"After taking my first yogic breath in 2010, I knew I had found something that would change my life. It was soon after that I realized that I had to share this important part of my life with others. I graduated from 200 hours of teacher training in 2015 and have taught over 400 classes since that time. Part of my yoga journey has been my recognition of the all too common theme of “who can and should be” doing yoga. Because my body isn't a typical “yoga body”, and hasn't always been accepted into all yoga arenas, I try to welcome each person and their body into my classes regardless of level or ability. In addition, I offer modifications using tools to allow your body to enter an asana in the way that is best for you. My classes are light-hearted and often erupt into laughter, while being gently challenging and allowing for you to confidently explore and grow your own yoga practice. As a forever learner, I recently completed my Curvy Yoga certification with body positive pioneer, Anna Guest-Jelley. I also hope to continue my 500 hour certification within the next few years. When not in the studio, you can find me supervising my claims team at a local health insurance provider. I also enjoy serving as a Big Sister with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Chattanooga as a mentor to my awesome little sister and spending time with my friends and family."
*Do I need experience to practice Yoga? - No experience is necessary.
All of our Yoga classes are geared for beginner students and no experience is necessary...we will guide through the poses.
*What do I need to wear? - Yoga pants or sweat pants. A tank top or t shirt that is not too loose or baggy. If the shirt is too loose or baggy it tends to get in your way. We practice yoga barefoot, wearing socks tends to make you slide making it difficult to do the poses
*Do I have to bring my own yoga mat? - No. We have yoga mats available for you to borrow free of charge. You are also welcome to bring your own yoga mat.
*Where do I keep my personal items during class? - We have cubbies that are located in the room where the classes are held. You are able to keep purse, keys, etc. here safe and in your sight.
*What can I expect? - Each Yoga class has a slightly different focus, depending on the type of yoga. All classes will be Beginner friendly, and the instructor is happy to offer adjustments and accommodations for any level.
Beth Oberle, RYT 200
About Our Classes
"Becoming a MAC yoga student has been one of the best decisions I've made for myself. The studio is filled with positive energy and an atmosphere conducive to well being. Amy Bockmon's yoga classes have been great for my mind, body, and spirit. She is always open to questions and has a great sense of humor which makes the classes fun. And although we all want to master the poses, Amy has taught me that yoga is more about mastering the art of learning and loving myself. I always leave better than I came. I would recommend MAC a thousand times over." -Canessa, MAC Yoga student, 6 months
Amy Bockmon, E-RYT 200
Beth teaches that any part of the pose is the pose and any body can do yoga. If you can breathe, you can do yoga! She teaches with intention and mindfulness with a focus on the mind-body-spirit connection. Her classes are built around a theme and start with gentle warm-ups building to an apex pose and then slowly returning to the floor to build strength and flexibility. Integrating breath and movement is the foundation of her teaching and you will learn to float along on your breath as you move through her classes.
Beth completed her 200 hour training in Batavia,Illinois with Karen Weber at the Fox Valley Teacher Training in 2016. Shortly after she and her husband moved to Chattanooga as fresh empty-nesters. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, sewing, knitting and other creative pursuits. She will also be beginning a 500 hr training here in Chattanooga this fall as well as further training in Sound Healing and Reiki.
Cyndi Allen, RYT 200
Our Body Positive Yoga Program is one-of-a-kind. All of our instructors are highly-trained in making yoga safe, accessible and approachable to all bodies, all people, all movers. They are experienced in helping to show you how yoga can work for your body, instead of trying to make your body work for yoga. You will find each of classes to be welcoming and embracing to your body and your ability level. All of our yoga classes are beginner-friendly! But please feel free contact us if you'd like a personal class recommendation!
Beginner Yoga Series
Understanding the basics is key to beginning anything new. In this 6 week series, we will learn the fundamental elements of yoga that will last with you for your lifetime of practice. As we explore basic poses taking the time to break down the common poses that are done in most any class.
This series is perfect for anyone who has never done yoga or those that have been practicing for years that would like to reconnect to the fundamentals or the practice.
A gentle Yin class and with a stronger focus on restorative poses. This class is great for those recovering from injury, seniors or those just in a need a gentle stress reducing class.
Intermediate Flow Yoga
This class is for those with previous yoga experience, who want a slightly more challenging practice.
Yoga for Back Care Series - This series will focus on back health, helping you to strengthen and balance your back and core, reducing back pain and discomfort.
Community Yoga - A general class suitable for any level.
Amy’s teaching revolves around giving each student the tools to work with where they are in life, by helping them to see their strengths and encouraging them to utilize that energy for continued progress. Amy brings a focus of alignment to her classes to facilitate healing both mentally and physically. Having suffered from depression and been fortunate enough to lose 75lbs since beginning her yoga journey, Amy believes that yoga can truly be for everybody.
Amy’s most recent training completed in the fall of 2013 with Joe Taft and Diedre Smith-Gilmer deepened her awareness and love of anatomy inspiring her to return to school to study Physical Therapy. Bringing elements of therapy in to the class room helps students connect to their bodies in new ways and creates an understanding that emotional healing can happen on a physical level as well as in the mind.
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