About Amy

Greetings.  My name is Amy, and I am an amateur.

from the online etymology dictionary:

amateur
1784, “one who has a taste for (something),” from Fr. amateur “lover of,” from O.Fr., from L. amatorem (nom. amator) “lover,” from amatus, pp. of amare “to love” (see Amy). Meaning “dabbler” (as opposed to professional) is from 1786.

Update: 05 January 2012

My very first yoga class was a one semester class for college credit …. sometime in the early 80s.  I loved that class, and I remember that the teacher was from the Iyengar tradition.  She was friendly, and laughed easily, and had ways of describing how to move that gave me an insight, and opened an awareness into my body that I had never had.  I was busy with school and a crazy life, so when the semester was over, so was my early introduction to yoga.

While I didn’t realize it then, that first class had awakened something deep within me, and my return to yoga was inevitable.  Even so, it was many years before I tried yoga again. When I finally did, it was with a clear physical focus: to increase my flexibility, and to supplement my weight workouts.  I was an athlete, and wanted to be fit. Yoga was an adjunct to my overall physical fitness.

I dabbled.  I was a yoga dabbler.

Over the years, I experienced many different somatic practices.  Bodywork, breath work, focused meditation, dance.  Somewhere along the line, I got more serious about my yoga practice. Yoga became about more than just exercise. It became a way of life. I practiced with many different teachers, took seminars, studied. I read books, I learned, I questioned, I (re)discovered my own spirituality. I learned a bit of Sanskrit, studied Buddhism, and sang kirtan.  Bhakti yoga gave me back my love for god, and helped me define my own faith.  I apprenticed with amazing yoga teachers who taught me how to teach, and then I taught for a while, learning even more from my students.

Then life changed again, as it does.

Today, I am both serious yoga student and doubtful dabbler.  I am still an amateur. Maybe even a better amateur than I have ever been.  I have no idea, as of today, where this blog will lead, or where my yoga practice is going.

I am/it is evolving.

Come along, share the journey if you like.  Read and listen, contemplate, post a comment, share your own story, and/or connect with me here.  It is the sharing of our journeys that teaches us what we most need to learn, and brings us the great blessing of community.

Namaste, my friends, and many blessings on your own journey ~

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22 thoughts on “About Amy”

  1. Amy I love your philosophy keep writing!

  2. Thanks, Gilly, for saying so. 🙂 And I am glad to see you here!

  3. thanks for subscribing to my blog.. hope you enjoy the images as much as i enjoy sharing them…. hoping to see you on my blog often..

  4. I like your philosophy, Amy. What a great thing an amateur is! And ‘dabbler’ happens to one of my favorite words — love the sound of it. I believe I am a dabbler. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and seeing my bit of dabbling today.

    • Dabbler is a wonderful word, isn’t it? It is as much fun to say as it is to do 🙂 Welcome to a fellow dabbler! Thanks for coming by.

  5. Great. Etymology is so interesting 🙂

  6. Thanks a lot for subscribing to my blog 🙂 tried to look for your public email but I couldn’t find any. Love your site.. used to do yoga a lot before. I’m inspired to go back to it now 🙂

    • Hi Miles – if you want to email me direct, you can use the contact form on the site. That gets to my email, and saves on spam. 🙂 Glad you came by – and let me know if you get back to your yoga!

  7. Hi Amy, thanks for visiting and following my blog. Keep meaning to give yoga a go as does amazing things to your body, but yet to try, so hopefully will get some ideas from your site! Thanks.

    • Hi Susie, and welcome aboard! Thanks for following here too. This site keeps evolving, so hopefully there will be something here you find useful. Happy to ‘meet’ you!

  8. I’m happy to read those journeys.Looks like we share something in common- loving life! Have fun with each post you make…. Stay blessed.

  9. i love etymology, too! and the word dabbler, and also the word dribbling just for the record! happy blogging 🙂

  10. You have a great blogs (I have checked all three). Poetry, photography, health, spiritual journey; your work has a unique combination of creativity and spirituality. Entertaining as well as educational, a delightful read that often offers mind calming peace. Ohm Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

    • Yatin, thank you for your kind comments. Only two of my blogs are active – this one and Radical Amazement. I no longer post on South of Sabai, as that felt like a completed journey. I guess you summed it all up ~ the nature of my life feels like a creative spiritual journey! 🙂 Hope to see you around more ~ I will come by your blog and have a look!

  11. Hi Amy, I lived with you during South of Sabai and I’m still with you with this blog. Never can get too much of your wisdom and way with words and may your puppies bring additional joy and possibilities to your life. Gayle

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