Alison has no plans to retire, despite having passed that ‘certain age’. Her passion for Yoga, dance and drama burns as brightly today is it did the first time she took a Yoga class in 1984.
Before she started her family, and after a stint at Melbourne Uni Alison trod the boards professionally including five years with the Melbourne Theatre Company in the early Sixties. She had also studied drama, dance, piano, mime and singing and now draws on this diverse and eclectic experience to inspire her distinctive and spontaneous classes.
Alison gained most of her Yoga and creative dance training informally at Mangala Studios in Carlton and taught adults and kids for ten years at the Bhava Centre in Warrandyte. She moved to Kalorama in 1993 and by 1999 had purchased and opened the beautiful Kumbada Studio. Surrounded by the lush Dandenong Ranges, this former Methodist Chapel has become the embodiment of inner peace and outward creativity.
Alison is a Senior member of Yoga Australia.
The urge to create is universal. In my yoga practice, I have been drawing from this mysterious well for more than thirty years and as an actor, since the tender age of five. When I started teaching yoga, I spent hours ‘preparing’ my classes, but as the years went by, I learned to trust my deepest creative instinct and these days, the classes take themselves. Most flow effortlessly. Others (particularly children’s dance classes during high winds) can be as challenging as extracting teeth, but all provide me – and the students I teach – with limitless wonder and surprises.
Elanor was one of Alison’s first and most talented teenagers. She started classes at Kumbada at the age of eight and returned to dance in the adult classes a few years ago after a career in teaching and three children of her own. Elanor has recently completed the Mangala teacher training and has taken over teaching the younger children at Kumbada since 2018. Elanor is regularly assisted by her talented sister, singer Alice Woodberry.