Yoga Teacher Trainee: Allison Howard

Allison is one of the yoga teacher trainees in our Spring 2019 cohort. Read more about her story and why she’s training at M3Yoga. 

Where are you from? Mount Holly, NC

Where do you live? Athens

Favorite place you’ve been? The field site where I did my PhD research in northeastern Brazil, Boa Vista

What’s your passion? Teaching, of all kinds. My daughter. My husband.

Favorite pose? Arm balances like koundinyasana. They make me feel super strong and alive.

How long have you practiced yoga?
I practiced prenatal yoga while was pregnant with my daughter, a little over 3 years ago. Then, I started practicing a lot more consistently with M3 in December 2017.

What’s your favorite yoga style?
That’s a tough question! I love a class that challenges me. Some days, that’s a hot power class that pushes me to be physically strong. Other days it’s a yin class that puts me in an uncomfortable position and leaves me there to see what gets churned up. But on almost any day of the week, I could do a slow, strong flow class with a side of meditation or pranayama and that would make me happy.

Why did you decide to attend teacher training?
I just couldn’t not do it. Yoga teacher training pulled me in. When it was all I could think about every time I stepped foot in the studio, I knew I had to sign up.

Why did you decide to train at the M3Yoga Center?
M3 is my yoga home. The philosophy of the studio 100% aligns with the kind of teacher I want to be. The emphasis on anatomy and physiology, the emphasis on community, even small details like training teachers to always get consent before touching their students, these are the backbone of who I want to be as a yoga teacher.

What has been your favorite part of the training so far?
Training is literally making me into a better person. More compassionate. More passionate. Less afraid. More joyful. It’s phenomenal.

What’s been the hardest part of the training so far?
I get super nervous for our teaching practicums. It’s hard to be a newbie at something that you really want to do well, but it’s part of the process, and I know that I’m getting the foundation I need.

What is one thing you wish you knew before the training?
How good it would be. I would have signed up sooner.

What is your advice to someone considering teacher training?
Practice yoga. Find a center that aligns with your personal values. Dive in!


Thinking about taking a yoga teacher training? Read more about our fundamentals training here.