What is Personalized Yoga?
Personalized yoga, sometimes called private yoga, is guided by an assessment of YOUR individual wants or needs. Personalized yoga involves specifically applying yogic tools (e.g. physical postures, breathwork, meditation techniques, etc.) to address YOUR physical, mental, and/or emotional needs. Carryover exercises/activities tailored to your goals are often recommended by the yoga teacher in between sessions.
I follow an evidence-based practice model, whereby I integrate your values, current best evidence (e.g. from kinesiology, anatomy, yoga, etc.), and my experience to guide decision making for your personal wellness plan. Ongoing assessment, goal setting, and progress monitoring are used to inform decisions for your individualized plan.
Why Is Personalized Yoga For Me?
Gaining Initial Experience
Beginner yogis can sometimes feel a little overwhelmed or nervous in their first studio class. Personalized sessions are a great way to gain experience and get ready for a studio class. Personalized yoga sessions can introduce a new yogi to the more commonly practiced poses and their names, the basic cueing provided in a class, the general structure of a yoga class, and the different types of yoga.
Focusing on Personal Goals, Concerns or Interests
You, your child, or your family may have certain goals, concerns are interests that would be best served in a personalized setting. Maybe you have a specific goal to build strength in your core or improve mobility in your hips. Maybe you have a current, or past injury, that requires a more personalized approach to your yoga practice. Maybe you want to get your child ready to join a studio class or yoga camp. Maybe you want to help your child improve his/her focus or motor coordination. Whatever YOUR personal reasons are, Lotus Yogis by Jackie will create a personalized yoga plan to fit YOUR exact wants and needs.
Deepening Your Current Yoga Practice
Advanced practitioners may want some personalized guidance in order to deepen their current yoga practice. Maybe you want to better understand yoga philosophy, anatomy and physiology, or specific poses. Personalized yoga can help you enhance YOUR established personal practice.
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 also a certified Roll Model® Method practitioner.
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 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 teach a variety of class types, including power yoga, beginner yoga, gentle yoga, all-levels flow, kids yoga, and special needs yoga. I also provide instruction for self-myofascial release using the Roll Model® Method. I do not believe in achieving a "perfect" form; rather, I believe that each asana (or pose) is an opportunity to learn about your body and what feels best to YOU.
I believe that yoga is for everyBODY. If you can breathe, you CAN do yoga. I wholly believe in a completely non-judgmental approach to yoga. I believe in honoring where YOUR body, mind, and spirit are on a given day. I value and honor each and every person who joins my class. 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