We are happy to announce that Amy is November’s goodteacher of the month. It just so happens that November is also her Birthday month!
Amy has been doing yoga since 1999 where she first discovered Ashanga yoga. In 2003, on her third year of study at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India, she was officially authorized by Guruji Sri K. Pattabhi Jois to teach his method. In 2009, she was elevated to Level 2 status, allowing her to teach both the primary and intermediate series.
She teaches Mysore Ashtanga at goodyoga every day at the Greenpoint Annex (located at 67 West Street, Suite 404) from 6:30-8:30 am with an Orientation to Mysore Ashtanga at 7:30 am on Thursdays. Her led Ashtanga classes take place every Tuesday and Thursday 10 am at the Bushwick studio. See schedule details HERE.
Amy’s hope is that her students inherit the same wellness, blessings, and peace of mind that she has received from faith and devotion to this divine practice. Amy is also a professional dancer, and sings and plays bass guitar in the indie-blues band, Sunshine. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Steve, their dog Shanti, and their cat Geetha.
Q: What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A: Complete awareness of the gift of life at each moment as it happens. Feeling my entire being overflowing with love.
Q: What is your greatest fear?
Q: What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
A: Self doubt. I am my own worst critic. The Ashtanga practice has helped me to believe in my inherent strength, goodness, and worth. I’m slowly realizing through daily practice that what I am capable of is limitless.
Q: What is the trait you most deplore in others?
A: Gossip mongering. It is usually hurtful, based on misinformation, and ultimately, a waste of valuable time, time we should be better using to take care of ourselves and each other and creating positive energy in whatever form moves us.
Q: What is your greatest extravagance?
A: A really smooth Refosco or a perfectly brewed expresso.
Q: What is your current state of mind?
A: Content. (It’s my day off!)
Q: Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
A: “Namasté” and “I love you”. Admittedly, I will probably continue to (over)use them, because saying them feels good, and I truly mean them every time.
Q: What or who is the greatest love of your life?
A: My Gurus Pattabhi Jois and Mata Amritanandamayi have given me the life tools I need to love deeply. My husband Steve, my dog Shanti, and my cat Geetha school me in the art of love every single day.
Q: When and where were you happiest?
A: I think that point in time hasn’t happened yet. I look forward to it.
Q: Which talent would you most like to have?
A: Can I have a superpower instead? It would be amazing to be able to give full-on happiness with just one touch.
Q: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
A: Since I’m constantly changing every second, it’s a bit hard to narrow it down to one thing, don’t you think?
Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
A: Any day that ends after experiencing laughter, kindness, gratitude, and inspiration is a great achievement. Luckily, I’ve had my good share of these days.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A: My sense of humor. And I just recently acquired an upright bass, which is supremely awesome.
Q: What is your most marked characteristic?
A: Quite literally, my tattoos. Both the biggest and the smallest ones get the most attention. The biggest one circles around my hips and is a lotus flower. It symbolizes beauty thriving in tandem with the mundane. The smallest one is a string tied around my left index finger. It serves as a reminder to stop grasping for more and just be thankful for all the blessings I already have in my life.
Q: What do you most value in your friends?
A: How our connection has the ability to transcend both time and space.
Q: Who is your hero of fiction?
A wise teacher and great warrior Master Yoda is.
Q:Who are your heroes in real life?
A: I think anyone who has gone through a major struggle in their life, picked him or herself up, and rose above it gracefully is a hero. So I suppose that makes everyone my hero.
Q: What is your greatest regret?
A: This may sound cliché, but I regret nothing. Everything happens for a reason, even if that reason takes a very long time to reveal itself. I believe our lives organically unfold just as they are meant to.
Q: What is your motto?
A: “You need a busload of faith to get by.” – Lou Reed