I want to help you improve your life, one yoga class at a time.
Living with a chronic health condition isn’t easy. There can be days where it’s hard to function because you’re in pain or you’re suffering. You want to practice yoga because you know you’ll feel so good, so happy, and so relaxed. Take a deep, calming breath, my friend. I can help you practice yoga right now. I LOVE to teach yoga because I know how it’s made my life and my health 1,000 times better and I want you to enjoy the benefits too!
I’m Amy Hernandez, and my purpose in life is to help others. Through my Master’s degree I learned a great deal about the connection between mental and physical health. After having worked as a public health researcher on substance abuse prevention, mental health, and HIV related research for more than fifteen years, I was looking for a way to combine my love of public health with my love of yoga. I wanted to find a way to improve people’s lives in a more direct manner. I knew that yoga could do that because of my own experiences as well as my research knowledge.
It’s my passion to teach yoga to those living with chronic health conditions. After practicing yoga for over twenty years, I decided it was time to learn how to teach it. After learning, studying, and teaching yoga these last couple of years, I started this business to help people living with chronic illnesses practice yoga. You see, I have asthma and back problems (just to name a few), so I know what it’s like to live with a long term health condition that can impact your entire life, including your ability to take yoga classes. Yoga has helped me improve my breathing, reduce my back pain, and lower my stress.
Through my online classes, I offer slow flow, restorative and chair based yoga. Want to find out what it’s like to have a compassionate, knowledgeable yoga teacher who gets where you are coming from and makes each class accessible to those living with chronic conditions? Practice with me!
My “Official” Bio (the one in third-person)
Amy Hernandez has been practicing yoga for over twenty years. She graduated from the Blue Lotus Yoga and Movement Arts Studio in Raleigh, NC, with her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification. Amy is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with a 200‐Hour Certification through the Yoga Alliance. Amy is certified in Therapeutic Yoga which specializes in helping those living with injuries and illnesses. The Therapeutic Yoga components of Amy’s teaching are based on her Therapeutic Yoga certification through the Therapeutic Yoga Training Program by Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal, not derived from her RYT 200‐Hour Certification through the Yoga Alliance. She has taken workshops and webinars on Yoga for Osteoporosis, Yoga for Depression, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Amy has received trainings in Restorative Yoga as well as Yin and Yang Yoga. She has completed additional trainings on yoga for individuals living with chronic illnesses. She was a scholarship recipient to the First Annual Accessible Yoga Conference. Amy serves as an Accessible Yoga Ambassador to further expand access to yoga to people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and seniors. She is certified in adult First Aid, CPR and AED from the American Red Cross.
Amy teaches styles such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Chair, Therapeutic and Restorative Yoga to students with a variety of fitness levels, interests, health conditions, abilities and needs. She enjoys teaching because it allows her to share her love for yoga with students. Connecting movement, breath and mindfulness in each class, Amy imparts the benefits of practicing yoga to all her students.
Prior to starting Health Conscious Yoga®, Amy was a public health researcher with more than fifteen years of professional experience. Most of her research career focused on substance abuse prevention, evidence-based HIV prevention studies, mental health, and HIV treatment research. She blends her knowledge from her education in Marriage and Family Therapy and her research experience in public health to inform her yoga classes. Her dedication and commitment to public health are shown in her years of helping others.