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.
Amy feels very strongly about the importance of making everyone feel welcome and included in her classes. She aims to do so by getting to know her students, offering options for poses and props, and encouraging students to choose what works best for them on a given day. Integrating fresh approaches from teachers she trusts keeps her own practice fresh and refreshes her teaching. Imparting something cool and helping students explore and experience feeds Amy's passion!