Allen began teaching Bikram Yoga in 2007 following a career as a psychologist specializing in the treatment of addictions, stress reduction and trauma. He has extensive clinical training and experience in counseling psychology, hypnotherapy, and Neuro-Linguistic Psychology (NLP). He has supervised numerous clinical programs and has conducted national and regional trainings for mental health professionals treating substance abuse, trauma, and stress reduction techniques. He continues to work with combat veterans suffering from PTSD. Allen took up Bikram yoga several years ago as an adjunct to other forms of physical exercise and for the treatment of chronic injuries. A long-term meditator, he soon found that regular yoga practice enhanced a wide range of healthy mental and physical activities. Allen enjoys just about anything that can be done out of doors and has an avid and decades long passion for white-water kayaking. He lives in Marblehead, MA with his wife, his partner, Marian.