AMANDA TOPPING, e-RYT 500
"At the age of 25 I turned to yoga because I heard yogis did weird breathing stuff. Seriously. I was a smoker who wanted to become a mother and I wanted desperately to quit before trying to become pregnant. I bought a yoga video on VHS at Whole Foods and committed to doing this tape every day after work for at least a month. It was a slow vinyasa flow that ended with a ten minute savasana. Within the first week I noticed that despite my muscles being sore in places I had never known existed, something in me was changing."