#HomeGrownStories – Amanda Brown
Amanda Brown is a Miami County native and a Piqua High School graduate. After working for the Miami County Mental Health Association and the Tri-County Board of Mental Health & Recovery, she pursued a career in teaching yoga. In April 2013, she opened balanceYoga by Amanda on Wayne Street in Piqua. The yoga studio has received a lot of community support and has offered many free and public classes. In August, balanceYoga by Amanda hosted an outdoor yoga class with Piqua Mayor, Kazy Hinds. In October the studio will graduate nine yoga teachers from their first National Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training course.
On her connection to Miami County:
I was born and raised in Miami County. I grew up in Piqua, Ohio, where I still live. My parents, Ken & Jean Heath, live in Piqua as well.
Growing up, I didn’t know where my career would take me. I graduated from Piqua High School in 1994. I went to the University of Toledo where I received a Bachelor degree in Education. I specialized in Community Health Education. I came home after graduating and started working as the Director of the Miami County Mental Health Association in Troy. I then transitioned to work for the Tri-County Board of Mental Health & Recovery. In 2012 I resigned to pursue my passion in teaching yoga. I opened my yoga & wellness studio, balanceYoga by Amanda, in April 2013. My husband and I live in Piqua with our 10-year-old son, Cohen, and have enjoyed being close to family and friends.
About her business, balanceYoga by Amanda:
I have always been fascinated by the history and philosophy of yoga. In 2011, I took a 200 Hour training to become a Registered Yoga Teacher through the National Yoga Alliance. I wanted the training to become skilled enough to teach yoga ‘as a side job’. During the program, I really fell in love with yoga and wanted to share it on a bigger scale.
I began teaching yoga full-time in September 2012. I taught in local CrossFit gyms, area businesses, and private homes. In April 2013 I put down roots and opened my studio, balanceYoga by Amanda, in my hometown. My vision is to offer our community a studio for yoga, wellness and more! We offer yoga classes and private yoga sessions. We also offer barre, pilates, therapeutic massage and balance energy therapy.
Our studio became recognized this past year as a National Yoga School through the National Yoga Alliance. We began our first 200 Hour program in March 2017. We’ll proudly graduate nine yoga Teachers from the program on October 12th. We hope to offer another yoga teacher training in 2018.
About taking her yoga classes outside with Piqua’s Mayor, Kazy Hinds:
There is something amazing about practicing yoga in nature! We have some beautiful spaces along our bike path. Being able to “take our practice to the path” has been incredible this summer. Mayor Hind’s “Yoga with the Mayor” was fantastic! She led us through a practice of connection. We united breath and movement; united body, mind, and spirit; and united us as a community. I imagine the City of Piqua will have the opportunity to practice yoga with the Mayor again!
On the community response to balanceYoga by Amanda:
The community has been very receptive and supportive! I’ve been invited to speak at service groups and have held several classes in downtown Piqua. I’ve also had the pleasure of working with kids. I’ve taught in the local elementary and middle schools. I’ve also worked with Greene Street UMC Summer Daycare program to offer yoga to the little ones. We continue to grow and reach further into the community…it’s been a wonderful journey thus far!
What she loves about Miami County:
I love the small town feel of Miami County and the support our community has for ‘homegrown’ business. I especially love the downtown riverfront development that is happening in our county. We have a lot to be proud of in Miami County!
Her Miami County recommendations for out-of-town visitors:
I would encourage out of town visitors to visit me, of course [smiles]! I absolutely recommend visiting the downtowns of Miami County cities. There are great shops and restaurants! I would also encourage the use of the bike path.
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