She began practising Yoga in 1971 and has been teaching in Yorkshire since 1997. Influences on Amanda’s teaching style and methods include dance, Astanga Vinyasa Yoga and intensive study with Donna Farhi, Erich Schiffmann, and Amy Matthews.
During the nineties Amanda began learning Astanga Vinyasa Yoga with Derek Ireland and Radha Warrell. Although Astanga was the style of yoga that Amanda taught initially, her first teacher training was with the British Wheel of Yoga. In 2000 Amanda embarked on Advanced Teacher Training with Donna Farhi in Vancouver; this was a big leap of faith because Donna wasn’t well known in Europe at that time - her seminal book Yoga, Mind, Body & Spirit hadn’t yet been published. But the gut instinct that informed Amanda’s decision to study with Donna was sound, leading to participation in further trainings and also assisting Donna on workshops.
Interest in the movement principles underlying Donna’s work, led to Amanda’s decision to study on a three year training in Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy. In 2007 Amanda gained her diploma in IBMT and is a registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist. RSME/T.
Amanda is also a graduate of The Breathing Project in Embodied Anatomy & Kinesiology with Amy Matthews. Studies with Donna and with Amy profoundly inform Amanda’s practice and teaching of natural, healthy alignment in asana.
In 1999 Amanda founded Harrogate Yoga where she has taught classes for all levels, from beginners to advanced. Amanda is also experienced in working therapeutically with individuals. Examples of the conditions Amanda has sought to help clients with include: ME, anxiety, depression, stroke, cancer, dementia, Parkinson’s, arthritis.
The common thread throughout Amanda’s teaching, and of paramount importance to her beliefs about the practice and teaching of yoga, are a non-judgmental approach and kindness.