A Glimpse of Allyson
“Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
Languages Spoken: English
As a curvy woman, I’ve felt excluded from yoga in the past. I’ve spent the majority of my life ashamed and obsessed with my size. I tried yoga as a last hope at losing weight, only allowing myself to practice at home because I was too embarrassed to go to a studio. But then I found a community of yoga students and teachers that didn’t fit the commercial ideal of Yoga, who embrace themselves, who love themselves, who dismiss the world telling them that they aren’t healthy, happy and worthy humans. They inspired me to take a leap and start my true yoga journey. Over time, I’ve found a sense of belonging in this practice, and it’s transformed my self-confidence, strengthened my mental health, educated me on vital social justice issues and allowed the real “ME” to shine through.
Teaching yoga is my favorite way to experience and share joy & knowledge, and my goal is to create spaces that are 100% inclusive, body-positive and affirming for every identity. Yoga isn’t just about what happens on the mat - it’s about what happens off the mat. If you leave my classes feeling mindful, empowered, rejuvenated, ready to take on the system and you’ve laughed, then I’ve succeeded!
It’s a practice. I’m utilizing all limbs of yoga to keep learning to become the Body/Fat-Positive, Anti-Racist person I want to be and my mat is helping me get there. And I hope to bring others along for the ride.
WHAT I OFFER
My aim is to tap into yoga’s roots by weaving mindfulness, intention-setting, and gratitude into my classes. My on-demand and 1:1 sessions include breathwork, asana (yoga poses), and meditation. But it’s not all about structure - it’s important to honor Yoga while also embracing joy and to mix it up along the way!
Striving for perfection and trying to do it “right” isn’t my style. I love meeting the moment, not taking myself too seriously and figuring things out as we go along (often with a dance break or two to shake things up in between). I am just a guide, helping you to find your path in Yoga.
I welcome ALL Humans - especially anyone who feels like they’ve been told, by themselves or others, that they “can’t do” yoga. You absolutely can, and you belong here!