Meet Tsuya Ambassador Alison Buchanan


Meet Alison Buchanan. She's a mom, a yoga instructor and loves serving her local community. Most of all, we love her positive energy and how she focuses on Making Others Better daily. Click the video below to hear why she loves what she does.



What does it mean to you to make others better?
When I became a yoga teacher, I decided I really wanted to be of service. When I step into a studio and I teach, it’s really about who shows up and the experience they are getting from the class. It's more than just a physical workout that I want to give them. I want to give others something they can take with them that will manifest itself in a bigger way for them off the mat.

Tell us a little more about your work within your community.

I teach at the Art of Yoga Project. The Art of Yoga Project brings yoga to girls who are in juvenile centers. I also just began teaching yoga to female inmates who are hoping to turn their lives around at the San Mateo Women’s Correctional Center. My goal is to bring light and happiness -- something powerful to everybody I meet. Whether that's sharing a smile, teaching them how to do a downward dog, or inspiring them in another way.  I hope to do that every single moment.


What is the legacy you want to leave behind?

When I think about what I would like to leave behind, I would like people to remember me as a happy person. It sounds like a simple word, but a happy person brings happiness to others. When you see me, I hope you feel happy and that I don’t leave you feeling less empowered. It’s something that I’m hopefully bringing to my family: a good mother, a good wife, a good humanitarian. What I can, I do to further the success of others. And if that is just leaving them in their happiest self, then I think that is the greatest legacy I can leave behind.


Who in your life has made you better?
My husband has made me a better person. When we met, I told him that I wanted to be a TV reporter, but at the time I was afraid to take the steps to do it. When I decided to change my path and be part of the yoga world, he supported me and pushed me out of my comfort zone. He's been my catalyst for change and helped me grow into a better person.

Which Tsuya styles would you recommend to a friend?
I really love the Casey Legging. The style is effortless and they match with every outfit. The Lexi Jacket & Khloe Snap Top are great to throw on before and after my yoga classes.



What are your favorite snacks to keep you fueled on a busy day?
Homemade granola bars* (made with farmer’s market dates), mandarin oranges or oranges from our backyard tree when they are in season, fresh bread with almond butter.

Simple Homemade Granola Bars:
*Photo by Simplicity Relished
  • Dates
  • Steel-cut oats
  • Honey
  • Almond butter
  • Dried cranberries
We love this recipe: 5-Ingredient Granola Bars by Simplicity Relished 


Motto or words you live by:

“Spread love wherever you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” ~ Mother Teresa

-Alison Buchanan


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