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 5,000 hours of yoga classes and has been teaching for eleven years. She's attended five yoga teacher training courses and multiple continuing education courses, accumulating 2,000 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 was invited to relocate to Austin, TX to teach at a satellite Sunstone Yoga studio. She progressively acquired the skills necessary through continuing education coursework to teach Intro for Beginners, Hot Pilates / Muscle Activation Technique, and Hot Power Flow. By August of 2010, Amanda began a 200 Hour Kundalini Yoga teacher training course through Yoga Yoga in Austin. Soon after, her leadership skills were 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 2012, Amanda moved to San Francisco, CA and by August she was teaching all levels Vinyasa flow classes at three different facilities for the city’s Recreation and Parks department. In June of 2013 her life completed changed as the traded the city for country life. She 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, in 2014. Since founded, she's held 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training courses annually, graduating 51 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 in 2015: Yoga Nidra Teacher Training with Dr. Marc Halpern at the Sivananda Yoga Center in Grass Valley, CA, and a Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Garden in San Francisco. The following year, Yoga Alliance asked Amanda to become a Thought Leader, contributing published articles, after successfully completing one of the highest attended and viewed continuing education courses hosted online by Yoga Alliance. By August of 2016, Amanda was teaching yoga at multiple studios in Northern California.
In 2017, she attended both the Level 1 and Level 2 Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Courses with renowned yoga teacher Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT. Amanda continued studying under Lasater throughout 2018, attending an in-person 5-day Experiential Anatomy training, and afterwards committing to a year long virtual Yoga Anatomy training course. She began 2019 attending a 6-day Nonviolent Communication training with Lasater, and then completed the 100-hour Art of Teaching Program through the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco.
In addition to leading training courses offered by Spira Yoga School, Amanda also teaches yoga classes and workshops, both publicly at local studios in Northern California, and online at AmandaCatherine.com. Since the start of her yoga career, she has taught at studios, public schools, crossfit gyms, and senior centers; she's managed a start-up studio, franchised studio, and a wellness center during an acquisition of a yoga program. Amanda is filled with gratitude for the diverse experiences gained and the wide range of students served.
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.