Aimee is no stranger to big ideas. She earned a double Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Brain & Cognitive Science at the University of Rochester. She says, “yoga philosophy was the first world view that made a lot of sense to me. The world is seen as a place of intrinsic goodness - the idea that things are inherently good seemed right to me.”
She goes on to explain, “things that are hurtful are misplaced, things that are not good are to be avoided - but they have their place. Radiation for example is poison, but when it’s used to treat cancer it’s medicine.”
“I was drawn to the idea that if we can find balance through each opportunity to correct and re-correct things that come up in our lives we can find harmony and the world can be more beautiful for us.”
Yoga philosophy comes from texts that are more than 5,000 years old, like Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Mahabharata and the Bhagavadgita. Aimee describes her teachers as “very dynamic and charismatic, they made what could be dry material come alive.”
So, how do we connect our Downward Dog to big ideas about life?
Aimee says, “philosophy gives us a context to think about our yoga practice, to take it to another level. We become more connected to why we do yoga, why others have done it and why those after us will do it.”
“I think we come to something like Philosophy and think we are studying something outside ourselves. We discover, we’re really studying and learning about ourselves.” In her own life, she says, “as I learn more - every book I read, idea I consider - brings me that much closer to myself.”
Aimee is teaching a 3 part series on the Philosophy of Yoga at Prana on March 6, 13 & 20. She says, “there will be plenty of opportunity to explore questions that interest people about yoga and explore their inquiries.” For more information or to sign up, call 585-678‐4001 or email email@example.com.
Aimee has spent the last 15 years studying and living her Yoga. She is a Blue Lotus teacher, teaches at Midtown and will begin teaching at the JCC in March. Aimee makes yoga and philosophy come alive with easy understanding and enthusiasm. She shares a home in Highland Park with her husband Michael, their baby Maxwell and dog, Rocco.