Seattle : University Village

Allison Barnes

Allison came to yoga after years of feeling quite certain it was not for her. Quite certain.

Born and raised in Colorado, she moved to Seattle from Boulder on a whim in 2003 craving new experiences. With a background in athletics, personal training and a B.A. in health and rehabilitation, she became bored with the traditional gym model and discovered Power Vinyasa here in Seattle. The intense physicality of this style of yoga, coupled with the focus on proper breathing and an awareness of being present in each moment was beyond intriguing and rewarding for her. It became her passion and her new path, which quickly led to teacher training and opening SOL Yoga to share her love of yoga with a larger community. Allison strives to impart this same experience into every individual in every class. She believes yoga is an opportunity to challenge one's self, accepting failure as part of the process and always breathing before reacting, finding the mental calm amid chaos--something Allison encourages her students to practice both on and off the mat (a skill set she practices in her own life as the mother of two young girls). Oh, and most importantly, she believes yoga is supposed to be fun!

Allison’s teaching pulls strongly from the structure of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga but interjects dynamic flowing sequences in a safe, fun and varied fashion. Her style is athletic and challenging for all levels. And music is always an integral part of her classes and the overall experience. Pairing the music with the sequences adds to the sensory experience in a unique and transformative way.

In addition to teaching Power Vinyasa, she teaches her ever-popular YogaHIIT class as a compliment to a traditional yoga practice. When Allison is not teaching or practicing yoga, she is chasing her children while being pulled around by her German Shepherd and dancing to music along the way!