My yoga journey began in my 15 year career as a professional dancer and teacher. I have taught dance to all ages and from beginners to advanced, including students starting their own vocational dance training at Dance City's Centre for Advanced Training programme. I retired from dancing professionally in 2010, and focused on a career in arts management working for grant funder Arts Council England as Relationship Manager Dance and then Combined Arts. The lure of the studio was too much. My body missed moving.
During my own dance training I studied various contemporary dance techniques including Cunningham, Graham and release. Though widely different in styles the commonality amongst all 3 was to prepare the mind and body for a wide range of movement possibilities. There were many parallels to yoga, the emphasis on breath, body alignment, mental control and relaxation, and training to be a yoga teacher was a natural progression. The foundation of my yoga practice is Sivananda, a classical and holistic approach to Hatha Yoga however I combine my dance background to create sequences that flow.
As well as my BA Hons in Dance from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds, I also hold a Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga and City And Guilds 7307 Level 3 Award: Training and Education.
Most recently I undertook my Pregnancy Yoga Teacher training with Sally Parkes completing the 85 Hour Yoga Alliance USA & Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) certified course covering Pregnancy, Postnatal and Mother & Baby Yoga.
Amanda's Chair Yoga Class is both gentle and effective in reducing stiffness in my arthritic joints. It's my therapy for the week and I always leave feeling refreshed.
Professional but friendly classes which offer low impact strength and core exercises. I have been attending Amanda's classes since January and have noticed a huge difference in my levels of strength and fitness...Highly recommended.
Really enjoyable classes, Amanda always ensures the classes are suitable for all abilities which allows you to build on your progress week on week.