Alex Auder, director of Magu Yoga, was recently included on a list of America's 100 most influential yoga teachers (she was in the top 25!): sonima.com. Alex is a native New Yorker who grew-up in the Chelsea Hotel with her mother, Viva (an Andy Warhol Superstar), and her sister, the actress, Gaby Hoffmann. She is very excited to bring her 20 years of teaching experience (almost half of her life!) to Philadelphia. Known as one of NYC’s preeminent teachers, she has developed a keen eye and a genuinely authentic and original voice. She began her teaching career in 1996 at Jivamukti Yoga Center and at her own studio in Rhinebeck, NY (now Satya Yoga). During her years in Upstate NY, she studied closely with her Vedanta teacher, Shubraji, who continues to deeply influence her teaching and her practice.
Over the last 10 years Alex had been teaching out of her own studio in the WestVillageYoga (critics pick in NY Magazine) and as a senior teacher at Kula Yoga Project until she recently moved to Mt Airy.
Informed by 20 years of studying various movement modalities including ballet, Iyengar Yoga, Kula Yoga, the work of Nevine Michaan (among others), Body-Mind Centering, & Somatics, Alex has developed a keen eye and a genuinely authentic, irreverent, and original voice. Her classes are known for the graceful integration of clear and precise alignment cues, intelligent sequencing based on stability and functional movement, Somatics, vedantic philosophy, and generous hands-on assists.
Alex co-leads a summer retreat at Kripalu, teaches a monthly "Masters Class" at Kula Yoga Project, leads the sections of Kula 200 hour TT called: "Relevant Dharma Talk" & "The Art of Adjustments," and leads her own 75 hour advanced Teacher Training at Magu Yoga called “The Eye of the Teacher".
Tara Culp is thrilled to be teaching at Magu Yoga and in Mt. Airy were she was raised. She began practicing yoga at Jivamukti Yoga in 1996 while living in NYC. Her first certification was completed at It's Yoga with director Larry Shultz in San Francisco 1999. After the birth of her daughter in 2001 she continued her studies in prenatal and postpartum yoga with Jyohti Larson of Intergral Yoga Institute and Mia Borgatta director of Lila Yoga Dharma & Wellness both in NYC. In 2009 she became certified to teach Conquering Lion Yoga under the masterful tutelage of one of NYC's
most popular teachers Kelly Morris. Tara recently was taught how to practice Transcendental Meditation through the David Lynch Foundation a non profit who's mission is to help heal traumatic stress and raise performance in At - risk populations. Tara sincerely wishes that all of her students experience the healing benefits of the practice and the freedom and peace that exists within our own bodies, minds and souls.
Katy Hawkins, Ph.D, is Director of Project Shiné: Mind/Body/Spirit, the leader of yoga and meditation weekend retreats at Pendle Hill, and a consultant for mind/body integration in schools for the Friends Council on Education. During her doctoral studies in Comparative Literature at NYU, she studied modern dance at Limon, and yoga with Nikki Villela of Kula Yoga. Since earning her certification at Wake Up Yoga in Philadelphia in 2007, she has been helping students stretch body and mind in Philly yoga studios. Her twenty years of teaching began in college classrooms during her doctoral work in Comp Lit (poetry, philosophy, gender studies, French, and Italian). Now she uses these intellectual sources to offer jargon-free fusions of spiritual insight with yoga and meditation practices. Katy’s teaching combines a spirit of play with challenges to drop down into deeper states of being, to come away clearer, grounded, and more joyful.
Noah’s class has its roots in yoga but is not bound by them: Sometimes fluid, always informative, we will look at the geometric alignment of the body and the possibilities that arise in ones movement by correcting body mechanics and introducing old and new movement patterns. Noah’s teaching is informed by intense study of numerous movement modalities (including: Yoga-Asana, Acrobatics, Gymnastics, various martial arts, Ballet, and WeightLifting) and yoga teachers of various styles (Katonah, Prana Flow, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Anusara, Ashtanga, Acro-Yoga), spanning well over a decade. Having experienced severe rheumatism and a full recovery from the debilitating disease he also brings first hand knowledge of moving through physical and mental challenges.
Meredith began practicing yoga when a friend encouraged they try it at a local gym in 1995, opening a path of study that began in Colorado and contained with a melting pot of disciplines including Ashtanga, Sivananda, Iyengar and Bikram Yoga. She went on to obtain a 200 hour certificate to teach in 1999. Her classically minded, multi-disciplined teaching methods are influenced by a wide variety of styles, teachers and trainings and include additional certifications in Restorative and Prenatal Yoga. Meredith encourages students to uncover a viable, personal path towards holistic, sustainable self-care. She provides a clear, safe, and nurturing space for students to connect and unlock the well-spring of yogic potential and power.
Matthew Mitlas has been teaching yoga full time for four years and practicing for six. Shortly after taking his first yoga class in highschool, he chose to dedicate his life's work to sharing the gifts of Yoga with others. Originally certified to teach through a private program led by his mentor, Matthew has since completed numerous advanced and therapeutic trainings. His classes invite an awareness that envelops all types of movement and keeps the mind steady, focused, and light. With his poetic verbal cues, intelligent sequencing and warm presence, Matthew co-creates the conditions and space in which his students can experience an authentic, inward Yoga practice. Focusing on alignment principles that keep the body safe while exploring inner stillness and breath in each posture, students will become present with the infinite creativity of the universe as it takes form in each and every body in its own, unique way. Matthew is also a Magu Yoga Advanced Teacher Training Grad.