“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, Alahna ran varsity sprints for the track and field team. The sound of the starting gun at meets was triggering for her, and it became an obstacle that she worked on with my coach and therapist at the time. This was the birth of Alahna’s journey with my breath. After years of therapy and months of EMDR, she turned to mindful breath work. This has been the most integral part in managing her panic attacks. Alahna learned how to soften the frameworks that clutched onto fear and terror when she heard loud noises. Fast forward to her freshmen year of college, Alahna joined a Kirtan group, where she sang in community and practiced mantra meditation. This was Alahna’s first introduction to the roots of yoga.
Not long after, Alahna took her first yoga class ever at Peace Love and Yoga. Things started to come together after this class. She started to draw more connections, and wanted to further explore the Source of these connections. Everything unraveled pretty quickly. She left the university she was enrolled in and followed her heart back to the beach here in San Diego, pursuing her 200 YT training with PLAY in Fall 2022. Through PLAY’s comprehensive training, she also found Yin yoga, and became certified to teach in that modality. Most recently, Alahna has completed Hot Flow Mentorship and is now teaching a wide range of classes on the schedule.
“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.” -Alahna