Amanda Taylor is a native of Kentucky. For the past two and a half years she devoted herself to flute pedagogy and performance studies the Florida State University under the guidance of Eva Amsler. Prior to her graduate studies at FSU, she earned a Master's degree in performance at the University of Tennessee under Dr. Shelley Binder, who was trained by Louis Moyse. As a teacher of both yoga and flute she has witnessed her students succeed in different venues. She taught the section flutists at Maryville Intermediate School during the 5th grade's performance at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. She taught in academia as well, holding assistantships at both the University of Tennessee and Florida State University. Her current interest is teaching adult beginners. Amanda plays with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and also the Panama City POPS orchestra. Before moving to Florida she played with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Her yoga practice took a new role her life after a serious car accident in 2009; shortly after she began exploring different somatic practices in addition to yoga that included Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, and Dynamic Integration. She completed her RYT-200 hour yoga training under the guidance of Suzanne Harrell of the Many Rivers Yoga training.
There will be a yoga class every morning at 7AM for the early risers, which is free and open to anyone who wishes to participate. If you are interested in early morning yoga, we recommend you bring appropriate clothes and a yoga mat.
Amanda's classes focus on the healing, creative qualities of yoga by focusing on traditional breath control exercises paired with movement. She primarily teaches and practices flow yoga, but is inspired by the Anusara, Yin, and Kundalini practices. In addition to her RYT-200, Amanda has studied Reiki-an energy healing practice-for over two years, and holds a Reiki II certificate. She loves helping students explore thoughtful movements with their body guided by breath to enhance their musical experience. Yoga classes at Wildacres Flute Retreat will specially address the following: various yogic breathing techniques (pranayama) to aid with performance anxiety, strength-building postures that are geared towards performance health (asana), and a presentation of basic postures that students will be able to replicate at home.