Amy Wheeler, Ph.D. - Over the last 25 years, Amy's life purpose has been to educate people in yoga, psychology and wellness. She uses her professional skills to engage students’ body, breath and mind; teaching them how to create sustainable health and happiness.
Amy earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and her B.A.and M.A. in Health Promotion. She began her body-mind teaching career as a Sport Psychology Consultant and Yoga Teacher to many elite-level athletes, including the Los Angeles Lakers, various Professional Athletic Teams and five U.S. Olympic/National Teams.
Amy has studied yoga and yoga therapy in India, Europe and the United States. During the past 15 years, Amy studied extensively in the T. Krishnamacharya Tradition. On numerous extended trips, she studied at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) in Chennai, India. Amy has been certified as a yoga teacher, yoga teacher trainer and yoga therapist in this tradition and has completed 2 comprehensive yoga therapy internships at the KYM. Prior to this, Amy completed teacher training certifications in several internationally popular styles of yoga and yoga therapy.
Amy is currently involved in developing numerous Yoga Therapy research projects and has worked with researchers at Vanderbilt University. Studies include: 1) Using Yoga Therapy to decrease diseases associated with Metabolic Syndrome such as high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. 2) Using Yoga Therapy as a tool to increase the effectiveness and positive experience associated with Kidney Dialysis treatments. 3) Using Yoga Therapy to lessen the negative impact of chemotherapy as it relates to treatment of Colon and Rectal, Ovarian and Uterine Cancer. 4) Using Yoga Therapy for the reduction and management of pain associated with recovery from lower back surgery, as well as decrease in repeat back surgeries. Amy has also conducted many yoga research studies at California State University, San Bernardino, where she is an active Professor.
Amy serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Additionally, she is helping to develop and define standards for Yoga Therapists inthe National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).
Amy teaches Yoga Therapy at the Loyola Marymount University Yoga Rx Program, and is on the LMU Faculty offering one of the first Masters Degree Programs in Yoga in the United States. She specializes in women’s issues at all phases of life with emphasis on the endocrine system, nervous system, digestive system and structural kinesiology.
Amy founded the Healing Yoga Institute in 2007. She trains yoga teachers at the 200, 300 and 500-hour levels for the Healing Yoga Institute. She trains Yoga Therapists at the 1000-hour level.