“I started doing yoga in 2001. I was a runner. I had zero flexibility. Yoga changed everything. I enjoyed it so much that even though I was not very good at it, I kept going back for more. After about six months, I realized I could stand on my head and I could stand on my hands and make the feet, that I used to not be able to touch, touch my head.”
But it wasn't until she was going through a divorce a few years ago, with a daughter to raise, that she knew she needed to find a career. She majored in Art in college and had been teaching yoga at different studios around the area for years. She decided to combine her love of yoga and art seeing that there was a need in the local community for both adults and children to escape from the realities of work and school and find a relaxing and creative place to not only believe in themselves but appreciate others.
At that time, she had only taught adults but was so affected by her pre-teen daughter’s fascination with cell phones and laptops, that she realized these children needed to play, be silly, and have fun… be kids. And so Peace Love Art Yoga was born. She started by sending out emails to friends at her children’s school. She cleaned out her living room and put down bamboo. And started doing yoga. The girls thrived. She had kids that didn’t like sports that blossomed in yoga and kids that excelled at sports who gained flexibility and strength and balance. They PLAYed yoga for most of the class and then started a new process called “Community Circle.” Amy developed a game of question and answer cards that let the children share with one another…their stories, thoughts and ideas, think creatively and even say kind things about the others. It’s been an amazing process for both their physical and mental well-being.
In the last year that PLAY has been open on Paoli Pike in West Chester, Amy and her growing teaching staff have offered classes to all ages as well as all levels from beginners to accomplished yoga participants. “Yoga is not about mere acrobats or flexibilty - - it is about physical, mental and spiritual disciplines. We don’t ask anyone to believe in anything; we just ask our participants to have an experience. All of our teachers on some level impart a message of intensity.”
PLAY, located at 1548 Paoli Pike in West Chester, offers all levels of Yoga to any age student. They also offer multiple workshops and children’s party ideas. All their class descriptions and information can be found at www.goplayyoga.com and Amy Schramm can be reached at 610.937.0640