Ami Amore'

A Woman of Many Talents

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Yoga and what’s it to me… Part I

 

 

 

Photo credit: Anthony Sapone Photography

Yoga and what’s it to me…Part I

In 1996,  I was 40 pounds overweight and unhappy.  After sitting on the couch, pulling overnighters on a weekly basis for college, eating unhealthy foods and being with a rail thin partner who could eat whatever they wanted for 3 years straight, being called fat by my grandparents and waking up feeling bad about myself morning after morning. I needed to make a change. I was still going to college at Meramec and I was still working two jobs. I needed some PE credits to graduate and signed up for Hatha Yoga at school. Little did I know it would be a life long journey for me.

Walking in, I really did not know much about yoga. I did not know the spiritual aspects or the physical aspects. I knew was that I was going to stretch and it was from India and I always felt a connection to India and all things from India. Yoga for me was like that moment in the movie “The Jerk” with Steve Martin where he snaps and finds the beat. It was a portal to the beginning of a whole new life for me, a journey of many steps over the course of 22 years now.

My first teacher was Gudula Behm, I believe she was Swedish. She was a tiny, blonde woman in her early 50’s while she was gentle, she was fierce. Not only flexible, but strong physically and mentally. There was a grace and a commanding presence to her. She was encouraging and friendly, but most importantly she was a genuine person. I knew that she really loved this thing called yoga.

The class I was in seemed to be a bunch of regulars. As in, they did yoga around town at different places and had taken classes with her before. I was the only newbie. I remember walking in and at 22, I was the youngest person there. The first poses I learned were Vriksasana (Tree pose), Bahdakonasana (butterfly pose) and corpse pose. We did a lot of twists, folding and shoulderstands. Our final for the class was to teach a 3 pose flow to the rest of the class. I chose a seated twist, a forward fold and cow’s head pose. I got an A in the class and took it again the next semester. I didn’t have an inkling of a clue where this journey would take me, but 22 years later, here I am.

I began to lose weight, I stuck with yoga doing VHS tapes and taking classes around town. In addition to yoga, I started taking. water aerobics, I was also the youngest oerson in class and the only one under 50. Before I knew it, I had lost 20 pounds! I also changed my diet. I cut out soda and began to eat healthier. The weight finally came off, so much in fact that my wedding dress ended up being too big on me on my big day!

Fast forward to 1998/1999, many months after my big day. The rest of my weight came off from depression. I had found out something terrible and was unable to do anything but barely function. I lost another 20 pounds and made it to an unhealthy 98 pounds. I took a look in the mirror one day and decided I had to do reclaim my life. So I moved out, got a haircut, a new job and eventually I drew up papers and got a divorce and my old name back.

Soon after, I started integrating yoga into my life again. For many years I took it around town at different places. I’ve gone through many different styles being hooked on power yoga from 2002ish til 2008ish. In 2008, I kind of stopped doing yoga for a few months to focus on my up and coming dance career and due to some emotional issues I was working out. Then the pain started to creep in my right hip. I would wake up in the middle of the night with pain in my right hip. I went to see a friend who was studying to be a chiropractor and it helped, but what really helped was integrating yoga back into my routine. Bye bye pain.

Photo credit: Anthony Sapone

See yoga is amazing and wonderful if you can commit to a regular regimen even if it’s just once a week. But if you go all in and then stop, your body feels it and the pain comes back ten fold. So you really have to commit. It wasn’t until 2010 that I started getting into the mental, emotional and spiritual principles of yoga.

In January 2010, I went and had lunch with my Aunt and mentioned that I wanted to become a yoga instructor but how I did not have the money to pay for the tuition. Maybe jokingly she suggested that I post on MySpace or Facebook that I was looking for a private donor. I did. And I got a response. A legit, no ulterior motive response. Within a week, I had signed up for the next 200 hour teacher training with Jaime Sanchez at Urban Breath. What a journey it would be!

