It turns out that my first yoga class was a Bikram Yoga class. 26 postures done in a room heated to over 100 degrees. It was hot. It was hard. There was no extra energy left for anger or worry or scorn. Complete and utter freedom. Heaven.
I practiced regularly for 4 years, 4 or 5 times each week, often leaving work at the urging of my boss and co-workers (still needed some help in the anger management department), until the dot-com boom abruptly busted. I took my severance package and headed down to LA for the intense 9 week training with Bikram, himself.
Later, while I was teaching Bikram classes, I had a friend who was teaching Power Yoga. I had taken some other Vinyasa classes before, but something clicked this time around, so a year later I was off to another teacher training with Baron Baptiste.
Now, 15 years after I took my first class, I teach both Power Yoga and Bikram Yoga in San Rafael at the studios I own with my husband. I've assisted Baron Baptiste on his retreats and workshops, and regularly visit at the Bikram Teacher Trainings to stay connected to my teachers and yoga peers. I have yoga to thank for making so many of my dreams come true.
I walked into my first yoga class firmly believing that I was NOT a "Yoga Person", and found out that yoga is for EVERYBODY. It's the message that my husband and I carry with us, everywhere we go.
Bikram Yoga Teacher Training Spring 2002
Baron Baptiste Level 1 & 2 (multiple)
Assisted for Baron Baptiste on Workshops & Trainings 2006 - 2009
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
TRX Group Suspension Training L1
TRX Sports Medicine L2
Amber teaches Power, Yin and Stand Up Paddle Yoga and is our resident Acupuncturist. She is also on the editorial staff at DoYouYoga.com as a writer. Amber was named 2015 and 2016 Glide SUP Yoga Ambassador and 2016 Mind Body Brand Ambassador.
Amber's nature inspired Vinyasa style Power yoga classes are built for all levels, and will challenge your body, and your mind. She uses her vast knowledge of anatomy to accentuate particular fitness aspects, and pairs fast, strengthening Power yoga with slow, deep, mindful "Yin" yoga aspects. Each month introduces a new intention based around traditional yoga philosophies, and each week the flow changes slightly to center around a related peak pose, or flow.
Having found yoga via a need for personal stress relief and a love of movement, Amber began practicing in 2005 in our Bikram room. Her practice became more dedicated in 2011 when she fell in love with Power yoga. A solar powered lover of the outdoors, Amber started teaching here in 2013 after hiking (and yoga-ing) through the Costa Rican Rainforests. Also the owner of a local acupuncture clinic, she treats orthopedic injuries and women’s health using yoga as movement therapy to compliment to her clients recovery and continued wellness.
With an emphasis in each class on helping you find YOUR pose in each shape, as pertaining to your body and mind, Amber works towards helping everyone find more clear seeing- calm abiding moments.
”Amber leads a challenging flow with lot's of balancing, binding, inverting and strengthening. Her class is great for all levels. She inspires you to try new postures and deepens your body mind awareness. Be prepared to see physical, and emotional changes quickly!" -Nicole
With a heavy focus on spine, hip and joint health, your teacher Amber (also a licensed Acupuncturist) uses relevant acupressure point ignition with each assist. Benefitting your mind, body and heart, and sending you into a wonderfully, delicious sleep every Sunday evening.