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  • "To attain inner peace you must actually give your life, not just your possessions. When you at last give your life- bringing into alignment your beliefs and the way you live then, and only then, can you begin to find inner peace."— Peace Pilgrim
  • "While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart."— Francis of Assisi
  • "The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships."— T.K.V. Desikachar
  • "If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment."— Carlos Santana
  • "What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters to what lies within us."— Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear."— Buddha
  • "Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world."— John Milton
  • "A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live."— Bertrand Russell
  • "Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?"— Mary Oliver
  • "Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding."— Albert Einstein
  • "The walls we build around us keep sadness out also keeps out the joy."— Jim Rohn
  • "In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility."— Victoria Moran
  • "It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and is not possible to find it elsewhere."— Agnes Repplier
  • “Do not ruin today with mourning tomorrow.” — Catherynne M. Valente
  • "Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again."— Thich Nhat Hahn
  • "First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others."— Thomas A Kempis
  • "When you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you."— Stephen Richards
  • "Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along."— Paramahansa Yogananda
  • "Yoga is not about self-improvement, it's about self-acceptance."— Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
  • "We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves."— Dalai Lama
  • "Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well... and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man."— James H. West
  • "Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it."— Greg Anderson
  • "Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor."— Thich Nhat Hanh
  • "Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people."— Jawaharlal Nahru
  • "Joy is the simplest form of gratitude."— Karl Barth
  • "Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going."— Chantal Sutherland
  • "The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it."— Thich Nhat Hahn
  • "Life is a moving, breathing thing. We have to be willing to constantly evolve. Perfection is constant transformation."— Nia Peeples
  • "The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best."— Paul Valery
  • "Gratitude is the sign of noble souls."— Aesop
  • "For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth."— Sanskrit Proverb
  • "You see, everything is about belief, whatever we believe rules our existence, rules our life."— Don Miguel Ruiz
  • "With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment."— Nhat Hanh
  • "The root of all health is in the brain. The trunk of it is in emotion. The branches and leaves are the body. The flower of health blooms when all parts work together."— Kurdish Saying
  • "The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past."— Andre Maurois
  • "The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace."— Carlos Santana
  • "I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart; I am, I am, I am."— Sylvia Plath
  • "Yoga is the artwork of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul."— Amit Ray
  • "We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves."— Dalai Lama
  • "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."— John F. Kennedy
  • "The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently."— Pema Chodron
  • "Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song."— Konrad von Gesner
  • "Peace is not an absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means."— Ronald Regan
  • "Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again."— L. Frank Baum
  • "Happiness, true happiness, is an inner quality. It is a state of mind. If your mind is at peace, you are happy. If your mind is at peace, but you have nothing else, you can be happy. If you have everything the world can give- pleasure, possessions, power- but lack peace of mind, you can never be happy."— Dada Vaswani
  • "If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath."— Amit Ray
  • "True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united."— Wilhelm Von Humboldt
  • "Peace begins with a smile."— Mother Teresa
  • "Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift."— Amit Ray
  • "Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."— Dalai Lama
  • "The wisest one-word sentence? Breathe."— Amit Ray
  • "Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one's being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union- the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one's actions."
    — B.K.S. Iyengar, Astadala Yogamala
  • "Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace."— Buddha
  • "Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health."— Dalai Lama
  • "Half an hour's meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed."— Saint Francis de Sales
  • "As long as I am breathing, in my eyes, I am just beginning."— Criss Jami
  • "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."— Buddha
  • "Find a place inside where there is joy, and the joy will burn out the pain."— Joseph Campbell
  • "The closer you come to knowing that you alone create the world of your experience, the more vital it becomes for you to discover just who is doing the creating."— Eric Micha'el Leventhal
  • "The only journey is the one within."— Rainier Maria Rilke
  • "You cannot find peace by avoiding life."— Virginia Woolf
  • "Yoga is not about self-improvement, it's about self-acceptance."— Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
  • "Peace begins with a smile."— Mother Teresa
  • "Yoga is the artwork of awareness on the canvas of body, mind and soul."— Amit Ray
  • "In our uniquely human capacity to connect movement with breath and spiritual meaning, yoga is born."— Gurmekh Kaur Khalsa
  • "Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured."— B.K.S. Iyengar
  • "I wake up every day and I think. "I'm breathing! It's a good day.""— Eve Ensler
  • "Meditation is the soul's perspective glass."— Owen Feltham
  • "Beauty is whatever gives joy."— Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • "The aim of yoga is to eliminate the control that material nature exerts over the human spirit, to rediscover through introspective practice what the poet T.S. Eliot called "the still point of the turning world.""— Barbara Stoler Miller
  • "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace."— Jimi Hendrix
  • "You cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it."— Albert Einstein
  • "Focusing on the act of breathing clears the mind of all daily distractions and clears our energy enabling us to better connect with the Spirit within."— Author Unknown
  • "Nobody can bring you peace but yourself."— Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "The awareness that we cultivate is what makes yoga a practice, rather than a task or a goal to be completed. Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing yoga, and so will your mind."— Cyndi Lee
