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Corinne Andrews is the owner/director of Yoga Center Amherst and a senior teacher of Embodyoga®. She is also the founder and head author of Birthing Mama® Prenatal Yoga and Wellness, an online Holistic Pregnancy Program. Corinne has been teaching yoga to people of all ages and abilities since 2003. She teaches weekly gentle, vigorous and flow classes as well as prenatal and postnatal yoga, shabbat yoga, private yoga sessions for health and healing and the 200 hour Embodyoga® Teacher Training.
When not practicing, studying or teaching yoga, Corinne spends time and space with her greatest spiritual teachers – her son and daughter, husband, dog, herb and veggie gardens and walks in the woods.Learn more about her practice at yogacenteramherst.com or birthingmama.org.
What inspired you to become a yoga teacher/practitioner?
During my sophomore year of college I was seeking myself amid the flurry of social life and academic fumblings. I started taking yoga classes through the college and my whole life changed. Longstanding patterns of anxiety and an underlying physical discomfort and dissonance began to release. I was so in love with the path of yoga that I dedicated my entire life to studying and teaching. I took trainings and workshops in many different yoga schools throughout the US, and in 2005 I discovered Embodyoga®, which I knew right away was the place for me. In the past 10 years my learning of what it means to be embodied, and what lies at the mysterious intersection of spirit and matter, have deepened progressively, and I’m so honored to be able to share what I’ve learned with others.
What goals do you have for your future?
I aspire to become more whole by facing my fears and acknowledging my limitations. To heal habits and beliefs that keep me small. To become a more patient and present mother to my children by practicing active listening and deepening my meditation practice. To expand our community at Yoga Center Amherst by connecting with practitioners and building a diverse array of offerings that respond to real needs and aspirations. To help Birthing Mama® Prenatal Yoga and Wellness reach more women, supporting their pregnancy adventure and enriching their lives. To bridge all of my work with the vision and spirit of Auroville in South India. To experience more of the world, hear diverse languages spoken, touch the earth in different nations and continents, and spend more time in India, including living in Auroville with my family for an extended period. To experience selfless service and the true devotion that spontaneously arises from compassion.
What's the funniest moment or most fun experience you've had as a teacher?
Teaching parent and baby/postnatal yoga is like conducting a circus in a room with amazing acoustics. Often there are 10 or more babies in the room, all needing different things - sleeping, crying, finding their voice, nursing, spitting up, giggling, rolling... They’re loud and uninhibited and so very adorable. Somehow we are also trying to breath, relax, tone and practice yoga! We call it zoo-baby yoga. It’s actually kind of perfect though – can we find peace and presence in the midst of a totally chaotic space like a room full of babies?
What is a one thing most people may not know about Prenatal Yoga?
Prenatal Yoga is for EVERYONE! Even if you haven’t practiced yoga before, any woman at any stage in her pregnancy can enjoy prenatal yoga and reap its benefits during pregnancy, childbirth and the post partum time. Also, surprisingly the thing that many women say they love most about the class is the sharing circle, where they consistently have the space to speak truth, be heard, listen, cry, and find community with other women sharing the journey from ‘ordinary’ life through the transformative and unparalleled moment of birth and beyond. The sharing circle then leads into the practice time where women still feel part of the group but also go deeply within themselves. Many meaningful friendships are formed through prenatal yoga class.
What advice would you give to someone just beginning to practice yoga?
Developing a practice can be tough at first – the body and mind’s habitual patterns of collapse rebel against the discipline. It’s super hard as an adult to start something new – something that you’re not ‘good at’. But give it a shot and stick with it– practice consistently 2-3 times each week for three months and see how you feel. It’s a worthy experiment. Also stay open and inquisitive. Yoga is a path of healing and definitely not just about “doing” cool postures. Your body is your own personal laboratory – you’re the scientist with an opportunity to inquire deeply into the many layers and systems. Every single cell in your body is wildly intelligent and alive, and yoga offers you the chance to touch this aliveness, listen to it, and admire it. But you have to make the commitment to get the full benefit of how yoga philosophy and practice enhances your life.
Tell us something most people don't know about you!
In 2013 my marriage was going through a hard time and my husband and I received guidance to go to Auroville in Southern India for healing. We went with trust and a few weeks later, we had childcare lined up, passports and visas had arrived the night before we were due to leave and we were on an airplane to India! It was the most spontaneous thing I have ever done and our lives haven’t been the same since – in all good and profound ways.