About pages are hard work
There are full day workshops, courses and formulas about How to Write the Perfect About Page. People make a living teaching others how to write the right things in the right order so they can sell themselves to the right people. The reason this site took so long to go live is because I was sweating and slaving over this page.
In the end I decided What I Do is not Who I Am. And I cannot be summed up succinctly. None of us can.
Because I’m a conflicted, complicated mess of a person. Like we all are.
What I do is weave words together to make people think better and feel more.
I teach yoga as a way to wake up in the body, to be present with what arises even if it’s ugly, hard, sad and scary. To get strong and honest about what is true.
I teach meditation as a way to clean up the mind so you can craft a life you cannot wait to wake up for in the morning.
I’m a mother to two fierce girls, a mentor, a birth-worker and creative and conscious entrepreneur.
Who I am is probably best articulated if I share with you one of my journal entries:
Keep praying, sitting, softening, surrendering, observing, listening, allowing, learning, smiling.
Everyday I wake up ready and willing to serve the highest. Everyday I question who I am being and who I am becoming, what I’m contributing and how I am loving.
Everyday I am seeing new things and feeling more alive, more thankful.
The pain in my heart is still there but I am ok. I trust. I am not alone ever. I am here and God I want to live and love as much as fucking possible.
I want to feel drained at the end of every day because I gave it all I had. I want joy and truth. I want high vibes. I want good love. Beauty. Fearlessness. Juice.
Be here with me if you want to think more expansively, heal yourself and heal the world.
Be here with me if you want to live a deep, juicy, luminous life.
And here, in case you need it, is a professional bio:
Amanda Vella is a writer, teacher and the founder of Illuminate Yoga, Sydney. She writes candidly about relationships, wellbeing, motherhood, spirituality, leadership and self-expression.
Amanda teaches self-awareness practices including yoga, meditation and enquiry so you can show up as the most powerful person in your life. In 2010 she founded Illuminate Yoga where she is the principal teacher and facilitator of 40 Days FLY, a six-week yoga and lifestyle program. FLY is a journey of self-discovery where students are asked to question limiting beliefs, move towards a life of limitless possibility and embody yoga in the world.
A leader of the active birth movement in her community, Amanda has supported hundreds of women and their families during pregnancy, birth and beyond. She works to shift attitudes around birth and raise awareness about postnatal depression.
Amanda lives with her two daughters, Jordan and India, in Sydney’s multicultural southwest where she was born and raised.
- Bachelor of Journalism (History, Politics & Philosophy), UWS
- Bachelor of Teaching (Primary Education), UWS
- Postgraduate Certificate of Creative Writing (current), Macquarie University, Sydney
- Hatha Yoga Teacher, Prana Space, Sydney
- Advanced Diploma of Yoga, The Yoga Institute, Sydney
- Yin Yoga & Insight Meditation with Sarah Powers, Sydney
- Prenatal Yoga for Conscious Birth with Janice Clarfield, Sydney
- Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga with Anna Davis, BabyBliss, Byron Bay
- Birth Doula with Susan Ross, Birth Right, Blue Mountains