Lift: Amy you have been a yoga instructor since 2017. How has your yoga practice evolved?
Amy: My meditation practice has probably grown the most since becoming a teacher. I meditate every day, usually twice! I have become more gentle with my physical body and I allow myself to rest and take breaks or make modifications whenever I want or need. I find a lot of comfort in surrendering to the mat and allowing my practice for that moment to unfold organically. Yes! Surrendering to one's mat yields all kinds of joy when the burden of self-expectation is removed. Powerful!
Lift: What do you draws you to heated yoga?
Amy: I'm always cold so I am naturally drawn to heated yoga! I love how the heat helps loosen up the muscles and creates that feeling of detox. Heated classes push me to point where my body can rest easier in savasana and have a more successful meditation practice afterwards. Detox! So good.
Lift: What should new, hot yoga students expect and how should they prepare for the class?
Amy: First, come hydrated and stay hydrated before, during and after the class. Also, I recommend coming early to the class to set up and adjust to the temperature. Take time breathe in the heat. Third, be very gentle with yourself and take as many breaks as your body needs. It can take a few classes to acclimate to the heat and it's important to check-in with your body via sitting pose or child's pose whenever you need. Students should expect to get a yummy, physical practice, to sweat out toxins, and feel amazing afterward!
Lift: Please tell us about the new roller class and what our Lifties can look forward to experiencing!
Amy: The RAD roller class is so yummy and juicy. Think of it as a deep tissue massage you control! This isn’t a yoga class but compliments any style of yoga practice. It is also great for athletes, runners, people who stand or sit a lot, really everybody! There are different sizes of balls used to roll different areas of the body. There is also a tool called Axle and one called Helix. These are more or less the next gen foam rollers. They are designed to get deep, create traction, and work out any areas of fascia that need a little attention. We focus on about two areas of the body per class. Eventually I’d like to teach some longer workshops where we can roll the whole body. The class never seems long enough! And the "fascia" is the thin, sheet of connective tissue that stabilizes and connects all muscle, organs, etc, right? Yes! Very good! So caring for the fascia makes a huge impact on the body overall? Yes!!!
Lift: Amy, what do you wish to impart on your students when they leave one of your classes?
Amy: I hope students walk out of my classes feeling more connected, refreshed, peaceful, and full of joy. I hope they experience a peace that surpasses all understanding and are able to come back to that feeling off the mat in the midst of chaos. That’s a pretty tall order and takes time, so at the very least I hope they don’t regret coming! It’s an honor to teach every class and I learn way more from the students than they do from me.
Lift: Thank you Amy. Namaste.