Episode 53: Amy Ippoliti, Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher

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Yoga Teacher & Business Coach, Meredith (Medland) Sasseen sets the stage for an intimate interview with January 2011 Yoga Journal Cover Model, Amy Ippoliti, a Certified Yoga Anusara Teacher committed to changing the world by empowering & inspiring local yoga teachers.

In this episode you'll hear:

  • Quick summaries of Meredith's experience in the 90 Minutes to Change the World webinar for Yoga teachers
  • Amy's vivid & sensory based description of the meaning of Anusara yoga to her personally
  • How Amy experienced "instant recognition" in 1998 at a yoga conference where she heard John Friend talk about Opening to Grace and got tears in her eyes
  • Meredith's soft and soulful request for Amy to share the Anusara Invocation meaning 
  • Closing of the show with Amy chanting the Anusara invocation 

In this episode you'll learn:

  • Why the 90 Minutes to Change the World webinar for yoga teachers is a "must register" for local 90 minute class yoga teachers 
  • Why a weekly yoga practice is imperative for all yoga teachers for fueling & inspiration
  • What Anusara teachers need to discover and learn during their training
  • The meaning & history of the Anusara Innovation

 If you'd like to register for upcoming webinars or participate in Amy's workshops go to www.amyippoliti.com. For more information about Meredith visit www.carpyoga.com or www.inspireeverybody.com.  To sponsorship this show or others like it please call 805-636-8182.

Transcript

ABOUT AMY

Amy Ippoliti travels extensively to help others bridge the gap between ancient yoga wisdom and modern day life. As a certified Anusara yoga teacher since 2000, humanitarian leader and tireless advocate of the environment, Amy inspires thousands to live more meaningful and uplifted lives on a daily basis.

Amy is widely recognized for her down-to-earth teaching approach, lucid instruction, and for assisting her students in achieving personal breakthroughs on and off the mat. She believes everyone has the capacity to “turn up their own volume” through modern application of ancient yoga philosophy, personal development and by creating a deeper connection to nature, the Divine and one other.

In the Press

As a leader in yoga and well-being, Amy has been featured on the cover of Yoga Journal and Fit Yoga Magazine as well as in numerous publications such as Self Magazine, Daily News, Newsweek, New York Magazine, Yogini Magazine (Japan), Allure (Korea) and Elephant Journal.  She has also been a contributing writer for Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga Magazine, Elephant Journal, Smart Women’s Traveler and many more print and online publications.


Yoga Background

Amy began studying yoga in 1986 at the age of 16. By 1997, she completed the first ever teacher training with soon-to-be OM Yoga Center Director Cyndi Lee in NYC. Amy became a part of the original teaching staff when Lee officially founded Om Yoga Center the following year. During her stint in Manhattan, she also lead self-defense and empowerment courses for women, men and teens.  In 1998 she met Anusara Yoga founder, John Friend and has been studying and teaching Anusara yoga ever since.

Anusara Yoga

Amy serves local and national yoga communities, as well as those in major international cities as one of the first teachers to attain Anusara certification. For the past 25 years, her vast knowledge and experience in hatha yoga, yoga physical therapy and pranayama has enhanced the lives of countless students.

Amy ippoliti - anusara yoga

Photo Credit: Doug Ellis

Well-versed in Anusara yoga’s potent Universal Principles of Alignment™, elegant Tantric yoga philosophy and healing therapeutics, Amy learned much of what she teaches through her close apprenticeship with founder John Friend. For many years she assisted him on national tours, and continues to study and collaborate with John today. Today Amy tours the globe offering:

Amy chairs the Anusara Yoga Curriculum Committee and participates regularly as a faculty member of Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. She is a key presenter at Yoga Journal conferences and Omega Institute conferences. To learn more on Amy’s upcoming events, check out her master tour schedule.


Therapy Training

Amy incorporates Anusara yoga’s cutting-edge therapy and strength building in all her asana workshops, immersions and retreats. She also offers specialized yoga therapy trainings to those who teach yoga or wish to expand their knowledge of Anusara yoga’s Universal Principles of Alignment™. In these trainings, Amy addresses a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and misalignments related to the lower back, hips, shoulders, neck, knees, elbows, feet and wrists.

In addition to studying Anusara yoga therapy with John Friend for more than a decade, Amy also studied the art of Thai yoga massage with Antoinette McClaughlan from 1997 to 1998.


Tantric Yoga Philosophy And Sanskrit

Amy believes in approaching various areas of study and life with a beginner’s mind. Therefore she been a dedicated student of Hindu Tantric philosopher and renowned scholar Dr. Douglas Brooks since 1999. An authority on Shridvidya Shakta Tantrism, Sanskrit and Tamil languages and the history of religions, Douglas continues to deeply influence Amy and her teachings. Another of her great teachers is Manorama, Director of The School of Sanskrit Studies in New York City.


Amy ippoliti - green living

Photo Credit: Doug Ellis

Green Living

Amy lives an environmentally conscious lifestyle, supporting businesses that also operate by this ideal. She is an advocate for the raw foods movement, sustainable farming and effectively reducing our carbon footprint by making informed decisions. Some of her favorite products include:

Coming Soon

Each month, Amy sets a month-long, eco-friendly habit to complement her 30-Day Yoga Challenge. The idea is for participants to develop a green habit and ultimately adopt it beyond the 30-day challenge. Past challenges have encouraged members to bring their reusable tote bags to the markets, unplug appliances after using them, avoid purchasing and using plastic water bottles, shopping farmers’ markets and buying locally. To learn more or to pitch an idea of your own, check out this month’s 30-Day Anusara Yoga Challenge.