REGISTERED YOGA TEACHER

HI, I'M ALLI, she/her

specializing in Trauma Sensitive Yoga.

Since then, I have dedicated my studying to the practice of trauma informed yoga which is undeniably informed through a social justice lens.





 








Since I was young,  I haven’t always known what my role was in these spaces, but I’ve come to understand it’s often changing and evolving.





I have found myself showing up to spaces where complex human experiences were present.

I’m leaning in to how my intersectional identities inform how I have moved through the world both with privilege and survivorship.

I acknowledge the identities I hold as a white (Scandinavian, English, Welsh descent), cisgender, queer, able-bodied, middle-class, college educated woman living with some neurodivergence and invisible disability, I am learning how to both acknowledge the privilege I hold within dominant culture while also honoring my own survivorship of harmful systems. 

My work in the world is not only creating a trauma-sensitive space to explore healing from, but also attending to the harm systems are causing humans.

I’m understanding and embodying more and more each day that there must be attention paid to the root cause of complex trauma within toxic dominant culture and the harm systemic oppression wrecks on relationships with ourselves and each other. 

There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.

- DESMOND TUTU

I was robbed at gunpoint, and a dear friend was injured, leaving me with symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Far from home, Peace Corps sent me to talk therapy, which was helpful to some degree.





 








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DURING PEACECORPS,

AFTER TALK THERAPY,

I discovered the most healing through a combination of therapy, supportive relationships, and the ways I was able to re-connect with my body and my breath on my yoga mat.





 








MY YOGA JOURNEY

By showing up as my full self and practicing the kind of self-compassion and care I offer to participants I’m supporting. I am a facilitator, an advocate, and a parent and I’m here to support you on your journey because I am on one too. 

I FACILITATE A YOGA PRACTICE THROUGH

AUTHENTICITY, INCLUSION, AND AGENCY. 

After 3 years in the Peace Corps, and back in the states, I decided to deepen my practice by attending a Taoist Yoga teacher training in 2013. My goal was to share the practice with residents I worked with as Program Manager at a residential treatment facility serving youth with emotional and behavior disorders stemming from traumatic experiences. 

I began offering yoga classes for youth in our facility but I realized I needed to bring extra care in how I facilitated movement and breath practices for people who have experienced complex trauma. That curiosity led me to studying with David Emerson and Jenn Turner at the Center for Trauma and Embodiment.

Intensive training

My learning has focused not only on how to facilitate trauma sensitive yoga as an evidence-based offering, but attuning to the circumstances that cause harm to occur in the first place. 

David Emerson from the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts

Continued Education

Street Yoga (a trauma-informed yoga service organization out of Seattle, Washington)

300hr Advanced Teacher Training

Center for Trauma and Embodiment to become a fully certified facilitator and trainer in Trauma Center-Trauma Sensitive Yoga.

75hr Yoga and Social Justice Intensive

Skill in Action with Michelle Cassandra Johnson

80hr Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga Training

Shanti Mom Yoga

200hr Yoga Teacher Training

Taoist Yoga Teacher Training

erica garcia, M.S., LLMFT

"Alli is really knowledgeable about being trauma-informed, not only through her language, but as a foundation in her embodiment practices. She attends to the intersections of trauma, stress, marginalization, and oppression from a compassionate, curious, and active stance which is so needed at this time and in the field of yoga. Her use of relevant and contemporary voices in the trauma, embodiment/somatic, and intersectionality fields are were much appreciated."




I have a deeper understanding and sensitivity of trauma that students may come into a public yoga class with. I gained ways to adapt language, class set up, and my physical presence to create a space that is as safe as possible. I highly recommend this training, especially for new and experienced yoga teachers.

ERIN JOOSE, E-RYT 500
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