The training was once a month February through October for Friday through Sunday. It was challenging in every way possible. Physically, I was able, but there were a lot of poses I could not do, I was consistently humbled in the program. Mentally, it was way more reading than I had ever imagined also. A lot of food for thought in the materials we had to read, got me thinking about important things like existence as we know it, astral planes and energy in the body. As I studied and became more immersed in yoga philosophies, I also became more aware of my body and how I felt. Principles bcame integrated. I noticed physiological responses in my body to things like movies, music and people. I felt much more aware of how things made me feel physically, mentally and emotionally.

After ten long months, I finally graduated,but even my graduation would prove to be difficult for me as I was sick beyond belief. I had gotten the flu or a kidney infection. I had a high fever and sat shivering in the corner of the graduation. Too sick to enjoy or relish in my big accomplishment. But I did it, I had gone through all the training adn made it through depite everything going on in my personal and business life.

Fast forward another year or so, a break up from another unhealthy relationship, my home studio closing down so I converted my loft into the studio space that I today compose this story in. I live very simply in order to have the freedom of my lifestyle, but that is another story unto itself for another time.

Stay tuned for Part II…

 

Winter Introspection

January came and went and now February is in full swing. March will be here before I knw it and soon thereafter, Spring.

Winter is a time for reflection, rest, internal growth and development and often for many, a time of depression. Keep your loved ones close and your bed closer or something like that. For me it has been a time of internal reflection and growth staying connected with my friends and family, making new friends and sewing the seeds for future projects. While I am paring down my teaching schedule to make way for more metalsmithing and painting. I have decided to not take on any more gigs in 2018 unless it’s something I “will regret passing up”. I’m committed to the gigs I’m already booked for but that’s it. See below for my upcoming schedule.

January was a cold month filled with wonderful things. After taking some time off from work to work (yep, I did that…), I got back into full swing teaching dance classes. I have some exciting new choreographies in the works and I’m feeling more inspired and creative than ever. I went to the Burns dinner with my dear friend, Christine, then I somehow made my way to celebrate the bday of another dear friend, Stacey. I am blessed and thankful to have these women in my life.

I took a trip to Tacoma to teach workshops for Kat Ross’s  Tacoma Belly Dance . I was honored to be a featured dancer (as Predator) in her amazing production Horrific.  It was such a well organized show in an enormous, lovely theater (The Rialto) with over 400 people in attendance! Kat did such a wonderful job organizing ad orchestrating this, I left the weekend feeling inspired, thankful and happy. Thank you Kat.

Drumroll Studios

“fish n chips” and Bingo @ The Highline

Look at the that damn bird photobomb!

Celeste, Tempest and I

I had a day of the great outdoors with my dear friend, Chelsea. We hiked to the top of Tiger Mountain in Seattle. It was cold and rainy and I had not hiked in 4 months!!! I am proud of my 43 year old body for doing it! Later that same day i got to visit with my old friends Tempest and Celeste and catch up with them a bit, then I randomly stopped into a place called the Highline and had a delicious vegan “fish n chips” and maybe 2 beers and maybe I played the big gay bingo there. They soon did not forget St. Louis!  The trip was one of the best experiences and it really only whet my appetite for traveling even more. My wanderlust is strong right now.

The week after found me back to teaching my regular schedule and  furiously working on costuming for Naughti Gras at Koken Art Factory. Naughti Gras was two nights of full-tilt entertainment, people-watching, erotic themed art and sensuality.  It was two nights of walking in stilettos in my Baphomet costume, carrying a 40 pound snake and a 10 pound headdress and being ON. I had a great time as usual. I am very thankful for three of my dancers (Amaiyah, Aaron and Alena Volta) for coming out and helping me with my act. My act was my depiction of the Tarot Card, The Devil and how we are a slave to our own bondage. In the act, I had fire, the Lovers and of course, Little Booboo. I hope I can do that one again for something else I have in the works for future.

