Get to Know Your Teacher: Ally Denton
What is currently on your playlist?
A lot of my yoga playlists are a blend of electronic music with tribal and eastern-inspired beats from artists like Thievery Corporation and Be Svendsen. I like a lot of bass and rhythm. ODESZA, Sylvan Esso, and Francis and the Lights, and James Blake are also on heavy rotation right now.
What are you reading right now?
Way too many books! I’m always reading multiple books and have a bit of a bookstore addiction. Right now I’m finishing A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and reading a collection of short stories by Lorrie Moore called Like Life. I’m also working my way through Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith which is a massive book about psychology and the chakra system. It’s always hard for me to decide what to read next because my list is impossibly long, but I have several novels on my radar—Cherry by Nico Walker, There, There by Tommy Orange, and The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon. If you ever need a book recommendation, let me know. It’s my favorite thing to talk about.
Outside of yoga what do you spend your time doing?
Well, reading, of course J and writing. I journal almost every day and like to write essays and short stories. I love to travel and explore new places. I love being outside and spending time with friends, family, my boyfriend, and our dog, Hank.
What are you learning or focusing on in your practice?
I’m always working on inversions, which basically means I’m always working on core strength. Holding handstand has been a goal of mine for years and I’m still working towards it and trying to have fun with it. I started meditating this year with Headspace and am trying to incorporate meditation into my daily routine. When I’m consistent with meditation and pranayama, I notice a major difference in my overall well-being, but it’s still a struggle some days to sit still and just be. I just try to be kind and patient and remind myself that it’s never too late to begin again.