Teacher of the Month: Amber Kleid
This October we are celebrating Amber Kleid as Teacher of the Month! Amber has been teaching at WYC since we opened in 2017 and is known to deliver some super yummy Hot Stone Restorative + Slow Flow classes. She offers insightful wisdom in a relaxed environment to help ground you, always offering modifications that are best suited for YOUR body. So if you haven’t had a chance to take one of her classes yet, register now- as they tend to fill up!
1. Tell me about your experience with yoga: how it began, where it has taken you, and how yoga has impacted your life.
Oh gosh…long story short, my first yoga book was “The Idiot’s Guide to Yoga” back in the ’90s and I practiced to Rodney Yee VHS tapes! Fast forward to 2013 when I was diagnosed with Lupus. I needed to find something that would help me stay strong and focused on my health and that’s when I began my daily home practice. I’d be lying if I said yoga only impacted my life physically because there are so many great and valuable lessons I’ve taken away over the years. The biggest being forgiveness. Also compassion and patience. Oh, I can’t bring myself to kill spiders any more. Little dudes have every right to be here too, as creepy as they may seem.
2. What are your favorite styles/classes?
Well, if I took a hot yoga class I’d be the girl who slips on her mat and busts out her front teeth, ha! So… I really love slow and challenging movements. I relish getting into my body and feeling each muscle move and then relax. It feels so powerful to have that kind of control and ease at the same time.
3. What’s your favorite pose and why?
I’d have to say Half Moon / Ardha Chandrasana. It took me a long time to master it so I have mad respect for the shape! There’s something about being so vulnerable and strong in the full expression that I find it very exhilarating. I’m still working on adding Bow Pose to Half Moon but with patience and practice that will come too 🙂
4. What do you do when you’re not practicing yoga?
Drink coffee, make artsy stuff, cuddle with my kitties (Jolly is stealing half of my chair right now) and spend as much time with the Hubbs as I can. When our schedules allow it we hike and take “Sunday” drives to explore WNC. I belong to a photo club and a few writer’s clubs. I tried a storytelling group but apparently, my story was too “fresh” for the likes of them and I was directed elsewhere, ha! I took it as a compliment!
5. Tell me something funny or unexpected about you.
Once upon a time at an Oktoberfest, I dressed up as the Saint Polly Girl and volunteered to be hypnotized as part of a group. So, floating around on the interweb is a video of me Kung Foo Fighting in a wench costume. Enjoy.