AMBER COOK YOGA
We Always Begin Again
Amber is a Yoga Instructor and Ayurvedic bodyworker based in Chicago, IL. With 11 years of teaching experience and over 2,000 hours of training she is known as the teacher of teachers which includes leading teacher trainings and workshops all over the world.
Amber creates a safe environment for students of yoga and clients of Ayurveda to discover their bodies physically and emotionally. In her yoga classes, she mindfully guides students through intelligent physical alignment and breath awareness in vinyasa and hatha classes. During an Ayurvedic bodywork session, she holds space for deep intentions and profound healing.
By cultivating self study, Amber's students and clients discover deeper vitality and happiness. Amber inspires students to honor their own authenticity, allowing them to feel more present, confident, and free. Grounded in your body and breath, you are able to travel beyond the physical into your profound truth. She will support you on your journey to the joy that lies within your heart.
Born and raised in Flint, MI among the demise of the auto industry and a town crumbling into poverty and crime, Amber persevered by allowing the experiences of her youth to propel a greater sense of social responsibility and compassion. Some of her first memories are picketing for workers' rights and human rights with her father. Her immediate family believed very much in equality for all beings and to speak up for what you believe in, and these values have influenced Amber most in her life.
At the young age of 19, Amber joined Americorps NCCC, a volunteer organization that focuses on community rescue. A traveler ever since, she has studied in Japan, took along term vacation in Hawaii, drove cross country in a 1971 Volkswagen, made her home in New Zealand for a bit and lived, worked and taught yoga in the mountains of Colorado.
Chicago has been Amber's home for several years. Here she recieved her B.A. in Poetry from Columbia College and her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training from Moksha Yoga Center. In Chicago before she was a yoga teacher she was introduced to Ayurveda, the science of living with the seasons. This is when the love affair with Abhyanga (oil massage) began. For the last 10 years she has been teaching workshops on self-care and self oil massage. More recently receiving training at The Mount Madonna Institute in California to be an Ayurvedic bodyworker focusing on giving Abhyanga to clients.
Having taught yoga now for 11 years, she still feels she is learning all the time. With over 2,000 hours of trainings with many amazing teachers, leading 200 hour teacher trainings herself, and facilitating numerous retreats around the world, she believes it is important to always be a student. She walks into every classroom, every conversation, every experience with humility and gratitude