About Amy: "Amy Rizzotto, RYT-200, is a food and fitness loving blogger, yoga instructor and nutrition coach based in Washington, DC. Amy's passion is looking at the space where yoga and nutrition fuse for optimal athletic performance and overall mind/body wellness. MOAR-fit.com serves as her platform for sharing words of motivation, tasty recipes for health and workout tips. You can learn more about what she's up to by following her on Facebook and Twitter @MOARfit."
Amy is also the co-owner of Yoga Heights, a new studio coming to Park View in the Spring of 2014. She was kind enough to answer some questions for us in our Featured Yogi segment.
How did you begin practicing yoga?
I began my exploration of yoga in 2004 while attending George Washington University. Over the last 10 years, I have incorporated different styles into my personal practice including Bikram, Ashtanga, Power Vinyasa and martial-arts inspired yoga. My practice is ever-evolving and surprising me in ways I could never imagine.
Why is yoga important to you?
Yoga is a healer. It can not only mend muscles and ease aches, but can also provide incredible stress relief, self-confidence and energy and outlook boosts--especially when practiced with regularity. With my busy schedule it's a necessary part of my work-life balance and ultimately the key to my overall well-being. The fact that it can be that, or even just some part of that, for anyone and everyone is amazing to me. I'm definitely a big believer that yoga is beneficial in some way, shape or form for everybody.
What made you want to teach yoga?
I love how dynamic yoga is. Every student shows up to class looking for something a little different. It's a fun and energizing challenge to develop sequences that empower and enable students to take whatever it is they want or need from their practice that day. As a result, yoga is also an amazing creative outlet for me as a teacher. I don't have much creative freedom at my full-time job, so every time I put together a class I am grateful for it as a form of expression. I get to be playful and mindful of what will not only suit my students' physical goals but also provide maximum mental benefits like stress-relief and improved focus.
Do you have a preferred type of yoga to teach/practice? Please elaborate.
I absolutely love teaching fusion yoga classes. My teaching style is influenced by ten years of practicing different yoga styles, my background in athletics, and my passion for functional fitness training so I like to share that embrace of diversity with challenging fusion classes designed to keep students on their toes. I'll be teaching a "Fusion Flow
" class at our new studio, Yoga Heights
, which will bring together the best of yoga, martial arts and plyometrics for a high energy, mixed movement workout.
What I like to teach is a reflection of how I like to practice. I take a variety of classes and play around with my home practice to get new ideas for moves and sequencing. I try to keep my personal practice balanced between power yoga for strength, yin yoga for flexibility, and martial arts-inspired yoga as a sort of moving meditation.
Describe a yoga class with you as the instructor. What makes the experience unique?
A class with Amy Rizzotto will bring you out of your head and into your body by challenging you with creative sequences focusing on balance, core work and recurrent attention to breath. Her personal passion for mixed movement infuses her classes with fun twists and playful transitions.
Who is your favorite Washington D.C. area yoga teacher?
My favorite local teacher is Steve Abate. His advanced classes allow space and time for adding your own personal flair and preference to transitions between poses. He gently encourages students to get out of their comfort zone and try poses or variations they wouldn't otherwise attempt.
Want to take a class with Amy? Don't forget to enter this week's giveaway - a FREE month of classes at Yoga Heights. Ten and five class packs are also up for grabs as well!