Alyssa firmly believes that yoga is the grounding force that keeps her energy from shooting out in five million directions on a daily basis. She is a mother, a dancer, a writer, and a Gemini. She holds a B.A. in Art & Performance and an M.A. in Aesthetic Studies, which essentially means that she is fully qualified to find beauty in this world.
Alyssa has taught dance classes since 2010, completed her RYT-200 in 2012, and most recently finished up her Personal Trainer Certification in 2016. In 2013, she went through a spirit-changing experience when her daughter and she lived through a life-threatening car accident. After a car in an adjacent lane lost control on the highway, her car was struck and spun out at the speed of 70 miles per hour. A guardrail went through the middle of their vehicle at a diagonal, missing both Alyssa and her daughter by only inches. Multiple EMS and firefighter crew members helped to pry them both from the car. Her daughter was miraculously uninjured. Alyssa was broken physically for months to come with rehabilitation, physical therapy, and doctors’ visits galore–but more importantly, her spirit was shaken to the point of evolution.
Prior to this accident, Alyssa could hit yoga poses without a pause to think about them. As a former ballerina, it was often difficult for her to truly empathize with students struggling in yoga–although she did her very best to sympathize. Following this accident, Alyssa has grown as a teacher in her ability to understand that each body comes with its own history, its own handicaps, and its own special strengths–and the sum of each is beautiful. She wants her students to understand that yoga is not the pursuit of physical perfection, but the spiritual practice of self-progression.
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