Amy Soucy, E-RYT

A yoga and movement ­junkie, meditator, singer-songwriter, and devout student of the mind­body connection, Amy is a NYC and Hudson Valley-­based instructor known for her authentic and accessible approach to the art of awareness.

With extensive training in both the Integral and Anusara methods of hatha yoga, she continues to study asana, meditation and philosophy under the guidance of teachers like Elena Brower, Ellen Saltonstall, Catherine Ingram and Sally Kempton. Amy is also devoted to studying a range of movement modalities and meditation practices, such as Feldenkrais, functional movement, and Vispassana and Mindfulness meditation. 

Committed to offering accessible and transformative yoga to curious students at all levels, Amy's classes are an invitation to come as you are and explore your moment-to-moment experience through skillful physical alignment, kinesthetic awareness, and practical wisdom. A holistic blend of asana (yoga poses), breathing, restorative postures, mindfulness and meditation to guide you deeper into the framework of your being, and steer you toward calm, clarity, strength, and radiant health

She brings her experience to a diverse range of students in a variety of settings: NYC public schools, colleges, social work agencies, preschools, corporations and institutions, public parks, yoga studios and private homes.

Amy is proud to be a staff teacher with Lineage Project, which brings mindfulness programs to incarcerated and vulnerable youth throughout NYC, to help them manage stress, cultivate compassion,and find alternatives to violence. She's honored to lead and learn from the exceptional students of the schools and sites in which she teaches. 

Amy also facilitates movement and mindfulness experiences for group events and conferences — including the New Museum's NEW INC Retreat, TEDxLongDock, and Social Venture Institute / Hudson Valley (at Omega Institute) — and leads annual yoga retreats in the Hudson Valley and internationally. She also offers a series of workshops (with partner Scott Tillitt) called Visioning for Change, inviting change-makers of all kinds (social entrepreneurs, activists, nonprofit leaders, organizers, artists, educators) to map their purpose and initiate the fires of change in order to clear a path for themselves and create a better world for others.

She believes strongly in the transformative nature of these practices to nurture and encourage people of all ages to become self-aware, empowered, engaged human beings.

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Youth Teaching Bio

My passion as a teacher lies in sharing the valuable, stress- relieving, accessible tools of mindfulness with schools, for the benefit of young people, educators, and families.

I've worked at the intersection of mindfulness and education for more than 13 years, developing and facilitating programs for students, educators, and administrators in New York City and the Hudson Valley — in schools, social work agencies, community centers, libraries, and more.

Among others, I've collaborated with HealthCorps (founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz), The Equity Project Charter School, Amistad Dual Language School, KIPP Charter Network, Monroe Academy for Visual Arts & Design, and Howland Public Library (Beacon) to create yoga and mindfulness classes for children, wellness programs for teens, and professional development workshops on well-being and mindfulness for teachers.

As a staff teacher for Lineage Project for over 7 years, I've been honored to share trauma- sensitive mindfulness practices with young people at a number of NYC schools and sites, including Humanities Preparatory Academy, Cascades High School (a NYC Alternative High School), Alternative Learning Center (ALC) at John Jay in Brooklyn, and CASES alternative-to-incarceration programs in the Bronx and Harlem.

I believe strongly in the transformative nature of these practices to nurture and empower young people to create a life of purpose, engagement, and resilience.

 

Affiliations

Yoga + Mindfulness Training + Education

Service + Social Justice-Oriented Development

Children's Yoga Certification

  • Itsy Bitsy Yoga facilitator certification (for toddlers and their caregivers)

  • YogaKids with Marsha Wenig

What I think really resonates is the fact that Amy is a real person while she teaches. There’s no air of righteous yoga teacher. People feel free to ask questions, ask for help, and are encouraged to create the class or experience they want. It’s a ‘come as you are today’ feel that makes her class relaxing and creates an atmosphere for students to challenge themselves without fear of judgement or failure.
Austin Eyer, Broadway actor/choreographer
Amy Soucy is a wonderful, knowledgeable, and patient instructor. She has a very energizing and calming presence at the same time. I really enjoy working with her and highly recommend Amy to anyone at any level of practice.
— Jennifer Jablow,
Amy’s teaching is balanced, fun, relaxing and physically expansive. I often leave feeling loose and rag-doll-like because the tension of the week is gone!
— Kerry Labendz, CCA Certified Life Coach
Amy has a “‘mind over matter” approach that she focuses on in her work with teens. She and I worked together to adjust the program to suit the unique needs of our students enrolled in the class. Amy was well prepared for each class and engaged in thoughtful reflection with me after the sessions so that we could continue to make the experience meaningful for our students. Amy is wonderful to work with. She is an expert in her field and humbly invites feedback to enhance the experience for each client - adult and child.
— Nicole Mangiere – Assistant Principal at Putnam Valley Middle School