Amanda Thoa

Amanda Thoa Imes

Class: Rise & Shine Yoga, Warrior Sculpt, Journaling as a Mindfulness Tool Workshops

Background: Amanda has been practicing yoga for 12 years. When first introduced to yoga, she immediately felt that yoga was something her mind and body needed. As an anxious person, yoga helped calm her mind and reconnect to her body. Curious to learn more, she took the CorePower Yoga Sculpt Certification in 2013. This spring she will begin her 200RYT. Amanda has many hours of practice, immersion, and workshops under her belt. A lifelong student, she thrives on learning more about mindfulness practices and moving meditation.

Amanda wrote, “As a teacher, I’ve found so many interesting new friends on the mat. Like anyone, I have bad days. However, I always do my best to bring my best version of myself to class as a teacher. I know that some of my students might be having a difficult week too, and that one hour on the mat might just be the hour that turns their week around. I have yet to make it further than 45 seconds into a class with a bad attitude.

Teaching fulfills me. I leave class feeling joyful. That is what yoga and writing do for me - they save my life sometimes. They are my secret lifeline to joy, forgiveness, groundedness, serenity- to the truest version of myself.”

Interests: Amanda currently works as an economist for the State of Minnesota. She divides her time between St. Paul, MN and Duluth, MN. Amanda owns and operates a paddleboard outfitter, SUPerior Paddle, in Duluth, MN. This business is operational during the six to seven weeks of summer in Duluth. She also owns and operates Boreal Bliss Yoga Retreats. These retreats focus on journaling as a mindfulness tool, meditation, connecting with nature, and of course, yoga!

Certifications: Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training Certified, CPR/AED

Quote: “This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.” –Walt Whitman