Allison Dearling

Founder and Principal of Live and Breathe Yoga | Yoga therapist

Allison came to yoga in her 20’s after a serious car accident left her with injury and pain. Allison credits her recovery to her ashtanga yoga practice. Yoga has supported Allison through her rehabilitation, the stress of a corporate career and running a business and now in her greatest role of being a mum. Allison is a leader in the industry and is best known for her down to earth compassion and big-hearted teaching. Her ability to adapt the practice to be inclusive, accessible, and transformative has meant she is highly regarded by her peers and well-loved by her loyal following. Her unwavering dedication to her own staff and students and her ability to make everyone feel safe, seen and supported is rare and incredibly special.

Allison has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching yoga in Australia and the UK since 2006. She has studied in India with several yoga teachers for extended periods of study (including but not limited to Sharath Jois, Sharath Yoga Centre in Mysore). Allison has continued her studies with many senior ashtanga yoga teachers in the UK, US, and Australia.

She opened her studio, Live and Breathe Yoga (Townsville) in 2010 and teaches group, corporate, private, virtual and community classes, and has mentored several new teachers. Allison specialises in the therapeutic application of yoga practices with particular focus on making yoga accessible to all. Her teaching is therefore collaborative, as she aims to design a practice that supports the specific needs of each of her students and clients. Allison is passionate about building a sangha in her local community and has been involved in many community and fundraising events since 2010.