Five Pillars Yoga

Amanda Taylor

Where are you from?
I’m a bit of a nomad. I grew up in San Francisco, Atlanta and NYC.

How did you come to Yoga? 
My amazing grandmother, now 95, began practicing yoga and meditation in the ‘70s. She is always focused, present and generous in spirit and a great inspiration in myriad ways. She switched to Pilates at 85 and now goes three times a week. She still meditates. She’s proof this stuff works.

How and when did your yoga practice begin?
My physical practice began about 25 years ago; it took me many years to develop a more spiritual practice. The physical is easy, the internal more challenging but infinitely more rewarding.

Who inspires you?
My grandmother, my children, nature, laughter, kindness.

How would you describe your teaching style?
Vigorous, fun.

Which posture helps you Go Deep?
Savasana. Being still is a challenge for me.

Silence or music in class?
It really depends on the type of class. Sometimes the quiet can be nice when one lives in NYC. At the same time, great music makes a vigorous vinyasa class more of a sensory experience and can keep you going when you’re tired. I love all kinds of music, from jazz to rock, flamenco to classical. I like to mix it up.

Personal Motto or Mantra?
Life is too important to be taken seriously.

Complete the sentence: I practice because….
It makes me a better person all around.