“Amy brings intelligence and compassion to this collaboration,
plus x-ray vision and gifted touch.”
I have been investigating mindfulness and self-expression since childhood. I began learning Alexander Technique in 1989, and became a certified teacher in 1995 after completing my training with Alan Katz. I am a certified teaching member of Alexander Technique International. I created Way Opens Center to bring together people interested in learning and teaching bodymind methods of awakening. I have taught at Yale, Villanova, Brooklyn College, and along the banks of the Delaware Canal. I hold teacher qualification status from the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School and have been leading classes in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) since 2014. I enjoy practicing Qigong and offering classes throughout the Philadelphia area and beyond.
I originally trained as an actor/director, and I’d heard of Alexander Technique (AT) for years before I finally decided to try it. After earning my M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU, I became an editor and writer and spent most of my time sitting at a desk during the day and in theater seats at night. When I first began my lessons I had very little awareness of my body, and almost no knowledge of my anatomy or how it was designed to function. Many people seek out AT for pain relief, but I was numb in a variety of ways, and I had a vague notion that something was “off.” I felt disconnected somehow and I thought maybe I needed more than the yoga or psychotherapy I was already doing. A good friend kept raving about the positive results he was getting from his Alexander lessons, so I made an appointment. From my first lesson I knew that this was the right path for me, and my study of Alexander Technique was a turning point that began a series of significant and lasting changes in my life. My fascination with this process has never faded, and I feel blessed that I get to share the work with others.
As for the path of Vipassana, over the years I made many attempts to establish a regular meditation practice, going strong for a few weeks but eventually tapering off and stopping altogether, only to pick it back up again later and repeating the same pattern. I admired the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and took workshops with him when he came to New York, and that always infused me with new determination to practice regularly, but my cushion inevitably ended up in the corner gathering dust, along with my good intentions. It wasn’t until I took the full 8-week MBSR course in 2010 that I was able to find the discipline to meditate every day. I began to notice how lousy I felt on the days I forgot or chose not to, and that was proof enough for me. I have continued to move ever deeper into the fascinating reality called “mindfulness practice,” and now I cannot imagine my life without it.
Find out more about me and my work by reading my blog posts here, and at Moving Into Mindfulness.