Last Thursday, I finally finished my last semester’s metalsmithing project. I’m so glad I finally got that done!

This past weekend was also full speed ahead with a casual performance and mini lesson at Sincerly the Craft in Belleville, a short time to catch up with friends, many practices and privates, time with JT, yoga classes and a successful pop up shop at Lucky Cat Tattoo.

This week finds me cleaning up my living space, starting a new painting, and preparing for this weekends show Hard Raks Cafe at the Monocle! I always love seeing newbies and experienced bellydancers alike perform and I love hosting! It’s an early show just 5$ and will probably sell out.

Next weekend finds me at the wedding of a dear friend and finishing up the Amoreography class at Van Ella Studios and the weekend after is Lola’s Student Showcase and Aalim’s Night at the Cashbah.

Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming this amazingly crazy and beautiful life I have created for myself, It’s important for me to stop and take a deep breath and take some time for myself to recharge and nourish.

Upcoming performances:

2/17 Hard Rasks Cafe at the Monocle 4:30pm

3/2 Van Ella Student Showcase at 2720 9pm

3/3 Aalim’s Night at the Casbah at American Legion Goff Moll Post 8pm

4/6 Urban Cabaret at Mad Art Gallery

5/5 Gateway Mens Chorus Fundraiser at Mad Art Gallery

5/12 Hard Raks Cafe at the Monocle

5/19 4 Hands Lupulin Carnival 2018 at union Station

6/2 Pagan Picnic at Tower Grove Park

6/29 Tribal Revolution in Chicago at The Westin Chicago

7/13 Left Hand Path Consortium at Lemp Mansion

7/14 Hard Raks Cafe – Punk A Rock A Belly – An all punk, rockabilly, old school rock n roll show at The Monocle

8/17 Raks Snarky – Tales from the Dorkside V – A Best of Show….

10/19 The Glint in Chicago

11/9 Urban Cabaret presents Night of the Shimmying Dead

 

 

 

Taking 2018 by Storm!

2017 came and left.

I spent New Year’s with friends, drank one to many cosmos and kissed 2017 (and probably a bunch of people, LOL) goodbye! It was a hell of a year. In my personal life, it was bittersweet with some family illness with my mom and aunt and the death of my grandma, a women in which we never really knew each other. Somehow good things always come and I got a lot closer to another aunt, whom I love dearly and we rekindled our relationship and it’s wonderful. i am thankful for her every day.

Happy New Year from Little Booboo

2017 was a lot about reconnecting and spending time with my girlfriends and reclaiming my power as a woman and individual. This past year challenged me to be more assertive to men, stand up for myself, let go of negativity and toxicity and become more aware of public issues. I even started listening to podcasts, even political ones (for those who have known me for years, yes, I know it’s a surprise) . I found out how good it feels to be assertive, how good it feels when you lift heavy burden of those people or situations that drag you down. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone personally, spiritually and professionally and I feel a better person for it.

I accomplished so much in 2017 professionally. I’m not sure where to even begin. Not only did JT (RobotsDestroy) and I put together our Hand of Fate Art Show in July, we actually sold a bunch of art! I finished more paintings in 2017 than I have ever done, a total of 16 paintings. I picked up my block printing skills again and managed two block prints before years end. I learned electroforming and started taking metal smithing at my local community college.

I learned a lot about vending in 2017, I made much more money doing shows where the fee was lower than the high profile (read high-priced) vending events. My favorite events of 2017 were Pagan Picnic in Tower Grove Park, Wolf Fest, Witches Night Out StL and of course my show, Something Crafty This Way Comes (2nd year in the running!). I got turned down for a a few art and vending shows and got accepted into a bunch of shows, everything happens for a reason.

I also got out there and met a great set of local artists whom I have quickly become friends with! For example, check out my buddies, Nelson Perez and  Adam Cook .

