Meet Amber Love, one of our newest Yoga at the Museum instructors! Then join her Monday mornings at 9:15 when she teaches Chair Yoga at the Museum.
How/why did you get interested yoga?
I came to yoga through spiritual classes where meditation was included and used as a way to connect with the divine. Yoga wasn’t something easily found out here in these parts of NJ and I had to travel far to begin taking actual Hatha asana classes in the 1990s. I was looking for anything that would help with mental health issues that would also be good for my body but wasn’t focused on the fitness industry and beauty ideals.
What’s your specialty?
My current niche is gentle mat and chair yoga either separately or as combination. I’m also studying another level of Yin Yoga this year, which I think more people can benefit from than they might realize. Soon I’ll be certified in Yoga for Anxiety and Depression to complement my trauma-informed instruction.
I also like to encourage people to learn about how yoga is more than asanas. There’s karma yoga, seva yoga, jnana yoga, and more. On a small scale, I pick up litter I find when I’m out on adventures with my cat. On a bigger scale, I use my privilege to run a Kiva team which gives microloans starting at $25USD to people all over the world. You can donate to Kiva directly to support their operational expenses; or join a team like mine and begin loaning small amounts that are gradually repaid. I started my Kiva team with only $25 + fees and over the years, the team has supported 9 different individuals and groups all over the world from Kenya to the Philippines to the US. You can filter through the people seeking support by selecting country, their needs (farming, construction, water resources, etc), and even based on social causes like women-owned businesses, single parents, eco-friendly. https://www.kiva.org/team/seeking_dharma
What’s great about your class?
What I love about my classes is that every single person is so different. Their bodies have unique needs. It makes it more challenging to see that everyone is getting what they need from one hour, but if they keep coming back they’ll realize that they can find joy in the spectrum of yoga practices. If the movements aren’t working for them that day, I still invite people to stay, sit, breathe, and meditate with us. I’m not going to police people if they don’t have their arms up when I do or if they need five minutes to rest. I’m proud of them for listening to what their bodies are telling them.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
My favorite quote which I don’t have memorized, is the passage from Bruce Lee. I always shorten it to the first part, “Be like water.”: “Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
― Bruce Lee
When you’re not teaching yoga what do you enjoy doing?
I’m also a writer. I write weekly stories about my cats being detectives and investigating the local wildlife. People hear me talk about Gus and his adventures a lot. I also write novels including mysteries, magical realism, and one horror novella. When I can, I write short comic stories for anthologies especially if they’re for charity.
If anyone wants to know more about me, I’m on Facebook at seekingdharmayoga and have a website seekingdharmayoga.com.
Namaste.

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