I came to yoga in college at The University of Arizona. I had gone to classes before and nothing really landed with me, but there were a couple shifts in my life that lead me to believe, "there may be something that I am missing." I told myself that in order to receive the benefits of yoga that I have heard so much about, maybe I should try it more consistently. I dedicated 3 days/week to a yoga class and after three weeks of really making the time to go, I was hooked.
Why do you teach & practice yoga?
I teach because it is a way to build my practice and to explore so many possibilities with others. The connections I have made through the yoga community have been very authentic and have fostered my growth personally and professionally. The main reason I wanted to be a certified instructor was to incorporate the principles and teachings of yoga into my clinical practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor. There are so many benefits to incorporating the body as part of the therapeutic and healing process that I see with my clients and students.
Who is your greatest yoga influence or inspiration?
I had one teacher, Amy Multack, that really inspired me to go through my teacher training. She would offer so many different, but accessible things throughout her classes that would open up opportunities for exploration that I never really thought about before. I also have been inspired by the author and Tibetan Buddhist, Geshe Michael Roach. He translated the sutras into narrative form in "How Yoga Works" and it is something that I still recommend to this day as well as go back to some of the teachings within my own practice.
What does it mean to be a "Mountain Soul?"
To me, being a mountain soul means living in a way that keeps me in balance with my truth. Finding that truth through stepping out of comfort zone and working with the rhythms of my environment in order to find harmony in all aspects of my life. Connection with others is a large part of aligning with my "mountain soul".
Describe your favorite day.
My perfect day consists of waking up naturally without an alarm, being able to sip slowly on a creamy cup of coffee or spicy tea. Getting ready to do something active outside, whether it is a hike or climb, and then connecting with some friends in the late afternoon outside on a patio.
Alexa's Education & Certification
Alexa has been teaching yoga for over seven years, becoming certified through Blue Sun Yoga in Chicago. Her teachers were based in Anusara practices, allowing Alexa to explore yoga through more alignment-based principles and learning to lead with the heart, not just in poses but also in life! She is a full time school-based therapist with the Hope Center and is passionate about connecting yoga to her mental health background. Alexa’s classes are student-centered and geared towards allowing the students to explore and learn new things each time they come to class. She believes in approaching class and the day with an awareness and openness to what is to come. When not teaching, you can find Alexa working with middle school students, hiking/snowboarding, and engaging with her community in other ways.