Amy Matthews

Amy Matthews, CMA, IDME, BMC Teacher, RSMT/RSME has been teaching movement since 1994. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, a Body-Mind Centering® Teacher, an Infant Developmental Movement Educator, and a yoga therapist and yoga teacher.

Amy co-authored with Leslie Kaminoff the best-selling book Yoga Anatomy (published by Human Kinetics), and together Amy and Leslie lead The Breathing Project’s Advanced Studies Program.

Amy co-teaches the BMC® & Yoga programs in NYC (with Roxlyn Moret) and in Berkeley, CA (with Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen) for the School for Body-Mind Centering, and was on the faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies for 10 years. She has taught embodied anatomy and movement workshops for programs in New York, Philadelphia, Florida, Nebraska, and Berkeley, CA in the USA, and internationally in Canada, Israel, Ireland, England, Slovakia, Switzerland and Japan.

Amy also works privately as a yoga teacher and movement therapist, integrating Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, yoga, Body-Mind Centering and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF).

Amy is certified as a yoga teacher by Yoga Union and Heart of Yoga, and as a Motherhand Shiatsu practitioner. She is registered with ISMETA as a Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator, with IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) and has been registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-500 RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher).

Amy has participated several times in Gil Hedley’s dissection workshops, and studied kinesthetic anatomy with Irene Dowd, and BMC with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. She has studied yoga with Alison West, Mark Whitwell, Genny Kapular and Kevin Gardiner, and full-contact karate with Sensei Michelle Gay.

I’ve learned a lot with Amy: about Yoga, BMC, LMA… and the most important: about teaching, the way she teaches (for me) is very clear, precise, simple… and the same time is full of a combination of her presence, compassion and an absolute respect for what you are and “your moment” that I haven’t seen it before.

—Carmen Velez

I went to see Amy to learn more about my feet.  I wanted to learn how to use my foot muscles better and how to walk better.  She helped me with both of these concerns.  She analyzes you as an individual.  Amy feels it may be possible for some people to learn to wean themselves off orthotics.  This is a novel idea in orthopedics and I think she is right.  I know this is a novel idea because I have been a physical therapist for 20 years and never hear this idea being discussed.   Her approach is refreshing and valuable.

—Howard Nelson PT