Amie Rader grew up in a small town 60 miles southwest of Chicago.
after completing her master's degree in kinesiology in 2012 at southern illinois university,
she moved to Kansas City, where she worked first in the corporate fitness environment, and then ran the exercise and wellness department in an independent living retirement home. Although she loved her career, she yearned for more meaning to her day to day existence.
Amie always had an inkling that yoga might hold the answers to some of the questions she sought; a naturally introspective, curious, and creative child led to an adult that still pondered the big questions. After a marathon gone bad that left her with a distaste for running, she decided to swear off it completely and dedicate herself solely to yoga for one month.
This one month had a profound effect on Amie's well-being; while her body softened, so did her heart, and she began to find the creative spark and curiosity she thought died long before her Master's thesis. Over a decade of disordered eating began to transform into a healthy relationship to her body. She completed her first 200 hour teacher training in 2014, and that same year married the boy that brought her to Kansas City, adding both a husband and a stepson to her life.
Yet her curiosity was not satisfied; after an expansive experience with renowned teacher Max Strom, Amie completed a second 200 hour training with him, and eventually found her current heart-soul-activator teacher, Sianna Sherman. She has completed her 500 RYT with Sianna Sherman and Rasa Yoga, and continues to study with her and Ashley Turner in the priestess tradition.
In addition to running her own business, Amie also serves as the managing director of Westport Yoga in the owner's absence, is the kinesiology faculty for the only accredited yoga therapy program in Kansas City at Om Prana Yoga, and manages the corporate wellness programming for a non-profit research company in Kansas City.
Amie's sankalpa - or her root intention - is "Be WILD and UNABASHED." It is Amie's deepest belief that we all possess a deep longing to live our lives in a way that's wild and free of shame, of self-consciousness, and of self-doubt, and that it IS possible through deep introspection and connection to who we are at our core. Through yoga and mindfulness this connection is re-established, and by finding this anchor we are allowed to soar beyond what we thought possible.
Amie's commitment to continuing education and her curiosity is unparalleled; nearly all of her waking hours are devoted to studying or learning some way to enhance life through body, mind, and spirit. Her classes are imaginative, steeped with philosophy, mudra, and mantra, and her hope is to take her students into the best journey of a lifetime: a journey into the self.