We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Trevelino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
The seed was planted more than a decade ago, when I stepped out of a hospital and onto a yoga mat for the first time. I’d been treated for issues related to my nervous system. At the time, I considered myself healthy and fit — at least on the outside. But inside, I was barely holding it together.
That first class led to years of formal training and a certification as a yoga therapist. Two learnings were powerful: First, I learned that yoga is, first and foremost, an ethical practice of “right living.” One of it’s guidelines is the Sanskrit word Santosha, which translates as establishing an inner peace, an equanimity, that doesn’t depend on outer circumstances.
Think about that a moment. When we are at peace within ourselves, we don’t create disturbances in our outer world. This practice of santosha is not easy. I haven’t mastered it, so it’s my life’s work, work that I do today under the banner of Santosha Studio.
I envisioned a small sanctuary for self-health. My physical space operates out of a quiet, wooded escape in the Buckhead/Sandy Springs area. I felt it was important to offer people a serene, easily accessible destination that was different than the experience of public yoga, meditation and healing facilities.
Long ago, yoga was a one-to-one transmission, and I’m fascinated by old world practices of spiritual self care. I’ve studied yoga in its homeland, India; Thai bodywork in Thailand, and classical astrology in Greece. My training in a variety of disciplines allows me to offer a range of services that may be difficult to find under one roof.
I offer my clients somatic inquiries to explore their physical and mental patterns, along with breathing techniques to regulate the nervous system. When the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are balanced we experience harmony. We ARE harmony. We can sit in meditation and experience Santosha, and in so doing we create new neural pathways that help us return to inner peace again, and again, and again.
As the great texts promise, practice and all is coming. I can’t wait to welcome more people to inner peace and spiritual wellness.
What should our readers know about your business?
I want the world to know yoga is about Unity. So, see your role in the greater community and serve each other.
What sets me apart from others is a commitment to creating inner peace through self discovery. I do this by drawing on tools from numerous healing traditions, within a private space that overlooks old growth woodlands that help align our energy with nature’s harmony.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d take them night hiking in the bamboo forest near my home, read their astrological chart while stargazing and enjoying vegan nibbles prepared by Sophia and Reid of Happy Seed. Then we’d drive to Atlanta’s busy airport, and board a plane for a quick adventure, preferably to my favorite getaway in Nosara, Costa Rica.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Many teachers have helped and influenced my journey, including Yoganand Michael Carroll. But, the one who has supported me every step of the way is my extraordinary husband Dean Trevelino of Trevelino/Keller.
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