Habla Yoga's first classes were held in fall of 2013 at The Float Shoppe in Portland, Oregon. Alyssa is a passionate advocate for the serene, supportive nature of floating. She found it to be a harmonious companion to yoga, and also experienced floating to ease frustrations along the journey of language learning.
Alyssa served as a Health Educator & Technical Facilitator with Peace Corps in rural Guatemala. Her primary projects consisted of teaching health education and training health promoters. The health education themes consisted of nutrition & cooking, disease prevention, improving air quality and domestic violence awareness. Her secondary projects included teaching English, recycling & trash management projects, as well as movement & art classes with youth groups in the villages.
Alyssa has been teaching since 2007. She is an E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance and was trained in Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga, yet integrates a variety of styles into her practice including restorative, yoga for athletes and power yoga. She first began teaching as a group fitness instructor which soon led her to participate in her first Yoga Teacher Training in Colorado.
She immersed herself into a 200-hour & a 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training with The Lotus Seed School in Tulum, Mexico as well as partaking in a 95-hour Children's Yoga Teacher Training in Portland, Oregon. In addition, she received continuing education with Street Yoga and The Bhakti Shop in Portland, and participated in month-long immersion courses at Mahadevi Ashram in Guatemala and with Yoga Internships in Colombia. Additionally, Alyssa studied and worked with a Portland-based Yoga Therapist, Cindy Lewis, and together they taught yoga club at a high school and co-organized a local yoga collective.
She received her TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) training and certification through Proyecto Santa Teresa in Costa Rica, and is inspired by their teaching methods and community development model. She was also inspired through an introductory permaculture course at Atitlan Organics, and highly recommends it to anyone who is curious about permaculture!
Alyssa's fascination with culture, meditation and yoga took her to SE Asia to practice with Buddhist teachers and Yoga instructors at The Yoga House. She also had the opportunity to spend ten days of silent meditation via Vipassana, which continues to be a rather transformative, unfolding experience. Alyssa loves to read, write, and drink coffee & tea on the porch :)