I was raised in a large, close-knit family in South Carolina. When I was 10 we moved to Florida, where time slows down and people wear flip-flops year round. In the Sunshine State, afternoon thunderstorms come and go with the wind. Gators and manatees swim freely through canals in your back yard. I grew accumstomed to bridges, boats and beaches, stifling humidity and breath taking sunsets. I spent warm nights hanging out with friends in the dunes or under the bridge while the mosquitoes ate us alive.
I earned my first teaching certification from the University of Texas at Austin, with a degree in Applied Learning and Development. I learned that the more engaged a student is physically and psychologically in the learning process, the deeper and broader the understanding will be.
I rediscovered this lesson when I began practicing Yoga.
After I graduated from UT I wanted to see more of the world, so I spent the next year and a half as an au pair in Frankfurt and did the one thing my daddy told me not to do: I met and fell in love with a German boy. We moved back to the States and I started working as a flight attendant, flying out of Boston and later New York City, to countless beautiful (and a few not so beautiful) places around the world.
My „Yoga moment“ happened in a modest Iyengar Studio in Boston back in ’98. On my walk home after my first class I felt like I was floating and grounded at the same time. I wanted to learn more.
The nightmare of September 11 was another pivitol point in my life. I decided to leave flying and combine two of my passions: Yoga and Teaching. I completed my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Om Yoga with Cyndi Lee. Shortly thereafter my husband and I moved back to Germany and things moved quickly. Within a few weeks I met Beata Korioth and Nicole Bongartz and Lord Vishnus Couch Yoga Studio was created. The doors of our first Yoga Studio opened in Febuary of 2003 and we hosted our first annual German Yoga Conference in May of 2004.
Thousands of bare feet have walked the floors of our (now three) locations in Cologne. We’ve trained hundreds of great souls to teach Yoga at Vishnus Couch and hosted amazing Yoga teachers from around the world. The Couch has grown to be a Yoga-hub in Europe.
My interest in helping students to create an personalized practice, based on their unique needs and goals, led me to Svastha Yoga Therapy Training with Dr. Günther Niessen and Dr. Ganeseh Mohan. I learned how to work safely and effectively with students with disabilities and illnesses.
A few good friends and my trustworthy inner guidance led me to an Integrative Breathing Therapy Training with Tilke Platteel-Deur, Hans Mensink and Heidi Stein, where I learned to recognize, feel, channel and release energy and emotions.
I have training in systemic pschotherapy, which address people not only on the individual level, but also as a part of a interconnected system.
I’m honored to sing on both David Lurey’s Global Bhakti Project and Petros & Friends:Embrace CDs. My love of Kirtan lead me to Jai Utall’s Bhakti Summer Camp in 2015.
I have three fabulous daughters who remind me to slow down, not be so serious, and appreciate the simple things. My journey rolls along like a river, sometimes forcefully, at times pooling, othertimes meandering, back to the sea.
Amy Heger’s CREDENTIALS
- Bachlor of Science in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin.
- Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher
- 200-hour E-RYT
- 300-hour training in Yoga Therapy
- 500 RYT
- 3 year Integrative Breath Therapy Training
- Faculty for both 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training program and 300-Hour Plus Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Program.
- Heilpratiker für Psychotherapie (natural health practioner in psychotherapy)