We sat down with our new intern, Amy Briggs to get to know a little more about this strong woman. Read below to learn more about her ultra running, piano playing, yoga teaching life!
Where did you grow up? In Canterbury, New Hampshire…on a small farm in a 200+ year old house!
Who is your family? My folks went through a ‘back-to-the-land’ phase in their 30s; hence the move to the Good Earth Farm. I am the eldest of four; I have two sisters and a brother, and we are all in different parts of the country. My mom, Janis, was a music teacher and avid organic gardener, before organic was popular. She passed away in 2013. My dad, Craig, was a state court administrator and avid woodworker. He now lives in North Carolina with his second wife, Frieda.
What do you spend most of your time doing? These days, I divide my time between playing and teaching piano (more on that below), teaching and practicing yoga (I teach classes at CorePower, Kondition, and prAna), and trail running. I’m an avid ultra runner, and moved to Boulder two years ago from Chicago, partly because of my love for trails. I also love the time that I spend at Koa Fit, learning about functional movement from Brenna, getting to know the team, and learning about all aspects of the business.
What’s you favorite hobby? These days, spending time up at higher altitudes, whether that’s trail running/hiking, snowshoeing, or backcountry Nordic skiing, which I started to do this past winter.
What’s the coolest thing you have done recently? I’m about to run the San Juan Solstice 50-miler; it’s supposed to be a tough race. I’ve loved training for it, and regardless of the outcome, it will be an amazing experience!
Where is the coolest place you have EVER been? Kathmandu, Nepal. I went there a long time ago to play a concert, but want to go back and trek!
What is one thing that would surprise people about you? I spent a couple of decades + as a concert pianist. I was the pianist for the Chicago Symphony’s MusicNOW ensemble, and played all over the world as a soloist and chamber musician. You can find my recordings on Spotify and Amazon. I also taught on the music faculty of the University of Chicago for six years, before moving to Boulder.
How did you get interested in movement and exercise? I’ve been an avid runner since my late 20s. I started a yoga practice around that time, mostly to heal or avoid running injuries. My yoga practice became consistent a few years ago, and I completed CorePower’s 200-hour Power Yoga Teacher Training. Trying to figure out soreness and injury from running and playing piano led me to reading about anatomy and trigger points; as I develop as a yoga teacher, I’m fascinated by the way the body moves most efficiently and pain-free. I’m really excited to work with people to help them feel better in their bodies, and be able to take on more activity in their daily lives.
What are you most excited to learn at Koa Fit? I’m in awe when I watch Brenna and Siri make evaluations of clients, either standing or walking. I’m excited to learn how to tell what’s going on in the body, and then be able to find the best steps to undo patterns and relearn new ones.
What is one thing you want people to know about you? I’m excited to work with people, one-on-one, and in groups, because I love connection, and the relationships that form over time with clients and students. I’ve had enough life experience to know that this is one of my strengths, and it feeds me!