Amanda Ree Ringnalda
Founder, Educator, Dogologist
Amanda Ree Ringnalda is a certified meditation teacher, Ayurvedic health practitioner and 500-hr yoga instructor for the past sixteen years. She began her spiritual studies with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers and in 2006 she began working and studying closely under Dr. Deepak Chopra at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, CA. As a lead educator, event host/emcee and leadership team member, Amanda’s had the great fortune to learn from many of the world’s leaders and top experts in health and wellbeing.
Amanda was born with an innate soul-connection to animals, and this bond was deepened at three years old when she was saved from drowning in her backyard pool by the family dog. At age ten, Amanda persuaded her family to purchase the neighborhood pet store in Lake Tahoe, California, where she served as the smallest yet most knowledgeable employee for the next decade.
Amanda’s path of holistic, spiritual living and her passion for dogs merged when she started to apply the timeless wisdom of Ayurveda to the foster dogs she cared for through the 501(c)(3) non-profit dog rescue organization she founded in 2014, called SoulPlayMates. After witnessing the rapid positive changes that came about when applying the healing sciences to her canine companions, she was inspired to create Sama Dog as a platform to teach wellbeing and Ayurveda for dogs and their humans. These teachings are now available via workshops and classes, private consultations and online education.