March Teacher Feature – Amy Bissel

Where are you from?

Cape Ann, Massachusetts but currently in Standish near Sebago Lake. 

What’s your sign?

Aries Sun, Virgo Moon, Scorpio Rising 

What’s your training background?

Originally, I trained in Power Yoga, but have since been drawn to studying and teaching Vinyasa, Gentle Flow, Restorative, Reiki, and Prenatal. My prenatal training was completed with OMbirths. I believe a mindful teacher never stops learning, so I’m always on the lookout for workshops and trainings. 

What mentors or people have inspired your teaching?

Back on the North Shore, I was grateful to teach alongside some amazing instructors that have inspired me along the way. This includes (but not limited to) Annakathryn Carlson, Kathleen Pizzello, Erin Carney, Anneliese Brosch, Jaime Robbins. They’ve all inspired me to teach (and live) from an authentic place, to honor the integrity of yoga, and to explore intelligent, thoughtful sequencing. 

What’s your favorite pose?

Honestly, it’s so hard to choose! It really can depend on the day. For more active poses, I’m typically drawn to Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide-legged Forward Fold), Skandasana, and Camatkarasana (Wild Thing). My two favorite restorative poses are supported fish on blocks, and legs up the wall. 

What’s your least favorite pose?

Bow Pose 

Who are your favorite artists/musicians?

Trevor Hall, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Ray LaMontagne, Bon Iver, Fleetwood Mac, Ryan Montbleau, Neil Young.. and so many more ! Music is medicine. 

What’s the best place to eat in Portland or South Portland?

I’m still exploring the Portland food scene, but so far have enjoyed Maine Juice Co for smoothies/bowls, LB Kitchen and Nura Falafel. 

What’s your favorite spot to chill in town?

Mackworth Island Trail, Sebago Lake trails, or Cape Elizabeth beaches. Can’t wait to explore some great spots for stand up paddle boarding, and SUP Yoga! 

How do you find room to breathe?

Most days I’m able to find time for a yoga practice and a walk outside. For me, both are forms of moving meditation. Practicing with breath, and being in nature helps to clear my mind and to stay connected to my authentic self. Knowing it is something that is important to my well-being, I do my best to carve time out of the week for this movement and connection.