Ep. 11 - Ethical Studio Management
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This week, Sarah talks with Bend and Bloom founder, Amy Quinn Suplina. In light of the unionization movement, these two women explore what it means to run an ethical yoga studio and how studios in New York City might be impacted by the move to unionize.

Amy Quinn Suplina
Amy has been teaching yoga since 2002 and founded Bend + Bloom in 2008.  She teaches a breath-based, contemplative Vinyasa that challenges us to find space in our bodies so that we can find room in our lives to live well and more fully.  She completed her first yoga teacher training with Kimberly Wilson, Simon Park, and Darren Main at Tranquil Space in Washington, DC in 2002 and with Cyndi Lee of Om Yoga in 2005.

Her early days of teaching were balanced by her career in social justice and human rights organizing.  Amy believes contemplative practices, like yoga and meditation, are essential components to transform our habits so we can build and embody new skills to manifest what we care about in our lives and the world.

Amy is trained in teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga by the Trauma Center of Boston and completed the two-year Embodied Anatomy and Physiology course at the Breathing Project with Amy Matthews. She is also a certified Physioyoga Global practitioner. Amy integrates explorations of anatomy and physiology into her class by designing purposeful sequences that weave asana, pranayama, bandha work, and focused inquiry.  She is a mentor with the amazing Africa Yoga Project based in Nairobi.

You can connect with Amy on Instagram or find Bend and Bloom on Instagram and at https://www.bendandbloom.com/.

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