AMY BUDINICH began practicing yoga in 1999 and has since devoted herself to the principals and postures of the ancient practice. For the past four years, she has been teaching meditation and yoga practices to dual diagnosis (addiction/mental illnesses) populations. Amy’s trainings include: Hot 26 training in 2011, 2012 Baron Baptiste Level 1 Teacher training in Hawaii, Drishti Power Yoga Training in 2015 and Yoga Gangster’s Training in 2015. She has logged over 500 hours of teacher training. Fifteen years ago, while visiting California, Amy took her first yoga class at the Esalan Institute. After moving to Los Angeles in 2003 she entered her first Bikram Yoga class (Hot 26) and embarked on her path to become a student of the principals and postures of yoga. During this transformation, Amy discovered a new way to assist people on their journey. Amy’s teachings focus not only on the physical, but the entire mind/body connection. She believes the practice of yoga begins as a physical quest and then transforms itself into a search of self-realization. This search enables the mind, body and spirit to become connected; igniting the inner voice within one’s soul. Through this work, offering another modality of healing on the road to recover, Amy co-founded a non-profit organization, Root to Rise, Inc.