My name is Amy Harper. I am a Certified International Yoga Therapist, meditation teacher, transformational and life/trauma transformation coach and hypnotherapist.
My life's path changed In August of 1997, I fractured my spine in several places in a water sport accident. It was a rough road of healing. It was uncertain in the beginning if I would walk again.
My Physical Therapist recommended yoga to me to build my flexibility and strength. He Probably saw that I needed it for my mind and heart too. It wasn't easy for me in the beginning, I didn't really like yoga. It seemed boring, slow, and well, blah. I was stiff and those poses were uncomfortable. My mind was crazy busy and I couldn't shut it off. Something kept me going though. Soon I learned the magic of yoga and it took hold of me. So two years later, in 1999, I became a certified yoga instructor.
Yes, life has thrown me some curve balls, a difficult childhood, divorce, loss of my brother and close friends, injuries, my beautiful challenging teenagers…
But through yoga, and self growth work, I was able to see the gift in these challenges. I was able to dig deep into some uncomfortable places and find my strengths. It put me on my path of continuing education and some deep soul searching. To grow and learn, to collect a wide variety of tools, and to not only heal myself, but to pass on what I have learned to others.
My tool box
My tool box consists of C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 hrs, certified Pilates instructor (BASI), certified yoga for teens, intuitive axiatonal/reiki (energy) healer, hypnotherapist, certified transformation life coach, and Past Life and Life between Lives regression practitioner. I also teach different meditation techniques for pain and stress management.
I've worked in yoga studios, drug rehabs, and the corporate world. Companies like Wet Seal and Johnson and Johnson. I work with physicians, physical and mental health therapists, and chiropractors. I've also worked with high school sport teams, professional athletes, Fortune 500 executives, and stressed out moms.
I'm blessed to have studied and followed some amazing people, teachers and gurus.
Thank you to Nancy Ruby, Amy Wheeler, Christine Fisher, Chris Hoff, T. Krishnamacharya, TKV Desikachar, Sri Ramana Maharshi, Mooji, Byron Katie, Brene Brown, Eckhart Tolle, Jon Kabit-Zinn and LIFE, Pieter Eilsen, Dolores Cannon (QHHT), Michael Newton
Influential asana teachers: Gary Kraftsow, Erich Schiffmann, Ana Forrest, Rod Stryker. attended workshops with luminaries in LA and Orange County, like Shiva Rea, John Friend, Judith Lasater, Seane Corne, Amy Weintraub, Leslie Kaminoff.
I work, play, and live in Orange County, California. You will find me here on my mountain bike or yoga mat, or hanging with my two kids and dog “Lucy.” These are my biggest teachers.
I am blessed. I'm one of the lucky ones because I love what I do! With a heart full of gratitude…Amy
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