Dr. Amanda Taylor has played the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Panama City POPS orchestra (FL), the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra (TN). She can be heard performing with the flute and guitar ensemble, Cypress Duo and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra.
Her former teachers include Eva Amsler, Dr. Shelley Binder, Kathy Karr, and Dr. Stephanie Rea. She served as a graduate teaching assistant at University of Tennessee Knoxville, and Florida State University. She holds degrees from Univ. of Louisville (high honors), University of Tennessee, and Florida State University. She currently lives in Wilmington, NC and maintains active flute and yoga teaching studios.
From an early age she became interested in yoga, but her practice in this medium took a new role her life after a serious car accident in 2009. In addition to yoga, she began exploring different somatic practices in addition to yoga that included Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, and Dynamic Integration. She completed her RYT-200 hour yoga training under the guidance of Suzanne Harrell of the Many Rivers Yoga training in 2011.
Dr. Taylor is also the founder and editor of The Flute Examiner, an online newsletter and publication dedicated to flute and flute pedagogy.
There will be a yoga class every morning at 7AM for the early risers, which is free and open to anyone who wishes to participate. If you are interested in early morning yoga, we recommend you bring appropriate clothes and a yoga mat.
Amanda's classes focus on the healing, creative qualities of yoga by focusing on traditional breath control exercises paired with movement. She primarily teaches and practices flow yoga, but is inspired by the Anusara, Yin, and Kundalini practices. In addition to her RYT-200, Amanda has studied Reiki-an energy healing practice-for over two years, and holds a Reiki II certificate. She loves helping students explore thoughtful movements with their body guided by breath to enhance their musical experience. Yoga classes at Wildacres Flute Retreat will specially address the following: various yogic breathing techniques (pranayama) to aid with performance anxiety, strength-building postures that are geared towards performance health (asana), and a presentation of basic postures that students will be able to replicate at home.