  • "Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes."— Nhat Hanh
  • "Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset."— Saint Francis de Sales
  • "Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift."— Albert Einstein
  • “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” — Thich Nhat Hahn
  • "Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative efforts."— Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • "First keep peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others."— Thomas A Kempis
  • "If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere."— Frank A. Clark
  • "The deeper you get into yoga you realize it is a spiritual practice. It's a journey I'm making. I'm heading that way."— Sting
  • "Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without."— Gautama Buddha
  • "Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won't)."— James Baraz
  • "Mindfulness helps us freeze the frame so that we can become aware of our sensations and experiences as they are, without the distorting coloration of socially conditioned responses or habitual reactions."— Henepola Gunaratana
  • "Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it."— Greg Anderson
  • "Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace."— Buddha
  • "Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us."— Samuel Smiles
  • "Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means."— Ronald Reagan
  • "Minds are like flowers, they only open when the time is right."— Stephen Richards
  • "Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."— Melody Beattie
  • "The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly."— Siddartha Guatama Buddha
  • "In the practice of Yoga one can emphasize the body, the mind or the self and hence the effort can never be fruitless."— T. Krishnamacharya
  • "Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts."— Thich Nhat Hahn
  • "Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time."— Lyndon B. Johnson
  • "There are two types of seeds in the mind: those that create anger, fear, frustration, jealousy, hatred and those that create love, compassion, equanimity and joy. Spirituality is germination and sprouting of the second group and transforming the first group."— Amit Ray
  • "Reduce the stress levels in your life through relaxation techniques like meditation, deep breathing, and exercise. You'll look and feel way better for it."— Suzanne Somers
  • "Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home."— Matsuo Basho
  • "Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial of creation, and the exponent of breath."— Emily Dickinson
  • "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."— Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath."— Amit Ray
  • "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."— Victor Frankl
  • "Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude."— Denis Waitley
  • "Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness."— Indra Devi
  • "Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretense."— Marcus Aurelius
  • "Being aware of your fear is smart. Overcoming it is the mark of a successful person."— Seth Godin
  • "Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home... it's your responsibility to love it, or change it."— Chuck Palahniuk
  • "Psychology, unlike chemistry, unlike algebra, unlike literature, is an owner's manual for your own mind. It's a guide for life. What could be more important than grounding young people in the scientific information that they need to live happy, healthy, productive lives? To have good relationships?"— Daniel Goldstein
  • "Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success."— Swami Sivananda
  • "Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness."— James Thurber
  • "Grateful souls focus on the happiness and abundance present in their lives and this in turn attracts more abundance and joy towards them."— Stephen Richards
  • "Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment."— Matthieu Ricard
  • "Take care of your body, it's the only place you have to live."— Jim Rohn
  • "The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in."— Geeta Iyengar
  • "Mindfulness is about love and loving life. When you cultivate this love, it gives you clarity and compassion for life, and your actions happen in accordance with that."— Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • "To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life."— William Londen
  • "When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears."— Anthony Robbins
  • "A healthy outside starts from the inside."— Robert Urich
  • "Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health."— Dalai Lama
  • "After the demands of the ego and its greed surrendered, the struggle for fulfillment of personal desires lessen; life takes on a new zest like a breath of fresh air."— Swami Sivananda Radha
  • "Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul, and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation."— Michael Jackson
  • "Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind."— Buddha
  • "Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home... it's your responsibility to love it, or change it."— Chuck Palahniuk
  • "It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it."— Eleanor Roosevelt
  • "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."— Helen Keller
  • "Amidst the worldly comings and goings, observe how endings become beginnings."— Tao Te Ching
  • "Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit."— Jeremy Taylor
  • "When there are thoughts, it is distraction; when there are no thoughts, it is meditation."— Ramana Maharshi
  • "Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity."— Thich Nhat Hanh
  • "To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him."— Buddha
  • "I love yoga because not only is it a workout for your body, but also your breathing, which helps release a lot of stress. It really prepares you for the day."— Tia Mowery

Amanda Colley, RYT-200

Amanda began exploring yoga in 2010, spending time on and off her mat until 2016 when she created a consistent and daily practice at Yoga Fever in Grand Rapids.  She found release in the heat and truly soaked up the mind-body-spirit connection that she found so beneficial for her mental, physical, and emotional health.  In September 2017, Amanda decided to take on her 200-Hour Teacher Training program at YF while also attending her last full year of graduate school. Amanda is an advanced Clinical Mental Health student at Western Michigan University and seeks to bring her knowledge of yoga into therapy as a holistic approach to counseling and wellness.  She also has a special interest in trauma-informed yoga and hones her competence through workshops and continuing education.  Amanda values mindfulness, focus of the breath, feeling empowered through the physical body, and these themes are present in her classes.  She aims to have students experience mental clarity and calmness while flowing with intention and appreciation for themselves and their own individual practices.  Aside from teaching yoga and attending grad school, Amanda loves music, nature, traveling, hiking, cultivating wellness, and spending time by the water.

 

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