Allison Modafferi Brewster E-RYT has been teaching Yoga since 2003, and she specializes in therapeutic alignment. She loves to share that “the alignment that keeps us safe is the same alignment that helps us heal…and allows us to go deeper.”
Allison also teaches Ayurveda for optimum nutrition and digestive health, and leads seasonal whole foods cleanses, including her most popular annual program, The New Year (R)evolution.
Connect with Allison to learn more about Yoga, its poses, breathwork, meditation, philosophy, and the life-changing practice of mindfulness. Join her in public classes and sign up for her private and small group sessions, retreats in the mountains and abroad, and cleanses that can often be taken anywhere (even online!)
Birthplace: Morristown, NJ, though I only lived there for a short time. I grew up in a small town in the hills of Connecticut and then right here in Charlotte.
When and how did you start practicing Yoga?
Just after college, I was working in film and theatre in NYC. Life was wonderfully busy, from sun-up to sundown, and I craved greater serenity and balance. One day on the subway, I heard some girls talking about yoga, and I turned around to ask them about it. They were so warm, and they bubbled with excitement as they shared their love of yoga with me! As it turns out, their studio was right in my Brooklyn neighborhood, and I went to class the very next day.
How has it helped you ‘off the mat’ ?
Yoga has given me the tools to be happy… and everything that comes along with that! After years of holding myself back due to anxiety and weighty self-doubt, yoga has given me the confidence and the freedom to be more fully myself! Through my yoga practice, I continue to cultivate a deeper connection to higher wisdom, greater clarity in knowing my true self, stronger intuition, focus and discipline, fluidity in making decisions, loyalty to my commitments, the honor of responsibility, and the courage to keep choosing to celebrate the amazing experience of life. I’ve also made some of the best friends of my life through yoga!
When did you decide you wanted to teach Yoga, and where/with whom did you do teacher training?
I “decided” during that very first class at Jaya Yoga in Brooklyn… I left class feeling a good inch TALLER and knowing that someday I would teach. A few years later, after moving back to Charlotte, I pursued my Yoga Alliance RYT 200 hr teacher training with Lesa Crocker, former owner of The Bodhi Tree. In 2004, I started practicing with Sarah Faircloth, Brooks Haislip, Kelly Haas, and Desiree Rumbaugh, and in 2008, completed my Anusara Teacher Training with John Friend.
What styles are you most influenced by in your teaching, and who are your favorite teachers?
I am most influenced by alignment-based flow classes with strong interwoven themes. I love the playfulness, challenge. and inspiration I receive through creative, intentional sequences! My favorite teachers include Desiree Rumbaugh, Sianna Sherman, Kellie Jackson Daniel, Stacey Millner-Collins, Sarah Faircloth, Kelley Gardner, Sari Weston, Kelly Haas, Douglas Brooks, Doug Keller, and Zhenja La Rosa. I am also often most humbled and inspired by the teachings I receive from my students, my nephew Daniel, and my daughter Lilia!
What are your favorite Yoga-related books or DVDs?
Sadhana of the Heart (Gurumayi Chidvilasananda), Yoga: Discipline of Freedom: The Yoga Sutra Attributed to Patanjali (Barbara Stoler Miller), Meditations from the Mat (Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison), Mystery of the Mind (Swami Muktananda), Anusara Yoga Teacher Training Manual (John Friend), Anusara Yoga Therapeutics Manual (John Friend), Bhagavad Gita (translated by Juan Mascaro), Poised for Grace: Annotations on the Bhagavad Gita from a Tantric View (Douglas R. Brooks, PhD.), Currents of Grace: The Philosophical Foundations of Anusara Yoga- CD (Douglas R. Brooks, PhD.)
What do you like to do when you’re not doing Yoga?
I spend a lot of time reading, studying, and practicing both Yoga and its sister science Ayurveda… these are two of my favorite ways to spend my time! I’m also a musician, so I love to spend time at the piano, playing old classical pieces, or strumming the guitar, accompanying myself as I sing. And I love to cook, eat (in or out!), garden, write, and seek out green spaces to go running and hiking with my husband Grey, daughter Lilia, and dogs Dakota and Lila.
Incorporating the [Align & Flow] series into my regular practice has allowed even the most basic yoga poses to feel advanced and challenging; engaging different muscles and requiring some serious mental presence. The thoughtful, easy to follow, guided teachings from Allison and the BeYoga team have literally transformed my yoga practice from a mindless flow to a conscious, engaged, and inspiring respite from my busy day. The Anusara classes weren’t something I had ever taken the time to regularly include in my weekly schedule- but I had no idea the depth I was missing! It wasn’t until I figured out the power of an upward spiral or just engaging my core in a different way to finally nail a head stand (a pose I had been working on, unsuccessfully, and with little guidance at other studios for years!!) that I began to appreciate the importance of this mix of fundamental alignment and mindful engagement.
I’ve regularly practiced at several studios throughout the metro Charlotte area and hadn’t found the “home” I had been looking for, until I found BeYoga, Dilworth. It is a safe, kind, consistently challenging studio that has pushed me mentally, physically, and emotionally to simultaneously connect AND release. These classes and this studio have been impactful on my practice, but more importantly have allowed me to become more impactful in my own daily life.
Thanks BeYoga & Allison!!Happy Yogi
Be Yoga is a wonderful place to explore the yoga practice! Allison Modafferi makes her classes fun with her light hearted approach to teaching the alignment. I learned so much about my inner thighs!From the Comment Box
This was my 1st class at Be Yoga, and it was excellent. Allison was wonderful!!Donna D