Amy is a yoga teacher, writer, and philanthropist. She is known for her innovative methods to bridge the gap between ancient yoga wisdom and modern day life, helping yoga students “turn up their own volume.”
A pioneer for advanced yoga education, serving both students as well as fellow yoga teachers, she co-founded 90Monkeys, an online professional development school that has enhanced the skills of yoga teachers and studios in 43 countries around the globe.
Amy is a faculty member at the Omega Institute, Esalen and Kripalu.
A regular presenter at the Yoga Journal Conferences, Omega Institute Conference, Wanderlust Festivals, and The Hanuman Festival, Amy represents prAna clothing and Boardworks Surf as a yoga ambassador.
Amy has graced the covers of Yoga Journal and Fit Yoga Magazine and has been featured in Yoga International, Self, Origin Magazine, New York Magazine, Yogini Magazine (Japan), Allure (Korea), Elephant Journal, intent.com, MindBodyGreen and many more.
To learn more about Amy’s upcoming events, check out her travel schedule.
Amy’s workshops, trainings and retreats incorporate cutting-edge therapy, strength building, yoga philosophy and wellness education. Her specialized yoga therapy trainings are designed for both yoga students and yoga teachers who wish to expand their knowledge of alignment. In these trainings, she addresses a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and misalignments related to the lower back, hips, shoulders, neck, knees, elbows, feet and wrists.
In addition to studying yoga therapy for more than a decade, Amy also studied the art of Thai Yoga Massage with Antoinette McClaughlan from 1997 to 1998. Much of her work is inspired by the body workers and physical therapists who help me keep her body in prime condition.
Amy has been a student of Hindu Tantric philosopher and renowned scholar Dr. Douglas Brooks since 1999. An authority on Shridvidya Shakta Tantrism, Sanskrit and Tamil languages and the history of religions, Douglas has been a long time friend and inspiration in her life. Amy and Douglas teach a retreat in Costa Rica together each year, a marvelous way to discover the stories of yoga, practicing daily and being in paradise.
Another of Amy’s great teachers and friends is Manorama, Director of The School of Sanskrit Studies in New York City who forever helped her change her voice and open her throat through chanting the sanskrit alphabet. Amy is grateful to Manorama for helping her become more confident singing in public, and for the miracle of a more resonant voice!
Since the age of 14 Amy has been a champion of all forms of eco-consciousness, animal conservation and more recent forays into marine conservation.
When she graduated from high school, Amy traveled to Washington DC to an environmental conference where she met the late River Phoenix and his family. Amy and the group stayed on to lobby for the environment & animal welfare. While traveling with the Phoenix family & friends on breaks throughout college, Amy’s commitment to the earth, health and animals was heightened.
Since this young age, Amy has lived an environmentally conscious lifestyle and supports businesses that operate by this ideal. She is an enthusiastic advocate for the raw foods movement, sustainable farming and effectively reducing our carbon footprint by making informed decisions. Here are the organizations and initiatives she is proud to actively support through monthly and annual donations:
The Nature Conservancy
Tsunami Relief in Japan
Follow her “Conscious Causes” board on Pinterest.
The 30 Day Yoga (And Eco) Challenge
Each month, Amy sets a month-long, eco-friendly habit to complement her 30-Day Yoga Challenge. The idea is for you to develop a green habit and ultimately adopt it beyond the 30-day challenge. Past challenges have encouraged members to bring their reusable tote bags to the markets, unplug appliances after using them, avoid purchasing and using plastic water bottles, shopping farmers’ markets and buying locally. To learn more or to pitch an idea of your own, check out this month’s 30-Day Yoga Challenge.