I started Inspired by yoga in 2010 fuelled by my desire to inspire others to lead a more relaxed enjoyable life. I have practised yoga for 20+ years and my love for it grows deeper each year. I have been told my optimism, creativity and enthusiasm are infectious. I have a thirst for knowledge and a passion for the health and wellbeing of others.
In 2000, I was given a Jane Fonda yoga VHS. The first time I practised it I cried, I know it's a cliche but I honestly felt like I had come home to myself. Soon after, I decided I wanted to share it with everyone so I applied to become a yoga teacher at the CAE. Part of the interview process was a group interview. There was a point in the interview where we were prompted to share who our teachers were and how long we had been practicing... Everyone else had proper well known teachers and had been practising for ten+ years. I had to stand up and say that Jane Fonda was my teacher and I had been practising for a month! ha ha I was very kindly asked to go get a real life teacher and come back in a few years. I did get a real life teacher and continued to love yoga but decided to pursue my other passion for the arts.
Ten years later, after years working long hours as a costume/ set/ puppet maker, a severe case of ‘RSI’ sent me in search of a career sea change. Yoga teaching called me again (loudly). Yoga not only gave me a new direction in life but it helped ease the pain and anxiety of my condition. I learnt how important self care and relaxation is the hard way. This ignited my passion for sharing yoga with others - so they can learn from my mistakes!
In my experience, yoga has helped me to be the best, most authentic version of myself possible. I live, breathe and embody the spirit of yoga and love sharing it with you. It is always my intention to help you feel nurtured, inspired and empowered so you too can enjoy being the best version of yourself possible.
I draw inspiration for my classes from my extensive professional training in Dru Yoga, Dru Meditation, Restorative yoga, Prenatal yoga, The Yoga and Neuroscience Connection, The Science of Slow Yoga, Yin yoga, Thai yoga massage, Rainbow kids yoga, Reiki, Emotional freedom technique, HypnoBirthing plus more. I am also currently studying for my Master's in Therapeutic Arts Practise (Art Therapy).
I also draw inspiration from my personal experiences. I am always open about my fertility challenges and the process of losing my dad. My life experience has increased my capacity to hold space and connect and it has helped me to shed the toxic positivity spin that is rife in the wellness industry.
Alongside teaching yoga, I also love making Mala beads where I blend my inherent creativity and background in the arts with my love for spirituality, mantra and meditation. I also love guiding others to make their own Malas too via my ebook and workshops.
Amy teaches a unique gentle fusion of Dru yoga, Yin yoga, Restorative yoga, Yoga Nidra guided relaxation and Meditation on Saturday mornings in Warranwood.
She also offers a plethora of classes in our online studio.
Please contact Amy to book one of her classes.
Articles written by Amy -
A yoga teachers journey through IVF
'Amy, I am feeling so fortunate and grateful to be a part of the wonderful community you have created. I love your class each week. So often I leave class with a clearer perspective on something, worked through deep feelings or had light bulb moments, not to mention the physical benefits that my body just loves.' Nicole
‘I started coming to Amy’s class this year with the plan that it would give my body some gentle exercise to offset the intensity of my boxing fitness but it became really obvious early on how stressed I was in my mind. My job has been more stressful than I have ever known it to be this year. I feel that I could not have survived it with some level of sanity had I not been spending my Saturday mornings in Amy’s class! Finding my new job required a clear and focussed head. These yoga classes have helped calm my mind and focussed my intentions and I feel really positive that 2015 is going to be bright and exciting.
I've never truly understood the meaning of ‘Namaste’ until I met Amy. I saw the light in her to see it in myself - for which I am so grateful.’ - Anna
‘My name is Paula and I have been doing yoga on and off for about 10 years. I have tried Hatha, Iyengar, Kundalini and a some in-between and can honestly say that class with Amy has been the most enjoyable and rewarding out of the lot! Dru yoga is a very gentle form of yoga consisting of loose and flowing movement and is much easier on the body than other forms of yoga that work with tight and rigid poses.
Amy makes her classes extremely fun, where beautiful music is used to match the movements we make, this can be so enjoyable at times that we want to break out into dance! In addition, Amy's classes usually come with an inspiring theme and positive message which she incorporates into the classes by talking about it and involving them within the yoga movements. This added dimension allows for reflection on the topic which then stays with you throughout your week (and we all need a bit of that!)...
Finally, Amy's relaxation techniques at the end of the session always manage to put us all into a deep zone of contentment (and some of us even fall asleep!), and without fail, we are all extremely peaceful, yet full of energy, at the end of each class. Therefore, not only is the class fun, easy on the body, relaxing and revitalising but it is so much easier on the body than any other yoga I have tried, and still manages to produce the same and even better results to my mind, body and spirit.
So, thank you to Amy for her dedication to our well-being and I would highly recommend her classes to anyone who would also like to incorporate the load of benefits mentioned, within their lives.’ - Paula
‘I came across Amy when researching for a children's yoga class in my local area as I felt my daughter's (then 7 and 5) would benefit from the practice of yoga. Amy and her yoga sessions have been simply amazing for my girls. They love yoga thanks to Amy and eagerly look forward to her sessions as she provides a wonderfully nurturing yet fun environment where they can be themselves without judgement. Amy is such a positive role model for them also - always happy, calm and enthusiastic - they just adore her.
To my delight, she also taught adult classes too. I had previously tried other forms of yoga and knew that the practice of yoga suited me and I enjoyed it but I hadn't attended a class for a few years as 'Life' had gotten in the way. 'Life' as it so happens had become highly stressful and had slowly begun to overwhelm me. Therefore, I was in great need of something which would balance and centre the mind as well as the body and give me time out. I couldn’t have been more lucky than to stumble upon Amy and her Dru Yoga class. Amy provides such a positive and nurturing environment and I finally felt that I could breath for the first time in a long time. Amy also affirmed that it was okay to take time out and nurture oneself. It was so what I needed!
12 months on, I look forward to my weekly yoga session with Amy and value it greatly. It is an hour and a half just for me - to concentrate only on me and what I need. It centres me, balances me, re-energises me and allows me to breathe!’ - Tara
‘As a person that has lived with the pain and the struggles associated with severe scoliosis, (the curve in my spine is at 50 degrees) I am always on the lookout for methods or treatments that can assist me.
I have tried many practices from chiropractor, osteopath, and just about everything else available, most recently a fantastic physiotherapist, he has been good to a certain degree but doesn't agree with me doing Yoga. I wanted to be part of the solution, after all I was the one that has been told I would be in a wheel chair in my later years.
In my life I have always been limited in sports, dancing any thing that requires my back to support me and basically move, pregnancy was a nightmare. I have tried several types of Yoga and Pilates but due to the deformity could not do what was "requested" by the teachers.
Then I read a book about DRU yoga, one of those chance things thrown in my bag for a holiday. I started classes in Feb 2012 and I now have to be careful about getting on my soapbox about DRU, it has changed my life dramatically. Both physically and spiritually, I not only can have pain free days now it's sometimes weeks. It is not like anything else, I am feeling empowered to care for my spine and body for the first time. I now have the confidence to practice DRU at home as well as my classes.
All I can say is find a good teacher like Amy try it for yourself, you will be eternally grateful.’ - Jacki