Amber has been influenced by her hometown Flint, MI, a working class town that struggled when industry moved out. A string of violent events including witness to a fatal shooting has guided Amber into a life of observation of people and surroundings as well as cultivating a sense of connection to people from all walks of life and a sense of social responsibility. This responsibility guided her to joining Americorps NCCC for a year of in-depth community service. With practice yoga has been the biggest healer of PTSD and anxiety in her life as a result of seeing a lot at a young age. As a teenager an accident shattered her ankle and fractured 2 vertebrate changing her life. Once an avid runner and dancer without any physical pain, she was in pain all the time. With dedication yoga has given her the tools to release the physical pain. Having studied in Japan for a year in her early 20’s opened her to experiencing a new culture and eastern religion. After traveling the U.S. for years Amber settled in Chicago to study Poetry at Columbia College and took her first yoga class at the Sivananda Yoga Center in the Edgewater neighborhood. She really believes that all areas and interests of her life intersect with yoga.
In her class she focuses on the subtle aspects of practice by incorporating meditation, alignment, breath, and mindfulness in a vigorous class. She uses intention as direction with an emphasis on cultivating the student’s awareness of what they personally need from their practice. Through this style of yoga, Amber believes passionately that yoga practice reveals one’s true nature and purpose for being (dharma). With this awareness the student opens to experiencing the world in a more joyful way.
Having studied at Moksha Yoga Center, Chicago for her initial 200hr teacher training where she actually acquired 900+ hrs brought her in connection with the most qualified teachers in Chicago including Daren Friesen, Gabriel Halpbern (Yoga Circle), Jim Benitt, and Rich Logan.
Her other intensive studies include these master teachers: Seane Corn, Maty Ezraty, Richard Freeman, Ashley Turner, Tias Little, Aadil Palkhivala, Scott Blossom and Kino Macgregor.
Close to 2000 hrs of training and believing that continuing to study as a teacher keeps her classes fresh and fun.