Newly Certified: Alison Whelan

Meet Alison Whelan, the newest certified Sage Yoga for Athletes teacher. Alison lives in New York City, where she teaches yoga full time and runs a nonprofit called Breathe and Believe Yoga, focused on bringing yoga to those who would otherwise be unable to access the practice.

A lifelong athlete, Alison played lacrosse in college before turning her focus to yoga. Like any NYC yoga teacher, she gets her workout offering a full schedule focused in Manhattan and will now be adding yoga-for-athletes class offerings as well as private lessons. Her broad teaching experience includes everything from chair yoga to heated power flow yoga, all influenced by the students’ needs. Speaking of studentship, Alison is also an ongoing student, which makes her compassionate to the experiences that can confuse or mystify athletes in their first class experiences.

Alison’s background teaching trauma-sensitive yoga makes her an especially welcoming teacher for you to study with. Her classes feel inclusive and offer plenty of room for students to choose the right experience for them, moment to moment. Part of the course is a teaching video; in Alison’s, I saw a seasoned teacher who guides her students kindly, with great sensitivity to their needs.

Read more about Alison at her website,

If you’d like to learn like Alison did, plan your trip to Kripalu for Yoga for Athletes Five-Day Teachers’ Intensive at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA, January 6–11, 2019, to Carrboro for Yoga for Athletes Five-Day Teachers’ Intensive at Carolina Yoga Company in Carrboro, NC, July 15–19, 2019, or start your work on the course at Sage Yoga Teacher Training.