Founder & educator of M4kidz. Mother of two teens. Certified Children's Yoga Instructor. Certified Mindfulness Meditation Facilitator. Guided Imagery Specialist. BA in Communications. AA in Art Education. Over a decade of personal practice in Mindfulness, Yoga and Art Expression.
Allison has worked with kids ages 3-18 in both private and public schools, community youth centers, camps, and recovery centers in South Florida & New York.
It all started when…
My personal, mindfulness journey began when I was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 11. Although I had family support, education in the 80's was not very compassionate. I struggled with low self-esteem and anxiety . My parents enrolled me in art classes and bought me a diary. My diary became a journal and is an expressive outlet that I still maintain today. When I was 13, my parents took me to my first yoga class at Krupala in Lennox, Ma. I felt so empowered and free. However, in my 20's I got on a crowded subway in NYC and felt like I was going to die. I had just experienced my first panic attack. I enrolled myself in as many yoga classes as possible and found Meditation. I found that consistency was my best friend. I knew that stress was always going to be present, but I could manage it by pressing Pause and taking a deep Breath. In 1998, I moved to Miami Beach and started teaching pre-k. I loved it, but I couldn't help but notice how anxious the children were. I had my own kids several years later and went back to teaching in Palm Beach County. I couldn't believe the stress I was witnessing not just from the students, but the teachers. When my son was in the 8Th grade he took the PSAT. He told me that during the test he felt like he was going to die. I immediately thought of my subway experience. This moment inspired me to bring Mindfulness & Yoga to education. It was from there, that Mindfulness4kidz was born.