Allison Joy Phillips

New York, NY
United States

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I consider my yoga journey lifelong, as I was exposed to the practice, preliminarily, at a young age through books and "exercise" videos. My mother told me of the mantra she received from a guru but would never reveal it to me. My interest in Eastern philosophy and spiritual beliefs stemmed from the curiosity sparked by these first interactions with yoga.

I started a physical practice in 2007 at Chelsea Piers in NYC. I am so lucky to live in a mecca for yoga in the west and to have deepened my practice with some very knowledgeable teachers at some incredible studios including Laughing Lotus, Jivamukti, Pure Yoga, Yoga Shanti, ISHTA, Integral Yoga Institute, YogaWorks and The Three Jewels.

In the first half of 2014, I was supremely blessed to have the opportunity to study under the guidance of Satyavira Matthew Lombardo, Michael Hewett & Lilia Mead as a yogini in the inaugural Sarva Yoga Academy 200-hour teacher training.

My path has lead me through New Orleans, where I found many beautiful people and places to practice. I am specifically grateful for the teachers at Swan River Yoga: Michelle Baker; Keith Porteous and Kelly NOLA Yoga Kula is unlike any other and I feel tremendous gratitude to have learned so much and to have spent such high vibrational time with the Sangha of the Crescent City.

Although I am technically a yoga teacher, I am, first and foremost, a student on the 8-limbed path. My continuing education has been focused on restorative asana, breath work, relaxation techniques and meditation. I have also grown quite interested in the healing power of Sound Baths, Thai Yoga Massage and Yoga Nidra.

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