By Ashley McGuirk
Here at Razz, we want everyone to feel connected no matter the circumstance. COVID-19 has certainly shifted some major changes around here, but we won’t let that stop us from building our community. That’s why we’ve decided to offer online classes and additional online material for our yoga community to feel more connected despite being physically apart.
Here at Razz, we highlight members of our yoga community so we can all grow a little closer to one another. This way our students and teachers can get a better idea the classes being offered on a weekly basis. Building a strong community can be both beneficial to not only the students but to the business as well. The more we learn about one another the stronger our relationships become, resulting in a community, full of love and support. Today we’re highlighting one of our community yogis who will be completing the Hatha Raja Yoga teacher training this May, meet Amanda!
Amanda is a dedicated yogi who describes yoga as her “safe place.” She has completed many yoga classes + workshops in addition to the Hatha Raja teaching training. Through her own experience, Amanda has found yoga to be a peaceful way to slow down and appreciate the present. Once she completes her teaching training in May, Amanda plans on teaching classes that leave her students feeling a sense of fulfillment. In addition to this, Amanda wishes to eventually combine the healing component of yoga with therapy. As a therapist of 10+ years, Amanda has found that the yoga practice is beneficial to healing. Read along to learn more about Amanda and why she chooses to practice yoga.
1. Who are you and why did you decide to become a yoga teacher?
My name is Amanda Baker and I am a mom, wife, daughter, and therapist in Towson, MD. I also recently returned to writing poetry. I find that each of these roles helps me to inspire and connect with others. We all innately want to connect and feel recognized and honored. I have been working in the mental health field for over 10+ years and found that the practice of yoga (all 8 limbs) is healing in its own way. Overtime through my own practice I became inspired to want to better intertwine yoga and therapy. I want to take my teacher role and offer classes to those with mental health conditions.
2. When, where and which yoga teacher training are you completing?
I completed the Radiant Child Yoga training at Razz Yoga in July of 2018. I teach a Children’s Yoga Class at Balance Point Wellness, LLC on Sunday mornings for ages 5-10-year-olds. I am now currently taking the Hatha Raja Yoga Teacher Training at Razz Yoga that will finish up in May.
3. Overall how would you describe your relationship with yoga?
Yoga is my safe place. I have a very fast-paced mind so yoga has always been a way to calm it down; to feel more present, grounded, and connected to me. I used to take a lot of power vinyasa and hot yoga classes which matched with my “on the go” self. I have found that through the Hatha Raja yoga training I have been able to slow down outside of just the yoga classes and appreciate things more fully. I meditate and do pranayama almost daily! I love it.
4. What do you want your future students to take away from your class?
I want my students to leave the class with their own sense of fulfillment. I want to teach them how to engage in the poses properly while also naturally encourage them to trust themselves within the practice.
5. (Just for fun!) What’s your favorite part about Spring?
Walking outside and noticing the flowers bloom (minus the pollen!)
We hope you enjoyed reading about Amanda and her relationship with the yoga practice. If you see her or any of our fellow yogis make sure to say hi and connect. We’re all family here and love seeing our community grow. Stay tuned for future interviews and behind the scenes at your favorite yoga studio. Namaste fellow yogis.