About Alison Colyer
While growing up our family travelled because of my father’s job. We lived in many diverse parts of the world including India, Canada, Israel, Tanzania and Pakistan. I was lucky enough to travel to places such as Afghanistan and through India and Pakistan in late 70s and early 80s – visiting and living in places that were to affect me profoundly. With this background, I became used to change being a constant and home being wherever we were living at the time. In many ways Yoga has become a bit like that for me now. No matter what’s going on in my life my yoga practice offers me a way to find some consistency and constancy in an ever-changing world. A way to come home to myself.
Yoga has been part of my life in some way for many years. I’ve been practicing Yoga for 35 years and I taught my first class in 1995. Whilst originally attracted by the physical practices, over the years I have learned to really value the way that yoga has helped me to quieten a busy mind and find stillness and peace even at times when life has felt overwhelming.
I practiced Yoga in my youth whilst studying for my degree in Religious Studies, while pregnant with my children, and when suffering from post-natal depression. I continued to practice yoga as a busy working mother and through good health and abundant times. In more recent times, yoga has been an important part of learning to pace myself to live in a more sustainable way after a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Over the years the yoga has looked a little different from the outside, but it has always helped me to reconnect with that part of myself that is unchanging, no matter what storms are raging in my life. For this I am profoundly grateful.
I love to share yoga with others and I believe that yoga has something to offer to everyone of all levels of fitness, all shapes and sizes and at all stages of life. To ensure this I have continued with training throughout my teaching career and have the unusual accolade of being the first teacher in UK to be certified in Curvy Yoga!
I’ve also looked to deepen my experience and understanding of the less physical aspects of yoga and have over the past 20 years attended many courses and retreats at the Mandala Yoga Ashram, gaining enormously from the depth of exploration that is possible there.
I have lived in Northwich with my family since 1993 and have been so grateful to have found a place that I love to be able to sink my roots and become part of the local community. In the past few years my husband and I have been learning how to live a simpler and more sustainable lifestyle. We recently installed solar panels and battery to reduce our electricity bills and are busy exploring water harvesting and growing more of our own food with the aim of being able to live an abundant life for a lower cost. My husband is a keen beekeeper and we have 20+ hives at the bottom of our garden as well as a few others dotted around the Cheshire countryside. His company Bees in Our Community has been established to help others have some simple and affordable routes into the world of beekeeping.
When I have time to myself I love to sing, to walk in the local area, to read, write, and to capture life as I see it with my trusty camera phone. Many of the photos on this website were taken by me. I have a blog with some of my writing at www.burnout2bliss.com
In addition to these courses which provided additional qualifications over the past 21 years I have attended several residential courses at the Mandala Yoga Ashram including:
I’ve also attended several multi-day workshops with Donna Farhi and other international teachers such as Julie Gudmestad, David Sye, and Françoise Barbira Freedman of Birthlight. I have enjoyed exploring the connection with my voice at workshops with Narayani and Mat Baker of Bhavana Music .