A little over a year ago, I was new to yoga. I let my husband (who had been doing yoga for about a year) talk me into giving it a shot. We found Amanda’s practice at the Clifton Yoga Center and I will be forever grateful. At first, I was apprehensive to give it a try. As a beginner, not only did I not know what to expect, I was afraid that all the other participants would be so far ahead of me I would feel like an outcast. All of that changed with my very first class!
Amanda is such a patient instructor and she has the rare gift to be able to teach to all levels - beginner through advanced - all at once! She offers modifications for all the poses. If they are too difficult, she helps you achieve a level you are comfortable with while still being able to participate. And never once did I feel like I was the ‘new person’ or the person that was holding the class back. Also, the other people in the class are also so kind and welcoming — you are all practicing together, no matter what your level. There is such a peaceful serenity during her class.
It’s the perfect way to just let go and be in the moment. Now, it’s been over a year later and I am amazed by the things I could do that I never thought I’d be able to. I still have a way to go, but I’ll get there. And thanks to Amanda and her teaching, I’ve reached a new level of peace in my life. Not only the peace that comes from an amazing yoga session, but a level of inner peace that I didn’t think possible. No matter what your level, what your ability — I would absolutely recommend coming in and giving it a try. Amanda is amazing and yoga will change your life!
- Annemarie E. Hollenback
I love this class! Amanda is so welcoming and calming. She makes beginners feel at ease while encouraging more experienced students to push themselves. The classes are always a mix of genders, ages, sizes and levels of experience. No one is showing off. Instead of feeling intimidated you’ll find yourself rooting for those who can do more difficult poses. Namaste. :-)
- Tracy Tomaiko.
After a long week at work, I have enjoyed the Friday yoga classes with Amanda; it's a great way to start the weekend.
My mom and I have practiced yoga with Amanda at Clifton Yoga. What makes her the ultimate yogi is the fact that her presence, voice and energy can make you feel at ease. Amanda goes out of her way to make you feel comfortable and special. In our opinion she is a master for making every word count. A wonderful, highly knowledgeable yoga instructor!
-Maria and Susan K.