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I have been practicing Yoga since 1993, and teaching since 1999. My initial introduction to yoga was not based in any particular lineage, but was enough to bring me great solace and to ignite an immediate enthusiasm for practice. Sometime around 2001, I met my true teacher, Kofi Busia, and since then he has been the biggest influence on my teaching and my home practice. His loving teaching and wisdom through the methodology of Iyengar yoga have taught me invaluable lessons about dedication, practice, self-discovery, and teaching. With Kofi's guidance, I have been assisted in finding qualities, strengths, spaces, trust, and feelings in myself that were previously unknown to me. Surely there is still much to be uncovered! I cannot fully express my gratitude for Kofi and all that he has taught me, and all that he has helped me to discover for myself.
In the past several years I have also benefitted tremendously from online studies with Christina Sell. Her precision in instruction and sequencing skills, her qualities of vitality and sincerity, and her innate gift of clarity in teaching have been hugely influential in my practice and in my teaching. I am so grateful for her.
In addition to my asana studies, I have been a student of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali for almost 20 years now. My primary current teachers in this arena are Gitte Beschgaard and Manorama - two fabulous teachers who have their hearts deep in Eastern traditions, but are able to connect with and reach students in the modern, Western world. Since my very first introduction to the Yoga Sutras, these teachings have added a layer of meaning and study to my life that has been deeply enriching. The study of the Yoga Sutras is endlessly fascinating, illuminating, and energizing for me.
In teaching yoga, it is my goal to help people discover in themselves a sense of enthusiasm, curiosity, and dedication toward the teachings and their practice. I share the elements of yoga which have most helped me feel increasingly able to experience the fullness of life's experiences with stability, compassion, and interest.
List of Amey’s Sessions
The Attainment of Clarity is a Gradual Process (Practice)
[A] On The Mat / Asana Class
Throughout the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, we encounter and re-encounter the reminder that yoga is a gradual process - a practice that unfolds through practice and inquiry across a landscape of time. We can't rush the process, but we can engage with it and enjoy ourselves along the way. This class will explore through asana practice how a gradual approach helps us develop trust in ourselves and in our practice, and also how a gradual process helps us learn how to listen to inner guidance.
This class will be open to all levels, poses will be taught progressively. Practitioners should stop at an experience of the pose that feels appropriate and interesting for their needs.
The Attainment of Clarity is a Gradual Process (Sutras Lecture)
[C] The Divine Is Within / Contemplative Spirituality
Throughout the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, we encounter and re-encounter the reminder that yoga is a gradual process - a practice that unfolds through practice and inquiry across a landscape of time. Often, our minds are ready to jump ahead to imagined levels of acheivement or understanding, while other impulses tether us to earlier phases of comprehension. One gift of yoga practice is that it connects us to this present moment, where we can exist with reality and see one step ahead, one step ahead, one step ahead.
This session will be a talk covering many of the sutras that touch on this idea, exploring how they reinforce one another and how we can put these principles to work in our lives, on our yoga mats, and in our other yogic practices. There will be some time for questions at the end.