Welcome to Cannon Beach Yoga Arts. My name is Christen Allsop and I love yoga! I began teaching yoga in May 2001 when our yoga teacher moved away and asked me if I would take over the class. Not really prepared, but also not wanting to be without my yoga community, I agreed. I am ever so grateful to my wonderful teachers, as well as my students who are indeed my greatest teachers.
One of my favorite things about yoga is how accessible Master and Senior Yoga Teachers are. I have had the opportunity to workshop and study with: Aadil Palkhivala, Alan Finger, Angela Farmer, Annie Carpenter, Gary Kraftsow, Jason Crandell, Julie Gudmestad, Natasha Rizopoulous, Rodney Yee, Seane Corn, and Shiva Rea, to name just a few favorites. I received my first 200 Hour Teacher Training Certificate from YogaWorks in Manhattan in July of 2007. And as a bonus went on retreat to southern India with Alan Finger and his ISHTA senior teachers that August. I also have a 200 Hour Teacher Training Certification in Aadil Palkihivala's Purna Yoga. And a certification in a wonderful yoga program for kid's, Imagination Yoga. I'm currently in the 500 Hour ISHTA (Integrated Sciences of Hatha, Tantra & Ayurveda) training.
My approach to yoga is a blended one that is influenced by my understanding of yoga as an art and a science. To that end, I am diligent about technique and alignment; inspired by beauty and grace; and warmed by humor and lightheartedness. I practice yoga to help me live my life in a manner more attentive, more gracious and more fun.
I am the Founder and Festival Director of the Cannon Beach Yoga Festival, and I opened Cannon Beach Yoga Arts on March 28, 2011 after 10 years of teaching on the North Oregon Coast. I am committed to providing a dedicated space for the practice of yoga.
I hope you will visit the new studio, soon!