Meet one of her newest additions to the teaching team, Amanda!

After moving to Saco from midcoast Maine, Amanda was searching to establish her new yoga community. “The instant I stepped into Samudra, I knew it was just the place. Sarah has created such a lovely space and it was just the community connection I was looking for,” says Amanda. “Teaching, well, that just took its own course!”

Amanda, 31, joined the roster of fabulous instructors in November.  With a Master’s in Occupational Therapy serving the geriatric population, Amanda became certified as a yoga teacher through Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts in 2013.

“Yoga taught me how to be present and how to be real,” says Amanda. She uses this lesson in her classes to help guide her students to be present through connection with their breath. “My style is probably best described as meditative; an inward approach.”

The lesson of being present translates into her daily life. When she’s not teaching or working as an occupational therapist, Amanda is caring for her year-and-a-half year old daughter.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and their daughter, enjoying the outdoors. She loves working in her garden or enjoying the beautiful local beaches in the Saco/Biddeford area.

“Even as a teacher, I continue to take classes because I LOVE being the student and benefit so much from them,” says Amanda, admitting when in her own practice, she can’t hide or pretend. “I’m presented to myself just as I am. Yoga taught me to see what’s really going on within my own being.”

As she becomes more familiar with her students at Samudra, she hopes to share her personal yoga lessons through gentle guidance and focus on a meditative approach. She says, “I love to guide students into a deep internal place.”

“Samudra feels like a special community that I am thrilled to be a part of,” says Amanda. “I’m looking forward to meeting people from the community and sharing yoga with them!”

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