Alison Zimmer

Alison Zimmer
Alison’s journey to yoga began because of her journey with grief. In 2007 (at the age of 22) her boyfriend passed away in a motorcycle accident. While trying to cope with the loss, her father suggested she try yoga. She signed up for the Yoga course at her college (CSULB) and found the practice to be difficult and uncomfortable. She hated it...but never missed a class. During this hour she could quiet her mind, connect to herself, and let go of the trauma. She credits yoga with saving her life.

In 2011 she completed yoga teacher training to be able to share this healing practice with others. She believes that being uncomfortable is the body telling you CHANGE IS HAPPENING! This uncomfortable feeling can be physical, but it’s most often mental. She uses guided breath cues as the tool to help her students work through this.

Favorite Yoga Move: 

Bakasana. It was the first time I felt strong and did something I thought I would "never" be able to do. I learned how to trust myself and trust the practice. Once I was conformable doing crow pose, so many other poses became accessible. Any time I return to this pose it feels like home-base, creating a balance of ease and effort within me.

How Has Yoga Benefited You The Most: 

Yoga has taught be how to be present. Living in the moment has been such a gift. Yoga reminds us that this is a life-long practice and to observe our thoughts rather than absorb them. I truly believe yoga saved my life by giving me a bigger purpose. Sharing this practice and connecting with others is another huge benefit to me.

Reason Started Doing Yoga: 

I was carrying around a lot of emotional pain due to the death of my boyfriend. My dad suggested I try yoga to work through the grief. Yoga was the only time I could get out of my head and just be in the moment; not doing re-plays of the past and not trying to predict the future. Yoga became my safe space and it saved my life.

5 Words That Describe Your Teaching Style: 

Fun, Fluid, Creative, Compassionate,Connected.