I also taught bellydance at Dianna Lucas’s Womens Weekends, it’s a wonderful experience to teach there and a wonderful way to care for myself. The whole weekend I felt loved and taken care of in every aspect. I took Qoya, Nia, did a lot of yoga and self reflection and danced around a campfire in my poop emoji onesie – good times!

I also started Metal Yoga classes here in St Louis once a month at the Crack Fox downtown. We do cool shit like chant fuck and scream and listen to really loud music! It’s usually the second or third Monday of the month and just 10$.

Speaking of which, I just finished an awesome conceptual yoga shoot with my dear friend, Anthony Sapone and here’s a sneak peek:

Photo by Anthony Sapone

I must be eager for 2018 because I haven’t once wrote 2017 on anything I have had to sign (and I’ve actually had a bunch of paperwork this week believe it or not).

Great things are already happening in 2018! Like I got hired to teach at Tribal Revolution in Chicago area! This was definitely one on my bucket list and what I had all but given up hope. Then, out of the blue (Blue Lotus Tribe as it were), they invited me to come and teach! Excited?! JUST A BIT!!!! Can you tell?!?!!! I’ll be teaching Metal Rage Yoga and Creative Dancer’s Toolkit and you can sign up here starting February 1st.

I have applied to some festivals, some vending things and art shows, so we shall see if I make the cut or not.

I have a full load of classes to teach and upcoming exciting choreographies and shows! Work on some new material for my Van Ella Studios Amoreography students in February as her showcase will be March 2nd. Also,  I just finished choreographing a new double sword routine for Aalim’s Night at the Casbah on March 3rd  Plus new choreography for AA Bellymancers, Mosaic Fusion and ERBD for Ami Amore’s Urban Cabaret on April 6th.

My ladies of ERBD are teaching a new session of the basics on Monday Nights and little Amaiyah of ERBD is teaching a daytime Rise n Shimmy class here at the studio.

Me and Deja hanging out at Tenth Life

Turk at Tenth Life

One of our lovely yogis enjoying a massage from a Tenth Life Cat

I volunteered today at Tenth Life Cat Shelter, for the first time just going to help out and not teach a class, that’s where I met this cutie named Deja and boy did I want to take her home! I’m still teaching Cats N Mats starting February it will be the first Thursday of the month and just 15$ – 10$ goes to the shelter and 5$ to me.

 

Later this month, I will be once again traveling to Seattle to teach and perform in Tacoma Bellydance’s Horrific 3!

I’ve been working real hard on getting my Patreon up and running. I have a few more things to do then I think it will be okay to launch before the end of January! It’s going to have yoga and bellydance instructionals, plus glimpses into my daily life, special incentives and contests for supporters.

I’m also working on a new logo. I love my current logos, but since I am a visual artist, I feel it’s time I designed my own. I registered and paid out of pocket for another semester of metalsmithing and a torch, shit just got real and now I’m committed.

Also my I finally got my Yoga Trapeze that I have been wanting for so long.

I have an upcoming series of Pop Ups at Lucky Cat Tattoo including the LoveCats VDay Pop up on Feb. 11th 12-3pm

In 2018, I’m looking to change my residence, possibly move my studio, travel more and gain a deeper understanding of myself and try new things with my art. I’ve already planned out my show schedule for the year, updated my class policies and rates and am planning out Something Crafty This Way Comes III!

So please stay tuned…

 

October came and went and now it’s November, fall is finally here, time for pumpkin pie and hitting the gym extra hard  to negate those extra calories and increase those endorphins! Here’s what new with me right now…

Dancewise…I’m currently working on my solo for the next Urban Cabaret, which is a 90’s theme. It’s amazing that I can easily choreograph group routines or solos for others, but have a hell of a time sitting down and staying focused on choreographies for me. So most of the time, I end up loosely choreographing my solos. Whereas, I map out meeting points in my movement, like I want this move to go here at this point in the music and I fill in the few gaps with improv. Now, this only really works if you’re able to feel the music and know the music inside and out.  Fortunately for me it does. And really, speaking of feeling the music, you should check out this amazing show at The Monocle on November 18th. I’m thrilled to share the stage with the passion on Los Flamencos as well as Korvina and Final Veil at Ole Habibi! A bellydance flamenco Fusion show.

