An adventure of self-discovery that lead to serenity
I am Amy, a working mum in a busy world. I try to get things right, that’s my ideal, (I’m a virgo!) but it doesn’t always happen. More often than not I maintain a healthy balance with just the occasional chocolate/wine lapse. I keep a calm approach (most of the time!) My upbringing was holistic, my Dad ran a health store and my Mum is still an acupuncturist. I am one of six siblings, the house was always bustling. You would expect me to be a socialite growing up in such a large family but I'm not really. When I'm not teaching you will often see me walking across the fields with the boys James, Bodhi, Jesse and our Labrador Skye.
The physical nature of yoga was the initial attraction for me - I still remember my first class - no strength, no form just a whole lot of enthusiasm. I left the class inspired; it was a feeling of coming home!
Teaching came later off the back of an around the world sabbatical and a pretty hairy back injury in Australia (phew for travel insurance!). During my rehabilitation period I discovered Pilates and this is where my passion for the body was discovered. I had been practising yoga for years, eager to stretch into every move like some kind of contortionist yet my strength was poor. Pilates taught me a completely new approach to body awareness, it was gentler than my usual yoga practice but it changed the way I underwent just about every posture– I was fascinated and eager to learn more.
On my return to the UK I decided to pursue my new-found love and underwent teacher training with the Pilates Foundation. Two years later after some pretty gruelling exams I was qualified. Being slightly study-mad (and not wanting to forget my first found love) I went on to complete my Foundations 1 and 2 with the British Wheel of Yoga, followed by the 200hr Yoga Alliance certification. I have recently qualified in pre & postnatal training.
Since my teaching began in 2010 I have often trudged around cold village halls, dreaming of owning my own studio and being able to offer my clients a more quality venue. In July 2013, my husband James and I moved to the rural hamlet of Bascote, in Warwickshire. At the bottom of our cottage garden sat our very own abandoned and quaint barn – waiting for a new venture in life. After two years of careful planning, saving and sheer determination to make it work, the barn has been given a new lease of life and as of 2016, The Serenity Barn was born and my dream has become a reality.
Yoga and Pilates are what keep me focused and grounded, even when I’m not teaching. They have taught me many things: be present, be strong, fulfil your potential, accept your flaws, slow down. I am still learning...