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Bio


Amanda Stokes

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Bio


Amanda Stokes

 

Amanda is an experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) in Toronto with a passion for educating her students on why we practice and how to do so safely. She teaches in an approachable, lighthearted manner; creating intelligent sequences that are fun and engaging yet challenging.

Having completed her 200 HR Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Space; Amanda credits her depth and understanding of the body and breath to her teachers, Kathryn Beet and Patricia White. Her love and knowledge of yogic philosophy was inspired by the renowned vedic philosopher, Hali Schwartz; who opened the door to a whole new (spiritual) world for her.

A keen believer in the body’s ability to heal itself, Amanda is pleased to offer Yoga, Reiki, and Thai Yoga Massage to assist others in restoring balance in their lives.

Styles of yoga: Hatha, Vinyasa, Power, Core Flow, Pre-natal, Restorative, Yin, Trauma Sensitive Yoga and SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboard) Yoga.

View additional training here.

Photography courtesy of Nathan White.

 
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" I disagree wholeheartedly with the old adage 'No pain, No gain'. I believe it should be natural to experience no pain during your workout and my philosophy leans more heavily in the direction of 'If it feels good, do it (if not, please don’t!)'. My classes emphasize body awareness and inner listening, not just attaining the perfect posture."

                                    -  Amanda Stokes

 

 

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" I disagree wholeheartedly with the old adage 'No pain, No gain'. I believe it should be natural to experience no pain during your workout and my philosophy leans more heavily in the direction of 'If it feels good, do it (if not, please don’t!)'. My classes emphasize body awareness and inner listening, not just attaining the perfect posture."

                                    -  Amanda Stokes

 

 

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Yoga & Healing


Yoga & Healing


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Healing


TESTIMONIALS

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TESTIMONIALS


"Amanda brings her passion and knowledge to the mat.  My first session balanced the right amount newness, mental focus, physical challenge and fun. For myself as someone who never tried yoga before, I can say Amanda's introduction was truly a gift!"           - Andrew Keyes

 

"Amanda is very patient, attentive and creative. She always challenges me with something new, while watching out for my personal needs."                                                                                                                                                                                                - Johnny Fay, The Tragically Hip, Toronto

 

"I had the privilege of being taught yoga by Amanda Stokes at The Body Holiday in August of 2013. Having recovered well from lower back surgery I was in need of a yoga teacher who could help me progress both the strength and suppleness of my lower back. I found Amanda to be very attentive in guiding and assisting me to reach the confidence, strength and suppleness required in various beginner and intermediate yoga poses through the sessions. She has a warm and friendly style through which her focussed and knowledgeable foundations and experience of yoga are shared. At the end of the sessions I had a new found confidence in the strength of my back and a range of yoga poses and routines to perform. That I was able to partake in 'yoga on a stand up paddle board' in the ocean should give you some sense of the progress I made in a short amount of time!  I highly recommend Amanda to anyone considering starting out in yoga and to those already well down the path. Namaste"
- Anthony W., in Guernsey

 

"Amanda is a playful, talented, kind and dedicated yoga teacher. Her unique and compassionate style awakens a passion for yoga in beginners and encourages more experienced students to grow in their practice. Amanda's teaching style centres and calms the mind while challenging the body. Peppered with understanding and humour her SUPYoga classes have converted me to being a lifelong fan!" 

- Elizabeth Minshaw. London, UK

 

"I am a 46 year old woman who hasn't exercised regularly in almost 20 years (I don't like gyms and I can't run due to knee injuries), so when a friend suggested I try yoga I was intrigued and intimidated. I finally gave it a try and luckily for me, Amanda was the instructor. She asked if there was anyone new to yoga and proceed to teach her hatha class in a way that someone completely new would be able to participate and also feel part of this new community. Her classes always have modifications for different levels of expertise - and in my case, levels of flexibility! And her soothing voice during savasanah always makes me relax.

I've been attending her classes for almost three months, and I'm hooked! I've lost close to 10 pounds and have gained the flexibility and inner peace that was much needed in my life.

I have a great respect and love for her as a teacher and a beautiful person. You can tell when someone loves what they do. I have no tolerance for incompetence, so I mean it when I say Amanda is a great teacher. I wouldn't have come back for class number two if she wasn't! Namaste."

                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Liz Henriques, Toronto
 

"You're a great teacher, with good vibes!"
                                                       - Brianne Gergovich, Toronto

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Additional Training

Amanda has also completed...

Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training with Dave Emerson & Jenn Turner, Kripalu Yoga Center, Massachusetts

Pre-Natal Yoga with Monica Voss, Esther Myers studio, Toronto.

Level I & II Thai Massage with Bahn Thai Spa, Toronto in association with ITM, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Level I & II Reiki Energy Healing with Leigh Bowen, Windy Feather Healing, Toronto

Anatomy of the Shoulder, Master Class with Tiffany Cruikshank, Toronto

Amanda spent a month in Rishikesh, India, practicing yoga, meditating, taking part in daily satsang and kirtan events, eating a satvic, vegan diet and living the complete ashram life. She spent most of her time at Anand Prakash Ashram, learning from internationally reknowned guru, Yogrishi Vishvketu, and ventured outside of the ashram to learn from Hatha Master, Surinder Singh at the Swasti Yoga Shala and Ashtanga Master, Deepak from the Tatvaa Shala.

Other continued educational workshops include Anatomy Training with Leslie Kaminoff (author of Yoga Anatomy), Yoga Hour: Intelligent Sequencing with Darren Rhodes, Pranayama and Traditional Hatha Yoga with Samantha Maha, Power Flow and Inversions with Chris Duggan, Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire Workshop at Chopra Yoga, Intro to Thai Massage with Drew Hume of Navina, Compassionate Sequencing with Annie Carpenter, Hands-On Adjustments with JP Tamblyn-Sabo, Yoga for Round Bodies with Tiina Veer, Yoga for Scoliosis with Andrea Peloso, Core Potential & Myofascial Release with Tiffany Cruikshank, etc.

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