The next thing I am working on is my syllabus for my upcoming workshops in Seattle/Tacoma areas this January! I’m really excited about teaching some dark veil and veil choreography and some new dark fusion moves and combos. I’m really excited about breaking out an awesome routine I only got to do once for their Horrific show also that weekend (plus I’m also vending). I’m also thankful to Tacoma Bellydance for having me out!

I just had an amazing shoot in a rustic location 2 weeks ago with the talented Carrie Meyer of The Dancers Eye.  

It’s always a bit chaotic for me to get ready for a shoot because I have a vision and throwing together a costume fro me is simply not enough. I worked down tot he wire to get my bra, headress and all the details in place. Thank goodness for friends like Shazza Dazzla, who took a sketch of the skirt and was able to turn it into reality and not only that but she helped out on the shoot itself, alot. I owe that woman everything. She really is my sister wife.

Sneak peek from my shoot with Carrie. Headress and necklace by me, skirt by Shazza Dazzla.

Producer me is working hard to promote Urban Cabaret. Urban Cabaret started in early 2010 and has now grown into what it is today. I am thankful for my ever talented cast of rotating and regular dancers of all levels from student to pro to bring you the best possible show. Also, I’m in the process of promotions for my 2nd year in the running, craft (anti craft) show Something Crafty This Way Comes. There will be around 30 vendors, family friendly entertainment, delicious food for purchase at Capitalist Pig  all in an overall fun atmosphere. Hoping to make it even bigger next year with more vendors!

How do I keep it all organized? LISTS, LIST and more LISTS! No joke. So many notebooks. No joke.

Visual artist me is working on new paintings always maybe not for a particular show but because painting is therapy. I’m going to continue with my skull-moth series and expand the ones I like best into prints and notecards. I have two weekends in a row in November of artshows that I have different paintings in including Dia De Los Muertos at the History Museum this weekend and Poptropolis next weekend at Koken! I’m steadily working on the sketch prototype for my 2017 Krampus block print with a new design for debut at Something Crafty This Way Comes 

Krampus 2017 WIP

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metalsmithing class is going amazing as expected. I got through my first class project with an A (it was the headdress I wore in my shoot a couple weeks ago). I’m learning soldering now and my next big project is to make a bezel pendant. This could be a game changer for Amorticious product line, but Rome was not built in a day and neither was my company! It’s taken 9 years to get here and I’m not stopping anytime soon.

Teacher me has added on another yoga class at the studio once a month. Metal Rage Yoga Home Edition Ver 2.0, just 10$. It starts in November. I’ll still have my monthly Metal Flow class at the Crack Fox and of course Cats n Mats at Tenth Life and the weekly C/O Yoga classes.

Personally, I am trying to keep active. With the winter months, all I want to do is hide away and sleep and hermit in the studio doing nothing but painting and creative projects. I am lucky to have such a lovely set of friends to keep me social and a fantastic artner who supports my crazy ideas. I’ve met a lot of new and exciting people this year and have worked hard to get my name out there in some new circles.

I find it hard to wear so many hats and am currently seeking someone who can help me figure it all out (a business coach?). 2018 will continue the changes. After all the only thing that’s constant is change. I’m hoping to move  in 2018 and travel more. I’m trying to worry less and just be in the moment more. I’m carving out more time for just me and less time for things or people who take and don’t give. I’m spending more time being with and doing who and what I care about most. And always learning in the process, because after all, life is a process and a journey.

I am thankful for reconnecting with some of my blood family this year. It has been insightful, wonderful and a true blessing to say the least.

So, closing up here’s a throwback from last year’s November Urban Cabaret. Enjoy and hope to see you at the show. Feel free to purchase tickets here.

 

Ami Amore from Michael Pearce on Vimeo.

