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Carla Zanoni

“Amy Lee's no nonsense and heart-centered guidance helped me develop a meditation and yoga practice tailored to my stage in life and abilities, providing me with the judgement-free zone necessary to drop in and rebuild.
(P.S. Her sense of humor is almost as good as her asanas.)"

Lisa Gironda

"Yoga with AL is a calm oasis in a crazy day - she is an exceptional instructor with deep roots in so many practices, I always feel supported and understood. A class with her is more than a treat, it's a necessity for living in the world today."

Leonora Bernstein

"I've had a wonderful introduction to yoga with Amy Lee.  She is very patient and knowledgeable, which has helped put this beginner at ease.  Her calming energy and understanding of yoga, the human body, and my personal limitations / preferences has me leaving each session with her feeling restored and relaxed." 

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." - Rumi

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Meet Amy Lee

As a creative hyphenate and passionate storyteller, I help others to unlock their own stories through yoga and mindfulness. I lead practices that bring my students out of their heads and into their bodies, connecting to their breath and the present moment. This work helps my clients to broaden their perspectives, gain confidence, reduce stress, and experience a greater sense of awareness - all of which brings me a lot of joy.

My mind-body journey began many years ago in Austin, Texas, under the tutelage of Melba Martinez, then the Artistic Director of my college theatre program (and an early instructor of her own daughter, Adriene Mishler). After a move to New York City and a rigorous studio practice that started as a way to process the events of 9/11, my personal practice expanded and evolved. I eventually decided to pursue and received my 200-hr yoga teacher training certification from MindBodySoul Yoga and Wellness in 2019 (Hatha / Vinyasa with Alyssa Snow, Stacey Linden, Amy Soucy, and Colleen Kerns). I went on to receive additional certifications in Yin and Restorative (Sacred Brooklyn / Masako Miyakawa), Accessible Yoga (Integral Yoga Institute / Rev. Jivana Heyman), and Trauma-Informed Yoga (Exhale to Inhale / Julie Fernandez). In 2021, I completed MNDFL's Mindfulness Certification and Training program under the guidance of Rev. angel Kyodo williams and David Perrin. As the world began to open up post-COVID in the spring of 2022, I finessed my hands-on assistance and in-person skills with a 25-hour UPLEVEL advanced teacher training at NY Loves Yoga (Gina Cunningham and Ellen Kaplow).

 

I hold true that each student who comes to the mat is unique. I believe in the offering of well-constructed sequences and find merit in working towards a peak pose, but I don’t subscribe to rigid routines or one-size-fits-all approaches. I feel my training in mindfulness, Accessible Yoga, and Trauma-Informed Yoga has expanded my ability to hold space for those who share their practices with me. It is vital to me as a teacher and instructor to nurture a sense of personal agency within my students, and the welfare of those who attend my classes is a personal priority. I’ve found that holding these values has allowed me to build community and forge lasting connections with students and peers alike.

During the pandemic, I offered free yoga and mindfulness classes via Zoom before expanding to in-home classes with private clients. In late 2022, I left my corporate-sector day job of 20+ years and began to teach in-person group classes (Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin/Restorative, and Mindful Meditation) at Heights Meditation and Yoga in Washington Heights (NYC).  In tandem with my work as a mind-body facilitator, I am an actor, voice over artist, and writer. You can learn more about my acting and writing journey here.

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