About

Yoga Amy MeditatingGet To Know Amy Stephens eRYT, CSBA

It was 1996 and Amy was stressed out. She was working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week doing sales and marketing in the interior design industry. Exhausted and frustrated, Amy sought a solution to her modern day troubles. Amy started to practice yoga to help release stress despite her grueling work schedule.  Amy made the commitment to herself and her life, she wanted more.

As the practice of yoga helped with stress reduction, Amy came to understand and appreciate the mind/body connection.  The simple stretching and breathing techniques of yoga transformed Amy’s life. Excited to have found an answer and passionate about helping others, she shared this life changing practice by teaching yoga to students in many different environments; in the corporate setting, at the community college, and during private sessions.  Amy connected with many students and teachers at her private yoga studio in St. Charles, Missouri, which was open from 1999 through 2001.

Amy encourages the practice of mindful yoga that, above all, respects the body.  Amy believes that it is important to remember that yoga is meant to honor the body and one’s practice is unique to his or her body.  (For example, Amy reminds her students not to be distracted by others, but to focus awareness on their own body.)   While the practice of yoga may start off as a focus on the physical postures (“asana”), often students move beyond that, understanding how yoga can help them to be calmer throughout their day.

This peace can have an effect on others and actually improve working or personal relationships.   It is Amy’s practice to tell people that yoga is not meant for the purpose of losing weight.  Instead, yoga is a way of life, which enables you to connect into your Higher Self and become more aware of your body. This connection gives you deeper insight into what is going on within you (noticing that satisfied so you don’t overeat) and what is going on around you (being more focused while driving) In these ways, yoga becomes a way of life, not a religion.

As she makes her journey through her life, Amy devotes much of her personal and professional time to yoga.  In addition to being a teacher, Amy is also a student. Amy has studied with a variety of internationally renowned yoga instructors, taking workshops around the United States and around the world.  In 1998, Amy received her yoga-teaching certificate from the Yoga Institute of Houston, Texas.  After learning about John Friend and his style of Hatha Yoga called Anusara or “Flowing with Grace,” Amy studied with John Friend and several of his senior students (Jamie Allison, Suzi Hurley, Doug Keller, Desiree Rumbaugh and Sianna Sherman).  Amy has also studied with Erich Schiffman (instructor on the Ali McGraw video), Lilias Folan, Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, JJ Gormley, and Saul David Raye and taken other classes on related topics, such as the Philosophy of Yoga and  taken Anatomy classes as well as a trainings with Martin and Jordan Kirk.

Over years of personal practice and study, Amy has gained a better understanding of how the body works and works to make her students more comfortable in their own bodies.  Amy enjoys being the student and is constantly learning from others.   Her primary focus is on breath awareness and alignment.  When it is time for you, along your path of life, to take a yoga class, please join Amy and leave her class feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world with new eyes and a renewed spirit.

After Amy’s journey of the mind body connection and how our surroundings can affect us deeply, Amy became quite aware of Feng Shui and doing Interior Design not just for the “interior” of the body but also for a home’s interior.  As a Feng Shui Consultant and Interior Designer, Amy works with private homes, new construction and corporations.   She has become a facilitator on Green Building techniques and has extensive knowledge about how to create healthier living and working conditions.

Amy has also received her certification for Healing Touch Level 2 which incorporates gentle touch to create balance of the Chakras, the 7 energy centers in the body.  As an intuitive person Amy creates a sacred space in her yoga classes, one’s physical body through Healing Touch and also through Feng Shui Design in one’s physical surroundings.

Amy currently holds her CSBA, Certified Sustainable Building Advisor designation and is also an eRTY-200, Experienced Yoga Teacher + Pregnancy Certified through Yoga Alliance. She has been affiliated with American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) as an allied member, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), board member of the Arizona Chapter of USGBC, Education Chair of USGBC Arizona Chapter, and adjunct professor of Interior Design at Scottsdale Community College and facilitated the Sustainable Building Advisor Program in Phoenix and Los Angeles.   She has participated in a variety of networking groups including; eWomen Network, T.A.N. (The Art of Networking) and North Scottsdale Chamber.   Amy was involved with volunteer work through Scottsdale Cultural Council, Junior Achievement and the Fiesta Bowl and currently gives tours at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Namaste’

(May the spirit in me shine to the spirit within you, as we are all one with the Universe.)