A native of South Texas, Aimee holds a BFA in Dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She began studying yoga with TaraMarie Perri during her time at NYU, and became certified and licensed as a yoga teacher and Mind Body Dancer® teacher through the Perri Institute of Mind and Body in 2017. Aimee completed Columbia University's Post Baccalaureate Pre-Health program in May of 2017, and is currently in the process of interviewing for physical therapy schools, while also working as a trainer at James Fowler Physical Therapy. Aimee is passionate about using her movement based background, yoga training, and work in physical therapy to creatively inform one another.
how has your study of Yoga or connection to our community related to a project or pathway in your life?
The training I received during the pedagogy year is something I use daily in my job as a trainer at James Fowler Physical Therapy. TaraMarie helped to lay a solid foundation of knowledge for working with others in both a hands on and verbal approach. She increased my awareness and sensitivity to to unique needs of every individual which has enhanced how I approach working with patients in a one-to-one setting at the PT clinic.
what led you to study yoga and mind/body practices?
I was drawn to the foundational study course after I'd taken some time off from dancing due to an injury, and was working at a desk job from 9-5. My interest was initially to reintroduce movement back into my life in a new and invigorating way, but the past two years have led to so much more than that. The supportive community within the Perri Institute helped inspire and guide me down the path to pursue physical therapy, and provided me with invaluable resources to cultivate my own unique path.
I have found that when I regularly practice, and step back into the role of the student, I am more inspired as a teacher. I do not think that there should be such a definitive distinction between the two roles - you cannot be a teacher without also being a student. I welcome a collaborative environment where one teacher and student both give and receive from one another.