Tis the season to celebrate, and so we continue to celebrate our beautifully unique Bristol Yoga Community. In our last Teacher Feature post, we talked about how the chaos of works in an unseen order to bring people together. Most certainly is this the case in regards to the Bristol Yoga Sangha. Each person wanders through our studio doors at the most opportune time bringing with them unique gifts that contribute to the overall wellness of our community.
One individual, who has also very recently joined our community as a leader and teacher, brings the gift of warmth and nurturing presence. This individual has blessed our community with the kind of presence that comes from a warm, cuddly momma bear. She is the warm, comforting hug you need on a rough day. Her nurturing presence is the kind of support that makes the glue that holds a community together.
This beautiful, loving soul is Amie Odum.
Here is a glimpse into the life of Amie to help you see why you’re so drawn to hug her when you see her shining face.
What brought you to yoga?
I came to yoga for the love of the feeling; I love stretching, I love seeing if I have enough strength to try a new pose, I love laughing at myself for falling out of a pose. And now, all these years later, I love finding the peace, the stillness, the awareness and compassion for my body and loving myself through this journey called life.
If you could define your style, what would it be?
The style of yoga I teach comes from a place of love. We talk and laugh and check in with one another. I enjoy teaching a slow pace. I like teaching mindfulness. I teach about the chakras and hand mudras. I like for my students to have time to feel. I teach awareness in the pose. We explore not only what the physical body is feeling but also what is the emotional body feeling. I like to throw in a new pose occasionally for a challenge to grow my students practice and allow them to see if they can accomplish something they never thought to even try. And I end my class with a short meditation. I would call my style "eclectic yin".....a little bit of everything in a slow comfortable environment.
What are three likes and three dislikes you have?
Three likes: Laughing, Hugging, Chocolate
Three dislikes: Rudeness, Being Cold, A world where people can't have clean water
What are you doing when you are not teaching?
When I am not teaching, I am learning. I read and research all things that interest me. I also spend as much time as I can with my kids. I can be found out wandering in the woods or at the lake picking up trash or traveling to see friends. I also paint murals and I try my hand at almost any home repair project or anything to create something or fix something or re-purpose something. And I cook or enjoy my kids cooking almost everyday.
What is the most important lesson you have thus far learned from your yoga?
Most important lesson from Yoga thus far, to show myself the same love and compassion that I would freely give a stranger.
What is your favorite posture/asana?
Eagle is my favorite power pose and pigeon is my favorite yin pose.
Do you have a favorite book?
The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer is my favorite that I read again and again, but I own an entire library of books, so it is really hard to pick my top 10 favorites, lol.
How long have you been practicing your yoga?
I have been practicing yoga for about 10 yrs.
What do you LOVE about Bristol Yoga?
There is a feeling at Bristol Yoga that I have never experienced at any other studio. I think it is a tangible love that permeates the studio. Authenticity. Compassion. All good vibes, like a heartbeat. You are seen and heard and loved at Bristol Yoga.
What is a favorite quote you would like to share?
"You will live in joy and peace; the mountains and hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." Isaiah 55:12
Loving presence radiates from the core of Amie’s being and that’s why we are so grateful for her contributions to the Bristol Yoga Community. If you are missing the feeling of a warm loving embrace from your life, join Amie during the week on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 AM for Movement & Meditation.
Feature Teacher presented by Marcy Hullander