I'm Allison Gemmel Laframboise, and I want to help you live the life you want. It's as simple as that.
To be clear, I mean a life that overflows with connection, wellness, riches of many kinds, passion, loads of happiness, genuine contentment and a life that is, above all, real.
I've come to believe that you don't have to be good to be spiritual, worthwhile, lovable and deserving of all the abundance this life has to offer - and that conviction has set me free.
I've cultivated tools to help me feel the fullness of what it is to be human, and truly enjoy the ride. I'd love to share them with you.
How I got here
Now that I've shared what I'd like to do for you, here's a little story about how I got to this point.
I was stunned. I was shocked. I was appalled. I was a straight A student who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Boston University six years earlier. I had kicked ass at this public health research company that was now giving me the boot. Getting fired happened to other people, not overachieving piano-lesson-taking perfectionists like me!
Yet, there I was. Fully and completely fired.
You see, I had been on a Yoga retreat in Costa Rica and there was a miscommunication about when I was returning to work. With no chance to clear things up, they axed me.
Although I was mortified and devastated, I immediately knew this mini-life-earthquake made total sense.
You’ll never come back
I had been ready for a change from my research job, but too afraid to make it. Since the decision had been made for me, it was time to roll with it.
I was over the 9 to 5 thing, so I didn’t rush out to find another secure job, although my raging fears told me to do just that. Part of me knew there was something different waiting for me. There was something I was born to do - I just had to be brave enough to pursue it.
So I followed a calling and went to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health to become a yoga teacher. My brother, Robbie, had warned me that if I ever went to Kripalu, I’d never come back. He was right.
Saturn returns with a bang
Some say around the age 27, one enters a new stage of life. This shift is called "Saturn Returns" because the planet Saturn returns to the same point in the sky as the moment of a person's birth. It's said that this return can bring drastic changes.
That was an understatement.
While I was in my training at Kripalu Center, I turned 27. I met Yoganand, who became my long time teacher and guide. I met Shaun, who became my partner, then husband, then father of my child.
Soon after, I moved from Boston to the Berkshires, started my Yoga-inspired jewelry line, Prasada, began teaching Yoga for a living, and started writing a book with Yoganand about yogic breath work, also called Pranayama (planning for release this year).
Beginning with getting fired, it was a tumultuous time to say the least (I regularly feared that I wouldn't have enough money to buy food and would ultimately starve to death on a street corner), but I could see that it was all coming together, and somewhere deep down I trusted the plans the universe had for me.
And now I'm here to share with YOU
This winding, bumpy, gloriously terrifying road has led me to share the healing modalities of Yoga and drumming, jewelry intended to help you stay connected to what matters, and life tools that really work.
I 'm building a hub of online resources and tools for you to use as you grow, expand, enliven through your life.
I hope you will join me on the journey.
Love and gratitude,