“Allowah is a great teacher who lives yoga full heartedly. He is wise in the information he gives and makes everyone feel very welcome. He is also very patient and understanding of individual needs as well the group needs…[& About Livacious Live Food Catering:] Delicious Delicious and Amazingly Delicious! Taliyah and Diana make the best food I’ve ever had and it’s all filled with Loving & Light energy! Thank you! Namaste”
~ Robyn Filkins
“It is an amazing space: great energy, absolutely gorgeous and a perfect place to do your training. I know, bc I just completed mine there Feel free to contact me, ask questions or see my photo albums for more information. I fully reccomend Allowah and his program. ♥”
~ Theresa Guinasso
****** “Amazing restoration in mind, body, soul, & spirit. Just what i’d been calling in for alignment and integration with my practices and inner healing. Soft-spirited and gentle like-minded/hearted group of teachers and mentors.”
~ Michelle Fayth Marciano *******
“The program overall was exactly what I needed. I really appreciated all the extra activities and trips that were integrated into the program. It felt very well rounded and complete for me personally. I really enjoyed embracing different types of yoga and not just focusing on one type. I tend to open my classes with a little kundalini as well, so it fit perfect for me to delve into this practice further. Also loved the flying yoga and hope that perhaps you will facilitate a week long workshop someday. In terms of your teaching I felt like you did an awesome job. You really tuned into the group and their energies and led the classes accordingly. You did an incredible job not only bringing free flow to the structure of the yoga classes put free flow to the structure of the program as a whole. You are an incredible human being with a heart full of love & light. I am so happy I did this for myself. I would love to do another retreat/workshop with you one day and will always recommend this program with high regards. Thanks so much for everything Allowah!!! My sincere gratitude goes beyond words. Aho!” ~
~ Jill Levers
“Allowah is bringing a beautiful teaching – learning – sharing experiencial platform of equality and self-growth. Offering a communal feeling, family based setting, the individual is empowered to grow into more of their expanded potential, and truly delve into their journey of yoga in a wholistic, balanced sense.”
~ Estara Sun
Allowah! You are the most amazing Yoga Instructor that I’ve ever met! You cease to amaze me with your continuous program of Yoga Teacher Training, along with your musical talents and writings, and also keeping up with your own Yoga Routine Daily and other physical activities which are all non stop action! You are a ball of energy and composed of Serenity, Love, Kindness, and Hospitality to All. You are a gift to the world and I will always cherish and adore you know matter what happens in this world you are a beautiful Loviing Soul! I Love You! Thank You for all of your teachings and classes that I’ve been able to be a part of! I am truly Blessed!!!!
~ Diana Irene
“It was a strong experience…So many lessons I have learned to grow up, and now I just need to practice! Thank you so much for this amazing experience…I love you.”
~ Delphine, Miami, Florida
“Thank you for a wonderful learning experience with a great group of people. I feel that I have really grown through having had this experience. I learned a lot about yoga from this training.”
~ Meredith, Naples, Florida
Allowah was my first teacher and the epitome of loving kindness. His lessons completely changed my yoga, my intentions, and my way of living for the better.
Thank you Allowah!
~ Sufey, Canada
” I met Allowah Lani just a month ago, and we have gotten to know each other deeply on many levels. I am witnessing him as one amazing being composed of that magical blend of fine character, tremendous multi-dimensional talent, and enormous goodwill. The other day, for example, while taking a quick break from a vigorous 12-hour work day, Allowah popped a yogic handstand, lapping the Maui Kombucha parking lot. He has not yet ceased to amaze me. I have also witnessed him live his Yoga in the very moments of his life with a capital “Y,” not merely in teacher/student settings. What makes a fine teacher is one who can bring the lowest up to the highest, and Allowah Lani is living this code as a true Evolutionary Exemplar.”
~ Ken Kalb, Santa Barbara/Maui
“I recently had the good fortune to meet Allowah Lani & to collaborate with him on a Flying Yoga Demo. I am awe struck by how multi~talented Allowah is! His strength, stamina, balance & flexibility as a Hatha Yogi is remarkable & admirable. But it doesn’t stop there. I have also enjoyed Allowah’s musicianship on both the guitar & his healing tones through the didgeridoo.
