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.

Amy’s classes in Developmental Fundamentals [of body movement] are akin to a fine wine… that permeates your entire being. An ambrosia enters through the channels of all your senses. You hear her voice and words, and follow her suggestions. The effects travel like an essence, an aroma, taste and texture, that reaches your belly and your brain with a surprising warmth like wine that seeps and spreads through the blood system and effects your awareness. However, unlike wine, her work is planted and takes root and follows you out the door, creating subtle and thorough changes.

—Judith Feldman

Amy Matthews has thoroughly studied many somatic approaches like Laban/Bartenieff, Body-Mind Centering, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, and the spirals work of Irene Dowd, so her yoga is informed by a lot of skillful, excellent stuff. But the way her classes unfold is easy, like a treasure hunt through the body’s landscape, one simple step at a time. She is flexible enough to meet each teaching moment with surprising appropriateness. When I am around Amy, I always feel better, and I am always learning.

—Doug MacKenzie