Yoga Teacher Amberly Rowland
My journey with yoga started like most, in a gym, roughly 15 years ago. Unlike my workouts, which focused on getting energy out, yoga brought my attention to the energy living inside, and taught me how to harness that energy in a positive way. However, it wasn’t until 2014 that I started to practice yoga with any real regularity. Facing a crossroads in my life, I decided to trade in alcohol and other self-destructive coping mechanisms for healthier, more healing alternatives. I started practicing frequently at A Gentle Way and other local spaces. Six months later, I decided to follow my dream of going through a Yoga Teacher Training program at another studio. Unsure of how challenging a teacher-training program would be on my body, I finally went in for an MRI on my hips that my doctor had suggested the previous year. After 6 years of pain in my right hip, I was diagnosed with a rare form of sarcoma in my left hip. I immediately went through 25 rounds of radiation treatments and wide surgical resection of my left hip flexor in September of 2015. Two months later, I found my way back to the mat and jumped at the opportunity to delve into the AGW program. I have no doubt in my mind that the universe guided me to this studio. Yoga saved my life in several ways. I feel blessed to be healthy and sense that it is my calling to share the healing practice of yoga with others.
In addition to my profound love of yoga, I share a mutual affection for Jazzercise and any other form of exercise that allows me to dance. I am a wife, and mother of 2 amazing little boys and 2 crazy little dogs. I am currently working on my Masters in Human Clinical Integrative Nutrition and my day job is spent finding the perfect gifts for corporate incentive meetings. Like most of us, I am unsure of what tomorrow will bring, but I am committed to breathing and moving through whatever comes my way, appreciating all of life’s gifts, and dancing in the sun, as well as the rain.