WHO I AM
Hi friends! I’m alison (she/her). I am a white, cis-gendered, able-bodied, able-minded daughter, sister, partner, parent, auntie, poet, yoga instructor, tiny business owner, facilitator, creative, justice seeker, student, and lover of food, music, and life. I am surrounded by Susquehannock, Massawomek, and Piscataway land, colonized as Fairfield, Pennsylvania.
I have been a student and facilitator of yoga for over 10 years, and I aim to meet you where you are in your practice. Together we can work towards expanding the containers of our “heart space and head space”, to tap into individual and collective empowerment, justice, and care.
Considering myself a student of yoga first, I am currently completing my “Next Experience" project from my 300hr yoga teacher training with Susanna Barkataki, studying "Yoga and Activism" with Anjali Rao, and in a 6-month "Yoga, Social Justice, & Marketing" mentorship with Tristan Katz. I can't wait for the next adventure.
Yoga isn't what we (our bodies) do, but who we are, woven into every aspect of our lives (thankful for this wisdom from my teacher Susanna Barkataki). My teaching is based on the 8-limbs of yoga, and goes beyond time "on the mat."
Experiencing 2 traumatic, emergency cesarean births, I am grateful to be able to explore my own healing and grow my knowledge for all birthing people.
Working in long-term care for 14 years led me to expand Vata Yoga to include virtual senior wellness.
In an effort to make yoga accessible to all, I instituted equitable pricing in 2021. I offer a mutual-aid membership, and host a monthly sangha session (free community yoga), with any donations redirected as mutual aid. Curious what you can do? You can find other ways of giving, right here.
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WHAT IS VATA YOGA?
Vata Yoga is my passion, my hope, my dream realized. Vata in Sanskrit means “airy” – all movement in the body is due to Vata properties – self-expression, effort, rhythm, digestion. Vata Yoga is one container of many, in which you can learn to move mindfully and express creatively. Curious about other opportunities? Here is a list of some of my favourite teachers.
Simply put, vata refers to the creative buzzing inside each of us – which can be invigorating, and tiring! Learn to find harmony for your whole self and challenge the status quo, in a joyful pursuit of equity, collaborative justice, and appreciation for the wisdom and roots of yoga.
I can’t wait to see you in class!