophy: My approach to the practice is one of deep inquiry, exploration, and playfulness and her classes exemplify this journey.
Sucess Story: Kristi B. from Montanna writes: "Amber is an amazing teacher that takes life, including her everyday life, and teaches you to incorporate yoga into all. She has a passion to share what she has learned and to keep learning so she can keep sharing. Amber has a style that is great for all levels and continually helps you reach your personal edge. Thanks Amber for contributing to my love for yoga and always reminding me to deepen my breath."