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Amanda Dellow, E-RYT .
Amanda Dellow, E-RYT, first fell in love with yoga more than a decade ago. What was initially inspired by a desire to be in better shape has evolved over the years into a way of living fully. Amanda has a deep understanding of traditional yoga practices and modern yoga science, bringing a well rounded yet playful approach to her classes that will leave you relaxed and at ease. She truly has a passion for helping others enrich their lives through the practice of Yoga and empowering each person to become more comfortable in their body and to live in it with purpose, power, and intent. Her classes will help you build strength, increase stamina, develop flexibility and also bring relaxation and ease into your busy life! The practical teachings of yoga have helped her overcome so many hurdles and also showed her the joy found in so many things, big and small. Her practice began in 2004 with a lovely, sassy little woman who encouraged her to go deeper, to seek more teachers and inspired her to grow her practice. She is so grateful to the many teachers she has studied with throughout this wonderful journey and it is her intention to honor all of them in the way she shares the teachings of yoga. After surviving a near fatal trauma accident in 2010, she suffered with PTSD while rebuilding her physical body and this experience led her to the practice of Yoga Nidra. She continues to teach and practice yoga nidra regularly. This practice is regarded as her most important offering by her highest teachers, due to its simplicity and amazing healing benefits. When she is not in the studio, she is raising two teens, reading books, snuggling sweet pup Winston, making smoothies, loving live music, burning
Cynthia Maxwell, RYT-200 .
200-RYT, Level 1 & 2 Kundalini Childrens Yoga Cert, AAAI/ISMA, Samatone Yoga (3,000 teaching hours since 2005). In July of 2001 I took a beautiful vacation to Indonesia where I took my first Ashtanga yoga lesson. I had experienced yoga before, but it never stirred a desire to want more yoga (like this experience). When I returned from the trip, I started to research different yoga studios. Oddly, I found one right across the street from where I worked ~ Suze's Yoga. A co-worker and I went on a Sunday morning, and we were hooked. Suze’s style fit my gymnastic / cheer-leading/ competitive nature perfectly. At first my practice was about the challenge, because I so wanted to achieve the highest level of each pose. Soon into it, I became aware that my obsession was about more than just reaching the next level. I was frustrated at times, because one year I was able to do a full bound side angle, and the next year I could not. Then I started to realize the body, mind, and soul connection of this powerful practice: things going on outside of my practice could affect my poses. I started to listen and learn. Listen to my heart. Learn from what I was reading, seeing, and experiencing. Learn to back off from the higher levels, and be OK with it. Yoga is about the journey — NOT the destination. I am learning to love the journey. I am learning to be ‘in the moment.’ Yoga is helping me to be ‘true to myself.’ And Yoga is not a struggle; it is a gift to our bodies, minds, and souls. I believe we were made to move, dance, bend, stretch, do cartwheels, and take our bodies out of their comfort zones! These are the beliefs I want to bring to my practice and each class I teach. In dwelling, be close to the land In meditation, go deep in the heart In dealing with others, be gentle and kind. In speech, be true. In ruling, be competent. In action, watch the timing. LAO TSU Peace
Lisa Watkins
AAAI/ISMA (Phase I & II, Advanced), Samatone Yoga (1,800 teaching hours since 2008). For me, yoga has been evolving and life changing in ways I hadn’t expected. Since the age of five, sports and exercise have been a huge part of my life. Always extremely active, I’ve always been involved in soccer, track, softball, volleyball, running, weights, exercise classes, and anything else to keep me strong and fit. It wasn’t until much later that I realized the importance of giving as much attention to my mental/emotional health. In 1997 when I moved away from my hometown and away from my usual means for fitness I decided to try out a yoga video, mostly as a way to relieve stress. Over the next several years I stayed involved in yoga on and off when I could find it at different gyms I belonged to. I began to enjoy it more and more as I found yoga that challenged me and gave me a great workout. It wasn’t until I joined Samatone Yoga by DPYP! that my yoga practice became much more than a way to break a sweat and stay in shape. Unexpectedly, over these last few years, yoga has gone from a “workout” to a lifestyle in many ways. I feel like I have truly become more aware of how my thoughts and emotions show up in my physical body. This awareness in turn has allowed me to understand that I can’t have physical health without taking equal care of my mind and spirit. And while it can be frustrating to find the struggles of life show up as struggles in my practice, it is equally empowering to find the principles of yoga play out in my everyday life in my approach to hard times and my overall outlook on life. Not only do I see the connection to yoga and my own life, but it has be such a natural complement to my career as a therapist. I know that yoga will forever be an integral part of my life and that there will always be room to grow and evolve in my personal practice, as a teacher and as a whole person.
Sheryl Duncan
AAAI/ISMA (Phase I & II, Advanced) - Samatone Yoga - 40-Hour Yoga Alliance 'Principles of Teaching & Adjustments - 1,500 teaching hours since 2009. Yoga and I have been in a relationship since 2003. When you find the fountain of youth – you stick with it. That is how I see my practice. I taught aerobics in the late 80′s and later ‘was into weight training. When I heard about yoga – like many others – I didn’t think it would be enough of a work-out for me. Since 2003, yoga fills my exercise routine. To find something that strengthens and tones my body, harmonizes my inside & outside world and brings flexibility and youth – THAT is the “the real secret”. The healing methods of yoga assist in combating these physical symptoms “if” passed on to me. Yoga is as challenging as you crave or as restorative as you need. Vertigo creates the challenge of balance in my poses. As I practice, if/when the room spins – I retrain my brain to focus on steady balance. Along with a healthy diet, I also maintain Hypoglycemia. My yoga practice is a tool to improve my health. Yoga is also my stress release – increasing my energy as it detoxifies my body. As moms we take care of everyone else; YET – only we can be responsible to take care of ourselves and to give back to ourselves. At 44, I truly feel like I’m in my 20s physically. My desire is to share the wonderful shift yoga has brought me with the amazing yogis in Suze’s studio. I am also available for (one-on-one) Private or In-Class Personal Yoga Guidance. ​*Sheryl is also Owner/Designer of 717 Couture - affordable yoga wear and anywhere wear - shop online or in our onsite Yoga Boutique
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