A California native, Allison McCready spent the majority of her life searching for more, until she stepped onto the path of Yoga and the Healing Arts. Now that she has found her life’s work, she hasn’t looked back.
After beginning her yoga practice at the Sivananda Center, she then moved on to study at Sacred Movement in Venice, CA. Because she found her home on the yoga mat, she decided to become a teacher of the sacred practice that had helped her to heal and reclaim her passion for life. She completed teacher trainings with Max Strom, Erich Schiffmann, Jamie Elmer, Sherry Brourman, and Jill Miller. She is a member of both the Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Through her yoga practice Allison began to understand the profound connection between body, mind & spirit. As her fascination of this interconnectedness grew she was moved to deepen her study of the human form. To this end she completed the massage program at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine and furthered her studies at the Institute of Psycho Structural Balancing (IPSB) and Polarity Healing Arts. For over a decade she had a thriving private practice as a Bodyworker, specializing in Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Deep Circulatory Massage, Reiki and Aromatherapy.
As her field of knowledge and mastery grew, she then moved to redirect her private practice exclusively to the Biodynamic paradigm of CST by enrolling in the 2-year Body Intelligence Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy program. Upon completion of that program she was designated as a BCST by the International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings and became a registered member of the Biodynamic Craniosacral Association of North America. To further her expertise in the field of trauma resolution she also completed the 3-year Somatic Experiencing® training and received her SEP credentials. Allison’s private bodywork practice is now focused solely on the Biodynamic model of Craniosacral Therapy and Somatic Experiencing® (SE). Both the BCST and SE models are biodynamic in their approach with a strong emphasis on trauma resolution, pain relief, emotional process and nervous system regulation.
In addition to her hands-on healing work, Allison channels her understanding of the body-mind connection into her work with yoga students. Both her private and public classes are a unique combination of self-inquiry and playfulness supported by her in-depth study of anatomy, which ultimately maximizes alignment and strength. She encourages her students to move into the nuance of each pose by focusing on breath and sensation, guiding students into an intuitive listening to their body’s story. The heart of her teaching is body-based meditation and connection to inner stillness to create a state of balanced awareness as the means to support and enhance not only the challenging physical practice of yoga, but also the challenges of daily life.