I am Amanda Ramirez, Doctor of Physical Therapy + Yoga Instructor. My passion, purpose, and truth is to honor the body’s innate and incredible capacity to heal, be wild, and whole. With a scientific mind and passionate heart, one of my greatest strengths as a clinician and instructor is the ability to educate from a place that recognizes that the body is a series of interrelated parts that create a larger whole. When I am not in the clinic or at the yoga studio, I am enjoying my beach lifestyle...playing beach volleyball, going for salt water swims and getting sand between my toes during my barefoot beach walks. If I am not road tripping in my VW bus, I am off on some soulful adventure with INTEGRATIVE WELLNESS RETREAT. When not exploring and experiencing the science and art of living well, I am likely writing about it for my blog MILK + THE MOON. It should not go without mention that I am a Leo, so I live big and love hard and have a voracious appetite for sunlight, fresh air, and real food. If you're interested in working together, view my services here.
Amanda is a licensed doctor of physical therapy and registered yoga instructor. She obtained her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California and her Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology and Gerontology from the University of Illinois. Yoga gives her the opportunity to experience movement, mindfulness, and connection with breath, ultimately leading her to a deeper understanding of the body. She completed her first 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2009 and a second in 2013. Her background and experience allow her to acknowledges that there is a powerful and dynamic interaction between mind, body, and spirit. Amanda's mission is to be a facilitator of holistic health by approaching wellness and patient-care with a perspective that's rooted in evidence-based practice, informed by natural movement, and infused with ancient holistic healing wisdom.
Amanda believes that Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) lays the foundation for a health-care delivery system that is holistic and of high quality. EBP integrates:
- clinical expertise/expert opinion
- scientific evidence
- client/patient/caregiver perspective
With a deep reverence and respect for nature, Amanda aims to spend as much time as possible outside. Nature often influences the way she thinks, moves and feels and thus informs how she views healing and health. Her movement recommendations usually consider "how it is that we would naturally move in the world without the conveniences of modern living?"
Ancient Holistic Healing Wisdom
Throughout time, and around the world, there have been many healing practices devoted to prevention and great healers with impressive knowledge acquired via observation and meditation. Able to appreciate this, Amanda's insights are often inspired by valuable wisdom found in yogic philosophy, Ayurveda, Reiki, Shamanism, and Native American healing traditions.