When the pandemic hit, Allison House made the most of her time in quarantine to pursue her passion.
“I was sent an ad on Facebook for an amazing yoga studio in Houston, TX offering fully online teacher training,” said House, 24, from Florence. “I could not believe it !”
House enrolled and began the first cycle of training. In yoga, you can be certified at multiple levels, each being just a deeper journey into the practices of yoga. She has successfully completed the 200 hour yoga teacher training.
“I can definitely say it’s thanks to the pandemic, otherwise interactive online teacher training would never exist,” she said.
House, who works with people with developmental disabilities at a Cincinnati agency, recently opened her own yoga studio. Asana Chameleon offers gentle yoga.
“That doesn’t mean it’s not difficult,” House said. “We’re so used to the go-go-go attitude that slowing things down can be a serious challenge. The poses themselves can be difficult. Staying still in these poses is incredibly difficult,” she said.
According to House, “gentle” is simply used to describe this type of yoga to distinguish it from the sweaty yoga that many are all familiar with.
“We offer steady, deliberate flows that will challenge body and mind while leaving you truly relaxed and rejuvenated when you leave,” she said.
Asana Chameleon customer Allison Turner says her experience at the new yoga studio in Florence has been great.
“I liked that the studio was just focused on yoga and not like a gym,” Turner said, “which is mainly what you find here. I do yoga for my back mainly. stressed out, and it really hits the mark physically. Yoga helps me a lot. I was really happy to find a studio that was small and just focused on yoga and the instructor was fantastic.”
House said she first took up yoga when she had a yoga-loving client with her dad at home.
“Once he moved into our group home, I wanted to continue this practice for him, so I found a local studio that offered a lot for me and him to attend together,” he said. she declared. “It was when I was living in Middletown, Ohio. I was just mesmerized by how much he seemed to enjoy, how much he could participate, even though he was very still, and how transformative it was.
It wasn’t long before House got a subscription to that same studio and started attending several times a week, alone and with her client. It was then that she desperately wanted for the first time to truly embark on the path of yogi.
“I really wanted to provide that same space for others,” she said. “However, yoga teacher trainings are very demanding and it wasn’t something I could physically do working two jobs and trying to do on my own.”
When she moved here to northern Kentucky, she had no studio to go to and gave up the practice. She started doing yoga strictly in her living room while watching videos.
“I will say that was the period when I realized that yoga could be something peaceful and adaptive, not just something to get strong and flexible and compete with other yogis in the class,” said- she declared. “I started to really appreciate the practice. For the meditation, the comfort and the peace it could bring. It really became a lot more of a soulful meditation than an exercise. Things stayed that way for a while.”
Then the pandemic hit. She signed up for online training with the Texas studio.
“During this training, I learned more and more about the deeper practice of yoga, off the mat,” she said. “I can easily say that I fell in love with it. Yoga is much more than physical practice.
“Once again, my desire to provide this space for my community started to really shine. It all happened pretty quickly. I just knew that once I got my certification, I would want to start teaching. So I found this beautiful and cute little space here in Florence. It’s perfect. Quiet, intimate, everything I would want for my own private studio.”
House said she opened Asana Chameleon because she felt Northern Kentucky needed a yoga studio here in the area that focused on providing space for those not as interested. by the exercise of yoga, but rather by practice.
“Physically, yoga asana (the physical practice) trains our body and mind to center and find peace,” she said. “It’s still going to build strength and mobility, but we don’t need to go hard or go home with yoga. It’s a very westernized version of what yoga is. Yoga is about coming to yourself, uniting the body with the mind and finding peace. And that’s what Asana Chameleon is here to deliver. An intimate and private space offering quiet yoga to soothe the mind.”
Leading classes has been a dream come true, she said. Since she is still working on her other job, the opening of the studio has been smooth.
“I hope the future of our studio allows us to keep space all week long, so that those with any schedule can attend,” she said. “As we grow, we hope that will be the case.”
For more information, visit www.asanachameleon.com.
-Melissa Reinert, RCR collaborator