Where the heck can I find Ami Amore’ the rest of 2017?!?

If you like this picture go check out my friend’s site www.stlboudoir.com

Friends, I’m gearing up for a busy rest of the year.

Its going to be fun, challenging and a great time for growth as an artist and personally!

So here’s a list of where you find in all areas of my life from now through December 2017:

October 14th – Little Bo’s Creepshow Year 5 – I’ll be performing with my two favorites (JT and Booboo) doing a sexy little tribute to Salma Hayek

October 21st – I’ll be vending as Amorticious at Wolf Fest for the Endangered Wolf Center

October 28th – I’ll be vending as Amorticious at the SOLD OUT Witches Night Out in Eureka

November 4th and 5th – Dia de Los Muertos at Mo. History Museum – I’ll have artwork at this show!

November 10th – I have a show I produce now 8 years in the running called Ami Amore’s Urban Cabaret. It’s going to be an amazing night of bellydance – all set to a 1990’s soundtrack. You will not want to miss this show! Iwill be performing, vending and running the damn show! Come on out! Buy tickets here

November 11th – I’m an artist in Poptropolis ii an amazing night of whimsy and surprise!

November 13 – 8pm – Metal Flow Yoga at the Crack Fox 10$

November 18th – Ole, Habibi! A flamenco/ bellydance fusion show. With live music and dance at the Monocle. An amazing night I’m excited to be performing once again not only with Final Veil, but Los Flamencos also! Buy your tickets early!

November 19th – Stretching spectaculaire! An intense stretchshop at Van Ella Studios

December 3rd – Something Crafty This Way Comes – A dark arts a-faire FREE! I’m vending and producing this damn show!

December 6th – Cats n Mats Yoga at Tenth Life 15$ 5$ goes to me and the rest to them, tickets by presale only

December 9th – Van Ella Studio Showcase Spectacular! At 2720 I’m performing and I will have a group of dancers performing as well! So much fun!

December 11th – Metal Flow Yoga at the Crack Fox 

December 16th – 5-7pm – The Return of Hard Raks Cafe‘ at The Monocle. I’m performing and producing this sweet little show at a sweet little price of just 5$ at the door

 

Hand of Fate was a success!

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to my first bigger art show in 17 years. 17 years to the month since my last display of many works.

The date was July 7, 2017. The venue was Mad Art Gallery in Soulard. The artists were myself and JT Walls, my partner in crime and my love.

I had 22 pieces of art on display. Over 150 people attended.

It was an evening of visual art, fantastic performances, handmade scones (sundried tomato/basil and lavender) and a crazy artist running around wearing a gold cow pelvis (that could have been me….)

July 7th was the culmination of many months of hard work and planning. I would like to call it the little art show that could and did. By all means a successful show, great turnout and we actually SOLD art!!!!!

A huge thank you to everyone who attended, performed, took photos, bought some art or jewelry and mostly my partner, JT. Without his encouragement and mentoring, I would not have made it this far.

There was a lot of blood (literally), sweat and tears (all literally) that went into this production. Because it was more than a simple art opening. I never do anything small or half assed so you know you’re always going to get something extra ordinary if I have my way. (And I usually get my way… but I digress)

What’s next? Well, more art, more painting, trying new things and of course always honing my technique and learning. One should never stop learning. Yeah and in less than two weeks I start taking a metalsmithing course at the local college. Time to up the game.

Other future things on the horizon? You bet. A solo show sometime…..let’s be realistic and say late next year. Hoping I can do something dark and spooky. Plus traveling. expanding my block print making knowledge.

While my dancing has been on the back burner for part of 2017, it is still a huge part of my life. I’m at a crossroads in many ways and am refining and honing in on my dancing too. You’ll see me perform less but I promise the performances you see will be top notch. Quality not quantity.

Here’s a video of an interview JT and I did at our show with Kerry from HEC (Higher Education Channel)

Applications now open for Something Crafty This Way Comes 2017!!!

