Amanda Catherine Correa
Artistic in nature, Amanda has been creating 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 peaked her interest. In 2009, a year after graduating with a Bachelors 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 writing short plays and 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.
Over the last 10 years, Amanda has had the opportunity to teach yoga to a range of students from underprivileged high school students to crossfit clients to seniors and students with disabilities. A passion for business stemming from her entrepreneurial parents, Amanda has also helped manage two start-up yoga studios, Exhale Studio in Oroville, CA as well as the acquired yoga program at ‘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 (RYS200®). In 2015, Amanda completed a 35 Hour Yoga Nidra course with Dr. Marc Halpern in Grass Valley, CA and an 85 Hour 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 100 Hour 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-RYT500®), 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 asked 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 a blog. Her other creative projects include mala making and photography.
In addition to being the Program Director and Lead Trainer for courses offered by Spira Yoga School, Amanda also creates content for this website. You can catch Amanda in person at one of her classes in Northern California, or connect with her virtually through various recorded and live online yoga classes and courses offered through this website. It is with great honor and humility that she shares this gift of yoga.
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!
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 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 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!
Middle School Teacher
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 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.
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!