Amani – The journey from Philly to Taos
I grew up in an Italian Catholic neighborhood in Philadelphia riding my banana seat bike up and down the streets and playing jump rope games until our mothers called us in for dinner. I was always the happiest when I was running or praying and I suppose that is true for me today. I studied horticulture at Penn State and joined the Peace Corps in Tanzania as soon as I graduated. After 5 years in Africa I ventured to India and discovered yoga and meditation. I returned home, moved to Oregon, joined a commune, and studied massage, yoga, and herbal medicine. After 5 years of rusting in the rain, I decided to seek out some sun, get married, and move to Taos. I have been in New Mexico 18 years as a licensed medical massage therapist and a Kripalu certified yoga instructor. I am currently in graduate school getting my masters in professional and school counseling with the vision of bringing mindfulness and yoga to the high schools in Taos. And the journey continues on…
Mindful Movement – Saturday 8:30am – 9:45am
Vinyasa Flow – Sunday 9:00am – 10:15am
SPRING SCHEDULE ENDS WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2019.
NEW SUMMER SCHEDULE BEGINS TUESDAY, JUNE 4th Specific Times TBA
The Rhythmic Dance of Awareness
My journey towards massage and yoga began with my own battle to relieve myself of chronic pain and straighten out my scoliosis. I began with traditional chiropractors and advanced body workers and slowly discovered Feldenkrais and Kripalu Yoga. I realized that when I integrated movement therapies into my practice, I began to unwind deep imprints of chronic stress and trauma that had informed how I moved in the world. I began to discover patterns and habits that reflected my thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. I became aware of the repetitive familiar ways I responded to the perception of stress, real or imagined, and I began to explore options and choices I never knew existed. This practice of inquiry and mindfulness is the signature of Amani Yoga. I invite students to bring curiosity, courage, and compassion to their mat as they explore new ways of moving in the yoga poses and in the world.
Mindful Movement – Saturday 8:30 – 9:45 am
This class utilizes yoga poses to practice mindfulness and gain somatic awareness skills. Through invitation and inquiry students learn how to orient, ground, and center as they navigate their way through the sequence. This class focuses on exploring extension, flexion, and rotation in every pose presented. The student is encouraged to pay attention to the breath, the limits of the body, and the balance of effort and ease.
Vinyasa Flow – Sunday 9:00am – 10:15 am
This all levels class utilizes the traditional sun salutations to link the breath to the body, the body to the mind, and the mind to the present moment. Students learn to notice patterns, explore options, and discover choice as they mindfully move from one pose to the next. This class focuses on the foundational poses on your feet and on your seat. Students practice poses that encourage balance, strength, and flexibility.