A native of Frederick, Aimee Firor McBride is the owner of Ananda Shala. She began as a physical fitness instructor in 1996 and has focused on yoga and Pilates for almost 15 of those years. As a fitness instructor, she quickly became interested in yoga primarily for the mental and health benefits that helped her flourish in the corporate/business world, counteract the results of stress & stay physically fit. In addition, Aimee discovered the benefits of Pilates to strengthen her core and help her with back pain that resulted from foundational spinal issues. Aimee appreciates the healing power of living naturally in a balanced way and wishes to continue to share her experiences with others. She has experienced a personal transformation fully overcoming issues such as 10 years of back pain, Crohne’s and numerous other internal inflammatory issues. She opened Ananda Shala in 2008 with the intention to share the benefits of the practices that have forever changed her life. When Aimee is not teaching or running the studio you will find her with her young son, Kalen and husband, Dave.
Aimee is an RYT 500 and has obtained extensive training through many different yoga and Pilates teacher training programs. She completed the Power Pilates System Level I to III Certification training. Her Pilates teachers and training has led her to study with Janine Galati of Philadelphia, Bob Liekens of New York and Erin Horst of Annapolis. Aimee has trained and studied with several senior level yoga teachers including Sharon Gannon, David Swensen, Lorin Roche and her primary teacher Shiva Rea. She has completed over 1000 hours of yoga teacher studies including traveling to India to study yoga, tantra, Thai yoga, and Ayurveda. Now Aimee brings her most inspirational international teachers to Frederick to share with the community she loves.