Alison Sever knew she wanted to be a yoga teacher as soon as she began practicing. Feeling burnt out in the final weeks of high school, she found a deeper sense of self as well as more lightness in her connections with others upon developing her own yoga practice. For over a decade, yoga has been an emotional regulator, a soul soother, a spiritual discipline, and the primary mode through which she understands all the ways she is connected with others and to this planet.
Though Alison completed her 200-hour training in 2017 through Sadhana Yoga School in Keene, NH—she has been teaching mindfulness, meditation, and yoga philosophy to her peers and her teenage students since 2010. She has had the fortune of rolling out her mat in many beautiful places, like on a volcano-island in Nicaragua, on top of a millennium-old stupa in Myanmar, on a floating dock in Zanzibar, and on many tent platforms in the woods.
Alison uses the term “DIY Slow Flow” to describe her teaching style. It’s rooted in vinyasa yoga, which means that breath is central to the practice and initiates movement. To her, breath is a tool not only for regulating the nervous system, but also for understanding our energetic existence and inherent connection with others. She believes that when we focus on our breath, we are able to be more kind, be more loving, and make choices for the sake of others.
“Breathing in, I am receiving a gift from the Universe. Breathing out, I am giving it back to the systems we all share.”
In her teaching are peppered opportunities to guide yourself into alternative positions or experiences. She believes a true vehicle for self-care must be self-guided to some extent, and yoga is a ripe opportunity to foster awareness of that which makes us feel most whole. As a teacher she’ll bring to you some of the things she loves most about yoga: moving intuitively, balancing contemplation with play, and building a loving, patient relationship with the body, mind, heart, and spirit. In her classes you can expect creative sequencing, careful transitions, and holding poses for perhaps longer than your ego might hope.
Above all, know that when you practice with her, her highest wish is for you to feel honored, welcomed, and encouraged to listen to your own body.
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