I also had the Blessing of receiving his Thai massage body work which he skillfully & sensitively tailored to meet my unique needs. Collaborating with Allowah on both the choreography & demonstration of our flying Yoga was pure Bliss!
And on top of all of that he is a techno~wizard, as well! He did the filming, editing & uploading of our Flying Yoga Demo.
While Allowah has a gentle easy going nature, I have noticed that he often walks bare on the earth on hard rocks & demonstrates legendary inner & outer strength!
It is rare to discover so much talent embodied in one package ~ especially one so pure in heart, dedicated to living & disseminating the Dharma!”
~ Sincerely, Meenakshi Angel Honig Internationally acclaimed Yoga Instructor
“I want to thank you for the private yoga class today. I’d asked if we could work on hips because mine tend to be tight. Typically laying my knees flat on the floor in butterfly pose in not available to me. After today’s yoga session with focus on my specific weaknesses and issues, I felt my hip flexors relax and my knees and thighs dropped significantly closer to the floor. It’s something I’ve been working on for years and made no progress like I made today. THANK YOU so much for your amazing, caring, loving style of teaching yoga.
“Allowah makes yoga more pleasant and fun than nobody else we know. Even those who may habitually resist yoga, love experiencing asanas with Allowah due to his glad, free presence, depth of yogic knowledge, and diverse range of playful asanas.”
~ Happy Oasis
“Hi everyone, I would just like to say a few words about Allowah Lani, because I had the wonderful chance and luck to have a yoga lesson with Allowah recently. And it was the best yoga session of my life. Thank you so much Allowah, you are truly an amazing being and your yoga classes are beautiful and incredible. Allowah mixes different types of yoga in his sessions and this creates a unique type of yoga which transforms you inside, detoxes you, makes you feel just wonderful after just one session even if feeling quite the opposite beforehand. I highly recommend Allowah’s teachings as the most inspiring and life changing.
Thank you again Allowah for inspiring me.”
~ Sophia Joy Gilje
From Our Students in Costa Rica…
[NOTE: “Alan” is Allowah’s given name. Either name is fine with him : )]
“I learned way too much to write in this little space! I also know that this is just the first step, and this training has opened the door to so much new information, ideas, and a new path of life.”
“Alan is a great teacher. He has a nice balance between working and relaxing.”
From Our Florida Students…
“To study yoga with Alan is about the closest one can get to going to India and studying at an Ashram. Alan is a devoted and knowledgeable yoga instructor who is skilled in teaching students from beginner level to teachers in training.” “Alan is fun and energetic and knows and lives yoga. The Naples community will benefit greatly when Alan brings yoga to his very own yoga center. I can’t wait!”
~ Kiersten Gallagher
“Alan is an awesome teacher. His knowledge is very impressive. We are very fortunate to have a teacher among us with such a well rounded and interesting background. His dedication to his students is obvious. It is important to be much more than a teacher, but someone who is living by the yogic principles everyday. Alan brings to life (the true meaning of living the life). His caring and concern for all sets him apart.”
~ Bobbie Lee Gruninger, Naples
Allowah is a true yogi. If you ever want to broaden your understanding of yourself, life, yoga, the universe, spirit, and your role in all of it; please seriously consider training with him. Your life will be enriched in so many ways; just by knowing this true guru. Everything Allowah does is done through LOVE. ♥. Namaste’
~ Linda Wiggins O’Neall, Naples
“Overall the program was excellent. Alan & Ali created a wonderful atmosphere and I will be recommending this program to anyone I know that is interested.”
