Alanna Zabel – Where Spirituality Meets Reality ©

Alanna Zabel

Discovering yoga and becoming a yoga teacher were both unintentional, as all of the other powerful occurrences in my life. In my early twenties I trained as an actor in NYC and Oxford. I was working as an actor consistently while living in NYC, during which time my acting coach gave me an atypical role as a young woman who moves to LA suddenly and her life falls apart. After a month of intense rehearsals, a situation and job presented itself for me as an opportunity in LA. A near replica of the script I was rehearsing, I moved to LA and the life that I had known began to fall apart. Once I made the connection to how my energy spent rehearsing had affected the circumstances in my real life, I made a choice not to play anyone but “me” – once I figured out who that was. I founded ‘AZIAM’, standing for ‘Alanna Zabel I AM’, shortly thereafter.

During the process of searching to understand ‘who I am’, I have delved into psychology, theology, philosophy, and mythology, while searching for clues. I realised that these external perspectives were wonderful distractions of someone else’s past reality interspersed with brilliant concepts, but they were not the source of personal self-realisation. It was when I discovered Ashtanga yoga and Vipassana meditation that I felt I had finally obtained the tools to practise true self-exploration, at deeper, subconscious layers of the mind-body source.

I practise the eight-limbed path of yoga and I view the asanas as preparation for clear-minded meditation and expanded consciousness. My personal journey is to merge spirituality and symbolic psychology with reality. I seek to live consciously aware of absolute divine reality while living amongst a misaligned and disconnected world. My intention as a teacher is to help each person who enters my class to be comfortable ‘as they are’, allowing any illusions and defences to begin dissolving away.

For more information, visit aziam.com
Clothing: AZIAM Yoga
Photography: Victoria Davis

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