Featured Teacher: Ambre Emory-Maier

Why do you practice?   I practice to feel in touch with my true self, for the physical and emotional benefits and the enjoyment of moving.

Why do you teach?   Teaching is the act of sharing yourself and your gift’s from God with others. I teach to learn and be of service.

Inspirations?   The great saints, my family and the many people and students I come into contact with during my life.

Who have you trained with?  Many fabulous and wise teachers from the dance and somatics field.  Yogis-Marcia Miller, Linda OshinsDoug Keller, Swami Ramananda, Martha Marcom, Gail Sky among others.

What style do you teach?  Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative and I have been known to teach Ashtanga in a pinch!

What’s your favorite food?   I love cookies, fruit, cheese, cucumber salad and hummus.

What’s your nickname? As many of them as you care to share.   Ruby  or Chief (given to me by my dance students from long ago).

Do you own any animals?  Yes--two dogs-pit bulls-Karma and Margie.  Would love to have more animals but we do not have the room. I have an adopted turkey in Western New York on a farm that rescues farm animals called Cracker Box Palace. I went to high school with one of its founders.

What’s on your playlist right now?   Christmas Music, R & B and Big Band.

What’s your favorite yoga accessory A block.

What style influences your teaching?   I come from a dance background so much of my classes are filled with movement or vinyasa type flow. Since I started off as an Ashtangi-I have a tendency to structure my classes similar to the Primary Series format. However, I add in somatic and physical therapy exercises work depending on the theme of the class. I also love to offer restoratives and chanting to my students.

Favorite yoga pose?   Right now, Gomukasana-Cow-faced pose.  Great hip and shoulder opener.

What is your favorite TV show of all time?   I cannot say I have a favorite but I loved Bewitched, Scooby Doo and I Dream of Jeanie as a child.

What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name?   I am okay with my name but I probably would have chosen the more traditional spelling.  Thanks Mom!

Your favorite item of clothing?   I love fuzzy socks and dresses. Dressing up is fun but I do not do it much.

What did you want to be when you were little?  A veterinarian and a TV star.  I aspired to be on the Mickey Mouse Club as a kid.

Best trip you’ve taken, or dream trip you’d like to take?   I love going to the Keys-Key Colony Beach or traveling overseas.

What word describes you best?  Can any one word describe someone?

What drives you every day?  To live my life well as it is a gift and to try and be of service in some way to others.

Whom do you admire?   My husband, my teachers, my mother and fabulous friends

What is your mission?  Same thing that drives me every day plus what is on the to-do list.

What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?  I have been shown innumerable kindness in my life.

Fun fact about you?  I have sailed across Lake Ontario to Canada many times

What books are you reading right now?   The Hobbit--it is the 75th anniversary of the book. The Life of Abraham.