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Amy has always lived an active lifestyle in a family surrounded by sports and athletics. She started her yoga journey nearly 6 years ago at Charlotte Family Yoga.
Originally from Charlotte, NC. Amy is a Charge Nurse at Wake Forest Baptist Operating Room on the Emergency Surgical Trauma Team, so she has a good sense of how the body works and moves. She has taken her yoga off the mat by joining “Operation Smile” as well as Wake Forest Global Health Team to do medical missions in other countries. Amy has recently started a nonprofit to combat the stigma and raise awareness for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery, and utilizing yoga as a tool to aid in the recovery process, and generate community support. She enjoys spending any free time at her son’s sporting events, traveling and trying new things, and yoga workshops of course.
how has yoga made a difference in your life?
Yoga has given me a major stress release from work and life. I was at a very stressful job when I found and clung to it. I saw a few friends from high school quit their corporate jobs to teach yoga and work at lululemon who suddenly seemed much happier. I felt almost jealous and was like “ I want a job like that that doesn’t feel like a job!” I instantly made a choice to do teacher training.
Teacher training for me was very transformational. It allowed me to let go of some of my shit and feel more confident and comfortable with myself. I learned how to get out of my head, breathe, and better deal with stress to become more flexible physically and mentally.
Yoga started out for me as a stress release because of the physicality and exercise. Now it is more mental and emotional and has helped me gain the confidence to try new things and push myself to my edge, stepping out of my comfort zone.
top 3 fave bands/musicians & all time fave song?
That’s really hard to choose. One of my favorite all time bands is Boyz II Men. My favorite songs to workout to however are high energy hip hop/pop songs. I love artists like Justin Timberlake, Rhianna, Pitbull, Bruno Mars, Fergie, and many more. Their up beat music help give me energy to get a better workout even when I feel exhausted and get me thru my day!
I came to FBY about 2 years ago with the intention to sub partly because I had not taught in a while, I felt I needed a new challenge in my life, and if anyone knows me they know I love change. I love yoga, and I was searching for a new home to practice, and this place spoke to me. I love the feel of the studio, and the people. It feels very inclusive, and that you don’t have to “look” a certain way to be a part of the community and I love that! Teaching again allowed me to feel like I could tap into my creative juices and express myself with creativity in sequencing flows, while forcing me to stay in the moment and adapt them on the fly to accommodate my class, as well as “practicing” getting over my fears of speaking in public and being seen. I feel like this somewhat prepared me for my hospital job, being in charge of all the emergencies that happen in a constantly changing environment. It has also better prepared me to feel more confident speaking out about things I am passionate about, even when scary or hard or people of authority, breaking down those barriers. I have found that I am a warrior, and feel more solid in fighting for what’s right! Being here practicing with my students has forced me to push myself further out of my comfort zone with my teaching, my practice, and my life. I love that I can teach week after week at this studio and see how my students and teachers have grown in their practices, teaching them new things, and seeing the joy that comes from them feeling empowered to push thru their fears and do the things they once told themselves they could not do! As a result it makes me do the same for myself.
what makes you crazy?
Slow drivers for sure! I realize I tend to move at a much faster pace than some and I’m always in a hurry trying to maximize the amount of things I can do in a day, but the driving the speed limit or below in the fast lane drives me crazy!
what qualities do look for in a instructor and how do you embody them in your teaching?
I look for an instructor who appears strong and confident, who likes to keep things light and playful and allows students to be themselves and make their practice their own without feeling restricted. If I want to go into child’s pose or and arm balance I want to feel the freedom to express myself in the way my body and mind needs me to that day in my practice! I try to embody this in my own teaching, because I don’t want anyone to feel restricted or like they have to conform to exactly what I said in their practice. I love watching people use creativity and express themselves in poses. I feel like it is empowering to know you can come here and be yourself on your mat, take what you need from the practice without being corrected or feeling that its wrong. It is very freeing!