Alahna Woodburn

“My journey with healing has been a work in progress from the start. Since I was seven years old, I have lived with post traumatic stress from an incident of gun violence. While I had quickly healed from my physical wounds, the mental wounds will always need more care and tending to.

 In high school, I ran varsity sprints for the track and field team. The sound of the starting gun at meets was triggering for me, and it became an obstacle that I worked on with my coach and therapist at the time. This was the birth of my journey with my breath. After years of therapy and months of EMDR, I turned to mindful breath work. This has been the most integral part in managing my re-experiencing and panic attacks. I learned how soften the frameworks that clutched onto fear and terror when I heard loud bangs. Fast forward to my freshmen year of college, I joined a Kirtan group, where we sang in community and practiced mantra meditation. This was my first introduction to the roots of yoga. 

During Winter break, I took my first yoga class ever at Peace Love and Yoga. Things started to come together after this class. I started to draw more connections, and I wanted to further explore the Source of these connections. Everything unraveled pretty quickly. I left the university I was enrolled in and followed my heart back to the beach here in San Diego, and pursued my 200 YT training with PLAY in Fall 2022. Through this, I also found Yin yoga, and became certified to teach Yin shortly after my training. And most recently, I have completed my Hot Flow Mentorship training! 

I am so grateful for the journey I have had and where it has led me today. My greatest wish as a yoga teacher is for my students to have a healing experience on their mat, and to know that above anything else, they are safe in my class”

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