Amy DeFigueiredo has been practicing yoga since 2005. She received her 200 hour teaching certification through the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA. Her first teacher, Jim Bennitt, gifted her with a solid and rigorous hatha yoga practice which included a tantric perspective of yoga in relation to life. Her training with Rolf Sovik and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of H. I. cemented her foundational practices. In the autumn of 2014, she dedicated to the most fortunate and blessed studies of the Krishnamacharya/Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga lineage lead by Laura Spaulding here at Yoga East; it is within the top three most auspicious happenings of her life. She counts Diane Avice du Buisson among her most precious teachers. She continues her tantric practice and studies with Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche of the Tibetan Nyingma lineage as her brightest of guides in the Dzogchen view.
Amy DeFigueiredo instructs the following:
Yoga Flow 2
Continuing level 2 classes are for students who are well-established in a yoga practice, know the fundamental postures, know how to make modifications for their level with and without props, and can self-correct in the postures. As students'' skills and understanding of yoga deepens, the asanas will as well. This class will focus particularly on sun salutations, their purpose and the union of each movement with the breath. Students at this level should be able to hold Caturanga Dandasana (plank). More complicated backbends, twists and arm balances are taught at this level. Yoga Sutra readings, pranayama and meditation are also incorporated at this level. All classes end with deep relaxation.