Last year our alternative craft show was a great success! We had a fantastic lineup of vendors and a great turnout!

This year we hope for an even bigger turnout and more surprises! I think it’s going to be a splendid time! Hope to see you there!

Save the date… Sunday, December 3rd, 2017. 11am – 4pm

At Mad Art Gallery – 2727 S 12th St.

Free entry. Food for sale by Capitalist Pig. Live performances and demos.

Vendor applications accepted through August 31st, limited spot for around 30 vendors.

Pick the format that works for you!

Something Crafty app 2017 – Final

Something Crafty app 2017 – Final

Something Crafty app 2017 – Final

 

Exciting new changes!!!

So excited (and a tiny bit overwhelmed) about all the changes going on with my classes and such!

I have some exciting new offerings to share and have made a lot of changes to my schedule to accommodate going back to school part time (to take metalsmithing classes) and to generally do things that feed my soul.

Without further ado (drum roll please……)

My new schedule of regular and rotating classes starting May 2017:

Sundays:

11:00am Ami Amore’s Fast Track Bust Yo Ass Bootcamp (on the 1st or 2nd Sunday of each month)

1 – 3 pm The Original Ami Amore’s Bellydance Bootcamp (also on the 1st or 2nd Sunday of the month)

1-3pm Ami Amoreography at Van Ella Studios – A beginner level fusion bellydance veil choreography in 4 parts to be performed in an upcoming LVE student showcase (June 18th,23rd, July 2nd, 23rd) *I will have loaner veils for class.  30$ drop in per class or pay for the whole thing and save $$

3:15 – 4:15pm Bellymancing with Ami Amore’ – An exciting beginner level bellydance class only for men and those that identify as male gender. Performance opportunities will be provided for those who want them (weekly class 75$ session and 15$ drop ins)

5-6:15pm CO Yoga – All levels yoga class 5 years in the making taught by Ami Amore’. A fun yet relaxing yoga practice designed with you in mind. $10 drop in. Cash only.

 

Tuesdays:

3-3:55pm – Yoga / Mindfulness / Movement for teens (ages 11-17) In this class we will start with silence and centering, then begin to focus on our breath and breathing techniques as well as really tuning into how our bodies and minds are feeling, working towards developing an awareness of self. We will work towards quieting our active minds as we move mindfully into and out of basic and fun asanas (poses) set to uplifting music to develop coordination, grace, determination, strength and flexibility of mind and body. Each class will end with a soothing savasana. Taught at Diversified Health and Wellness Center in Kirkwood 15$ drop ins MUST PREPAY ONLINE THROUGH MIND/BODY

4-4:55pm – Tribal Fusion Bellydance for fitness and fun! Beginners only in this upbeat basics class! Ami will teach you the basics of bellydance with a fusion twist! We’re going to undulate, pulsate and shimmy, all while getting a fantastic workout that will help develop coordination, confidence, grace, muscle awareness like never before, better posture, stronger arms and core! Bring water to stay hydrated and be prepared to have fun and sweat! Also at DWHC in Kirkwood.  15$ drop ins MUST PREPAY ONLINE THROUGH MIND/BODY

5:30 – 7pm – Level 4 Bellydance and Troupe class – PRIVATE by invite only.

7:15pm – 8:15pm – Beyond the basics mixed level bellydance – By Invite only. Also the home of my student troupe, Mosaic Fusion. $15 drop ins or 75$ for a consecutive 6 week session.

 

Wednesdays:

6-7pm 1st Wednesday of every month – Cats n Mats Yoga at Tenth Life. Proceeds go to benefit the cat shelter. All levels yoga class. 18 and up and under 18 with parents permission! 10$ class prepay preregister only. Bring a mat.

 

I also teach private bellydance and yoga coaching all levels on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays based on availability, I charge 65$/hr. on up for a private session, inquire here.

New stuff in my world of dance, art and such!

Hi there! Is this thing on?!?

