Season 1, Episode 5

Yoga in a Western World: Why It’s Powerful & Sometimes Misunderstood

Hosts

Jennifer McKenna

Rebecca Turk

 

Guest

Amber Barry
Owner of Westside Yoga
https://www.westsideyoga.com

Guest: Amber Barry

Those of us who practice yoga know its extraordinary value in our lives. Yet many are still unsure, unaware or outright opposed to it in a Western society with a strong Christian culture. Join Jennifer as she discusses the importance of and misinformation about yoga with Amber Barry, the owner of the yoga studio where Jennifer practices regularly. Amber has trained and traveled extensively in the pursuit of helping others enhance the quality of their lives significantly through the powerful practice of yoga. An innovator in the yoga industry, she uses unconventional teaching methods to make ancient yoga disciplines accessible and relevant in the modern world.

About This Episode

Amber Barry is the Founder and Director of Yoga Education at Westside Yoga. As one of the most experienced yoga instructors in the Southeast, Amber inspires lifelong wellness with her healthy and relatable approaches to yoga, mindfulness, and everyday well-being. She is the Founder of Westside Yoga, Host of Crazy Healthy Radio, and Keynote Speaker at amberbarry.com. Her passion for yoga stems from the personal transformation she experienced when she first met her mat in 1998. Yoga helped Amber reclaim her life after a devastating car crash, which left her suffering and living in severe pain. Through her practice, she was able to completely rehabilitate her body, and cure daily migraines that had limited her life since she was a child. She now lives pain-free, and is thriving. A former marketing executive, Amber began her teaching and coaching career in 2001, and has been an outspoken advocate of mindfulness, movement, discipline, and plant-based nutrition ever since. Amber encourages her students to step outside their comfort zones, practice yoga daily, and trust the struggles on the journey to total body health. As a lifelong student of yoga, Amber has studied with respected teachers Seane Corn, Bryan Kest, Tias Little, Sara Ivanhoe, Steve Ross, and many others. She grew up in the Washington, DC area, is a graduate of University of Virginia, and has lived in Atlanta since 1994.