Allison Dennis holds a BFA in Musical Theatre with a Minor in Music from ECU where she studied Sanford Meisner's acting technique for two years. She sang in jazz, funk, and folk bands, recorded and performed as a singer-songwriter, and performed supporting and leading roles in a variety of plays and musicals.
In NYC at the turn of the millenium, she was acting and singing in Off Broadway shows, and ultimately flying in the wildly popular Argentine circus De La Guarda. A back injury during a show brought her to yoga in 2001.
A herniated disc with nerve impingement made movement quite painful for the first three years of the injury, so her entry point to yoga was the philosophy of India, not the poses. She concentrated on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras for a decade while becoming a yoga asana teacher as therapy for her own physical pain. Once mobility returned after sincere dedication to physical therapy and pilates, Allison was finally permitted by her Physical Therapist to take on an asana practice. Within months she had signed up for her first Yoga Teacher Training.
Her training experience includes:
In addition to countless hours of continuing education and the aforementioned teachers, Allison has been deeply influenced by the classes, travels, tours, encounters, dinners, conversations, and extended satsangs she's shared with Edwin Bryant and Dr. Robert Svoboda.
In 2010 Allison began her friendship with Naada Yoga Master, K. Sridhar, who inspired her to apply her love for music to the practice and study of Indian music. He has since been a primary mentor and teacher. He also encouraged her interest in astrology as she began studies with Komilla Sutton, Renay Oshop, and now Steven Highburger.
From 2010-2018 Allison owned and operated Heart of Yoga School out of Carrboro, NC. There she designed and taught three distinct yoga teacher trainings, culminating in a full 800 hour YTT program. She led nineteen long-term trainings while managing the School, and guiding curious seekers to become teachers and home practitioners. Now Heart of Yoga School is an online Vedic resource.
Over the years, Prem Sadasivananda has remained a shining light for Allison's spiritual development; he and Sridhar often encouraged Allison to visit India. Life finally allowed that to happen in 2016 when she toured South India with Sridhar and his wife Camilla. She's returned to India every year since, spending two to three months each visit deepening her understanding of the Indian culture and philosophy. She leads tours of sacred sites in India, and organizes retreats in pastoral farm lands in both India and Bali.
Allison currently offers personal sessions, leads kirtan, and teaches online courses through Teachable and Zoom from her temporary home base in Colorado. She continues to focus on her practice and the study of Indian Astrology and Indian Music and looks forward to the safety of connecting in person soon.