Amy Merritt 2016-10-18T21:43:37+00:00

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Amy Merritt

I was born in Kansas. I love the space and light of the plains. I never thought I would leave, but life has a way of giving you what you need to grow. While living in Pittsburgh, PA, I had the opportunity to take yoga from an amazing teacher. Yoga felt transforming and I could not get enough. I decided to pursue it further and went through teacher training. I did my 200 TT with my Pittsburgh teacher. Just as I was finishing, another move came along and we arrived in Chicago. I was fortunate to find a great yoga community with Prairie Yoga. The name itself spoke to me, being a girl from the prairie. After getting settled in, I decided to further my yoga studies. I became 500 hour RYT in the fall of 2011. Going through that experience was one of the best of life and I made such great friends. The past couple of years, I have been teaching yoga to cancer survivors through Living Well at CDH in Warrenville. I also enjoy the classes I teach at the Downers Grove Park and Rec center. I have also spent some of my time giving back to Prairie yoga by being a mentor to both the 200 TT and 500 TT programs. While mentoring the 200 TT program, I got the opportunity to meet Kay. I am so honored to get the chance to be a part of her studio and community. To get the chance to Shine! Some other tidbits about me: I have two kids, a son and a daughter that are both in college. My husband, Rob, and I have been married for 26 loved filled years. We have a dog and two kitties. We are enjoying this stage in our life, watching our kids become adults and the space created in their absence. Life is so very good!

More About Amy

What inspires you?
Life itself inspires me. It is such a gift, I try to value each day, each moment.

If you had 15 minutes in which to do anything, what would you do?
Depending on the day, I would either do an inversion, read a book or play Words with Friends.

Who inspires you?
My students, particularly my cancer survivor students.

What 3 words best describe you?
Kind, spiritual and grounded.

Why do you do yoga?
It fills me up, makes me feel alive, vital and centered.

What must you do?
I must walk my dog./p>

What would you rather not do?
Scoop out the kitty box or clean the bathroom.

What would you like to do more of?
Yoga retreats and/ workshops.

What would you like to do less of?
Talking before I think.

What would you like people to know about you?
My dad was one of the funniest people I ever met. I feel I honor him by finding the joy and humor of any given situation.

What is your best attribute?
I am good in the sandbox, I work and play well with others.

What is your idea of heaven?
The Flint Hills of Kansas.

Where is your favorite place?
Any porch with a rocking chair that has a beautiful view.

Why do you teach?
Teaching takes me out of my comfort zone and challenges me. I love how the yoga just flows through me, I am just the vehicle.

What do you love?
My family, my pets, good food, a lovely glass of wine, a great book and, of course, chocolate!