Amanda Stuermer & Cynthia LaRoche

We call Yoga a practice because that is exactly what it is: a practice for how we live. We step onto our mat and practice qualities like presence, compassion, reverence, flexibility, strength, and surrender so that we can go into the world and live them more fully. That is Kriya Yoga: putting our practice into action in our lives.
— Amanda Stuermer


The definition of a pilgrimage is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to a person’s beliefs and faith. In this workshop, we will delve deeper into the meaning of pilgrimage and explore the possibility of living our life as a personal pilgrimage. How have we charted our course up to this point? For many of us, the ego has driven us towards some transitory glory, often without enough time to stop and appreciate where we have been, where we are, and what we truly want to head towards. What if we slowed down and allowed our soul to be our guide?  We will utilise pranayama practices, simple postures, and self-reflection to calm and quiet our ego so we can better tune in to our internal navigation system — soul, true self, higher power — and begin moving forward with reverence, presence, and joy. 

Amanda will be assisted by Cynthia LaRoche, a US-based yoga teacher and activist who is passionate about the intersection of personal transformation and social change. (Full bio below).

The glory of the world is transitory, and we should not measure our lives by it, but by the choice we make to follow our personal legend, to believe in our utopias, and to fight for our dreams. We are all protagonists of our own lives, and it is often the anonymous heroes who make the deepest mark.
— Paulo Coehlo


Amanda Stuermer:


Amanda Stuermer is a journalist turned yoga teacher turned social change activist. She has been working with non-profit organisations that serve women and girls for over 20 years. She is the founder and executive director of World Muse, a social change organisation located in Bend, Oregon that provides year-round programs and events to cultivate the potential of women and girls as catalysts for change. Amanda also serves on the faculty of Off The Mat Into the World and Project Springboard where she helps to mentor other emerging change-makers. She is an inaugural board member of the Women’s Foundation of Oregon and is part of the Nobel Women’s Initiative which works with 6 female Nobel Laureates to promote equality, justice, and peace worldwide. Amanda is a chapter contributor to Yoga and Body Image Part 3 (eds. Guest-Jelly and Klein), and her work has been featured in Mantra Yoga & Health, Origin Magazine, Outside Magazine, and Elephant Journal.

Over the years, Amanda has had the opportunity to work and travel with an array of visionary leaders and teachers including Gloria Steinem, Elizabeth Gilbert, Seane Corn, Lynne Twist, Maranda Pleasant, and many others. She is currently working with London-based Kundalini Yoga Teacher & Psychotherapist Carolyn Cowan on a women’s pilgrimage to Camino Santiago de Compostela for Spring 2020.

Cynthia LaRoche


Cynthia LaRoche is a US-based yoga teacher and activist who is passionate about the intersection of personal transformation and social change.

Cynthia has been teaching classes and leading workshops and retreats for over a decade. The foundation of Cynthia's career as an instructor was shaped in 2005 at the Himalayan Institute where she took her first 200hr teacher training. Continuing her education she did a second 200hr training at Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago and began teaching yoga in 2007. She quickly taught classes all over the city, and began working with private clients and helping facilitate yoga wellness programs in businesses. She has since moved to Bend, Oregon where she received her 500hr training with Rolf Gates. She now offers regular classes and leads international workshops and retreats as she works towards her Masters in Positive Psychology.

Throughout the course of her career Cynthia has had the great fortune to study with numerous master teachers and has done yoga teacher trainings with Aadhil Palkhivala and Seane Corn. In 2009 she did the Off the Mat Into the World Intensive with Seane Corn, Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling. She currently collaborates with non-profit, World Muse. World Muse provides women the tools to find and use their capabilities to create positive change in their lives, their communities, and the world. Cynthia works as an event director, creates curriculum and helps facilitates the yoga portion of workshops and events for the organization.