Teacher Trainings

From 2010 through 2018 Allison had the great privilege of leading three distinct teacher trainings, culminating in an 800 hour program, in Carrboro, NC. Allison has let go of leading these trainings and is focusing instead on travelling and reaching a wider audience.


Here are some thoughtful reflections written by graduates of the programs:




YTT Testimonials:

This program has impacted every part of my life. I have grown and changed in ways more deep and broad than I ever could have expected. ~ Jesalyn Keziah

I absolutely loved this program! It has been a truly amazing and utterly devastating experience. I have re-examined parts of myself that I thought were gone or inaccessible, transformed my way of thinking about life, the universe, and everything, and come out a stronger, more complete-feeling person. The real gifts I’ve come away with from this course are confidence, community, and the ability to approach spirituality again. It feels like I have tools to heal myself now. The focus on developing connection with the Self and each other in this course ha made my practice much deeper than exercise. Thanks to Allison, Amy, and Ros for making such a safe space for transformation. – Holly Schmidt

The depth of study, the laughter, the tears. The strengthening of mind, body & spirit… To be in the company of others with such heart; to be guided by a teacher with such a fine mind, exquisite artistry, and a shining heart. I bow in gratitude. – Clare Brown

Heart of Yoga School is my heart and home in so many ways. I never want to leave! ~ Sarah McDaniel

Yoga teacher training with Allison is truly holistic, a liberating and life-changing experience. As an older woman, I was initially afraid that I wouldn’t have the physical strength or flexibility to measure up. As a theological skeptic I was reluctant to imbibe the ancient sacred teachings of the yoga tradition. But I had happily attended yoga classes for years, and wanted to pursue the practice further. Allison’s training was rigorous, but allowed me to discern my own physical limits, and to find joy and compassion in my body.  And her playful yet wise approach to the sacred texts helped me to find my own meaning and wisdom within them. What a wonderful journey! ~ Anne Filiaci


This course has changed my whole approach to yoga, and ultimately the world. Spiritually, I am softer, stronger, more flexible, and more open than ever. I could not be more grateful for Allison’s guidance, integrity, humor, or deep knowledge of this material. ~ Katrina Martin

This course is exactly what I hoped it would be, and knew it would be. It gave me tools and knowledge to connect profoundly to my body and breath, which has transformed the ways I interact with the world. ~ Amanda Dahill-Moore

It was a truly life changing experience for meon so many levels. Allison is real, consistent, knowledgeable, and lives by example. What more do you want in a teacher? I highly recommend her training. It was so much more than I could have imagined. ~ Lucia Jones

I gave the basic training to myself as my 40th birthday present. Allison’s trainings are certainly for people who want to teach yoga but there is enormous value for anyone who sincerely wants to deepen their own practice and understanding of yoga. Allison’s trainings also attract some of the most lovely, loving and supportive people. I feel I have the most supportive extended family with all my fellow trainees. ~ Amanda Kingsbury

This has been one of the most blessed and lovely experiences of my life. This yoga teacher training is so unique because of the focus on philosophy. I can certainly say that I have transformed to an individual that is more wonderful and capable than when I started. There is a peace and overwhelming feeling of love that is suddenly present. There is a mindfulness of life and of the earth. I LOVED it. ~ Melissa Hines

Allison’s YTT was life-changing!  I made great friends, learned a lot about myself and deepened my personal yoga practice. Being able to teach yoga is great, but exploring how to lead a more peaceful life is what it’s all about. ~ Tom Griffen

Yoga teacher training was always something I had hoped to do in my lifetime, but by no means thought I was prepared for. If you have any reservations, put them aside. This course does not just prepare you to teach, it prepares you to live a balanced and fulfilled life, and that I think we all could use a little more of. ~ Danielle Adelaide Chu

I know I personally had concerns about my daily practice before signing up for teacher training. If you have those concerns, but feel deeply drawn to the training, trust your gut and just go for it. One of the greatest gifts Allison gave us through the training was helping us all cultivate a comfortable and relaxed daily home practice. Also, I think a lot of people question whether or not they want to teach yoga, but feel very drawn to Allison’s teachings. If you are excited about learning yoga from Allison, you will be excited to share yoga with others in some shape or form. You will build a deep-seated confidence through the practice of assists, understanding of yogic philosophy, and friendships you develop through this training. I can’t imagine a better setting to learn how to LIVE yoga. It’s a priceless experience, and I feel forever grateful to Allison and my fellow trainees. ~ Jessica Mlotkowski