~ Veronica Stookey, Orlando
“This program has exceeded my expectations beyond belief. Personally I need deadlines; sometimes I need a little strict Krishna, Iyengar “motivation” but… A wise yogi recently used a theme in his class, “Slow and steady wins the race” Thank you for being a solid platform. I was looking for a lifestyle change…Somewhere in between our spider adventures, deep conversations, ”hot” yoga, variety of yoga classes, all readings, movies, stories, mantras, conversations, actions, laughter, etc. has light up my world. This is exactly what I needed, at the perfect time. I truly can say I am moving forward with a solid platform of basic knowledge to further my study upon! I achieved such great diet advice. I am blessed to have shared these past 3 weeks with such beautiful souls! <3”
~ Katie Nunamacher, Florida
“I feel very blessed to have been a part of this fantastic training program and am thankful for the hard work, effort, and time put into the course and trainings by Alan and Ali. I feel like I have a new extended family of yogis and look forward to seeing any of the teachers and/or students again soon!
This program was very special and I can’t imagine there being any others quite like it. Alan is an amazing yogi and guru with a plethora of knowledge, wisdom, and skills. I was grateful to learn what I did from his teachings and am excited to continue to learn through him as I progress on my yoga journey. Ali has a heart of shining gold that is as big as Buddha’s belly (hehe). She made each training such a joy and also brought a lot of insight and expertise to share with our class. They both pushed me, without even “trying” too hard, to be the greatest I could be. They challenged us to challenge ourselves and I could not ask for better gurujis to guide me on my yoga journey.
Thank you a million times over for all the great experiences and lessons. You will all be forever in my heart.
~ Ashley, Naples
“Just over a year ago, everything that needed to fall into place for me to pursue yoga teacher training, did. I had been going to yoga classes on and off for a few years by this time.
One of my previous instructors had heard I was looking for a training school, and somewhat knowing my personality, had highly recommended Alan Lowenschuss and his Sunshine State Yoga Academy.
Aside from giving birth, it has been, and continues to be, the most life changing (positive) choice I have ever made. Alan gives his whole heart and soul to those he teaches. He truly is yoga!
He has been very instrumental in showing me a path I did not know existed, but one, by all signs, seems I am supposed to be on. I’m loving, day by day, seeing where this special path is leading! People that have known me for quite some time have noticed and commented on changes they see in me since beginning this path with Alan’s ‘training’.
Alan’s program is somewhat loosely structured (still covering all you need to know and more!) which for me worked well since I don’t do very well in structured environments!
In speaking with a few people who went through other programs, they didn’t get nearly the variety that I experienced in the session I was in! In the session I was in, we were ‘exposed’ to raw food nutrition, a professor of yoga anatomy, yoga related movie nights, kirtan, a shaman, a sound healer, sanskrit, philosophy, the spiritual side of yoga, a variety of guest teachers and their different yoga styles, and a few other special events!
All in all, in choosing Alan’s Sunshine State Yoga Academy, you will not be disappointed! He is an instructor with a big heart, kind mannerism, and loves enlightening people on the life changing benefits of yoga. Whether you would, in the end, like to pursue teaching yoga or just absorb the life changing benefits personally, I’m sure you’d love and enjoy Alan’s program as much as I did!”
~ B.G., Bonita Springs
“I am so grateful to have been able to take this journey with you, Alan. Your instruction is impeccable in a gentle approach. This is the discipline and grace that I strive to achieve. I hope to someday look up from a assisting a patient and see you smiling and proud.”
~ M.B., Naples
” I just wanted to say again thank you for everything!! I think it was the perfect beginning for my yoga journey and I greatly appreciate it and all the guidance you offered.”
~ Alex, Fort Myers
I think this program was amazing. The energy, the fun and loving environment… despite all the negative things I was dealing with outside of class, I never felt so happy and content than during the program. I learned so many new things and was constantly stimulated. The only thing I’d have liked to learned in a more structured way was a little more anatomy, but I also know that my studies have a long way to go and that much must be done in personal time. (You can only do so much in a month. =] )
I offer my deepest gratitude for the opportunity you gave me, the patience you showed and the support you provided. It was sorely needed and perhaps it was perfect timing. I may not have handled all the happenings in my personal life with such grace, had I not the love and kindness from the beautiful souls I connected with during training. I know now, that I’m in the right place at the right time, though at one point I thought I should heed the omens of misfortune and that now was not the time for me to embark on my journey as a Yoga student and teacher. Now, I realize, that Yoga was the reason I made it through generally unscathed (minus the hamstring and neck incidents, hahaha) and stronger for it.
