Amanda began practicing yoga in 2006 to counter balance her fast-paced career in the NYC hospitality industry. Slowly but surely, the yoga practice (asana, pranayama, meditation, and reading of sacred texts) transformed the way she viewed her body, her purpose, and the world around her. In 2013, she was diagnosed with a genetic heart condition that led to surgery. She took this as a sign from above to leave her stressful job and pursue her passion for yoga full time. She has had the honor of studying with master teachers including David Life & Sharon Gannon, Seane Corne, Dharma Mittra, and Shiva Rea. She completed her 200Hr teacher training at Yoga Vida NYC, followed by a six month intensive mentorship with Heather Lilleston, and ISHTA yoga’s training in Anatomy & Therapeutics under Kristin Leal. In 2013, she received her Level 1 Certificate in Urban Zen Integrative Therapy, a program fusing yoga therapy, Reiki, essential oils, breath awareness, and mindfulness that was developed by Rodney & Colleen Saidman Yee and Donna Karan. Her yoga practice has led her to study in Bali with Jivamukti Yoga, Morocco with Sonic Yoga, and most recently, Vrindavan, India where she studied under Satya Narayan Das at the Jiva Institute.
Amanda is currently developing a community building portal for yogis called The Social Sutras and was recently featured in a 34-part Yoga For Beginner series on About.com. She is a Healthy Living Blogger for The Huffington Post and lives in the Bywater with her husband Paul and her dog Lala.