Amanda LoRusso

Amanda has been studying yoga for over ten years in a variety of facets. She holds her 200-hour certification along with 40 hours of Trauma Sensitivity, and Kripalu Yoga in the Schools focusing on middle and high school students. Amanda attributes most of her in-depth learning from living at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health for two years as a volunteer and intern. Amanda spent another two years researching yoga academically. She has co-authored two articles on yoga for middle school students and its effects on stress, mood, and substance use. Additionally, Amanda has assisted on several other research projects including Yoga for PTSD & Insomnia, Acupuncture for Gulf War Illness, and Thai Chi for Parkinson’s Disease. Amanda later studied massage therapy in Costa Rica which led her to travel, working as a wellness instructor on a small-ship cruise line based in Alaska and Hawaii. Currently, she is putting all of her skills – science, yoga, and massage – to the test as an EMT, firefighter, yoga teacher, transformative breathwork coach, and massage therapist.

Amanda Teaches Yoga Nidra & Flow Wednesdays at 10 AM & Align & Flow Yoga Saturdays at 8:15 AM

Wednesdays 10 AM – Yoga Nidra & Flow:

Yoga Nidra and Flow is a low movement class, designed to develop the skill of listening within to discover release of subtle and deep tension. Students spend approximately 20 minutes in an extended relaxation pose, guided by the instructor in yoga nidra, or dream-sleep yoga. Movement is gradual, gently guided, with the intent of finding freedom within the body – muscle, fascia, bone – mind, body, spirit. Yoga Nidra and Flow is an excellent class for anyone dealing with injuries or restricted movement, feeling emotionally/physically drained (holidays anyone?), or looking for a deeper awareness of mind and body.

Saturdays 8:15 AM – Align & Flow

Align & Flow yoga is a moderately paced vinyasa flow class, blending dynamic sequences with longer held postures. Expect to hold 1-3 asanas in this practice – taking pause and reflection before moving back into a flow pace. Movement in this way – effort and grace – aims to build strength and flexibility of both body and mind. Amanda takes influence from several yoga styles such as Kripalu, Yin, Anusara, Ashtanga and others to create a practice focused on releasing tension and finding your own flow. Additionally, she uses an eclectic blend of yoga techniques such as pranayama, progressive muscle relaxation, and yoga nidra to encourage the right conditions for deep meditative rest in an extended sivasana (10-15 minutes).