Having spent seven years doing gymnastics and circus skills as a child and teenager, in my 20s I struggled to find another form of 'exercise' I enjoyed... until I discovered yoga.
Initially it was just a physical attraction and we had an on-off relationship for several years. Curiously, I found that whenever I stopped practicing yoga, it always had a way of finding me again!
The last time yoga found me I was in Argentina and I finally started to appreciate the other elements of yoga, especially meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises).
I completed my 200-hour teacher training at Shoshoni Ashram in Colorado where I found myself growing in ways I could never have imagined. I also found that I had to unlearn a lot of what I thought I knew, leave my ego behind and relearn what yoga was all about!
I like to focus on breathing and the correct alignment of poses. I enjoy helping students to connect with their breath to enable them to focus on the present moment. I believe that by practicing yoga we become physically and mentally stronger, we improve body awareness and acceptance... and we can have fun at the same time!
For the next 2 years I became a dedicated yoga student and then began teaching. I moved to Lincoln 3 years ago where a wonderful opportunity for self-transformation opened its doors, under the teaching of Thomas and Tataya Radtke. Going into the Teacher Training at YBB, I thought it would just help me become a better teacher. What I really got was a radical transformation in myself.
My absolute favorite part about teaching yoga is seeing a student connect with themselves on a level they didn’t even know existed AND THEN seeing them carry that connection with them out into the world, off of the mat. Yoga began and continues to be a way in which I rehabilitate my body. But more than that, it is showing up for myself and others and letting go of the expectations I have of the world, of the people in the world, and with myself.
In my class you can expect to laugh, sweat, connect, feel, open, let go, trust, breathe, and most importantly… PLAY!
I have been a childbirth educator since 1999, and took my first yoga training and started teaching pre and postnatal yoga in 2005. I took another training in 2008 with Yogrishi Vishvketu and continued to teach and to lead teacher trainings in pre and postnatal.
Find out more about Amy at www.amybidrman.com