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Over a decade ago, a psychiatrist recommended I try yoga to alleviate anxiety. Numb to life at that time, I buffered myself with Xanax just to get out of bed in the morning. I credit yoga with breathing me back to life and helping me heal everything from back pain to a broken heart, divorce to depression, anorexia to alcoholism, and other ailments in between. I revel at every opportunity to share with others the practice that continues to heal me.

Having studied Forrest Yoga, Anusara Yoga, and Restorative Yoga, my teaching style is as eclectic as I am. I believe in the bandhas of Ashtanga, the emphasis on alignment and props of Iyengar, the sequencing + inner / outer spirals + energy loops of Anusara, the emphasis on breath found in Forrest, the meditation of Dharma, the repetition of postures found in Bikram. And, if none of that means anything to you, I believe yoga is universal enough to meet you where you are. A trained counselor and former public school school teacher, I tailor my classes to meet the unique needs of students on the mat before me. It’s not uncommon for me to teach a handstand tutorial in one private session and chair yoga in the next. I believe we’ve each been given a spark of the same phenomenon that causes our hair to grow and our hearts to beat; yoga teaches us to live from that sacred space.  Our yoga practice is a microcosm of our life practice, and the way to bring lasting change to our world is to begin within.

I season my classes with poignant anecdotes and childlike laughter, blending methodical sequencing with spiritual nuggets that hopefully everybody can digest. When you roll up your mat following one of my classes, I want you to feel both empowered with strength and inspired with humility. To view my group class schedule, visit soulspaceyc.com or complete the contact form to schedule an individualized session for you or your organization.

Whole Heart Yoga, or WHYFW, is a collaboration of local yoga teachers formed to promote peace in the community via yoga outreach, fundraising events, and mindfulness education As the coordinator of this nonprofit organization, I look for opportunities to share yoga to those who do not have access to yoga studios. Since our inception in summer of 2016, we have partnered with Safe Haven of Tarrant County, True Worth Place, The Leg Up Program, and Mental Health America. If you are a yoga teacher or education coordinator for a local organization and would like to collaborate, please email me at amber@ambershumake.com or click here to complete the contact form. Additionally, we are looking for web development and marketing assistance.

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