Been a busy past couple of months in the life of Ami Amore.

Busy with performances, most notably Naughti Gras, Maxi Glamour’s Queeriosity, Aalim’s Night at the Casbah and Rise & Scream. Looking forward to a few weeks of rest & relaxation before my Urban Cabaret show and Lola’s Student Showcase (April 14 & 15th respectively).

Live art at City of Night 3/9/17

 

Of course there was artwork to be done in between all the performances and classes I teach. A couple weeks ago I did live art at City of Night’s 3rd annual Night of Art, it was a fun events at Ready Room. This coming weekend I have art on display in Transcending the Spectrum at Westminster Press. Other than that I am getting ready for vending my wares at Cinco De Mayo on Cherokee St. and Crypticon KC in July.

Also looks like I will be making my way back to Seattle area next January for Horrific. I will not only be performing in the show but I will be vending and teaching TWO workshops! Yay!

 

New pieces listed on Amorticious:

Bat Cave Necklaces 30$

Small block prints just 10$

 

 

 

 

 

 

A current work in progress:

The High Preistess
Work in Progress

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a video by Michael Pearce of my performance at Queeriosity:

Ami Amore from Michael Pearce on Vimeo.

Celebrating 5 years of C/O Yoga

A little about the story of the resurgence of clothing optional yoga in St. Louis through my eyes.

The year is 2012, I had just gotten out of a relationship that had not only left me in an emotional bind, but a financial bind as well. Along with the studio I was teaching out of closing permanently and taking over the (expensive!) rent of what used to be a shared space, I had to make a go of it, so I set forth to convert my Cherokee loft home into my working studio.  Several hundred dollars later, i had myself my own dance/yoga/movement/community space. A serene retreat from the chaos of the outside world.

In 2010, I received my 200 hour RYT from West East Healing’s, Jaime Sanchez. I had every intention on utilizing my teaching skills that had already been put into practice for 8 years at that time with my dance students to teach the benefits of yoga. But being the out of the box person that I am, I needed to do something different. I knew that my classes were not going to be a stodgy, boring yoga class. they needed to be fun, create a sense of confidence and community and of course instill the principles of self awareness, self acceptance, prana and asana into our practice. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a creative spirit and an entrepreneur when it comes to trying new ways to make money, my name is also pretty much synonymous with the word community. Anyone who knew me back then, (even though an extrovert and a half naked performer!), I was extremely shy about getting undressed in front of other people. I was fine being naked around myself, but not thrilled with my body. Especially after years of judgement from family or “friends” calling me “fat”  or letting me know about all my imperfections and what the media tells us is beautiful.

I needed in my soul, to create this clothing optional group, it was my ticket to not only creating a wonderful community, making a bit of extra cash on the side, but it was key in getting me to finally start accepting my body and loving myself as I am imperfections and all. Clothing optional yoga is therapy. it is my therapy and yours too!

I knew of a naked men only yoga class in the South City area on Sundays in the last decade, then a friend of mine took over that studio and it had ceased (at least in that location). With the help of David Wraith or Sex Positive St. Louis, I held my first co ed clothing optional class here in this very studio in April of 2012. I went all in and found that I wasn’t as self conscious as I thought I would be!

5 years later, we have seen many wonderful changes including, growing into our own meetup group of over 700 yogis, adding on my dear friend, Maureen Hughes as another wonderful teacher (who has also been taking with me since the beginning!) and having 3 classes per week along with a bunch of amazing special events as well as a community of friends who, in reality, I could not live without. Some of the best friends I have made have been here in yoga. even a lot of the friends i have made through dance don’t compare to this group.

Our mission is simple, we provide a safe, no bullshit space for clothing optional yoga. Harassment and disrespect of any kind is simply not tolerated. No one will ever be turned away due to race, politics, gender, size or age. ALL are truly welcome here. This is a NON Judgement zone to practice yoga your way at your pace and level and at a price you can’t bat an eyelash at!

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