Thank goodness that I happened to stumble into Amy’s class at East River Pilates, it prompted me to take her basics class at Yoga Vida.
It is clear that when you take Amy’s class, you are in good hands. She is direct, poised and knows what she is talking about. When things get a little too serious, she’ll crack a joke in her class.
Please, be inspired (I most certainly am)
1. How long have you been teaching?
I've been teaching for nearly two years.
2. What motivated you to start teaching and what have you learnt from teaching?
I did my first yoga teacher training certain that I would never teach - it was simply a way to deepen my own personal practice. Before long, it became clear that teaching was in fact what I wanted to dedicate my life to. It is such a gift to be able to shift every part of the way a person feels - from their body to their mind. Learning is perhaps one of the richest parts of teaching - I learn from my students every day. From their focus on the mat to the bits and pieces of their life they feel comfortable sharing with me, I'm primarily learning through my teaching.
3. What is something that you have learnt from a fellow teacher?
Believe in yourself. It's hard to allow yourself to imagine that you have something unique to offer as a yoga teacher. But the truth is, we all do - whether as a yoga teacher or an accountant or anything else one decides to pursue.
4. How many times a week do you practice?
I'm ashamed to say that it depends on the week a bit, but I generally make it to my mat 5 times a week.
5. Who inspires your practice?
I can't say there's a person who inspires my practice - it's more a sense of connection to myself and the world around me that inspires my practice.
6. Has yoga helped you through something painful? If so, what and how?
Absolutely, yoga has helped me through so many challenges. When I was in my last year of law school, having realized I didn't want to practice law, I experienced a fair amount of anxiety - both coming to terms with that realization and then taking steps to decide what it is that I would do. Yoga was my cornerstone - a place of safety that was always there for me, and a place I could re-create whenever I needed it by simply closing my eyes and breathing audibly and deeply.
7.Why is it necessary for you to practice?
Atthis point in my life, practicing yoga is simply a part of who I am and what I need. My mind needs it, my body needs it, and every part of me loves to practice.
8. What message do you like to spread through teaching?Move (and live) with ease.
9. Where are you currently teaching? I teach yoga at Kula Yoga Project and Yoga Vida and teach pilates at East River Pilates in Williamsburg.
10. What are the best ways that you have leant of approaching studios that you would like to teach at?
Be genuine. If you want to teach somewhere, and you're persistent and authentic, it'll happen.
11. What is your Instagram, Twitter and Facebook name? IG: @warrior2wolfe
12. Is Social Media easy or challenging for you?Definitely challenging. I was initially very resistant to creating a social media presence, but realized it was pretty essential in my chosen profession. I still feel mostly silly when I post on IG but I'm validated by so many people who take a moment to share with me that my posts mean something to them. As long as one person out there is touched, it doesn't matter how silly I feel.