ABOUT AMANDA CATHERINE CORREA
Amanda Catherine Correa is an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 500), the highest designation provided through Yoga Alliance, as well as a registered prenatal yoga teacher (RPYT) and continuing education provider (YACEP). To date, Amanda has taught 4,500 hours of yoga classes and has been teaching for ten years. She has attended five yoga teacher training courses and multiple continuing education courses, accumulating 1,800 hours of education in yoga. Her joy for learning – learning by teaching a variety of students in yoga classes, learning from the wealth of literature on yoga, and learning through her own personal yoga practice – is what inspired her to found a Yoga Alliance registered yoga school, Spira Yoga School.
Founder & Program Director, E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP & Yoga Alliance Thought Leader
Amanda attended her first ever yoga class while in high school. She can still remember her teenage contradictory feelings of déjà vu familiarity and the intrigue of something new; deep down she knew this would be a lifelong practice for her.
While studying at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, Amanda continued her yoga practice at the campus fitness center and eventually enrolled in a Yoga 101 class. Her teacher was a retired martial artist who, because of years of injury, solely relied on his verbal skills to teach yoga. His instruction guided the students to use the physical practice as a gateway into their minds. His teachings on the subtle layers of yoga greatly impacted and inspired Amanda; she decided that one day she would become a yoga teacher.
A year after graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre, Amanda completed her first yoga teacher training course – a 500 Hour Hot Hatha Yoga course with Sunstone Yoga in Addison, TX. By the fall, she was teaching weekly hot yoga classes for Sunstone Yoga.
Amanda moved to Austin, TX to teach at a satellite Sunstone Yoga studio. She progressively acquired the education and skills necessary through continuing education coursework to teach a variety of classes, including an Intro for Beginners class, a hot Pilates and M.A.T. class, and a hot power flow Vinyasa class. August of 2010, Amanda registered in another teacher training course through Yoga Yoga in Austin – a 200 Hour Kundalini Yoga course. At this time her leadership skills had been recognized by Sunstone Yoga, and from November 2010 to July 2011 she was a Designated Manager at the studio in Austin, TX.
At the beginning of the year, Amanda moved to San Francisco, CA and by August she began teaching all levels Vinyasa flow classes at three different facilities for the city’s Recreation and Parks department.
In June, Amanda moved to Butte County, CA and was one of the initial teachers at Oroville’s first ever yoga studio, Exhale Yoga Studio.
Amanda founded Spira Yoga School, a Registered Yoga School through Yoga Alliance. Since it's founding, 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training courses have been held annually, graduating 37 certified yoga teachers to date. Today, Amanda has developed Spira into a multifaceted yoga school that offers not only teacher training courses, but also continuing education classes for teachers, workshops for students and destination retreats for all.
Expanding her knowledge, Amanda attended two courses: a Yoga Nidra Training with Dr. Marc Halpern at the Sivananda Yoga Center in Grass Valley, CA, and a Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Garden San Francisco.
At the start of the year, Yoga Alliance asked Amanda to become a Thought Leader by contributing published articles to their online archive, after successfully completing one of the highest attended and viewed continuing education courses hosted online by Yoga Alliance. Later that year, Amanda began teaching at PureJoy Yoga + Wellness in Yuba City. Since teaching in Northern California, she has worked with youth girls at Hearthstone (Oroville), taught "crossfitters" Vinyasa Yoga at Oroville Cross Fit (Oroville) and retirees Yin, Gentle and Vinyasa Yoga at Paradise Yoga Center (Paradise). She has also seized opportunities to manage both a newly acquired Yoga Program at wellness center 'Ohana Health (Paradise) and a start-up yoga studio, Exhale Yoga Studio (Oroville). Amanda is filled with gratitude to for the diverse experiences gained and the wide range of students served.
In 2017, she attended both the Level 1 and Level 2 Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Courses with renowned teacher Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT. In the fall of 2018, Amanda continued studying under Lasater, attending a 5-day Experiential Anatomy training, and again in 2019, attending a 6-day Nonviolent Communication training. At present, Amanda teaches weekly classes at Hot Yoga Club in Chico, CA and at PureJoy Yoga + Wellness in Yuba City, CA, as well as teaches class series, workshops and continuing education courses at various yoga studios in Northern California. In addition, she continues to lead yoga teacher training courses offered by Spira Yoga School.
Amanda believes in the physical, mental and spiritual healing powers of yoga, and is repeatedly awed when hearing stories of transformation from students and colleagues. She is forever grateful for the bounty of gifts given to her by the practice and lifestyle of yoga, and is filled with gratitude to be on the path of spreading love and light.