Thank you for everything. Perfect timing. I’m ready. 😉
~ Ripley, Cape Coral
“I just had the most wonderful conversation with my yoga teacher, not just a fellow with years and years of the study of yoga , and pieces of paper certifying him as an instructor by the governing bodies in the USA, such as YOGA ALLIANCE , but a true individual who practices yoga and lives yoga, i would say, a lot of the time, and i have been through ,and seen him conquer challenges and still stay calm and peaceful.
So, i am officially recommending him , if you have a desire to study and learn from a very real, sincere , incredibly sweet and divinely focused individual, who has read at least 200 books on yoga, and again , as i spoke , he lives the spirit of yoga. He has also been to India many times, and been with great spiritual masters that go all over the world teaching. I rarely recommend anyone. Now i am ready to recommend him and i fully want to share with the world, my yoga instructor who i have known since 2002, when i met him for 5 minutes at a weekend, and then he left a key to his apartment for me a few days later , with only knowing me 5 minutes, when he was out of town. i then moved in with him, where i got to live with and and learn what its like to be around a true practitioner and liver and lover of yoga. And one of the more kind people in the world that i ever met.
ALLOW-AH is his name, just look him up here on facebook, he does teacher trainings, in Hawaii, and other exotic spots, and he does have a gift of bringing out the inner happiness and love in people !!! well….. please feel free to write me to ask any more questions , or to speak to me personally. I can have him call you , or ask him if i can give out his number.”
~ Jeffrey Segal
“THANK YOU ALAN, IT HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE, I AM GLAD I DID THIS WITH YOU, I NEEDED YOUR GENTLENESS, YOUR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT YOGA IS SOLID YET YOU TEACH WITH CARE AND GRACE WITHOUT BRAGGING OR BOASTING ABOUT IT. THAT HUMILITY MAKES YOU GREATER THAN YOU THINK. I ADMIRE YOU AND FELT COMFORTABLE ALWAYS AROUND YOU. YOUR SILENCES SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS AND I APPRECIATED IT. THANKS ALSO FOR UNDERSTANDING MY PERSONAL NEEDS, PUTTING UP WITH MY ‘THERAPEUTIC WORLD OPINIONS’ AND BEING OPEN TO HEAR ME.”
NAMASTE FOREVER, IVETTE
”Alan has the authentic “India” experience to share in his classes. You are right there with him in India, envisioning the masters and learning from Alan’s vast knowledge of philosophy and Sanskrit. An unforgettable journey, gathering together a beautiful community of souls. Thank you, Alan, we will not forget this wonderful experience!”
~ The First Year Students
Dhanyavad and Namaste Alan! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate in the Sunshine State Yoga Academy. The SSYA yoga teacher training I attended was absolutely fabulous, much more than I could have ever imagined! You are a wonderful and gifted teacher, with a vision of Unity Consciousness that comes across in your teaching and kirtans. Dhanyavad, Alananda! For your generosity, kindness, tolerance, patience, open heart, guidance, support, time, and hard work. You are a source of inspiration on and off the yoga mat. I am so happy that you created the SSYA and continue to offer YTT in Naples. Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu Om santih santih santih Dhanyavad, Alan!! ~ Lesley, Naples
ps. I am grateful to know you and to have the opportuinity to learn yoga from you. I am especially grateful that you brought SSYA YTT to Naples and that you included so much–All of yoga–in the training.
I was at the YTT sunday with allow-ah, and he facilitated a 2.5 hour breathing/dance/cathartic mini-healing workshop, and it was on of the most profound things i have experienced in a while. My heart opened to love and i felt so happy ! Allow-ah is such a true yogi, as he has an indescribable gentle presence that is so refreshing in this world !!!! i am thinking to move to Hawaii, just to be able to share more time with this amazing yogi i know for 12 years now. many blessings to you and Taliyah !!!!! Your presence is surely a gift to everyone on the planet, as we are all connected !!!!! I feel like a different happier person this morning. Peaceful.
