Annie Allen BA, LMT, CMLDT, CMBPR, CYT, CCEOLC has practiced and taught meditation, massage therapy and yoga in New York City, St. Louis, and Salt Lake City, before returning to Buffalo to raise her children and be close to family. Practicing for 25 years she developed her therapeutic style through a desire to release tension and trauma from her own body, in order to be a clearer channel of authentic and present centered awareness for her massage patients and yoga students.
She realized her massage patients looking for pain relief, rehabilitation, stress relief, relaxation and mental clarity needed the skills and balance a yoga and meditation practice provide. She began to teach her massage therapy patients how to bring their bodies and minds into harmony using hatha yoga, and meditation techniques. Her education is broad, with a BA in education she taught elementary school for a few years before moving to NYC to go to the Swedish Institute, College of Health Science. From 1993 to 1999 she studied under meditation master Swami Chidvilasananda, and legendary hatha yoga teacher Dharma Mittra.
During this time she received her Reiki Initiations and became a teaching Reiki Master. She received her Craniosacral Therapy certification in 1996 and in 1999 she completed over 200 hours of yoga teacher training with John Friend. In 2004-2005 she participated in a year long yoga teacher training with Mitchel Bleier, Sianna Sherman, Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny. This training incorporated Sanskrit with Jonathan Geen Ph.D., Rajanaka Tantra philosophy with Douglass Brooks Ph.D., and Ayurveda with Sonam Targee, Rochester NY. She worked for years with Hospice Buffalo as a full time massage therapist and perused her certification in contemplative end of life care through Rigpa, Spiritual Care.Org. which she continued to develop through her experience and relationships while at Hospice Buffalo. She holds certification in mindfulness based pain relief, with Fadel Zeidan Ph.D. and currently works with professionals in the healthcare industry providing Mindfulness Trainings for radical self care. Most recently, she received certification in manual lymph drainage, the Vodder Method, a gentle but powerful technique used to encourage lymph flow in the body and boost overall health through immune function.
Over the years Annie has come to understand this: simple commitment to self care is essential and exercise like yoga, or tai chi or qi-gong practiced regularly, with mindful awareness of conscious embodiment, deepens the relationship between our body and our breath, in the present moment. A natural byproduct of this type of regular practice is radiant health, mental clarity and joyful living born out of skillful action.