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 have gained an expansion of my yogic understanding to include the realm of the physical body. I now have the language, information, attitude of openness and exploration to teach not only metaphysics but anatomy, kinesiology and physiology. On top of that, I’ve gained a teacher, colleagues, community, support, a challenging environment, a place to grow, a ton of maps and tools as well as a deeper personal practice. What I have learned is now me so I use it when I am student, teacher, consumer, friend, wife…

—Julia Pearring, yoga teacher

In my teaching — of yoga, art appreciation, acting, speech, and reading to adults — I often repeat what I heard from Amy years ago, “It’s not what you are doing, but do you know what you are doing.” Practices in Embodied Teaching feeds my curiosity about and hones my ability to know what it is that I am doing and saying — which may be different than what I think I’m doing or want to be doing. This consciousness has opened up a whole new world, wherein my teaching is significantly more specific and clear, I am less tired as a teacher, more honest about my own experiences, and better able to see what is there vs. what I am looking for. In short, this program has helped me see how I am both a part of and separate from the message I am sharing in any given context, and has helped me practice making choices accordingly.

—Alyson Schacherer, teacher, actor, director