Amy Wheeler is a new thought leader in the field of Mental Health and Women's Health who is changing the world with her revolutionary system of health and healing. Amy guides individuals, groups and organizations using her Optimal State™ system to transform people from the inside out. For over 25 years Amy has been a consultant to elite level athletes, peak performers and healthcare organizations that require living in their optimal state to achieve their desired goals. Amy has a deep passion for helping clients to get clarity about the causes of their ineffectiveness, and then walks them step-by-step towards their optimal state using her signature system. She has personally transformed classrooms, sports teams, corporate management teams and board-rooms by helping them to recognize when and how they are out of balance. She then helps the individual or team get back into the flow of maximum performance quickly and efficiently. Amy's strength lies in taking very complex systems of thought and breaking down the problems into language and exercises that are simple to understand. This allows her to guide her clients to solutions almost immediately.
Amy's life purpose has been to change the way people view mental and physical health by educating them about the inter-relationship between Yoga, Psychology and Public Health. 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 also conducted many yoga research studies at California State University, San Bernardino, where she has been an active Professor of Kinesiology for 21 years. Amy teaches many courses pertaining to Yoga, Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy of Sport and Exercise. Amy has been involved in developing numerous Yoga Therapy research projects and works with university researchers. 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 specializes in women’s issues at all phases of life with emphasis on the endocrine system, nervous system, digestive system and structural kinesiology.
Amy has studied Yoga and Yoga Therapy in India, Europe and the United States. During the past 18 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 Trainer 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 President of the Board of Directors to the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Prior to this, Amy had served on the Board of Directors as Secretary for IAYT for 3 years. Additionally, she helped to develop and define standards for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapists in the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).
Amy is the CEO and founder the Optimal State™ & the Optimal State™ 865 Certified Yoga Therapist Program. She trains yoga teachers and yoga therapists at the 200, 300, 500, 800 and 1000-hour levels. Amy has authored 14 training manuals, 7 children's books, 3 books of poetry and also 865-hours of curriculum for the Optimal State of Living programs. She and her husband, George Mantoan, have created hundreds of hours of audio and video courses for health and healing that can be found on www.amywheeler.com. Amy and George are currently working on a mobile App that they hope will change the future of mental health on a worldwide scale. Stay tuned for this revolutionary mobile App!