Amy has always been extremely active, with a background in dance and gymnastics morphing into a passion to inspire others. She started working in the health and fitness industry in 2007, managing a health club in northern Minnesota for eight years while completing a degree in massage therapy from the Duluth Business University and a bachelor’s degree in sustainable management from the University of Wisconsin. During this time, she discovered a passion for long-distance running and endurance sports. Amy loves being pushed outside of her comfort zone by trying new and challenging things. Throughout years of running and working out, she has found balance through yoga and by becoming a certified HydroriderⓇ Aqua Spin instructor.
Amy stays active with her husband, their son and two dogs. She is a professional skydiver, enjoys hiking, paddleboarding, cross-country skiing and snowboarding. Amy is happiest when she is outside and exploring nature. She considers herself an open book who loves to chat and talk shop. She hopes to inspire others, as she has been inspired by so many!
What is your favorite form of mind body movement or lesson you teach, and why?
Out of all the activities I have pursued, I think yoga has been the biggest game changer. It keeps me grounded, helps prevent injuries and has really increased the range of motion in my muscles and joints. I try to incorporate at least five minutes of relaxing stretches into my Aqua Spin classes as a cool down. I find stretching is sometimes the easiest movement to skip — but it is often the most important part!
As for specific movements, yoga arm balances are my favorite, because I like a challenge!
What is your favorite song or type of music you listen to when teaching?
I always get a little revved up when Coleman Hell’s “2 Heads” comes on — he has a great beat. I also love Sia. She has a really strong song called “Unstoppable” and the lyrics are a great reminder that confidence is your best accessory.
What inspires you?
I am actually inspired by what scares me. I think fear can be a great motivator in the sense that it forces you to embrace growth and empower yourself by overcoming fear.
What is a quote or mantra that you live by?
My dad told me that I’m the only one in charge of my own happiness, so be happy — it’s worth it.
What is your haven?
My personal haven is being active in nature. Whether I’m on the ground or in the sky, up a mountain or jumping out of a plane, I think John Muir said it best when he said, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”
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