Amanda Mays, here. I am a YRT Corepower Yoga trained San Diego based yoga instructor and owner of Pineapple Yoga Retreats, LLC. I’m a native New Yorker, proud military spouse, and happy goldendoodle owner. My intention is to create community and facilitate discovery through yoga. I have a passion for experiencing adventure and spreading kindness in all things. I celebrate, I dance, I love fiercely!
I worked in marketing for 5 years and was afforded the opportunity to work with some of the coolest brands. From Cosmopolitan and Harper's Bazaar to Popular Science magazines - I loved being in the NYC advertising scene. I eventually made my way to the west coast and was craving more in my life. I stepped onto my mat in San Diego in 2012 and haven't stepped off since. I signed up for teacher training in hopes it would fill my then empty afternoons. I discovered I absolutely loved teaching. I taught part time until finally months later, left my marketing career behind to invest all of my energy and time into yoga . It is my life's work to share the gift of yoga with others. Everyday I get to serve, connect, and offer peace to my peers. I find immense value in making others feel good, even just for 5 minutes.
Why I 'Yoga'
Yoga was not for me the first time I stepped onto the mat. Years later, I stepped back on the mat with a friend and the stars aligned. The class was equal parts slow and quick, I felt I knew what to expect and what was coming next. Most of all, I found PEACE. This is the primary reason I keep coming back to my mat almost daily since then. Yoga quiets my monkey mind, and relieves me from the racing thoughts of anxiety. For one hour, I find PEACE. No matter how I've stepped on my mat that day, when I press back to child's pose and take that first expansive ujjayi breath in, the elephant is immediately lifted off my chest. The community that has presented itself around my yoga practice has become my family. Yoga has been there for me, saved me, and is my forever constant.