Alison Agarwal is an American woman who was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1971. Agarwal is best known for her commitment to Sri Chinmoy's philosophy of self-transcendence, or the belief that one makes progress in life by continually striving to improve oneself rather than competing with others.
Alison regularly practices meditation and Bhakti Yoga as a means of self-expression and personal development. Sri Chinmoy highly recommends bhakti Yoga as a way to seek the middle path and center oneself while observing a love and devotion to a greater good. Allison uses a form of silent mantra meditation, transcendental meditation, as her primary meditation practice. Her dedication to improving her physical, spiritual, and mental well-being has grown over the last 20 years, and her practice continues to improve every day. An avid musician, Alison discovered the violin in middle school and enjoys playing in her spare time. Her favorite Violinists are Nicola Benedetti and Sarah Chang. Agarwal is also an avid humanitarian who enjoys volunteering at soup kitchens and homeless shelters in her spare time.