Alissa, the human.
I have two great passions in my life: stories and yoga. I teach junior high English by day. I believe literature and stories are our great connector. Stories can make us feel less alone, teach us empathy, take us places impossible for us to physically travel to through the power of our imaginations. Stories were my anchor from a young age and writing distinctly became my saving grace through two life experiences—
1) when my mom almost died when I was 13 years old. as my mom was in the hospital and I found my dad crying at my grandma’s kitchen table (this was the first time I ever saw my dad cry & it really shook me), I turned to writing. I wrote an 8 page story that night about a troubadour in a made up land. I’m sure it was terrible, but it gave me an outlet in a very scary unstable time.
2) when one of the first loves of my life, Cameron, killed himself when I was 15. i asked my high school English teacher, a brilliant woman called Mrs. Pettigrew, if i could write about Cameron’s death for my personal narrative. She said, “yes, but I’ll have to still edit for grammar, Alissa. and I want you to know I’m not editing you and your experience and your pain. if you’re up for that, write, young lady, write.” that woman was magic and why I’ve never stopped writing about the hard, scary stuff that makes me completely, utterly vulnerable.
Yoga didn’t start as a passion for me. It started as a way to destress from college life. After the birth of my daughter I wanted to lose weight and I turned to yoga: lost all the weight & then some, became empowered, & did my first YTT. It is no exaggeration when I say YOGA SAVED MY LIFE.
I’ve studied Ashtanga Vinyasa in my 200 H, studied extensively with Sri Dharma Mittra in his 500 H & 800 H programs, SUP yoga, and recently completed my Sumits Hot Yoga certification. I have been practicing since I was 19 and am now 32, almost 33. I believe in Yoga. I show up on my mat every single day especially on the hard days. i didn’t start this page for followers or anything. i started this page 5 years ago because i wanted to learn more yoga than what was available to me at that time.
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