Rachel Allen, YogaSong
Merging Music, Yoga and Community
Trauma Informed Wellness Services
Rachel is a survivor, community activist, musician and writer. She teaches yoga to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. She also leads classes in cancer centers, mental health facilities, prisons, and beyond. She plays Celtic Harp for hospice care.
Her mission is to foster healthy, joyful communities by sharing tools for healing, empowerment, and self-expression.
Her writing has been featured in Hags on Fire, Northern Appalachia Review and Long Shot Books. She is a contributing member of the international blog, Christians Practicing Yoga. Rachel’s chapbook Blessings Beyond Bypass, Seed House Press, July 2022, is available online and through several independent bookstores.
Blessings Beyond Bypass
Tender Medicine for Hard Times
This content was birthed during some of the most challenging intense times of the pandemic and the election season from October of 2020 through February of 2021.
It is my hope and intention that these blessings can serve and support us during times that seem equally as intense.Learn More
National Sexual Assault Conference. Presented on Trauma Sensitive Yoga with Expressive Music and Art. Washington, DC.
Mindful Movement for Clinicians and Compassion Fatigue. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Women Doing Theology: Talkin’ Bout a Revolution: Dialogue, Practice and the Work of Liberation. Presentation entitled Love Letter to Survivors. Elkhart, Indiana.
Building Resilience, Compassion Fatigue, Trauma and Mindfulness. Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
Mindful Movement, Cambria County Library.
August 2020-May 2021
Resilience Building, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
Mindful Movement and Music to Build Resilience, MHTP Biannual ConferencePlenary Session.
Partnerships and Collaborations:
Memberships and Affiliations:
- 2016 Artist Hall of Fame, Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center
- 2008 YWCA Arts and Letters Award
- 2006 National Organization of Women Person of the Year
- 2004 Fellowship at Alice Parker’s Melodious Accord Institute in Massachusetts
Rachel’s yoga practice is magic. Her integration of music, themes, thoughts and readings with the physical practice creates a whole healing program. The practice is the core of a community that’s grown up around our weekly gathering. I truly rely on it for support and grounding. As a queer person I’ve felt so very welcomed and loved into this LGBTQ+ friendly, and in every way supportive and welcoming community space. At the center is Rachel, with her unique love and integration of yoga into life.
Class with Rachel is about remembering. I remember the miracle of my body, the web of supportive community and my resilience to interface with an ever changing world. It is refreshing to know and feel that however I show up is perfect. Rachel creates more than a judgment free space but a truly safe space for all bodies at all times.
The training Rachel provided to our staff and Community Health Workers (CHWs) was invaluable. The sessions provided the tools needed to care for participants of the Community Care HUB, as well as mindfulness practices that the CHWs can utilize for their own self-care. We are so grateful to have Rachel’s expertise and talent in our community!
-Jeannine McMillan Executive Director, Community Care HUB
Work with Rachel!
Rachel is available for:
- Training on Resilience Building/Cultivating Compassion/Mindfulness/Trauma
- Author Events
- Speaking Engagements
- Yoga/Sound Healing/Wellness Classes/Retreats
- Recreational Music Making Group Experiences