Allison Gioia Flammer was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. After graduating from Hamilton College with a dual concentration in Art History and History, she received her juris doctor from Albany Law School, and started her legal career in New York City. Allison returned to Buffalo in 2000, seeking a greater connection to her family and her community. Upon her return, in addition to continuing her legal career, Allison quickly immersed herself in the community as a volunteer for several not-for-profit organizations.
In 2010, Allison discovered the sport of running, and has since completed one full marathon and four half marathons. While running has provided Allison with many health benefits, most especially much-needed meditative and reflective time, she wanted to find alternative forms of exercise to give her knees some much-needed rest. She dabbled in various forms of yoga over the years, but never quite found the connection. Everything changed in March 2014, when Allison and the friend who introduced her to running spontaneously decided to attend a Sunday afternoon Power Hour class at Power Yoga Buffalo, taught by YIS founder Catherine Cook-Cottone. That afternoon was transformational, and Allison has embraced all that yoga has to offer her, both physically and mentally.
Allison lives in Snyder with her husband E.J. Flammer and their two children, Lily (7) and Jack (4). Ever grateful for the gift of yoga in her life, she is now committed to bringing the benefits of yoga to all in the Western New York community through Yogis in Service. Allison continues her legal career as a Confidential Law Clerk to United States Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr. and as a community volunteer.