Amanda Catherine Correa
Artistic by nature, Amanda has created since childhood. Her passion for expression through the
arts led her to play violin, weld sculptures, throw pottery, and act, write, and direct in theatre. While studying at Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, the ancient art of yoga and eastern philosophy piqued her interest. In 2009, a year after graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Amanda completed her first yoga teacher training course – a 500 Hour Hatha Yoga course through Sunstone Yoga Academy in Addison, TX.
Amanda continued to acquire the education, skills, and experience necessary to add a variety of yoga and Pilates influenced classes to her repertoire while teaching full time. Her managerial skills were recognized when teaching at a franchised Sunstone Yoga studio in Austin and she was hired as a Designated Manager. In 2011, she completed another yoga teacher training course – a 200 Hour Kundalini Yoga course through Yoga Yoga in Austin, TX.
In 2012 Amanda moved to the west coast. While living in San Francisco, she spent her free time teaching Vinyasa yoga classes at three different locations for the city’s Recreation and Parks Department. A year later, she followed her heart to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California, where she continues to live, practice, teach, and study.
In the last ten years, Amanda has seized opportunities to teach yoga at a variety of locations, reaching a range of people from underprivileged high school students to cross-fit clients to pre-natal women to seniors. A passion for business stemming from her entrepreneurial parents, Amanda has managed two start-up yoga studios/programs, Exhale Yoga in Oroville, CA and ‘Ohana Health in Paradise, CA. She is filled with gratitude for having taught yoga in many different communities as well as having managed multiple studios during her yoga career thus far, accruing experience, attentiveness, and professionalism.
Amanda’s joy for learning inspired her to create a yoga teacher training program, and in 2014 she founded Spira Yoga School, registered through Yoga Alliance (RYS 200®), where she continues to be the Lead Trainer of annual training and continuing education courses. In 2015, Amanda completed a Yoga Nidra course with Dr. Marc Halpern in Grass Valley, CA and a Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training course at Yoga Garden in San Francisco, CA. In 2017, she studied with Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, PT, completing both Level 1 and 2 of Relax and Renew®, Restorative Yoga teacher training courses. In 2018, she continued to study with Judith Hanson Lasater through various continuing education courses, studying anatomy, kinesiology, philosophy, and non-violent communication. In 2019, she completed the Art of Teaching course through the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. Amanda's appetite for continued growth, studies, and practice has gained her the titles Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500®), the highest designation provided by Yoga Alliance, Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT®), and Continuing Education Provider (YACEP®).
At the beginning of 2016, Amanda was honored when invited to host an online continuing education workshop with Yoga Alliance, teaching yoga teachers across the globe on the subject of Sequencing and Teaching All Levels Classes. After a successful presentation she was asked to contribute to YogaAlliance.org as a Thought Leader, writing articles on the forefront of various yoga topics. This rekindled one of Amanda's creative outlets, writing, which inspired her to start the blog on this site. Her other creative projects include throwing pottery and making malas.
In recent years, Amanda started to pursue a new interest in the field of physical therapy. She is currently in a Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Baylor University, and she looks forward to the impact this education will have on her yoga teaching career.
Today you can catch Amanda in person at The Pilates Barre in Chico, CA, or you can connect with her virtually through various online yoga classes and courses advertised on this website. It is with great honor and humility that Amanda shares this gift of yoga with you.
Yoga Student, L.Ac.
Amanda has the kind of personality that brings out the best in people. She is creative and fun, while also holding a deep knowledge of many esoteric disciplines of yoga. I appreciate her interactive style of teaching and the clarity with which she guides us through poses. I recommend her to my patients and friends every day!
I want to let you know how much I enjoyed the Candlelit Flow classes I took with Amanda this month. I was visiting from Boston, where I have a regular practice, and was thrilled to discover Exhale Studio! Amanda was absolutely fantastic! Exhale is fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and gifted instructor. The beautiful symphonic gong music during savasana made it truly memorable.
Amanda is incredibly knowledgeable and gifted as a teacher of teachers. Many of Amanda's graduates go on to becoming incredibly successful and influential teachers in the Northern California region and beyond
Spira far exceeded my expectations and Amanda has knowledge beyond her years. I was given the resources to thrive as an instructor, and I feel so fortunate to have found this wonderful program, I am beyond grateful for it.
I was able to attend a class led by Amanda yesterday. My mind and muscles are still reverberating! Amanda's passion, compassion, expertise, enthusiasm, and joy shine through each moment of her teaching. She graced us by ending the class with the ringing tones of her gong, and then my day was ideally launched.
Amanda is something truly special. She is incredibly knowledgeable about yogic philosophy, anatomy and asanas. Not to mention, her yoga classes are challenging yet available to all levels.
I am very glad that I got a chance to experience Amanda’s yoga class before she leaves for Austin. She is a gifted teacher with a contagiously joyful personality. She offered so much of her own enthusiastic energy and encouragement that I was not certain as to which of us worked harder! She will be missed!
Amanda is a truly amazing yoga teacher. She has a passion and understanding of yoga that I have yet to encounter in another being, and it shines through in her teaching. Amanda genuinely wants to help others improve and has dedicated herself to doing just that!