I enjoyed how held we all were by Allison and by each other as we dove in deep to the many practices and teachings of what is yoga. It was a vigorous journey shared in sweetness with a bright gathering of souls. ~ Kerry Layden

This has been such an incredible experience on more levels than I expected – I’ve been especially surprised and delighted by the depth of our exploration of the yogic texts (Patanajali’s sutras, Bhagavad Gita etc.). My spirit has been deeply nourished, and it feels so important to understand this wider framework as a yoga teacher in the West. Allison brings both great wisdom and humility to her teaching of these texts. ~ Rachel Anna Cotterman

I had a magical experience in this teacher training. I didn’t just learn how to teach a yoga class. I had an embodied experience of the teachings from the yoga tradition. I’ve learned that the more intimate I am with my breath, my body, my practice, the more I will be able to get out of the way to make room for the ancient teachings of yoga to more easily transmit through me. ~ Danny Depuy

Allison’s Teacher Training is so much more than deepening one’s physical practice of yoga. It’s thecomplete exploration of yoga, and for me has been both cognitively and spiritually transformative. I know I will carry the experience, one shared with such a dear group of people, always. ~ Joanna Simoni

The focus on principles, compassion and self love helped to empower all. It was a truly beautiful experience seeing my self and others bloom with love, joy and confidence. I did not learn a trademark style but a way of life. Allison truly wants everyone to discover their truth, their yoga.  ~ Julian Davis

This course has changed the way I practice asana, the way I approach my relationships, the way I think about my life and purpose and the course I will take going forward. ~ Ros Schwartz

I cannot recommend this teaching enough. I was searching for deepening my practice, but was unprepared for deepening my life! Allison’s long and intensive study of yoga is a wealth of information for her students. She has done extensive teacher trainings and brings that wealth of knowledge to us. Combine that with her warm and giving nature, her humor, and her sweet voice and you have the makings of an amazing experience. If you are even thinking about it, take the plunge. It’s wonderful! ~ Cammie Moore Presler

I loved learning how to respectfully come into someone’s personal space and provide them with meaningful and appropriate physical assists to help them deepen their experience of the pose.  ~ Coco Peterson

Allison has an extremely strong foundation in the yogic texts along with a gentle and playful teaching style. She does a wonderful job of creating a safe and secure environment to learn and explore not only your physical practice but your approach to life. ~ Ginna Priola

It’s hard to put into words everything that I got out of this training. Whether you want to be a teacher, increase your understanding of yoga philosophy, or just simply want to find more happiness and contentment in your life, you can get the knowledge to do all of that through Allison and this training. In the learning process, you also get to develop the sweetest relationships with your fellow trainees in an honest and intimate setting. A truly grounding experience. You will never regret it, and continually be learning from it. ~ Rita Silver

Allison is an example of a true, authentic yogini. She leads by example, as a beautiful yogi, teacher, artist and musician. The YTT is very organized, thorough and focused, yet it moves along in a very calm, playful, flexible manner. Allison translates and teaches from the texts in a way that is easy to follow, yet profound. ~ Andrea Erickson

This training has given me an invaluable toolbox for physical practice, spiritual study, and self knowledge that I will use to better my life and hopefully the lives of others whether yoga mats are involved or not! ~ Sarah Donnell

I had no idea that the study of yoga was so deep. I feel more calm and grounded in my every day life, and have a greater appreciation for the spiritual/scriptural basis for yoga practice, and for the unique and supportive community at Heart of Yoga. ~ Rachel Wertheimer



AYTT Testimonials:

Everyone enters into a yoga teacher training with different intentions. I entered with the desire to reconnect to a spiritual backbone and ground myself in practices that could help me find stability during, what I knew, was going to be a fairly rigorous and demanding year. Also, although I had taken a break from teaching, I knew that whatever I learned would ultimately help me to become a better teacher when the time arose. The training definitely surpassed my expectations. What I appreciated most about AYTT was the exposure to so many new experiences, and re-exposure to topics of utmost importance and relevance. Never in my life would I have necessarily practiced extensive meditation, a weekend of chanting, a full day of pranayama practices, Indian scales on the harmonium, or deep exploration of Sanskrit in texts like the Bhagavad Gita. All of these practices opened up my mind and my heart to the richness and depth of what “yoga” is and can be. Considering how rigid and isolated the perception of yoga is in this country, the expansion of practices felt deeply rewarding. Allison showed up every single weekend with a cheerful, kind spirit and immense dedication to sharing all of the wisdom she has gained. Her embodiment of a lifelong yogi, as well as her ability to share with us the enormous gift of her authentic and diverse teachers, such as K. Sridhar, Edwin Bryant, and Prem Sadasivananda, were of immense value. Throughout AYTT, I felt like I was going back in time – to a time when teachers sat in satsang with their students, teaching through stories and experience and relationship. I feel so grateful for everything I have learned, and for the tradition of yoga that I got to experience through the vehicle of Allison’s teachings. ~ Rita Silver


HOYS Advanced Teacher Training was a beautifully transformational experience. Taking a deep dive into yoga philosophy from various lenses–all based in the traditional texts–has infused my practice and my teaching with a power and authenticity that extends far beyond performing a series of physical postures. This course gave me the tools to come into a deeper relationship with myself and others, and provided a beautiful space and supportive community for intensive study and practice. Allison is a passionate and dedicated lifelong student of yoga, who is able to clearly communicate complex topics and hold the necessary space for her students to integrate these ancient teachings in a way that works best for each individual. This is the best program I can imagine for yoga teachers who sincerely want to learn about the yoga from the roots up. ~ Holly Schmidt


My heart and mind have been opened to possibilities that I didn’t consider before this AYTT.  It’s such a joy to learn from Allison, who is a dedicated practitioner and student herself.  I look forward to continuing my journey alongside the shining lights at Heart of Yoga School! ~ Pam Padden


I came into the advanced training itching to go deeper, learn more, and to refine my understanding of the philosophy and practice of yoga. I got all of those things; we were guided deeper into practice, we read more texts, we asked questions and taught each other what we’d learned. We were led by world-class teachers and shared sacred space together. What I could not have predicted was the gentle unfolding I experienced even on the weekends I arrived exhausted, or how my experience of challenge and resistance was held with the kind of genuine compassion that permits and supports tremendous growth. To say I have been deeply transformed is an understatement, but I don’t have any other words to express how this experience has shaped and continues to shape me. If you are considering this or any other training with Allison, know that though you are ultimately the sculptor of your own journey, in my humble opinion you could not choose a more confident, gentle guide, or a sweeter community to learn, grow and practice in. – Ros Schwartz


2016-04-03 16.04.52This training has been the doorway into my heart, a transcendence of consciousness. Allison’s authentic devotion has taught me what real discipline is. She eased the tension of separateness, she encouraged me, she supported me, refining my love for sharing Yoga again! If you are ready to learn the blueprint of Yoga, if you are ready to surrender to reality, if you are ready to make a shift, then I highly recommend this life changing experience. ~ Sandy Delgado


My AYTT teacher, Allison Dennis is/was AMAZING! We studied/trained hard, philosophy, physiology, practice intensives, practicum, understanding the classic treatises, kirtan, playing the harmonium, Meditation I have completed other training programs since the early 1990s–but all are paled in comparison. I feel as if I have become a really good teacher–I attribute it all to God and Allison…With Gratitude. ~ Anita LeVeaux


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Studying under Allison’s guidance has been such a rewarding experience. Her Veda Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training offers structured insight into the 4 main bodies of texts (Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Yoga Sutras). I now have a much better understanding of the science of yoga and a foundation for further study. In addition Allison offered me a safe and nurturing space to develop my practice as a bhakta. No words can express the meaningfulness of adding devotion and song to my life. My great thanks and love to her for opening her school to me. ~ Bret Batman


The heart of yoga 300 hour training offers a one on one aspect of working with a teacher, alongside group time, which helps define personal practice and became an excellent chance for me to chant with Allison. ~ Benjamin Parrish


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If you want to go deeper into your understanding of yoga philosophy and meditation, this is the course to take. You will discover a deepening connection with your breath through movement, meditation, and self-study. ~ Lindsey Berutti

A journey I would take again and again. ~ Danny Depuy

My relationships with myself and the Infinite have grown by leaps and bounds, and this year has been one of the most transformative healing processes of my life. ~ Erica Davis