~ Jeff Segal
Dear Guru-o-alananda… I didn’t really get a chance to thank you formally yet for the incredible 6 months and the graduation culmination…when I go to NY I get a bit behind on communications–and after Kat’s class yesterday I came down with what blossomed into a full-blown flu–eegah! As I watched you, learned from you, experienced you and from you, my feelings of admiration, awe and respect ballooned as our class together progressed…the impression you made on my life and heart and mind is enormous…thank you for such a life-changing journey–thank you for being such a fearless leader–your wit and skill and love is forever tatooed in my memories of this first real-in-depth yogic journey…You are an inspiration and I adore you! and now you have to see me again and again and again…sigh… I feel as if I came to you a stone of protective marble after all i had been through the past several years–and with your love and our studies and practice, you helped chip away much of what had built up that was unnecessary and was holding me captive–there is still and always so much more to let go of and so much more to be discovered and set free–I hope you will be there as an inspiration but in the meantime, I wanted you to know how deeply you have affected me.
Thank you. with love, I.O., Naples
”Alan is an awesome teacher. His knowledge is very impressive. We are very fortunate to have a teacher among us with such a well rounded and interesting background. His dedication to his students is obvious. It is important to be much more than a teacher, but someone who is living by the yogic principles everyday. Alan brings to life (the true meaning of living the life). His caring and concern for all sets him apart.” ~ L.B., Naples
****** “You did a wonderful job and I am very proud to be in the first YTT class of your Academy! Your patience, humor and a nice gentle way of being, combined with a vigorous yoga teaching, makes you a great teacher – gentle and demanding at the same time. You are a very supportive guide, never losing faith in your students (what could be sometimes a challenge!) For me the graduation is just a beginning of a wonderful journey I started and will continue. Yoga opened a new world for me with the never ending opportunities.” ~ Your faithful yogini, S
Dear Alan — This has been an amazing experience — you have taught us so much and have opened our eyes, minds & hearts to a whole multi-pathed realm through our seminars and special events and teachers. In little Naples, FL we have had an education to rival the finest ashrams in India — we have been so blessed to have you as a teacher. Your yogic mastery is amazing — how do you get your body to do those poses?? — we are in awe. Most importantly, you have made this journey so much fun! We hold you in our hearts — wherever the future may take you. With love, your grateful student, M.E., Naples ********* “As a yoga teacher and creative musician, Allowah facilitates my deepening of the physical practice of yoga, breath, meditation and beautiful music. Even more profoundly his open-heart, loving energy and commitment to the spiritual journey assists me in tapping into love and bliss consciousness on and off the mat.” ~ Patricia Varley, MHSA National Speaker/Facilitator/Trainer/Coach http://www.patriciavarley.com
“When I started I was very limited in my range of motion and flexibility and ability to relax, and since then I have seen great improvement in these areas. Highly recommended.” – Tom Spitalny, CEO, Whitehill Agency Management
Although I have been attending yoga classes for several years, I recently started training with Alan based on feedback from other yoga instructors indicating that Alan is an exceptional teacher. I was not disappointed. Alan is a gifted teacher, in addition to his technical excellence and diverse yoga training. In just a few months I find that my flexibility and balance have noticeably improved. In addition, although I train with Alan several times a week, each class is different and challenging. He is constantly attuned to each student’s individuality and inherent strengths and challenges. We are truly lucky to have Alan teaching yoga in our community. ~ J. Leader, Naples
As always class was great last night, I was in a really terrible place with my emotions I almost didn’t want to come to class and bring that with me, but I felt tons better during and after class. I already feel that yoga has really helped me to focus not only on what is important to me, but on putting my energy into more worthwhile emotions, even though at times I forget that certain feelings are not worth my energy. Overall I feel much more peaceful and not so angry all the time. ~ C., Naples
********* I wanted to write to you to let you know had such a wonderful experience after Friday’s class, (sometimes it is hard for me to express myself in person). I got in my car turned off the radio, the silence was wonderful my mind felt so clear like a natural high I started laughing out loud in the car on my way home, I felt so ecstatic and truly high on life. I just wanted to say thanks! — C., Naples