Amy Wheeler, Ph.D.Optimal State Faculty Bios

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.

Amy has studied Yoga and Yoga Therapy in India, Europe and the United States.  During the past 25 years, Amy studied extensively in the T. Krishnamacharya Tradition.  On numerous extended trips, she studied at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) in Chennai, India.

2018-2020 Amy served as the 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 4 years.  Additionally, she helped to develop and define standards for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapists in the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).

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 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!