Where it all began....
On somewhat of a whim, before ever having stepped foot in a yoga studio, Amy enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training in January, 2013. Soon after graduation in summer 2013, Amy began teaching yoga, and hasn't stopped since. In March 2014, Amy completed her 100-Hour Barre & Soul Teacher Training (also on a whim) with Barre & Soul founder, Andrea Isabelle Lucas. In November 2014, Amy quit her full time job as a food scientist to teach yoga and barre full time. Since then, Amy has taught over 2000 yoga and barre classes. She now serves as a leader of Barre Teacher training at Barre & Soul, and a mentor for new barre and yoga teachers. She enjoys planning yoga retreats, workshops, and events.
Amy's teaching style is light-hearted and playful, but also challenging. Amy's yoga classes are intelligently sequenced with care. Amy's barre classes are a blend of mindful movements, humor, and positivity. Amy hopes to bring the joy and inspiration she found through a regular yoga and barre practice to as many people as possible. Her students describe her as authentic, honest, and compassionate.
In 2016, Amy began pursuing her life long (dormant) dream of becoming a firefighter. After passing the ELPAT (entry level physical abilities test) and written exam for Massachusetts Firefighters, she is now on the eligibility list waiting to be hired (which could take years, or not happen at all!) She completed her EMT training in March 2017, and started working for Action Ambulance as a per diem EMT in September 2017. In November of 2017, Amy started working as a Health & Wellness coach for the Breast Cancer Weight Loss Study (BWEL) at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
You can keep up to date with Amy's progress on her blog.
Yoga Teacher - 200 hr RYT
Barre Teacher - 100 hr Certified
Teacher Trainer & Mentor
Nutritionist- B.S. Nutrition & Food Science
Reiki Practitioner- Level 1
EMT- Nationally Certified
See my full CV
8:30-9:20 Express Barre @ Barre & Soul Melrose
4:30pm-5:3pm Barre @ Barre & Soul Melrose
5:45pm-6:15pm Cardio Flash @ Barre & Soul Melrose
6:30-7:20pm Express Barre @ Barre & Soul Melrose
9:30-10:30 Vinyasa Yoga @ Barre & Soul Melrose
6:00-7:00pm Vinyasa Yoga at Centre Yoga Lynnfield
Special events & Workshops to be held on select weekends
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Trust me when I say life is way better when you have no idea how much you weigh. Scale freedom comes when you willingly step away and choose to live a life of fun and adventure in the body that you currently have and accept.
Let me tell you about my mermaid obsession. It goes way deeper than the mermaid tails, and the cute scale leggings. What it's really about is self-love, and body freedom. Here is my story-
At one point in my junior year of college, I gained some weight and got to my heaviest point. It happened gradually, and it had to do with drinking and unlimited portions at the dining halls, as is the norm in college. During that time, I had a Dr's appointment, and I asked the doc if I should be concerned about my weight gain, and she said, "No, you are at a healthy weight."
Yoga for Mermaids
Hi everyone! I’m so happy that you are here... It’s very clear that you mermaid for this.
Yoga for mermaids may seem like a silly concept, but it is very deep and meaningful. My goal is to give you the tools you need to connect to your inner mermaid, and bring her “up for air” so to speak.
Ok, so let’s talk mermaids. You may be wondering what exactly is your inner mermaid and how do you know if I have one? Good news is that you do have an inner mermaid, but she may be a little "dried up" at the moment. We're here to fix that!
First I want to talk about what mermaids represent. For me mermaids represent a lot of things. One being spirituality, which is a connection to your truest self, they represent freedom, specifically for me, they represent body freedom, which boils down to the essence of self-love.
The Mermaid also represents love, beauty, divine femininity, independence, and positivity. The mermaid signifies freedom from cares and woes. She swims fearlessly and takes on all the obstacles the unpredictable sea challenges her with.
Mythology says mermaids are descendants of Aphrodite and Venus, goddesses of love and beauty. The mermaid is known as the goddess of the sea, or the Aphrodite of the ocean. Mythology also talks about the darker side of mermaids, the Sirens that have been known to lure men to their deaths using their beauty and song, and since I’m a super positive person, we won’t be exploring that in Yoga for Mermaids, but I encourage you to research that on your own if it speaks to you, as we all have a siren side to our soul.
There’s currently a huge obsession with mermaid stuff. A couple things I personally own are: a mermaid blanket, mermaid tails, mermaid candle, shell phone case, clothing, leggings, tanks, sweatshirts. I have made DIY mermaid crowns and shell tops with the help of Pinterest. There are makeup brushes, online memes, etc. There are professional mermaids, who are essentially models that wear silicone dragon skin mermaid tails that cost up to $2000 and do photoshoots on the beach, or go to events and swim around in tanks, as entertainment. To be honest I did consider that as a career choice for a hot second, but I’m not a great swimmer and I can’t hold my breath for very long so it wasn’t for me.
There are books, such as a Survival Guide for Landlocked Mermaids, written by an artist from Martha’s Vineyard, Margot Datz who I spoke to on the phone while researching and creating yoga for mermaids, and she gave me lots of insight into what mermaids represent to her. She’s an amazing woman who created mermaid paintings to heal from her divorce, and wrote this beautiful book of her artwork and mermaid teachings, which she referred to as “bubble bath wisdom”. She believes that we are all Landlocked mermaids who have dried up a little bit because we have gotten disconnected from the thing that wets our soul, I’m going to talk about that later. She is now my official mermaid mentor.
It became very clear to me that the mermaid resonates with so many women, and it goes deeper than the imagery, and I wanted to create something that helped women experience a connection to their inner mermaid. That's how I created the Mermaid Manifesto.