Meet Amy Griffith author of Exercising Balance.

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I am passionate about movement, plain and simple.

I grew up dancing at age 5 and have been fortunate to make a career out of it. After experiencing life as a dancer in New York City and learning more about determination, hope, struggle, and community than I ever thought I would, the transition to yoga seemed natural to me. Stepping onto my mat and out of the constant, electrifying buzz that is city life, gave me the opportunity to simply slow down. Yoga taught me how to breathe, how to really listen to my body and how to find more compassion for myself and for others.

What opened my eyes to a new form of compassion was my certification through The Prenatal Yoga Center. The course revealed to me how powerful and strong women are. It supported the truth that our bodies are designed to create life. We are capable of growing and birthing our babies. I wanted to continue to share this positive message throughout my yoga teaching. Women are intuitive beings, we must never forget this. When we layer this intuition with education, we feel more confident in the choices we make, whether we are pregnant or not.

Movement helps us to feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. Through this outlet, we learn greater lessons from ourselves. Building an online community to share more positive home and hospital birth stories with each other is another goal of mine. We must lift each other up and, support each other. Celebrate the path you are on, and know that your journey is beautiful and unlike anyone else’s, but respect that each one of us takes our own route. Taking better care of ourselves opens our hearts to take better care of others. That is what makes the world a richer place.

Our bodies are designed to create life. We are capable of growing and birthing our babies. I wanted to continue to share this positive message throughout my yoga teaching. Women are intuitive beings, we must never forget this. When we layer this intuition with education, we feel more confident in the choices we make, whether we are pregnant or not.

I am thrilled to share my videos and this website with other women to remind them of their own intuitive power.

Amy performing pregnant yoga

 

YOGA CREDITS:

  • Sonic Yoga – Center for Yoga Studies; 200 hour certification
  • Prenatal Yoga Center; 60 hour certification
  • Both schools are based in NYC, my second home
  • Guiding, empowering and inspiring women on their prenatal journey since 2008

 

DANCE CREDITS:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Dance Performance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA: I love this city that loves you right back…
  • Radio City Rockette: 3 seasons of holiday kicking, and the honor of being a part of this legacy…
  • "42nd St." Broadway Cast: A dream come true. And yes, I can tap dance on stairs…
  • "Spamalot" First National Tour: I may have peed my tights laughing so hard while performing this show…
  • "Barnum" Regional Production: Where I learned to fly…

 

MOM/LIFE CREDITS

  • Wesley, Clara, George and Rory's mama: where I laugh, love, learn, struggle, smile, cry, doubt myself, find confidence, and see the magic of the world in a new way
  • Acceptance: what I'm still working on as my journey unfolds. With the physical changes from pregnancy to postpartum, I continue to work on this mantra of acceptance for this new shape.  With my self care practices, I have found renewed strength, peace and acceptance.  In this season of my life, I may have less freedom than I did before I had children, but the love shared and received is imcomparable to any other experience.  I wouldn't change a single thing.
  • Gratitude: finding these moments daily, in the small things. Kids are great at this. You'll quickly remember how fun it is to be grateful for spaghetti, a cozy blanket, or the bright yellow dandelions covering the yard.

 

  • Stepping outside of my comfort zone: If we "stay safe" our whole lives, we'll miss out on discovering how to fall, and then fly. You might fall a few more times in between, but it is not in vain. The path is not a straight line. Open your eyes, heart and arms wide open then take that leap! Sometimes throwing yourself off balance is how you find balance. I never thought I'd run more than 5 minutes straight. Now, I enjoy challenging myself with new races, each year. This video and website project is a huge leap of faith. I'm still scared, but I know the path is leading me in the right direction… Thanks for being here for it!
  • Patience: I am very much a work in progress with this one! But, I work on it, I breathe, I try again. The reminders that I give as I teach my classes are also for myself to hear. Teaching yoga brings me back to balance. It helps me to not take life too seriously and find more patience. Who needs to really stress about their child dumping the ingredients on the floor when you're in the midst of baking a healthy snack?! I shift my perspective, because life is messy, right?
 
 

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