Amanda Gilchrist


Amanda’s teaching style infuses fun and joy into the practice. She comes from a musical family and is a lifelong athlete, having participated in figure skating, gymnastics, and running at an early age. As an adult, she now incorporates cycling, strength training, power vinyasa, barre, and modern dance into her fitness regime. She loves to design an active, fluid vinyasa flow accompanied by upbeat, energizing music.

As a child, Amanda recalls watching her grandmother practice yoga and meditation. She was kind and calm, two qualities Amanda admired. As a young adult in the late ’90s, Amanda tried a formal yoga class at a big box gym, but she didn’t stick with it. Yoga found a place in her life for good when she lived on her own in Venice Beach, California. She started taking community classes at a local studio, and it felt so right that she kept coming back.

As a movement enthusiast currently mitigating chronic pain, scoliosis, and two spinal injuries, Amanda heavily relies on her yoga practice to find balance within a holistic fitness regime. In addition to the physical benefits of yoga, Amanda turns inward to meditation and has honed her practice over the last several years. When she needs it, she often remembers to breathe and find stillness. She expresses deep gratitude for the practice that has kept her coming back to herself over and over again.

Amanda graduated from Sellwood Yoga’s 200-hour teacher training program in 2018 and holds a certificate in Usui Reiki Levels I and II. She incorporates elements of breathwork, sound healing, and energy flow in her classes. She’s excited to share what she’s learned on her journey and is honored to hold space for all.

Outside of yoga, she holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis and has also taken interior design courses at Santa Monica College. Her professional background is in workplace strategy and planning, where she’s honed her expertise as a designer, consultant, and strategist for over a decade.

“Thanks for all of your encouragement and training as I start yoga! You’re my favorite teacher EVER.”