My first class in the Prenatal Wellness Series with Mary was the best thing i've done for my mental and physical health since the start of my pregnancy. We spent part of the class discussing the week's topic (perinatal mental health) and the rest doing gentle yoga specific to what we shared we needed and had to avoid depending on how our bodies have been. There was a range of pregnancy timelines among the 7 of us soon-to-be moms, from 13 weeks pregnant to my 32 weeks, and we all had a lot to share and to gain from the class. In a time where there are still so many nerves around safety, I felt safe (vaccination proof was required, everyone was masked, many double masked, and I positioned myself right by the propped open door for a little extra air) and was finally able to connect with other pregnant women. Mary was vulnerable and open with the class while discussing her personal mental health journey in pregnancy, and once again I felt the strong comfort of a safe space, now mentally and emotionally. Thank you so much to Mary and to the studio for providing this wonderful series! I cannot wait to continue on with the rest of the classes!
Amy took her first yoga class many moons ago as high school student, but began a regular practice a few years later as a way to balance her weightlifting and running routines. She quickly noticed that yoga was decreasing recovery time, preventing injury, and strengthening her core, but the most amazing impact was happening inside her mind. Yoga became her moving meditation and allowed her to make mindful decisions on and off the mat. In 2010, she received her yoga training from “earth mama” Stephanie Keach from Asheville Yoga Center as a way to deepen her practice, and not necessarily teach. After subbing a yin class in 2011, Amy caught the teaching bug and has been happily teaching since. Amy loves yin for its therapeutic benefit for the body and the mind, but also enjoys a vigorous creative vinyasa flow. A trained massage therapist, Amy uses her knowledge of the body to offer alignment suggestions and appropriate modifications. She hopes that her classes feel joyful and allow students to feel comfortable in their own skin.