Getting my yoga on in Costa Rica.

Getting my yoga on in Costa Rica.

I am a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and received my 200-hour Yoga Teacher certification from Sacred Brooklyn in 2015, one of the best things I’ve ever done. Yoga is a powerful accompaniment to my work as a health and nutrition educator and health coach. I've designed individual nutrition plans, group based workshops and built and designed population based wellness education programs. I hold a Masters of Public Health Nutrition, a B.A. in Anthropology and Spanish, and I am a certified Holistic Health Coach. I am based out of Brooklyn but will cross bridges far and wide to do yoga or talk about nourishment. Yoga is Peace! Namaste. 

Nutritionist & Health Coach

With new fad diets and conflicting nutritional advice everywhere you turn, taking care of ourselves when it comes to healthy eating can be confusing, overwhelming and defeatist. The urgency to eat well has only gotten more and more important as heart disease, cancer, obesity and lifestyle diseases climb to the top of the list of ailments that deplete our quality of life and can lead to early death. Food is more than just nutrients that it provides to us. Food is culture, socializing, art, comfort and celebration. Making changes to eat well, lose weight, fight disease and live a balanced, joyful life, must include a healthy, enjoyable and balanced diet. I work with individuals and groups to conquer some of the fears and misunderstandings around nutrition and to equip you with the knowledge and simple, practical solutions tailored to your individual needs. I am available for one time consultations or ongoing counseling to help you create a framework for a healthy, balanced life by setting realistic goals for yourself and helping you to meet those goals to feel and see changes with the accountability and support necessary to do so. I hold a Masters in Public Health Nutrition from Hunter School of Public Health and I am a Certified Holistic Health Coach through Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

I'm a fresh food geek. Funny fact: As pretty as they are, radishes are not my favorite veggie. Ask me how I prepare them to get them to be irresistible.  photo credit: Matthew Conforti

I'm a fresh food geek. Funny fact: As pretty as they are, radishes are not my favorite veggie. Ask me how I prepare them to get them to be irresistible.  photo credit: Matthew Conforti

what would a yoga website be without a yoga pose on a beach?

what would a yoga website be without a yoga pose on a beach?

 

Alison Conforti, MPH, RYT, CHHC

My classes are designed to welcome any level practitioner, from first timers, to seasoned yogis. I create a warm, welcoming, loving environment where you are encouraged to be kind and good to yourself and those around you and leave feeling better, stronger and more bad ass than when you arrived.

I am also available for nutrition consultation for groups or individuals. Depending on you or your organization's needs we can find solutions to healthy eating obstacles; whether it's stocking the pantry on a budget, how to get creative with unfamiliar foods, basic cooking demos or one on one consultations, just reach out. We can discuss. (alyrosayoga@gmail.com) 

Yoga Bio

In college, I dropped one class – yoga. I wasn’t expecting, nor was I prepared for what I thought of as a gym class, to stir me up on any deeper level.  A few years later I was looking for something to relieve my chronic back pain due to a spinal fusion as a result of a car accident as a kid. I heard yoga would help and I began to dabble via trusty yoga DVDs (pre YouTube). It helped so I began a regular practice and I was routinely down dogging, low lunging and twisting in my bedroom for a couple of years before finding the courage to walk into a studio. Finally, a friend convinced me to try Bikram yoga, and I became hooked. Up to that point, had yet to find my physical groove or discover a way to take care of my body that actually felt good.

Yoga was different because I had to approach it from an honest place.  I had to face, embrace and work through my limitations rather than avoid them. Thirteen years after my DVD days, I am still at it. I was lucky that I had a regular yoga practice when I was hit by a car in 2009, which left me with a broken leg, a busted knee and an arduous year long recovery. Working with my “new body” I later returned to practicing hot Vinyasa Yoga and I was opened up to a deeper, more spiritual and philosophical practice. In 2015 my teacher, Stephanie Battle, said she “heard” I would be attending the teacher training with her in Costa Rica. That was the first I had heard of it, but the seed was planted and I was in need of an inspiring adventure, a new challenge and spiritual hiatus from the New York grind that was beginning to cloud my soul.

Despite a history of car accidents or being the slow kid, yoga provides infinite ways to grow physically (like strength, flexibility, stamina, balance), mentally (such as focus, faith, confidence, self-compassion, clarity, reduced anxiety, hindering self-judgments) and spiritually (in terms of self acceptance, self love, embracing and acknowledging my/your own higher power and our universal connection with all other living beings). Yoga has also given me a strong, loving, accepting community of pretty freaking incredible people for which I have deep gratitude everyday. I am humbled to be a part of this powerful and ancient tradition. I teach Vinyasa Flow with a respect for alignment, fluidity, breath, meditation and enjoying one self in and around New York. Yoga fits right in as a beautiful compliment to my work as a nutritionist and public health educator.

Namaste.


two true loves: street art + yoga.

two true loves: street art + yoga.