Allison Egan Datwani is a creative and compassionate yoga teacher with a precise and mindful style. For over 25 years Allison has been guiding people to move, breathe, feel, release, center and heal. Her knowledge of the mind, body and emotional connection is drawn from a lifetime of studying movement starting with dance as a young adult to gym workouts and then eventually committing to finding herself on the yoga mat. She received her yoga teacher training from Cyndi Lee’s Buddhist inspired yoga school, Om Yoga. Seeking yoga’s wisdom, Allison studied ancient scriptures like the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Bhagavad Gita with Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally. Allison has been on several TV shows promoting health including being a wellness consultant for the “Today Show.” Today Allison teaches at Bamboomoves Yoga in Englewood, NJ and at Birchwood Center in Nyack, NY in addition to leading the subtle body yoga teacher training studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Allison writes weekly posts in her lifestyle blog, Glamorous Yogini. Allison has created several online yoga practices at Yoga International. Her Compassion Yoga Flow online practices at YI raise awareness to The Himalayan Institute’s One Tribe Project who is building libraries in Cameroon, Africa.


Get to know allison

What are your goals as a teacher?
My goals as a yoga teacher are to teach everyone one in the room. Meaning that my teaching style is not limited to beginner, intermediate and advanced but is all embracing to children, seniors and people with special needs.
What keeps you practicing?
What keeps me practicing yoga is that I see it works. It opens me on days I'm down and calms me when I'm overflowing with energy. It makes those not so exciting days just perfect in my eyes.
Besides yoga, what do you do to keep a healthy lifestyle?
I cook. Due to my lifestyle I don't get to cook every meal I eat but when I do, I cook. I buy as local as I can organic produce and let the seasonal fruits and vegetables lead me to my culinary creations.
What is the best piece of advice you've ever received?
The best piece of advice I've ever received is to balance giving and receiving. Sounds easy but when you're a service oriented people pleasing person like I am, it takes diligent practice to balance the giving and receiving energies of the heart. Life is easy when the giving I do is equal to the receiving I experience.