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From Change Blossoms Amanda Trevelino Yoga

By Jake Levin

Amanda Trevelino didn't step on to a yoga mat until she had turned 40 years old. She was trying to heal and change something about herself, she recalled, and discovered the profoundly healing modality that is yoga. Tired of her career, she underwent 1,000 hours of formal training to become a certified yoga therapist. The end result has been her eponymous studio, Amanda Trevelino Yoga, located in Atlanta, Ga.

Her teaching style encourages inquiry, while she in turn offers lots of permission.

"Instead of leading power yoga, I lead my clients to personal empowerment," Trevelino said. "I spend a great deal of time teaching about the breath and working toward balancing the nervous system. When our nervous system shifts to a parasympathetic state, the whole person relaxes and deep healing can take place."

Perhaps the coolest thing about Trevelino's studio is the destination retreats she offers to students. Trevelino has taken her students abroad to Costa Rica, as well as the American Southwest in Sedona, Ariz. There are also her micro retreats, or 'yoga stay-cations," in which students can work out of her own private studio called Santosha. Santosha is secluded in an acre of woodlands tucked away in a residential area.

Groups at Santosha are on the small side, and timeframes can vary from an hour to a day. Students will learn skills such as meditation, ways to improve their breathing, therapeutic movement, experiencing Thai massage, or even hosting their very own wellness parties.

"These "micro-retreats" are convenient, customizable and help us learn to bring 'santosha,' which means finding contentment from within, into our daily lives in meaningful ways," Trevelino said.

Clientele for Trevelino has a wide range, from beginners to experts. Some may be recovering from an injury, others may simply want to improve their golf swing. Some clients are practicing yoga for serious matters, such as recovery from addiction and as treatment for anxiety. Others may just want to work yoga into their personal schedule.

"There are spinal cord injured practitioners who don't walk, but who want to adapt yoga to their bodies," Trevelino said. "Some are runners who seek greater mobility. I've taught people as young as four and as old as 84. All know that I care about them."

In order to find out everything else there is to know about Amanda Trevelino Yoga, visit her website, www.yoga-amanda.com.

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