It’s hard to imagine that Alison Solam was ever new to yoga– or to teaching, for that matter. She has a seamless, elegant way of guiding her students that makes it look easy. She also has a masterful yoga practice of her own, which she says usually takes place at home with loud music playing! Here she tells a bit about how she caught the yoga bug, way-back-when:
I went to my first yoga class because my back hurt from a kickboxing class, and also because I had heard Madonna and Sting did it, so that was something. I got really lucky with my first teacher, and I practiced with her 5-6 days a week for a year…which led to an interest in teaching Yoga (and a waning interest in Madonna).
I taught my first class in 2001, and have continued learning and teaching ever since. I love the big picture of yoga as well as the details; at any point in time, where is the body in space, what is stretching, what is strengthening, and what technique do we use to make it all happen? I encourage students to do the same investigation, and then to notice the effects of paying attention in that way. You can also expect from my classes eclectic yet awesome music, readings by my favorite poets, a little Yoga philosophy, a lot of sweat…and maybe a giggle here and there.
I will be forever grateful to my first teachers Aadil Palkhivala and Kim King-Zamoff, as well as my teacher since 2013, Theresa Elliot.
“If you learn to respond as if it were the first day in your life
and the very last day
then you will have spent this day well.”
Brother David Steindl Rast