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With over 22,000 hours of experience in guiding yoga, meditation, and holistic modalities; decades of study, practice, and thousands of hours in trainings; and a lifetime of personal experience, Erinn’s perspective is informed, intuitive and integrative. Originally from Maine, she currently resides in Scarsdale, NY, where she offers private sessions, workshops and retreats. Yoga, meditation, and holistic health are the pillars of her existence personally and her passion professionally.
SCOPE OF QUALIFICTIONS
Since my initial certification in 2005, professional development is a serious standard I maintain through ongoing training and certifications. My purpose in continuing education is not to accrue a library of certificates, but rather to expand the repertoire of capacities to serve my clients.
Ongoing studies in the yogic realm include restorative, yin, biomechanical function, physiology & anatomy, hot hatha, and vinyasa. Currently completing a new, advanced credential of RYT1000 professional yoga certification at Kripalu Center. Although I already have well over 1,000 hours of yoga training, this is the first cohesive program composite of that amount of time, and it is one of the most advanced, extensive yoga certificates available at this time.
Meditation studies and practices include Mindfulness with David Nichtern, Vedic, Mala, Japa, Mantra, walking, pranayama, guided visualization, ceremony & ritual, Rune, and nature bathing; certification is in Mindfulness Meditation. My lifelong personal practices are in spiritual ritual & sacred ceremony, nature bathing, and breath-based visualization.
Amanda began practicing yoga as a teenager in order to relieve the stress and demands of school. What she found on her mat was not only a softening of physical tension, but a pathway to experiencing more joy in each moment. What began as a physical practice transcended into a way of being.
The transformational power of movement inspired her to become a teacher. She completed her 200-hr training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA in 2009. Amanda deepened her practice and training by completing an advanced 300-hr teacher training at Kripalu in 2016. Additionally, she is an accredited BarSculpt barre teacher and is trained as a mat Pilates instructor. Amanda is currently completing an additional 300-hr training in Yin Yoga and Usui Reiki Level 3 training.
Amanda holds space to allow students to soften around the physical intensity of the practice in order to find sweetness and grace in their bodies. Her style integrates breath centered movement, functional alignment and the mind-body connection. She is passionate about creating the opportunity for her students to have a transformational experience on their mat, so they too can find more joy in each moment.
Amanda & Erinn first met back in 2009 when Amanda was fresh out of teacher training and Erinn was owner/director of a holistic health & yoga center. Erinn brought Amanda into the studio as an apprentice and eventually she became a much-loved teacher and the studio manager. Most recently they co-led a social distance retreat last month. They maintained a close collegiate and personal connection for over a decade. It is only natural that Erinn now welcomes Amanda as a teacher in The Virtual Studio.
Prior to teaching yoga, Alison Walter classically trained as an actor and dancer, performing in plays, films, commercials, and music videos. After five years working in the industry, Alison craved a modality where she could utilize her skills as a performer to positively impact the world. Seeking an answer, she attended a Yoga and Meditation workshop at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. It was here Alison realized she wanted to be a yoga teacher. Her education began at Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, MA where she received a 200 hour intensive training in 2015. She received her Kids Yoga teacher training from HOSH in Brooklyn, NY shortly afterwards. In 2016, Alison co-lead a workshop in Costa Rica that focused on public speaking using yoga, meditation, and techniques from her performance training. In 2018 she received her 300 hour intensive training while living in an ashram near Quito, Ecuador. Since receiving trainings, Alison has introduced yoga to 1,000+ children in public, charter, and special needs schools. Her classes for adults have brought her to studios, music festivals, in fields surrounded by goats, and now, The Virtual Studio. Alison is passionate about helping others connect to the Self, generate mental and physical resilience, and foster a sense of play.
It's a family affair. One of Erinn 's private clients, and a member of The Virtual Studio "family", introduced her to his cousin, Alison. Inspired by the family connection - both the yoga family and the genetic family - Erinn was delighted to discover that Alison shares her and Amanda's yoga lineage of Kripalu yoga. It was a natural development to welcome Alison into our intimate team of teachers in The Virtual Studio.
Human Ecology — the study of interrelationship between humans and the universal environment - is my degree and is also the scholastic and practical model for my professional view. It provides the science of the holistic model, the irrefutable fact that each unique human being is a miracle of complex chaos and multi-dimensional facets. It is futile to attempt health through only one approach, for example just the body, by adopting certain nutrition protocol or fitness regime. Nor can wellness be "achieved" through the mind alone, a recipe for meditation or endlessly reading through media posts on self-discovery. And the purely spiritual, ethereal tactic risks bypass of earthly realities. EACH of these aspects needs nurturing, evolution, and stewardship. These primary aspects of body, mind, and energy present in every human being can be integrated into a dynamic blend of co-existence. In the practices and process of integrating into dynamic existence, a person begins to experience their own concept of "wellness". In every session I guide, my intention is to accurately perceive, honor, and respond to the Human Ecology of the person I am working with, to support their individuated process of evolution into greater wellness. - Erinn