Amanda Steinken encourages self-exploration on the mat + meditation cushion, inviting you to rediscover the resilience, wisdom, and sense of wholeness at your core. Knowing that new possibilities and creativity rest in the pockets of imperfection, Amanda creates a safe space to honor your humanity, including its messiness and contradictions. She truly believes that mindful compassion, in focusing on sustainable transformations in the body, mind, and heart, is slowly but surely shifting the world for the better. She crafts her yoga classes to spark the innate rhythms within, striving for balance among deep yin stretches, supported restorative postures, strong holds, and sweaty and playful flows. Her meditation sessions start where you are, focusing on tender awareness and acceptance of yourself and your life. Amanda’s mission as a teacher is for you to experience your inner cadence and develop your self-trust, sensing when it’s time to rest, reflect, and return to wholeness, and when it’s time to move, engage, and live more fully.
In addition to her yoga, Amanda is an eternal student, utilizing multiple modalities of self-exploration, expression, and community involvement. A graduate of Indiana University (IU) with coursework in studio art and comparative literature, she continues to doodle, paint, draw, collage, and write on the daily. Having earned a Liberal Arts and Management certificate from IU's Kelley School of Business, Amanda currently serves as the director of studio operations at Bottom Line Yoga in the Chicago Loop. As a big supporter of community engagement, Amanda offers her yoga instruction around the City of Chicago, partnering with The Awakening Center, ONE Northside, The Exoneration Project, Body Boop, Mission Propelle and the teachers at Marshall High. Her complementary passions offer a unique blend of artistry, playfulness, organization, and service that she brings to each of her yoga and mindfulness classes.
Amanda completed her 200-hour training with Buffy Barfoot in 2014, and remains humbled by the practice and possibilities of yoga. She continues to train with masters of the craft. To deepen and broaden her expertise, Amanda trains in Restorative Yoga with teacher Judith Lasater, Mindful Meditation with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, and Rajanaka Yoga with Douglas Brooks. She has also studied Trauma-Informed Yoga with Molly Boeder Harris, Yoga Therapeutics with Buffy Barfoot, Yoga Nidra and Subtle Body Sequencing with Mia Park, and Tantric Yoga Practices for women with Yoli Maya Yeh.