Amanda ManfrediAMANDA MANFREDI
PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMANDA MANFREDI

Acro Yoga Workshop

Amanda studied Ashtanga Yoga with John Salisbury regularly for approximately 2 years. From him she learned a great deal of technique, gained a passion for the energy and potential of Ashtanga, and established a Mysore style practice.  She took her first Yoga teacher training, a 200 hour certification through At One Yoga led by John on 1-1-11, just 8 months after she took her very first yoga class.

 The Sanskrit and Vedic chanting portion of that training was taught by Cheryl Oliver of Arizona Vedic Chant. Amanda fell in love with the language and her teaching and was excited to learn that she and her husband Dave Oliver of Dave’s Ashtanga Yoga in Scottsdale offered a 300 hour teacher training program. After teaching mostly vinyasa flow classes for about a year, Amanda decided it was time to further her education and enrolled in Dave and Cheryl’s 300 hour Authentic Yoga Teacher Training Program. Under the guidance of Dave and Cheryl, she discovered the heartbeat of Ashtanga Yoga. There, she gained a solid foundation of Sanskrit and Devanagari (reading and writing the Sanskrit language). Amanda studied key texts such as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Ramayana, and more. She was introduced to Hindu mythology in a way that seemed surprisingly congruent with modern life. She learned Vedic chant, which was also bundled in with the benefits of facing my fears and finding my authentic teaching voice. She was given the opportunity to mentor other teachers. Dave and Cheryl provided a solid education, a strong, supportive sangha (community), and the encouragement Amanda needed to refine her practice and teaching even further.

 In May of 2012, Amanda moved to Encinitas, California to practice Ashtanga Yoga with Tim Miller. While Dave and John had blessed her with a solid foundation in asana, they also instilled in her a respect for the lineage of Ashtanga Yoga and both held Tim in high regard as a long time student of Pattabhi Jois. What she found in Encinitas was infinite potential and constant refinement. She healed long term injuries, discovered her breath, deepened her understanding of physical and energetic alignment and mechanics, crushed her ego, and subsequently gained the gift of surrender to her practice and to her teacher. Oh, and she learned a lot about asana, too.