Allison Dennis

 Private Sessions:

In person or remotely by phone or through Zoom.

ombluesky@gmail.com ~ 919 929 8961

Sessions are one hour. Sliding Scale $65-100.

Astrology: The moment you were born all the planets of our solar system were exactly somewhere; and all of the celestial bodies, their placement, and their relationship to each other have meaning that’s passed down through various ages and evolved over time. Perhaps subtlety was easier to grasp in ancient times with less noise, less artificial light, less technology? And perhaps the symbols can serve as a language for further understanding and deeper insight as we evolve?

Harmonium & Sanskrit: Begin learning or deepen your skills around playing the harmonium in rhythm with proper Sanskrit pronunciation.

Private Yoga: I teach prescriptively based on the individual student as opposed to teaching from any sort of pre-existing template. Breath, daily practice, and study are primary to my approach as a teacher and as a student of yoga. I can offer asana, pranayama, meditation, scriptural study, and bhakti practices.

History:

As a child I loved dirt, animals, star-gazing, reading dictionaries, quiet places and making up songs. I was a gymnast with tough coaches who helped me develop bulletproof resiliency, and when about nine, spent a summer with olympic coach Bela Karolyi. Ultimately I quit gymnastics for cheer-leading and boys.

 

High school show choir led to studying Sanford Meisner’s method to acting with Don Biehn. I practiced reading behavior and responding from my internal compass as he coached us to “be a leaf in the wind”.  A group of 14 of us took the two-year journey, and being so young (19-21), it was like an emotional intelligence boot-camp where crying was applauded and anger was encouraged.

 

I moved to NYC for the Broadway Stage when I was in my early twenties but ended up working full time as a personal trainer living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Once cast in the Off Broadway hit De La Guarda, I stayed with the production for two years and in it found a canvas for deep vulnerable expression with a tribe of warriors to play with; again about 14 people. I ran on walls, played in the (indoor) rain, and went home with a wet head every night on the L train until a back injury took me out of the show.

 

While in recovery from the herniated disc injury, I spent a lot of time alone reading and playing guitar. I traveled across the country and up and down the east coast writing and singing songs in various dimly lit rooms, eventually producing three albums of original music. When I landed in Woodstock, NY I lived a block away from a yoga studio, and after becoming a regular practitioner, signed up for a yoga teacher training.

 

From 2010-2018, aside from fumbling around as a business owner, I’ve primarily focused on leading long term yoga teacher training programs. The 200 and 300 hour course were created at the request of student, friend, and teacher Katherine Desrochers and I’m so grateful to her for this call to action! A third (800 hour) course has been developed at the request of my dear teachers K. Sridhar and Prem Sadasivananda.

 

In 2017 I took a two month pilgrimage to India and brought back with me a broader context for the Indian knowledge systems . I also brought back a deep clarity around my dharma. In 2018 I went back to India for two more months and dove deeper into Temple Culture and Bhakti in addition to exploring Nature. I lead a yearly Tour through South India and nothing has been as fulfilling or as deeply rewarding as watching students experience India!

 

For several years now I’ve been deepening my education around Jyotish and Indian Music. I anticipate these paths will propel me into uncharted territories as HoYS Carrboro closes December of 2018. I intend to continue teaching and offering astrological consultations online, locally, and afar.

 

I’ll be taking two trips to India in the near future, one in 2018 with Dr. Robert Svoboda, and once again early 2019 to re-visit the South of India with the group of students who are up for the journey of a lifetime!

 

Yoga Teacher Trainings and Bodywork Programs:

 

500 hour Sivananda YogaPrem Sadasivananda, Srinavasan, & Swami Swaroopananda

650 hour Body Therapy InstituteCarol Verner, Ben Franklin, John McElvey, Carey Smith, Rick Rosen

350 hour Jivamukti Yoga – Sharon Gannon, David Life, Ruth Laur Manenti

Advanced Raja Yoga Course with Swami Swaroopananda

Yoga of Heart with Mark Whitwell

Ashtanga with Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty

Thai Yoga Massage at Yogaville

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy with Michael Shea

 

Formative Satsangs, Workshops and Lessons:

 

Satsang on texts, chanting, Indian music, yoga history and life; Naada Yoga, Kirtan, Pranayama and Mantra workshops with K. Sridhar

Bhakti Yoga Intensives with Jai Uttal

Satsang and Bhakti Intensive with Radhanath Swami

Satsang and several Ayurvedic workshops with Dr. Robert Svoboda

Ashtanga with Pattabhi Jois

Sanskrit Intensives with Manorama

Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavata Purana Intensives with Edwin Bryant

Week long workshop on supernormal phenomena research with Dean Radin

Astrology lessons with Randy Wasserstrom

Astrological Workshop on Death, Sex and the Occult with Steven Forrest

Vedic Astrology Foundations Course with Komilla Sutton

 

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