Ami is a yogini who seeks to weave breath and mindfulness into daily life. Ami has been practicing Ashtanga yoga for over 15 years. She completed a 100 hour Ashtanga training with Scott Harig in 2012 after attaining a 200 hour certification in ISHTA Yoga. Workshops with master teachers such as Manju Jois, David Swenson and John Campbell as well as mediation lessons have furthered her study of all eight limbs of Ashtanga. Ami means nectar in Sanskrit. She can help you to find a sweet path to yoga and beyond.
“The more we progress, the more we become aware of the holistic nature of our being, realizing we are made up of body, breath, mind and more.”
What form of exercise do you teach?
Yoga and Meditation
What does exercise do for you - outside and inside?
Yoga harmonizes my internal world with my external physical form. Through asana practice I am able to keep myself strong, light and pain-free as I do any form of physical movement. The practice of yoga also links my body to my breath and my breath to my body to allow my internal energy or prana to move freely!
What is your favorite inspirational or motivational quote?
“The more we progress, the more we become aware of the holistic nature of our being, realizing we are made up of body, breath, mind and more." - TKV Desikachar
What's your favorite reggae song? What does it mean to you?
My favorite reggae song is “Could You Be Loved”! It’s uplifting and reminds me to receive love and be open to give love to all beings and experiences. Favorite line of the song: “Love would never leave us alone.”
What does nature mean to you? How does it inspire you?
Nature is my healer and my grounding force. I get to Central Park in NYC daily and use mindful walks as a moving meditation. I always find something simple in nature like the buds on a flower or the sound of the wind through the trees as inspiration to slow down and observe.
How can our natural world help bring people closer to their true natures?
Nature is a microcosm of our inner world. When we notice how the natural world thrives and cooperates with its surroundings through different seasons, it can remind us of how we are all connected as living beings in this universe.
How can exercise make us stronger human beings, better able to connect with others and embrace everyone's right to thrive?
Any form of movement to me is exercise. When we move our bodies, we move prana around the body and that can stimulate our mood, our contentment and our outlook and help us connect to each other!
Why is it important for us to connect with other human beings?
Connection at any level is so crucial to a happy life. Mediation is a how we connect to ourselves and can allow us to have more meaningful connections with others. We cannot exist alone! Music and movement can both help us maintain a lifted spirit and form a community.
What does the phrase "One World, One Love" mean to you?
One World, One Love is a beautiful way to relay how we are a global community of beings that can love and live together!
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