Where Science Meets Spirit

Amanda McMaine is an internationally-recognized yoga teacher and therapist who has spent her life in an intense study of body movement and a search for what truly frees and inspires our lives.

Her precise, gentle, and clear teaching style continues to evolve from more than 42 years of experience 'on the mat' — offering a practice that is both grounded in practical, technically-precise asana and transformed by breath and the subtle body.

In addition to serving as director and lead trainer for the 200- and 300-hour Yoga Immersion & Teacher Training Programs, she is an owner at The Essence of Yoga Center.


Amanda’s background includes a lifelong immersion into all the limbs of yoga, and being profoundly influenced by the world’s greatest teachers, such as Angela Farmer, Judith Lasater, Doug Keller, B. K. S. Iyengar, Donna Farhi, Thomas Myers, and Richard Miller.

She holds a master’s degree in dance and kinesiology, Yoga Alliance certification as an experienced-registered yoga teacher at the 500 level, yoga therapist, and advanced certification in iRest Yoga Nidra.


Amanda teaches from a broad knowledge base, with freshness, warmth, and eloquence of language, as well as insights gained from decades of focused introspection on this ancient practice.

She believes that by beginning in stillness, breathing deeply, and expanding into movement, we connect to the inner core that creates and supports alignment in even the most challenging poses.

Amanda's teaching has an underlying thread of strengthening trust in oneself and realizing one's true nature.

Her understanding of yoga’s essence and her experience in teaching allows her classes to be spontaneous, fluid, and accommodating to all levels of students.


She focuses on the therapeutic aspects of asana, pranayama, and meditation and offers a unique experience that weaves the stages of yoga nidra into the fabric of her classes and workshops. iRest yoga nidra has brought a richness and depth to both her practice and teaching that she could never have imagined! Amanda offers group sessions in yoga nidra, as well as dyad work. All of her classes end with a yoga nidra experience.

The Essence of Yoga Immersion & Teacher Training

Interested in deepening your practice through a series of 12 or 18, monthly weekend workshops? Consider the immersive 200- and 300-hour programs through The Essence of Yoga Center.