Teachers & Influences
I was first introduced to the creative power of movement when studying Devised Theater at New York University Tisch School of the Arts with Marleen Pennison, Rebecca Berg, Dan Weltner and Tomi Tsunodu. NYU was also the basis of my acrobatic choreographic work, and study of Pilates, Movement Anatomy and West African Dance. Alyssa studied African Dance at NYU with Peter Bass and abroad in Ghana with the dance program at University of Legon. This creative form of free movement lead to more in depth studies of movement and Yoga Teacher training with Yoga to the People in 2009. At Yoga to the Poeple in NYC, I was fortunate to be trained and mentored by Greg Gumucio, Lindsay Dombrowski, Nikki Carter, and Sam Chase. As my practice continued I had the priviledge to learn and practice under such experienced teachers as Isaac Pena, Jared McCann, Eddie Stern and Sri Dharma Mittra. In Seattle, I continue to study under and be inspired by the teachings of Troy Lucero at the Acme Yoga Project.
As we all must 'stand on the shoulders of giants', the teachers of my teachers, their writings and philosophies should also be noted. In my case these giants are the likes of Pina Bausch, Twyla Tharp, Bishnu Gosh, Bikram Choudhury, Tony Sanchez, BKS Iyengar, Sri K Pattabhi Jois, Richard Freeman, and Bryan Kest.
My continued growth and success is possible only by the support of a strong community of powerful and innovative peers. I rely on the advice and inspiration of international circus artist, Caitlyn Larsson and London-based choreographer Heather Jeffries. Yoga teachers and body-work professionals who feed and grow my work include Julia Planine-Toiani, Paula Reyes, Brian Nygard, Barbara Box, and Laura Lebron, amongst many others. I currently collaborate in Seattle with seasoned Yoga Teachers Trista Jennings and Anne Elyse Hartigan of the We Yoga Project.