Allison Dennis

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. 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 a herniated disc, 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 in 2005.

 

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 now lead a yearly tour through South 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 to Benares with Dr. Robert Svoboda, and once again early 2019 to re-visit the South of India with the group of students who are joining me this year. Prior to their arrival I intend to visit the location of the Nadi Palm Leaf Astrology Scrolls. In the summer of 2019 I plan to visit Edwin Bryant in Vrindavan India and lear all about Vraj!

 

Certifications:

 

500 hour Sivananda Yoga – Prem Sadasivananda, Srinavasan, & Swami Swaroopananda

650 hour Body Therapy Institute – Carol 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

 

Teachers:

 

Srimad Bhagavatam, Indian Music, Time, Astrology, Yoga History, Naada Yoga, Cooking, Pranayama, Stories about George Harrison, Stories about Duke Ellington, Stories about Swami Sivananda and the Indian Saints of the 20th century, Temple culture, & puja in India; the one and only K. Sridhar. 

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

My foundational teacher and dear friend  Prem Sadasivananda. He set the tone for all to come and how it would land.

Vedic Astrology Foundations Course and Rules of Interpretation Course; two years study with Komilla Sutton.

Satsang, Ayurvedic workshops, and a week long tour In Benares, India with Dr. Robert Svoboda. 

Teacher Training and Wild Woodstock Retreats with Sharon Gannon and David Life.

Delightful Bhakti Yoga Intensives with Jai Uttal.

Stories of the Bhagavatam with Radhanath Swami.

Ashtanga with Pattabhi Jois.

Ashtanga with Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty

Multiple Sanskrit Intensives with Manorama.

Week long workshop on supernormal phenomena research with Dean Radin.

Foundational Astrology lessons with NC Western Astrologer Randy Wasserstrom.

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