Yoga with Amanda at The Shambhala Center of Lexington

SATURDAY, October 5, 2019 • 12:30PM – 3:30PM


The Lexington Shambhala Center is excited to announce that Amanda McMaine will be bringing her yoga workshops to the Lexington Shambhala Center, beginning on October 5th, 12:30 - 3:30 pm.

Amanda’s spontaneous and gentle, yet precise style of teaching grows directly out of her 42 years of experience ‘on the mat’ and can easily accommodate all levels of students. Her classes are ‘somatic meditations,’ or meditations in movement, as she guides students in understanding how the physical body is designed to contain, move and express pranic energy, both on the mat and in their daily lives. Beginning in stillness and slowly allowing the breath to initiate movement, Amanda crafts a creative, organic, and deeply-integrating progression in the poses. The incorporation of yoga nidra into the practice completes the journey, inviting deep relaxation, vibrant embodied wholeness, connection to Source, and harmony with the world.

If you have yoga props, please bring them! Extras will be available for those who don’t have their own. A yoga mat, 4 blankets, strap, 2 blocks.

Cost: $60 *$10 discount available for members of the Lexington Shambhala Center*

Weekend Workshop with Amanda

SATURDAY, November 2, 2019 • 12:30PM – 3:30PM


Amanda's spontaneous, insightful, yet precise teaching style grows directly out of 42 years of experience on the mat. Her guidance, which encourages interoceptive awareness and mindful embodiment, fosters self-discovery, and transformation while allowing students to experience the essence of yoga for themselves — a union of body, mind, and spirit. Expect an afternoon of inspired, intelligent instruction as you enter the world of movement, breath, and spirit — a journey toward a new level of healing presence, peaceful equilibrium, and empowering self-care. The time with Amanda will fill your yoga practice with fresh insights for months to come!

Cost: $60 *$10 discount available for The Essence of Yoga Center graduates*

Trauma-Informed Yoga Training with Cindy Reed

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, APRIL 18–19, 2020   • 10AM – 6PM


This weekend training is taught by Cindy Reed, LCSW, a yoga and mindfulness instructor, and a Certified Daring Way™ facilitator. Participants will earn continuing education credits through Yoga Alliance, and become certified to teach trauma-informed yoga classes. In partnership with Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center, this CEU creates a bridge between students who participate in this training and the many opportunities to volunteer and to serve populations in need across the region.

Through experiential practice and collaborative discussion, participants will gain an understanding of the neuroscience of trauma, examine key themes of trauma-informed yoga practice and teaching, explore research that supports yoga as a force for creating positive change in students’ experience of trauma, and learn tools, techniques, and contraindications for teaching trauma-informed yoga.

Topics Include:

  • Neuroscience of trauma and why yoga helps

  • Key themes of trauma-informed yoga – safety, empowerment, choice

  • Using yoga nidra in trauma-informed practice and teaching

  • Yoga techniques for survivors – choosing appropriate pranayama, asana, and meditative tools

  • Next steps – service, community, and advocacy

Prerequisite: Participants must have completed at least a 200-hour yoga teacher training. Registration with Yoga Alliance is not required.

Required Texts:

  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga in Therapy – by David Emerson

  • Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga –  by David Emerson

Cost: $250 *discount available for The Essence of Yoga Center graduates*

Dear Amanda,
I wanted to share with you once again what a profound effect your yoga workshop had on me. It’s like everything has shifted into “real time” after years of living in fast motion. Sunday I spent some time cleaning the house, a task I usually feel a lot of negative energy around. This day I cleaned slowly and lovingly and almost joyfully. At work today I moved much more slowly and clearly. Instead of rushing to a meeting and feeling a pushing sensation throughout it, I felt much more peaceful and relaxed. I’ve listened to your new CDs and have found them so useful already. I love it that they are composed of awareness experiences as opposed to strictly asana instruction. I have been doing a regular Buddhist, sitting meditation practice for about 3 years and have found it quite useful. But nothing feels as profound or transformative to me as the experiences that you lead. Maybe the fact that I’ve done the sitting meditation helps me go in deeply. Anyway, you are on to something, girl! And I am grateful that I get to taste it. Many thanks for sharing what I know must be years and years of deeeeeeep work. I feel so blessed that you live close by and I get to learn from you.
— Love, Anita Courtney

Dear Amanda,
Another thing I’d like to share with you 5 days after your workshop. I’ve been listening to one of the awareness experiences on your new cd’s every day. It’s usually at night before bed. Last night as I lay in bed after listening to one, it felt as if a very tightly coiled, tangled ball inside me was unraveling and gently untangling itself. An interesting sensation!
— Namaste, Anita

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.