eRYT-500 and Certified Ayurveda Counselor
Amanda Webster is a registered yoga teacher and Certified Ayurveda Counselor, through the American Institute of Vedic Studies which was founded by well-known scholar Dr. David Frawley. While she has been a teacher in many capacities for more than 15 years, Amanda found her calling as a yoga teacher and Ayurveda-based lifestyle counselor about five years ago. Since then, she has continuously offered Ayurveda-infused yoga classes and workshops, retreats, and as of this year, teacher trainings that focus on establishing commitment to the lifestyle practices of yoga and Ayurveda, creating an open and supportive community, and studying mindfulness in its many forms. Her original training was in an alignment-based flow through Open Space Yoga in Honolulu, although Amanda considers Kripalu-trained yogini Rupali Embry (whom also studied directly with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois) as her “true teacher” and under her guidance, recently completed an amazing 1:1 300-hour mentorship.
Both yoga and Ayurveda resonated instantly and deeply, inspiring Amanda to commit to lifelong study of these sciences which now infuse her entire life…from the way she structures classes to the way she structures her life according to her knowledge of doshas, Dinacharya and Ritucharya. Yoga and Ayurveda were the first systems that scientifically created a complete picture of mind-body-spirit health, whereas her college-level studies of psychology, medicine, and community health seemed incomplete.
She has an intuitive, down-to-earth approach to teaching, practicing, counseling, and exemplifying yoga through her lifestyle and is known for her ability to establish a strong community. Her mission as a teacher is to help others recognize that mindfulness can take many forms and may be cultivated in a myriad of ways, such as yoga, martial arts, meditation, self-care, or by simply being present as often as possible. Her specialty is encouraging you to OWN your practice (and your life) as it needs to exist in each breath without comparing yourself to the person next to you, trying to live up to your previous practice, or shutting down when something challenges you.
Quote of the moment:
“If you are irritated by every rub, how can you ever be polished?” – Rumi