Amy has been practicing and studying yoga for close to 25 years and has been teaching for over 17. She has studied with teachers David Swenson, Tim Miller, Jivana Heyman, and Anne Douglas among many others during her training at Yoga on High in Columbus, Ohio. Amy spent the beginning of her yoga teaching journey in the discipline of Ashtanga Yoga which focuses on cleansing and healing the body by linking one posture to the next through a strong and purposeful breath. While Ashtanga provided a firm foundation for her practice, Amy has spent years exploring and teaching Power Yoga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative, Resilience-Focused & Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Mindful Movement for Resilience, Yoga for Seniors Citizens, Yoga for Kids, Yoga for Veterans, as well as themed workshop-style classes, such as her signature series Yoga TLC. Her formal and informal trainings and certifications in trauma-awareness, resilience, accessibility, contemplation, racial + social justice, and mindfulness enhance her ability to offer practices that meet students where they are on their journey.
She has held classes in traditional, as well as nontraditional settings (indoors and outdoors) such as yoga studios, hospitals, martial arts studios, wellness and fitness centers, art centers, medical and corporate offices, music and dance academies, and college campuses. Her approach to teaching is individualized as she seeks to address the needs of each student in the class making yoga accessible for all. She encourages everyone to question, experiment, and take ownership of their yoga practice by deciding what works best for them. As a teacher, Amy is clear, kind, and easy-going, challenging and supportive, contemplative and practical.
Spiritually, Amy embraces wisdom found in many traditions, honoring the teachers, lineages, and scriptures from around the world. After practicing Catholicism for 43 years, she has greatly benefited from the Franciscan teachings of the Universal Christ, as well as teachings on the divine feminine as offered by Mirabi Starr. Tibetan Buddhist The Dalai Lama, South African Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu, and Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings have had an enormous impact on Amy’s practice and teaching. Amy is passionate about honoring and reclaiming the practices that serve the good of all and has created courses and practices that support wholeness, well-being, strength, and joy in the face of difficulty, as well as during times of ease.
Amy has been studying and practicing the art of reading and writing for over 25 years with formal training at The Ohio State University and The Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, Vermont. She holds a BA and MA in English with a focus in writing. She enjoys teaching writing to students of all ages, elementary through college, and beyond in multiple genres, such as personal essay, poetry, & creative nonfiction.
She cites some of the most influential coursework during her studies as Critical Theory with JF Buckley, Poetry Workshop with Paul Muldoon, and Mindfulness Based Emotional Resilience (EMBER) Yoga with Michele Vinbury. These influences support, enhance, and inspire her to teach from a place of embodiment and wholeness. She views her work as a way to offer self-study, reflection, & awareness practices that invite students to feel safe-enough & brave-enough to embark on their own journey of self-inquiry, self-exploration, & self-liberation.
Amy offers abundant gratitude for each and every one of her teachers, their teachers, and their teachers back & forward throughout time, her ancestors, and all deep wisdom lineages and traditions that benefit the highest good of all.