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Amanda Barbeau

Title:
Group Fitness Instructor

Background

Amanda works full-time at a public health and comparative effectiveness research non-profit in DC aimed at enabling patients and physicians to make informed decisions about their health, improve health outcomes, address health disparities, and produce high-integrity evidence-based information guided by patient-centered research. She completed her yoga training in Seattle, WA and is a Yoga Alliance certified 200 hr RYT. She teaches vinyasa, hatha, restorative/yin yoga styles and mindfulness meditation, but practices and pays homage to Ashtanga, Jivamukti, and Tantra Yoga. Through her classes, she aims to catalyze the unification of mind, body and behavior through asana, meditation, and yoga philosophies while fostering the community that the group yoga asana practice inherently creates. She sees herself as a guide for her students, enabling them to adventurously explore the evolution of their own practice. Pairing asanas with an eclectic music playlist, she curates an integrated, anatomically intelligent, safe, and engaging practice for her students, devoted to honoring the subtle nuances of one’s unique anatomical composition. @agentofchangeyoga

She has a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior, a B.A. in Neuroscience, and an MPH in Community Health and Social & Behavioral Sciences.  She is a social justice and education reform advocate, and she is interested in the relationship between yoga, music and the mind, yoga and emotion regulation/stress reduction as it relates to mental health – specifically for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the neuroscience of meditation and asana, and the impact of yoga social media on body image perception. She is also the founder of Every(yoga)body (@everyyogabody), a social media platform on Instagram aimed at celebrating the immense diversity in bodies at all ages and stages of yoga practice.