Kim Allcock - Board of Directors
I practiced Yoga for the first time on New Year’s Day 2002 in a secluded cabin on Bowen Island, British Columbia. My husband and I were celebrating with our good friends who had just begun practicing yoga. They generously shared a New year’s practice with us. I was enthralled by both the physical experience and the depth of quiet introspection the practice engendered. I continued to practice at the University of Alberta where I was completing my PhD in plant ecology, and when I moved to Reno to pursue post-doctoral work at UNR I became more serious about studying Yoga. I began practicing at Yoga Loka in 2004 and completed my 200-hour advanced study and yoga teacher training with Kimberlee Orenstein in 2005. I’ve been teaching and practicing yoga and meditation ever since. Yoga has become my primary spiritual and physical practice and is a continual source of growth and self-discovery.
I believe that every person has inherent dignity and worth, that we are all connected, that we all contain the seeds of wisdom and that practicing yoga and meditation provides the environment for those seeds to grow. I re-learn these things daily in my own practice, finding a space of clarity and calm from which I can meet challenges in my life without becoming overwhelmed. The people we share yoga and meditation practice with through the Urban Lotus Project are facing huge and sometimes life-threatening challenges, and may not see themselves as having dignity, worth, or wisdom. I wish for them safety, clarity, calm, and space to thrive rather than survive. Urban Lotus Project provides the environment and tools for them to discover their inner resources, and this is why I support ULP’s service in the community.
I do my best to balance work, family, play, and practice, which can be a juggling act! I love spending time with my husband and four children, and caring for our menagerie of pets. I relish the silence and stillness of my daily meditation practice. I am a dedicated student, practitioner and teacher of yoga. I offer mainstream and prenatal yoga classes and teacher training at Yoga Loka, Truckee Meadows Community College and The Nurturing Nest. I am a self-taught artist and the owner of Henna Blessings where I create natural, ephemeral works of wearable art on skin as well as hand-pulled original screen prints and original fine art. I love to garden, cook, run, hike and camp whenever I can.
My Mantra: “This moment is like this."
Also: “This being the case, how shall I proceed?”
And: “Lokah Samhistha Sukhino Bhavantu”, which translates as “May all beings everywhere be happy and free.”