Amanda Dawn Blackley
Communication has been a passion in my life from a very early age. As a young child in London, gymnastics provided a form of self-expression through movement and body awareness; one still very present in my life. After finishing my university degree in French and Spanish and certifying as a Teacher of English abroad, I left the UK with another ‘passport’ to explore and discover new places, cultures and people. Settled in Spain since 1995 I have worked as an English teacher and translator, and changed professions several times, visiting the worlds of interpreting, conference organisation and as international radio journalist for Round the World Yacht races and international event communication teams.
In 2008 Yoga became a permanent part of my life after the practice made a strong impact on me during a business trip to Singapore. Shortly afterwards I completed my first Teacher Training in Thailand, an experience that completely changed the direction of my life. With a new perspective and some initial teachings of Yoga I moved to Barcelona to deepen my practice and knowledge and began to explore Vinyassa, Ashtanga, Rocket and my real passion: Yin Yoga.
With a constant desire to learn and study, I regularly attend trainings and workshops both in Spain and abroad (Jose de Groot, Paul and Suzee Grilley, Sarah and Ty Powers, Donna Farhi, Uma and Nirlipta Dinsmore-Tuli, Sri Dharma Mittra, Doug Keller, David Swenson). Assisting Gabrielle Scanlon on the Hot Yoga Doctor Teacher Training (2011) was of great value and an unforgettable experience.
Yin Yoga has revealed a wonderful new panorama of insights and teachings. It is a kind of Dharma; a need to reach out and share a path towards self-discovery, inner balance, peace and harmony so that we might in turn be able to offer the same to everyone in our lives. I teach several Yin Yoga and Hatha Vinyasa classes a week, and workshops in Barcelona and abroad, encouraging the balance of our two distinct and complementary yin and yang energies. I also organise retreats in different locations throughout Spain, where I combine the practice of mindfulness meditation with yoga, in both English and Spanish.
Teaching yoga allows a natural fusion of communication on a physical, mental and emotional level, and enables me to offer my little contribution with enthusiasm, energy and love. Every personal practice, class shared, breath taken and word offered is learning and sharing each new experience with others is a continuous source of fascination.
Education and training:
2017 Sarah Powers Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Level II training (25h) TriYoga, London
2016 Practicum MBSR, Instituto de Mindfulness, Barcelona
2015 Yoga Therapy Training with Alex Monasterio and Or Haleluiyah (BCN)
2015 Yin Yoga, Meridians and Chakras, Jose de Groot (50h RYA), Amsterdam
2014 Sarah Powers Yin and Yang Yoga teacher training (80 h RYA), France
2014 Total Yoga Nidra Foundation Course Uma and Nirlipta Dunsmore-Tuli, London
2013 Paul and Suzee Grilley Yin Yoga and Anatomy Teacher Training (100 h RYA), California
2012 Sarah Powers Yin Yoga/Mindfulness Teacher Training (50 h RYA), Amsterdam
2012 Origins of Alignment with Donna Farhi (30 horas), TriYoga, London
2011 Anatomy Training con Doug Keller (30 hours), Yoga Campus, London
2011 Yin Yoga Teacher Training, Jose de Groot, Helsinki and Barcelona (50 h RYA)
2010 Assistant at Hot Yoga Doctor Teacher Training, Costa Rica (200 h RYA)
2009 Hot Yoga Absolute Yoga Teacher Training, Thailand (200 h Registered Yoga Alliance)
These are the websites of other teachers and friends:
Jose de Groot – www.yogatreat.eu
Mariona Royo – www.purnavidya.eu
Helga Baumgartner – www.yinyoga.info