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.
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.
Alternate Learning Centers (ALC): John Jay HS, Brooklyn
CASES: Alternative-to-incarceration programs for youth & adults, Bronx, Harlem
Homes for the Homeless: Addresses the needs of children experiencing poverty and homelessness in NYC
Amistad Dual Language School (Inwood, NYC)
Reformed Church of Bronxville: Coming Home Prison Ministry Program (Volunteer Presenter & Collaborator)
KIPP Academy Middle School (Bronx, NYC)
The Equity Project Charter School (Washington Heights, NYC)
Monroe Academy for Visual Arts & Design (Bronx, NYC)
HealthCorps (founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa)
YogaWorks (Upper West Side, NYC)
Bread and Yoga (Inwood, NYC)
MindBodySoul Yoga (Washington Heights, NYC)
Social Venture / Institute Hudson Valley (Retreats for world-changing social entrepreneurs @ Omega Institute)
CAP21 (Musical Theatre Conservatory & Theatre Company)
The New York Foundling (services for underserved children, families, and adults with developmental disabilities)
Spuyten Duyvil Preschool (Bronx, NYC)
Little Thinkers Group Family Daycare (Washington Heights, NYC)
Journey 2 Happiness Daycare (Washington Heights, NYC)
Yoga + Mindfulness Training + Education
Vipassana Meditation: 10-day residential course @ Dhamma Dhara, MA
Manifesting Through the Chakras / Kripalu — w/ Anodea Judith
Anusara Grand Gathering + Anusara Immersions — w/ John Friend
Meditation with Douglas Brooks, Harshada Wagner, Sally Kempton
Service + Social Justice-Oriented Development
Trauma Impacts the Brain: Healing happens in Relationships / National Council for Behavioral Health — presented by Dr. Bruce Perry
Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving trainings — presented Dr. Stuart Ablon
Framing the Body-Mind: Somatic Approaches to Resolving Trauma, for Practitioners — presented by Daniel Cook
Yoga Service Conference / Yoga Service Council @ Omega Institute — with Hala Khouri, Nikki Meyers, Kelly McGonigal, PhD, and others
Children's Yoga Certification
Itsy Bitsy Yoga facilitator certification (for toddlers and their caregivers)
YogaKids with Marsha Wenig