Alex Phelan

After over a decade of chance encounters with yoga, I found myself signed up for a course at the Iyengar Institute in Mumbai, India in 2006. It was here that I began to experience the transformative effects of a consistent and diligent yoga practice. Practicing yoga has been a profoundly empowering experience for me, and I aim to share a sense of wonder and empowerment with each of my students.

I completed the 200-hour and 300-hour teacher trainings with YogaWorks in New York in 2009 and 2010. For the past four years I have been very grateful to expand my knowledge of therapeutics and biomechanics by studying with Paula Liberis, Glenn Black, Jill Miller, Jillian Pransky, Leslie Kaminoff, and others. I have also worked closely with physical therapists and a number of private clients with orthopedic and nervous-system challenges. All of these experiences infuse my approach to teaching to ensure that each student is offered a balanced practice that is appropriately challenging for his or her body.

What to expect in class
My classes are anatomically focused explorations of movement and action in the body. I combine the influences of Iyengar alignment, biomechanical principles, and the flowing movement of vinyasa with a focused attention to the breath. I rarely use music in my classes but instead prefer to follow the rhythms of the breath to focus the mind. I also encourage students to take a light-hearted approach to their practice.