Kate Allen leads one of the popular new yoga classes at the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living. – Heart of Hoag Magazine – Dec, 2016

Yoga + Public Health Bio


  • 2001 – I discovered yoga while in college at the University of Denver
  • 2005 – I maintained my yoga practice while in graduate school at Tulane University, practicing at Wild Lotus Yoga
  • 2005 – Partnered with Taichung Healthcare University and studied Integrative Medicine in Taiwan
  • 2005 – Received a grant to study Mayan linguistics, cosmology and indigenous health in Guatemala
  • 2005 – Attended Brown University during Hurricane Katrina semester and conducted research with Dr. David Lindstrom on contraceptive usage among indigenous Mayan women in relation to rural to urban migration patterns
  • 2006 – Wrote my Master’s Thesis on Yoga’s Ability to Prevent and Treat Chronic Disease
  • 2006 – Implemented and evaluated a 6-week Yoga + Health Education Program in Spanish at MOMS in Santa Ana, CA
  • 2007 – Completed 200hr Yoga Teacher training at 7 Centers Yoga Arts in Sedona, Arizona
  • 2007 – 2010 Worked as a consultant for St. Joseph Health System in Community Health Department
  • 2007- 2009 Completed Yoga Therapist Training at Loyola Marymount University
  • 2007 – 2013 Studio Manager, Yoga Teacher Trainer and Developed Yoga Therapy Department at Soul at Home in Tustin, CA
  • 2008 – Began studying with my teacher, Robert Birnberg
  • 2009 – 2014 Developed Yoga Therapy Department for Newport Academy, a treatment facility in Orange County, CA
  • 2009 – 2010 Completed an additional 300hr YTT through Cloud Nine to lead teacher trainings for them
  • 2010 – Began leading 200hr Yoga Teacher Trainings with Allison Prince at Soul at Home
  • 2011 – Spent 1 month at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, immersed in the Yoga Sutras
  • 2012 – Began leading 300hr Yoga Teacher Trainings
  • 2013 – Opened Be The Change Yoga – Orange County’s first donation-based yoga studio
  • 2015 – Invited to teach at Shakti Fest and Bhakti Fest, the largest spiritual yoga festival in Joshua Tree, CA
  • 2015 – Launched Intro to Yoga Therapy + Public Health Course for yoga teachers
  • 2016 – Launched Orange County’s first Yoga Therapist Training
  • 2016 – Launched AlcheMe Yoga Therapy a comprehensive yoga therapy company to train and create jobs for yoga therapists
  • 2016 – Developed a comprehensive yoga therapy program at Hoag Hospital’s Center for Healthy Living in Newport Beach, CA
  • 2016 – Conducted yoga therapy research IRB approved study with Argosy University
  • 2016 – Developed yoga and mindfulness video series for Irvine Unified School Distric
  • 2016 – Coordinated yoga therapy component for NAVIG8 program within Newport Mesa School District
  • 2017 – Presented at SYTARHow to Develop and Market Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Programs in Clinical Settings Using a Public Health Perspective
  • 2017 – Presented at Kaiser Permanente – Yoga Therapy Applications for Stroke Patients
  • 2017 – Opened BTC Yoga Therapy Clinic and developed yoga therapy internship sites at Hoag Hospital and Lestonnac Clinic

Studying Mayan linguistics and indigenous health in Guatemala.

Exploring integrative medical systems in Taiwan.

Studying Yoga Philosophy in India.