About AmandaPalmer Alaska Yoga Instructor
Growing up as an only child in rural Wisconsin led to lots of meditative and creative play as a child. Playing in the pond, roaming the forest, or simply playing with my pets, I was surrounded by opportunity to just be. Ballet, gymnastics, and running kept me busy in high school, but it wasn’t until college that I discovered I could use the athleticism learned in sports to reach the comforting state of being through yoga. Although I found a greater inner peace after practicing, I often found physical pain – a pinching in the lower back.
It wasn’t until I moved to Alaska that I decided to dive deeper into the asanas, the physical poses, to discover how to find the physical benefits I knew my body could benefit from. I completed both a 200 hour teacher training and a 50 hour yoga sculpt training. Upon discovering alignment based yoga I learned how to move and hold poses in a way that allowed my body to stretch and strengthen. Yoga has allowed me to become more grounded, centered, and free.
As a frequent traveler, one of my favorite hobbies is visiting yoga studios in each city I visit. It’s how I discovered Reefuel – a super fun cycling and yoga studio in Decorah Iowa where I completed my yoga sculpt training. You just never know where Yoga will find you!
Yoga is an individual journey. My goal is to create an ego-free space in the studio so each student feels free to move freely. Although I provide guidance in how to move through-out class, I encourage every student to make decisions that benefit them in the present movement. Although I plan a sequence and music ahead of time, I always teach to who is in the room. Sometimes this means we will workshop a poses or discuss a yoga topic so each student finds a way to benefit their mind, body or soul. My favorite thing about yoga is the community. From the amazing instructors who continue to mentor me to the community members who choose to practice in the studio with me – it’s an inspiring community who pulls together to support each other.
Alaska Yoga Instructor
Amanda Crowe, RYT-200
You can find me at the Midnight Sun Yoga Center in downtown Palmer, Alaska.