“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. In 2010, 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 am completing my teacher training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and I enjoy leading Qigong classes throughout the Philadelphia area.
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 grad school 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 (I wrote reviews). 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. Unlike many people who seek out AT, I was not in physical pain; I just had a vague notion that something was “off.” I felt disconnected from myself 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.
I am an active member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). A significant portion of what I do is considered my ministry in the world.
Find out more about me and my work by reading my blog, Moving Into Mindfulness.