Founder and Owner of YMS.
My philosophy is that move our bodies is necessary both to survival and to happiness. I believe that most of our intelligence is generated from physical experience and therefore physical practice is woven inextricably into spiritual, intellectual or religious practice.
I spent my time as an undergraduate studying comparative religions because I was interested in getting to the core of what it means to be human. I found that religion both in definition and when it is being practiced sincerely is a way to reconnect with the source.
I see the body as the fundamental connection to the natural world, both to the organisms of nature and to the nature of our mind which is inherently intelligent, warm and useful. When I teach yoga or other forms of movement my underlying desire is to help reconnect my students with the nature of their bodies and the nature of their minds. In order to do so I draw from a variety of traditions which include but are not limited to:
- Hatha Yoga
- Vinyasa Yoga
- Zen Meditation
- Tibetan Style Energy Work
- Movement Games and Improvisation
My training has been quite diverse. The most depth has been with yoga which is a form of movement, concentration and analysis that I have been working with formally since 2004 and teaching since 2009. My most significant yoga teachers include Will Walter, Kim Manfredi, Dharma Mittra, Nevine Michaan, Alex Auder and Marcy Vaughn.
Other forms that I've learned have been transmitted to me by Ido Portal through Johnny Sapinsoso, Zack Finer and Joseph Bartz. I’ve also done intensive work with Tom Weksler, Ron Wood, Vince Johnson, Lin Junming, Andy Taylor, Stany Mallet, Yann Hnautra, Rafe Kelley, Yuri Marmstein.
Finally I'd like to offer a saying that is quite potent for me:
PUT YOUR BODY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS
A violinist, turned yoga instructor, Noah Julian's experience with numerous movement modalities including various forms of yoga-asana, dance, martial arts, gymnastics, acrobatics and weightlifting has taken place well over a decade of serious study. In large part prompted by a crippling battle with rheumatoid arthritis, Noah began an education and comprehensive practice of self-study, movement, meditation and self-optimization. Noah continues his lifelong study, and daily practice, of these subjects and more while teaching movement, yoga and violin to students ranging from age 5 - 85. More info can be found online at www.NoahMoves.com.
Ron Wood started his exploration in martial arts and movement with high school wrestling. Catching the bug for hard work and constant improvement, he went on to attain black belts in Kenpo Karate under Tom Updegrove and the Joe Lewis Fighting Systems as well as the rank of contra mestre in ASCAB Capoeira from Mestre Doutor. In between, he has been able to explore many other martial forms and also had a 15 yr career as a professional hip hop dancer. Dance gave him the opportunity to travel the world, train with and learn from some of the greats in dance and experience different concepts and principles in movement. Always a student, teaching allows him to share his journey while being challenged to identify the best path for each individual's growth. Most important, remain childlike!
Alex’s love of acupuncture and sports medicine began as a Division I cross country and track athlete. During his time as a runner, Alex suffered from several running-related injuries that forced him to seek help beyond the athletic training facility. He found that sports acupuncture medicine was the only effective and lasting treatment modality for his injuries.
Alex has completed his masters degree in acupuncture at the WON Institute in Philadelphia. He has completed certifications in Functional Range Release Upper Extremities (FR), Functional Range Conditioning (FRCms), and has studied Acupressure and Tai Massage techniques at the WON Institute. Alex is an RYT certified yoga instructor.
Amanda knew it was her Dharma to share the healing practice of yoga since 2012 when her passion for yoga as a student inspired others to ask her to teach them. The love affair began after feeling anxious and unstable after dropping out of the University of the Arts, and feeling majorly disconnected from her body for many years. This practice catapulted a fire that would remain unextinguished. She completed formal training at the Dhyana Yoga 200hr in 2013. Soon after, she was teaching at their studios in Philadelphia. By 2015 she was leading Mediation and Chakra modules in their Teacher Training Program. She has since adopted the teachings of Alex Auder (Kula Yoga Project/Katonah Yoga) and Prana Flow as taught by Simon Park who she has been a student of since 2012. She has completed a 15hr immersion in the Bhakti lineage with Raghunath Cappo (2014), a 10hr postural adjustment training with David Regelin (2015) and the 75hr Eye of the Teacher Training with Alex Auder (2017). Currently she practices with Alex Auder and Simon Park as often as possible, and was featured in the Liquid Flow Teacher Training Manual for 2018. She aims to hold space for people to feel more than human, and experience the magic of yoga while humbly remaining a student to her most loved teachers. She can be found currently (2018) living in downtown Philly with her husband Edward B. Gieda III with whom she will be traveling to western Europe to teach yoga to his touring band An Albatross.
I began practicing yoga in 2011 after I graduated from college with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology. I became a certified personal trainer in 2014 while continuing to immerse myself into yoga. I had the urge to teach my personal training clients yoga as well as the desire to deepen my practice. I was initially drawn to the physical practice of yoga, and it transformed into a spiritual practice and way of life. I completed my 200hr YTT at Bombay Yoga in 2016 while also practicing Ashtanga. I've been teaching vinyasa style classes since 2016 with the goal of empowering and inspiring students develop their own relationship to yoga. Currently I'm in the 250hr YTT at YMS and enjoying learning different modalities of movement along with the influences of Katonah Yoga.