Amy Van Buren

Amy originally trained as a psychologist in the study of mind and behavior. But after experiencing the transformative effects of yoga during her first yoga teacher training in 2008, Amy left her tenured academic position to “bring the body onboard” and pursue her fascination with the intersection of mind, emotion, muscles, posture, and mental states. She is currently a clinical massage therapist as well as a teaching assistant at Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport. Her yoga classes stem from the Viniyoga tradition, which combines breath with gentle, focused movements designed to rebalance the physical body and re-energize the internal state. Amy’s classes are open to all levels of experience, including those with no prior yoga background. Anyone who feels tight, stiff, inflexible, or is intimidated by yoga is especially welcome!


Amy Van Buren instructs the following:
  • Yin/Gentle
  • Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures or asanas that are held for approximately 3-5 minutes each.

    Yin Yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—to foster optimum lubrication, range of motion and vitality in the body as a whole. Yin Yoga is intended as a supplementary practice to balance the effects of more active forms of yoga and exercise. 

    Appropriate for all levels.


  • Gentle (Viniyoga)
  • gentle viniyoga. This class places special emphasis on the coordination of movement with breath, and the therapeutic benefits of yoga practice.

  • Gentle (Viniyoga)
  • Extra-gentle viniyoga/therapeutic. This class places special emphasis on the coordination of movement with breath, and the therapeutic benefits of yoga practice. Ideal for beginners, seniors, and those with injuries or other physical limitations. Sometimes taught in a chair and also standing using the wall.