This ladies and gentleman is Amanda Dean. She is an instructor for Holy Yoga ministries in the DFW metroplex. This post is rather late- apologies for the tardiness. With the holidays and work, the blog has been lagging a bit. BUT, we are back in action. Amanda is an extremely dear friend of mine, and was the first friend to hear about DallasFitSpot. She encouraged me to pursue the idea and definitely wanted to be featured as one of the first fitness spots. As a full time nurse, Amanda teaches yoga on the side as a ministry to reach and pour into the yoga community. With her love of Yoga, Jesus and people, this is a perfect combination for her to serve.
Holy yoga is different than other forms of yoga in the sense that its focus is centered around scripture and the teachings of Christ. When you take Amanda’s class, you will experience a slow flow yoga style with great devotionals to help you through the day. Amanda shares personal struggles and is completely transparent in her class to help you feel that you are not alone. She encourages vulnerability in your practice and faith. Anyone is welcome to take her class. One does not need to be a Christian to attend the class. Just know that if you go, you will be in a class covered by prayer. Amanda starts her class asking her students what they would like to focus on. Based on the responses, she leads her class to help the needs of her students. She begins her class in a moment of silence, prayer, and meditation. She reminds the class that it’s ok to sit still. Often we focus so much on the business of life that we forget to sit in the silence and lean on the Lord. Experiencing that in her class was a great reminder for me to just sit and be still.
During her class, Amanda walks around guiding her students through their practice. She infuses therapeutic touch while assisting in postures and applying gentle massage techniques. It is such a calming experience as she guides you in class.
If you have never taken a yoga class, this is a great place to start. There’s no comparison. Amanda makes that loud and clear at the start of the class. She reminds the class that you do what is best for you because it is YOUR practice. She pushes you to go further, but the desire to compare is stricken as you feel welcomed at the level you are. I’d encourage you to take the leap and try yoga if it has been something you’ve been considering.
Holy Yoga Mission Statement –
Holy Yoga is an experiential worship created to deepen people’s connection to Christ. Our sole purpose is to facilitate a Christ honoring experience that offers an opportunity to believers and non-believers alike to authentically connect to God through His Word, worship, and wellness. Holy Yoga exists to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth through the modality of yoga.
-Master level teaching
-Infused by prayer
-Christ centered yoga
-All levels are welcomed
-Carefully selected music for each class
-Devotions prepared for the class based on what Amanda is learning from the Lord
-Donations only ($5-$10 donations if you are able)
-Easily accessible from the highway
-Occasional restorative classes offered on various days throughout the year
-Holy Yoga teacher training opportunities
-Teachers are partnered with other instructors for prayer
-Various retreats throughout the year
-Only once a week
5 SPOTS!!! Check it out!
First United Methodist Church, Mayes Hall