Chicago based artist, yoga teacher, meditation guide, and mindfulness coach. Their intention is to create artwork, teach yoga and guide mindfulness focused on affirmation, exploration, and a shared human journey of self-love and awareness. Jeffrey was born in Metro Detroit, studied fine art, and then nearly 20 years ago, They moved to Chicago in search of a more vibrant and progressive Queer community. They battled depression, attempted suicide, were the victim of sexual assault and hate crimes, They have lost close friends and family to suicide. They believe it is near impossible to grow up Queer in modern society and not have suffered Trauma. They believe our society is suffering from homophobia, transphobia, racism, and extreme income and representation inequality, and to be the other, is to be traumatized.
Jeffrey believes art, yoga, and mindfulness can help us transcend our Trauma, so this is what informs their art, and teachings, and where they center their journey. Remember this truth above all else, no-one understands their gender and sexual identities more than themselves, if someone shares their identity with you, feel humbled, and celebrate them, not debate them” Jeffrey Allmen.
Jeffrey’s yoga journey began over 25 years ago, about a decade ago they sustained a spinal cord injury while biking, they were hit by a car, at first totally debilitated, gaining fifty pounds, and suffering continuous pain numbness and loss of strength and mobility. When they finally began to awaken from this trauma, it was through a softer more restorative practice, based in mindfulness meditation.
Jeffreys intention is to be a forever student, taking as many teacher trainings as life will allow. Four as of this writing, and a few more on the calendar to look forward to.
Jeffrey will be presenting his “mindful dissonance, the un yoga” session as an introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Yoga Nidra, Rotation of Consciousness, Yogic sleep, and conscious relaxation.