Have you ever felt as if life was unjustly working against you? Finances aren’t working out, relationships are tumultuous and even your body doesn’t seem to work with you. Amy went through the same ordeal many years ago. Flashback to the year 2000, Mrs. Amy Hunsaker-Williams was living in Los Angeles when she had a rough split from her roommates. In essence, she was a big ball of stress. It was at that time a colleague moved in with her and introduced yoga into her life. At first, Amy didn’t think much of it, but as time went on she noticed her attitude and personality changed, the anger she had been carrying around for years diminished, her body underwent positive physical changes and, you get the idea. Everything changed when she started slowing down and becoming mindful of her mind, body, and spirit.
Peace gets a bad rap. In our fast-paced world where we applaud drama and struggle, it takes a whole different mindset to stop and say, “I want peace. I want well-being. I want things to unfold for me effortlessly.” It’s amazing what one conscious breath in and out can do for us.
I am happy to announce Amy has opened her own studio. Though she has been teaching yoga for some time, she was moved to open a safe, judgement-free space where people from all walks of life can come to reconnect, replenish and rejuvenate themselves.
While she offers Christ-centered yoga for those wishing to implement the teachings of Christ in their daily practice, she offers secular classes as well. In other words, she has classes for Christians and for non-believers – and no, she is not trying to convert anyone at her center.
Her inspiration was to create a community Christ would have created: no questions, no judgments, and no one excluded based on their beliefs or lifestyle choices. Everyone is accepted with open arms.
Being one of the most reasonably priced yoga studios in Springfield and surrounding areas, Amy also sells yoga apparel and t-shirts. For the first month, you can get an unlimited class pass for $33. This means you can attend all the classes you want in that first month, and they hold classes every day of the week except for Sunday.
Amy is a mother of two and started off as a hairstylist for 12 years. She even worked at Karma Salon in Springfield, Mo for a little while! While she loved the creative aspects of hair styling, this industry was hard on her body. For one, listening to other people’s stories can be incredibly inspirational or incredibly draining. Without being able to process negative conversations rightly, it took a toll on her body. She felt like a 55-year-old in a 38-year-old body! Yoga not only supported her in processing some of her clients’ stories, but it helped to heal her body. Now she feels on top of the world.
Amy is certified through a ministry called Holy Yoga. She couldn’t sleep one night, so she decided to pray. It was then she heard within, “look up Holy Yoga.” As she googled it in the middle of the night, she found a plethora of information on the subject. She had an informational call with the organization and the rest, they say, is history. She completed the 500-hour master program where students focus on yoga and intense bible study. Amy underwent so much physical, emotional and mental healing that synchronicity started unfolding in all aspects of her life – one of them being Laid Down Life Yoga Center.
One of the things I absolutely loved about Amy, besides our innate ability to talk on and on about yoga, meditation, and mind-body-spirit connection, was how safe it felt to be around her. It felt like I could tell her anything – even those deep dark secrets I don’t let anyone know about – and I wouldn’t be judged. In my opinion, this isn’t something you experience with everyone. I am happy to have met her acquaintance, and feel blessed to have had the conversations we’ve had. As someone who considers herself spiritual rather than religious, it was lovely to discover there is a safe space where I can connect with like-minded individuals without being judged or have the fear of being converted into another religion. It is a beautiful platform for people to reconnect, refresh and rejuvenate themselves.
I will see you there Springfield!