I started practising yoga after a series of injuries made it unable for me to continue competing in triathalons.
It wasn’t long before I realised that not only was I becoming more flexible and pain-free than I had ever been I also noticed a decided improvement in my emotional and mental well-being - I was hooked!
I began teaching Yoga when I returned to Queenstown in the early 1990’s and through my passion for the practice and my desire to become a good teacher I embarked on a 10 year Yoga journey to become a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher that took me to Australia, Bali and the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in India.
My Yoga practice also sparked an all consuming interest in meditation.
This led me into the path of Buddha Dharma and Tibetan Buddhism which are now an intergral part of my daily life enriching and informing both my Yoga practice and my teaching.
My practice and teaching still continues to be refined and developed under the guidance of my root teacher Peter Thompson, one of Australia’s most senior Yoga teachers and also with regular visits to the RIMYI in India.
Amanda took her first Yoga class almost 25 years ago, however it wasn't until she moved to Singapore in 2008 that she really discovered what Yoga would mean in her life.
Initially Amanda practiced Hatha Yoga and undertook teacher training in this discipline to deepen her understanding and practice.
On returning to New Zealand in 2010 she was searching for a practice that would in some way fulfill the rich, deep experiences Singapore provided.
She found it in Iyengar Yoga with Loris Mills in Queenstown and under her guidance began the path to teaching Iyengar Yoga.
Amanda was introduced to workshops with Peter Thomson in 2013 and is currently studying towards her introductory level teachers certificate.
The patience and compassion that is evident in Amanda's teaching comes from her sincere approach to both Yoga and life.
Integrity takes her to the mat but it is the exploration and joy that keeps her there.
To quote Rumi When you find a peaceful joy that is where you are near your truth. Amanda hopes that she can help others find their "peaceful joy" in this sometimes chaotic world.