Certified Rolfer, structural integrator, Movement Educator and Yoga Somatic Coach & Teacher, Alison leads Body-Centered Trainings, workshops, retreats, and women’s mentoring groups nationally and internationally and works one on one with people to facilitate healing, growth, and empowerment.
Alison got her undergraduate degree from the University of Maine, Orono in 1990 with a BA in Interpersonal Communications. After graduating, she moved to Boulder, CO, became interested in yoga, and began practicing Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga. She traveled to Mysore, India in 1997 to study Yoga and Ayurveda then came back to Boulder to continue deepening her practice at The Yoga Workshop. At that time, she completed her certification as a Rolfer of Structural Integration at The Rolf Institute in 1998. Soon after she took Richard Freeman’s first Yoga Teacher Training intensive in 1999 and taught yoga for many years after that as one of Richards Senior teachers. She fell in love with yoga because it allowed her to know herself more fully. She is an ERYT 500 Yoga Instructor and founder of Integrative Movement Yoga here in Boulder, CO. She has a full practice as a Rolf Practitioner and leads Wellness Coaching Courses for women.
Alongside with her Rolfing and yoga practice, she has a passion for food and healthy living. She has spent many years studying holistic nutrition and cooking both with with Mother Maya through the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda, the School of Natural Cookery in Boulder, CO. and in Italy and Morocco with Peggy Markel’s Culinary Adventures.
She currently offers Rolfing, Whole-Life Coaching, one on one yoga classes at her North Boulder office as well as the Ashtanga Collective, 1290 Yellow Pine. She offers small Yoga and Wellness Retreats, Teacher Trainings and workshops.
She is a mother of teens and in partnership with her beloved husband and father of her boys, and lives in Boulder, Colorado. Her personal vision and mission is to always be a clear channel for love, healing and transformation, empowering people to return to wholeness!!
Alison has been interviewed and published in Yoga Journal, Elephant Journal and Denver Voyager as well as in the book Practice sold on Amazon. Check it out….
I lost my mother to cancer when I was 21. Losing a parent at that age was a huge initiation into realizing how fragile and temporary life is. The loss of my mother very quickly diverted me onto a spiritual path of seeking what was meaningful in life. This time of disorientation for me, led me to Boulder, Colorado where I not only begin to heal the grief but guided me onto a path of somatic experiencing and learning how to feel and sense my way through the world in a much more authentic way.
I started on the path of embodiment, often disassociating whenever things got uncomfortable and learning how to stay with the discomfort. When we build capacity to stay present with pain, discomfort and insecurity, it gives space and awareness for us to shift deep patterns that keep us stuck in old ways.
The path of somatic healing is a path of getting to know all parts of ourselves so we can bring them into wholeness. That is the path of Love!
My continued commitment on this path and my deep dedication to practice, gives me the courage to stay through the growth and challenges of family and relationship dynamics as well as the challenges in meeting the everyday with an empowered curiosity and open heart.
I am grateful to share these gifts with others. Teaching embodiment and educating people about how to live in and care for their bodies wholeheartedly is my passion and love.
The work I offer is an invitation for you to just show up for yourself and let go of everything you think you need to change and take the first step of acceptance. From this first step, we allow the transformation to occur. The Yogi’s say that everything you seek, is already within you. Everyone has the capacity to heal and empower themselves and you don’t have to do it alone. We actually can’t do it alone. Through loving and honoring our bodies on every level and slowing down enough to see who we are and what our potential is, we can uplift and create healthier and more joyful, inspired lives!