Yoga has made the most impact on my inner-life, in the way I experience life with ease, with less reactivity and more assuredness and connection to who I am. Yoga and meditation taught me to cultivate a habit of being intentional…intentional about the energy I choose to breathe into each moment, into my relationships, into my thoughts, into everything. Sure, I am grateful for the benefits of a strong, flexible, lean body resulting from years of a consistent practice AND the transformation I appreciate the most is the flexibility in my mind, softness in my heart, release of grasping and clenching onto habits and lies and stories which kept me stuck in an experience of sadness, depression, anxiety, and anger. Even just remembering when I used to live in heightened fight or flight I had to take a breath of relief and gratitude. It wasn’t that long ago that my life felt small and fake and forced. What if you could live each moment as if you stretched yourself out fully, from the inside out, into your body, into how you wish to express your highest self into this world, into how you want to play big? My wish is that you to use the tools of yoga, meditation, breath, and awareness to habitually experience life with ease, to expand and shine as you impact your existence with the gifts and talents your highest self is urging you to share. Go inward yogis and express out. May you experience life with ease….and play big! Namaste…
Seven years ago I attended a yoga retreat where I set an intention to manifest my dream. After being led through a process of inquiry and, making a declaration in the present tense, I simply wrote “I am a yoga teacher.”Four days after my retreat I was invited to sub a yoga class, although I had not yet started my yoga teacher training (I was a certified fitness instructor.) It didn’t matter, I taught anyway, rocked the class, and I began my path as a yoga teacher. Was that coincidence? Abolutely not! There is power in putting out energy for what you want, and what I asked for was a “job” which allowed me to connect to my sacred path and support others in walking in their sacred footsteps. Duh! Yoga!
My teaching path has led me more towards the spiritual aspect of yoga, through the physicality of flowing and holding yoga poses (asana.) When I teach from my heart, and see my students, I sense I am in my greatest flow when I connect to why I really teach: I teach because I care. I believe in namaste: May all beings be free of suffering. I’ve experienced my share of suffering, and in life, suffering happens…shit happens. Yoga, meditation, and rewiring my brain has taught me to sift through the crap and go with the flow. I speak to this often in my classes and craft workshops dedicated to releasing self-limiting beliefs and choosing and generating an experience of ease. In this moment, in this chapter of my life, I feel called to spread the news that contentment, joy, laughter and love are possible and there is a way out of the muck of depression, anxiety, and despair. I KNOW this to be true. I’ve been there and I do the work to choose the path of least resistance instead of my old pattern of wallowing in the muck. And, now I’m equipped with tools to pull me out of the muck although I just don’t go there as often anymore. Nonetheless, my tools are at the ready, like a best friend throwing me a life-line if I notice I’ve dipped my toe into old, familiar yuk. Get the fuck out of the yuk.
Last Saturday’s Create Your Sacred Life On Purpose workshop was all about sharing those tools. The participants did the work to release the old, energize the new, and left with tools to notice the yuk, choose the clear path, play big and manifest their heart’s desires! To witness transformation in my students leaves me feeling like I’m on the right track…I’m spreading namaste and leading my sacred life on purpose! Yes!
Some reviews left by my amazing students:
Amazing teacher! I love Amelia’s flow classes! She makes it challenging and fun and when I’m done I feel relaxed but energized. Her spiritual guidance during classes opens up new ways of thinking for me. I appreciate her so much!
Amelia’s the Best! Amelia is an excellent teacher. Very upbeat, friendly, knowledgeable and caring. She is an inspiration as she is so healthy and strong.
Excellent, knowledgeable, professional I know Amelia, as she has taught me yoga from many aspects..physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Not only does she have a grand grasp of the physicality of yoga and the body, but she’s very spiritual herself, thus weaves spirit into her teaching seamlessly. She’s trained in a strong style of Baron Baptiste and continues to study and teach with enthusiasm. Her latest workshop in 2017 was fabulous and effective! I highly recommend Amelia!
Practicing with Amelia has made me a better yoga student and more importantly, a yogi in tune with her soul and truth. I’m so grateful to have her as a guide along my path, making sure I have the tools to keep my compass pointing true.
Stay tuned for my next workshop.
Spread your love and light!
Yogamama Meels Namaste. May all beings be happy and free. May all beings be without suffering.
Sunday October 16th 10:15-11:30am FREE GIRLS YOGA CLASS at Ivivva in the Walnut Creek Broadway Plaza
135 Broadway Lane Walnut Creek, CA
Join me during this FREE girls yoga class at the ivviva store at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek. This fun and challenging class is recommended for girls ages 6 and up. Parents are welcome to participate. After you sign a waiver you may drop your girl off for this 45 minute class 10:15-11:30am. Mats are limited so please BYO mat. Class starts at 10:15 so please plan accordingly to have your yogi on her mat on time. I look forward to seeing you on your mat! Namaste…Amelia
R.E.M. Restorative Energy & Music – A Musically Healing Evening featuring Carl John with Amelia Andaleon
Saturday, May 21st 7pm – 9pm
$25 with advance registration below
$30 at the door The Yoga Fusion 2217-N San Ramon Valley Blvd. San Ramon, CA 94583
A very special event comes to The Yoga Fusion. Talented live musician, healer, story-teller Carl John joins Yoga Fusion favorite Amelia Andaleon for an extraordinary evening of Music, Reiki and Restorative Yoga.
CJ will bring his extraordinary blend of captivating live music and Reiki healing touch while Amelia delivers a beautiful blend and restorative Yoga, reiki and chanting. The combination is positively intoxicating, ethereal, and rejuvenating; this unique combination of music-reiki-yoga will take you to new heights of peace, ease, and pleasure. Come feel a combination of healing modalities in a workshop like none other you’ve ever experienced.
Limited to 30 participants, reserve now to insure your space in this very special event.
Whether you’re brand new to yoga or an experienced yogi, this heart-opening workshop is for you! Continuing with her “Beyond Yoga Poses” workshop series, Amelia will lead you through a process of self-discovery and inquiry to bring you closer to identifying what you really, REALLY want to bring into your life.
Learn how pranayama, drishti, asana, and meditation can help you manifest your intentions, bring balance into your life, increase your ability to create connections, and help you manage stress. Based on student requests after her last workshop, Amelia will focus on how to use your yoga practice to tame cravings in your life. You will leave with tools to deepen your yoga practice in class, at home, and off your mat in your daily life.
Be prepared for a gentle yoga practice.
Bring your journal.
Bring a friend (the more the merrier!)
Bring your open heart and mind.
Leave this workshop experiencing “aha moments” and feeling refreshed, renewed and relaxed.
Note for previous attendees: this workshop contains new material…it is not a repeat of previous workshops.
Testimonials from Amelia’s students: “Your workshop was exactly what I needed right now…thank you so much!” “I’ve heard of drishti before but, I had never really applied it to my yoga practice or thought of bringing it into my life. The drishti exercises were really impactful. Thank you!” “Thank you for reminding me to breathe. I always forget and I appreciate how you bring breath into your teaching.”