I cannot but marvel at the human capacity to overcome tremendous suffering and find a way to go on. It would be one thing if we released all our holdings right after the trauma, but that we continue to carry them and still find the faith to believe in a better tomorrow is simply heroic. I think of the shadow material that takes up space inside many of us--repressed emotions, unsaid words, armored musculature, collective trama--and then marvel at our capacity to weave optimism, faith and determination into the heart of it. Minefields and goldmines sitting side by side in the inner valley. Let's stop looking for our heroes 'out there'. They really are staring at us in the mirror.
Alison came to yoga as a result of a chronic illness in 2009. It was through yoga and its sister science of Ayurveda that she experienced a great deal of therapeutic benefits and became captivated by holistic medicine and the body’s amazing capacity to heal. Deeper studies followed including her 200 hour Teacher Training at Sol Yoga as well as an intensive training in Ayurveda with the esteemed Dr. Rosy Mann from the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, which included the art and science of Shirodhara, Abhyanga and other healing treatments. Alison's awareness of the potential power of the somatic practice of yoga deepened and she was drawn to study the psychological and physiological fields including how fascia profoundly impacts everything from one's posture and movement to one's internal psycho-emotional rhythms. She completed two Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Trainings at Sol Yoga with Alicia Barmon and Shelley Pentony, Positional Therapy Training with Lee Albert from Kripalu and Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Machelle Lee at Roots & River Yoga.
Alison holds a Certificate in Early Child Development and had an early career as a preschool teacher. The natural progression into yoga included earning her certification in Child Light Yoga. Alison offers classes for parent and child, elementary and middle school aged children, as well as adult. She is impassioned to offer all her students, younger generations and those more seasoned, the teachings of yoga from a trauma informed lens, showing up to her mat and her practice in the most authentic way possible, and embracing how messy this life can truly be. In her uniquely warm, compassionate and engaging way, Alison delights in sharing the joy and play of yoga for all ages.
It is her hope that through teaching from her own varied life experiences she can help facilitate a journey of self-healing and love for her students.
From this passage into yoga and Ayurveda, it felt like an organic evolution to the healing art of massage. Alison attended and graduated from PMTI's 18 month professional program in early 2021. The program reinforced her passions and the joy of collaborating with client's to facilitate access to a more calm, grounded and parasympathetic state. Whether her clients seek yoga, Ayurveda, massage or any combination thereof, it is her heart's desire to provide a truly trauma informed, compassionate, and client-centered experience. In partnering with each client on their wellness journey, she aspires to work together to bring balance, to positively impact all aspects; body, mind and spirit.