A Little Bit About Jackie
Hey there friend!
I have been a yoga practitioner since 2014 and a yoga teacher since 2019. I have experience teaching yoga and self-myofascial release to adults, children, and individuals with special needs in private, group, and online settings. I earned my RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher - 200 hour training) certification under the guidance of the amazing Lauren Reese, M.S., E-RYT at Breathe Yoga Atlanta. I earned my RCYT (Registered Children's Yoga Teacher - 95 hour training) certification under the guidance of the wonderful Amy Haysman, E-RYT, RCYT, M.Ed., and Sedef Dion, E-RYT, RCYT through Grounded Kids Yoga. I am a certified Roll Model® Method practitioner. I am also a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM-CPT).
In addition to teaching yoga, I am also a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist. I have extensive experience with Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, Anxiety, Speech Delays, Language Delays, Feeding Difficulties, and other Learning Differences (e.g. Dyslexia). When I am not teaching yoga, I provide outpatient, pediatric speech therapy at the incredible Darling Pediatric Therapies, Inc. in Roswell, GA.
I have a M.S. in Biology, (with an emphasis in Neuroscience) from California State University, Northridge and an M.Ed. in Communication Sciences and Disorders (emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology/Speech Therapy) from the University of Georgia.
My yoga classes and personal training sessions are planned based on therapeutic principles, current scientific evidence, anatomy and physiology, and yoga philosophy in order to achieve optimal functioning throughout the body. I tailor my classes to fit YOUR specific wants and needs. I do not believe in achieving a "perfect" form; rather, I believe that each yoga pose, exercise, or workout is an opportunity to learn about your body and what feels best to YOU.
I believe that yoga and fitness is truly for everyBODY. If you can breathe, you CAN do yoga and participate in some type of exercise. I wholly believe in a completely non-judgmental approach to fitness. I believe in honoring where YOUR body, mind, and spirit are on a given day. I value, honor, and learn from each and every person that I work with. I look forward to helping you shine your own beautiful, authentic light into the world.
-Jackie Allen, M.S., M.Ed., CCC-SLP, RYT-200, RCYT, NASM-CPT