My name is Alison. I teach yoga classes, workshops, immersions, and also train yoga teachers in the greater Portland area.
My yoga studies and practice, and my work as a teacher, have touched my life in uncountable ways. Yoga holds the potential to deepen and enrich all of our experiences by helping us to uncover ever more nuanced and complex layers of ourselves. Yoga is a way of being in the world as much as it is any pose or movement or bio-mechanical system.
Learning to know my own body was a game changer for me. Before I took my first asana class, I lived primarily in my head. I would go so far as to say I carried a certain disdain for things like athletics, and the pursuit of physical fitness. Not surprisingly, I was physically falling apart, but more than that – I was incomplete. As a painter, a veteran bartender since the tender age of 16, an avid reader and traveler, I was in love with the poetry of the human experience that I saw unfolding all around me. Learning the poetry of my own body helped me fall in love with myself a little bit. Just me, as I was. As I found myself when I woke up in the mornings.
The physical practice led me back to the stories. The myth, theory, and history of this amazing tradition never disappoint. What I find the most interesting of all is the the relationship between the varying aspects of the practice – I am continually romanced by the way the layers of our experience reflect and refer back to one another, and inform and color one another, like palimpsest. I love that we can discover connections between the stories of yoga, the stories of our lives, and the artifacts of those stories as they are written into our bodies, through the deceptively simple practice of asana.
scroll to read about my yoga background, my other background, the loom school, and the myths & methods series →
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