Amy Lawson is a 500-hour certified teacher of Embodyoga® and a 100-hour certified teacher of Mindful Yoga Therapy. She has practiced yoga for over 20 years and began teaching in 2010. Before joining StrongHouse Yoga, Amy has thoroughly enjoyed teaching all-levels and beginner yoga classes, plus workshops in breath techniques, meditation, and yoga for sleep, at Mindful Yoga Center (formerly Newington Yoga Center), in Newington, CT.
She has taught yoga classes in corporate settings. As a member of the faculty of teacher-training programs in Embodyoga and Mindful Yoga Therapy, Amy guides instructors-in-training in mastering new material while developing effective teaching strategies. In the field of mental health care Amy teaches therapeutic, trauma-informed yoga in treatment programs for eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To all her students Amy offers a friendly smile and reassurance that yoga is ultimately just a big adventure.
Before discovering the rewards of teaching yoga, Amy worked in higher education and the private sector as a trainer, technical writer, and consultant in instructional design. She holds an M.A. in English from Indiana University and has taught college-level writing, literature, and media studies to diverse groups of learners in both classroom and online settings.
The chief fuel for her yoga passion is learning something new from a teacher I trust, playing with the new pose/concept/prop use in my own body-mind, then offering it to my students. Imparting something cool and helping students explore and experience feeds her passion! Learning new material and integrating it into her personal practice keeps her fresh, which keeps her teaching fresh.
Amy feels very strongly about the importance and value of making everyone feel welcome and included in her class. She always aims to do so by introducing herself to each new student, asking a bit about them, listening carefully, replying with a smile, offering options throughout the class, complementing their efforts when appropriate, making jokes to set them at ease, encouraging play and experimentation, and assuring everyone that they can’t really make a mistake because yoga is an inquiry, a big experiment, an ongoing one at that because we are different every day.