Amy Landry – A Modern Yogi

Posted on September 29, 2013 by Trace

Introducing inspiring Yogi || Amy Landry || in this super-sped-up flow, filmed at the stunning sanctuary that is Desa Seni, in beautiful Canggu, Bali. (One of HC’s preferred places for Yoga, Where to..When in..) Amy is a teacher – and forever a student – in Newcastle, Australia, but envisions a future teaching not only within the Australian community, but also internationally.  She teaches classes at Verve For Life & Yoga Loft Newcastle. Amy has studied and practiced in a variety of styles, including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Purna, Yin, Power and Hatha Yoga – from many of the great inspiring teachers known worldwide today. She is devoted to sharing the ancient practices with others as well as helping each soul to find their individual flow and full potential.

Don’t compare your yoga practice to others’. We are all our own unique constitution, so are designed to be different. Spend more time getting to know your own body, and listening to the subtle messages it is sending you in every moment.

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Interview with Amy Landry ⤵♀

Amy.Landry.Om.Yoga.CoverAmy featured in an interview with Practice Wellness

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How long have you practiced yoga, and how did you start?

I began practicing Vinyasa Yoga in 2006, whilst I traveled abroad working as a professional dancer on cruise ships. Another Australian dancer, whom is still a close friend, introduced me to Bryan Kest. I was immediately captivated. I felt Yoga offered the same fluidity and expression as dance, with the added spiritual practice I’d been longing for.
I now love an aligned based vinyasa practice, whilst applying Ayurvedic principles, tailoring the practice to my needs and the season.

Share three lessons yoga has taught you.

  1. Injuries are a message for you. Be grateful for them. Learn from them. Sometimes the message is obvious. Sometimes it’s a lot more subtle!
  2. To slow down, physically, mentally, and emotionally. And, to slow down my breath.
  3. That it is important to have SPACE. Space in the body, space in the mind, and space in your day for stillness and quiet.Amy.Landry.Headstand

How often do you practise?

As all teachers can relate, my practice varies. When I began practicing in 2006, I was practicing almost 6 days a week, every week. Now as a teacher, it ebbs and flows. It can be twice a week, it can be five times a week. Sometimes I’m at a studio, often it’s a home practice – self guided, or a class on YogaGlo. I’m moving every day, as I teach almost every day – but the value and connection is found when I’m doing my practice, for me, and only me. I love getting to workshops and master classes in Sydney as often as possible.

Do you meditate?

Yes, although not as often as I’d like. My favourite ‘method’ of meditation is Japa Mala, and also Mantra meditation. I also enjoy tratak, mindfulness, and a little Yoga Nidra every now and then. I intend to book in for a 10 day Vipassana ‘retreat’. It’s on the bucket list!

What do you find most challenging about yoga or meditation?

In this very moment of my life, consistently having the space, quiet, and privacy to have a solid home practice is probably the number one most difficult thing for me. Often I take my practice outdoors. However, it’s invaluable to have a sacred space inside your home.

Your favourite yoga pose and why.

Oh that’s a tough one! Currently, my favourite arm balance is Ashtavakrasana. My favourite hip opener would be Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon Pose). Ustrasana (Camel Pose) is a beautiful heart opening back bend. And finally, I love Compass Pose for it’s hamstring lengthening, spinal rotating goodness!

Name one book that changed your perspective.

The Power Of Now, by Eckhart Tolle. And so many more!

Best piece of advice?

Don’t compare your yoga practice to others’. We are all our own unique constitution, so are designed to be different. Spend more time getting to know your own body, and listening to the subtle messages it is sending you in every moment.

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To learn more about Amy see her website
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(pictures above via Amy’s website & facebook)

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If you are curious about Japa Mala (Amy’s meditation mentioned above)
read more information via Byron Yoga

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