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 her study of Iyengar Yoga, Kula Yoga, and the work of Nevine Michaan (among others), her classes are known for her ability to gracefully integrate clear and precise alignment cues, intelligent sequencing, Vedanta, and generous amounts of masterful hands-on assists.
Alex has been teaching teachers for more than a decade. At Magu she leads two advanced Teacher Trainings (Fall and Spring). She also teaches a monthly "Master Class" at Kula Yoga in Williamsburg, BK, leads various modules of Kula Yoga's advanced TT and 200 hour TT ("Relevant Dharma Talk" & "The Art of Adjustments"), is a mentor in the new Wanderlust TT, and co-leads a summer retreat at Kripalu.
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.
Emile teaches yoga as an inquiry, a discipline, a meditation and a celebration. His teaching draws from a variety of sources such as a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Religion, a variety of Yoga Trainings, an extensive study of Buddhist Meditation and over two years dedicated practice in Circus Arts. His classes are designed to integrate traditional and contemporary yoga postures with other forms of movement. His sequencing and philosophy are laden with creative metaphor and mythology which are woven together like threads which when pulled on can lead to discovery, authentic expression, joy and liberation.
David began practicing yoga as a child 30 years ago with his lifelong teacher, Neelakanta Robinson, a disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda Saraswati. He completed his 200-hour yoga teacher training at the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Neuville aux Bois, France, and taught in the Washington D.C. area for more than a decade before moving to Philadelphia in 2015.
David’s classes are rooted in the classical hatha yoga approach introduced to the West by Swami Vishnudevanda in the 1950s, but also draw from other traditions. Classes are moderately vigorous, with a strong focus on core flexibility and strength, as well as a profound awareness of the breath and its role as the link between the physical and mental aspects of that make up the royal path of raja yoga. He loves to play with balancing postures and help students overcome obstacles and master their headstands.
By day, David is a technology PR guy, who probably needs to take more yoga classes. When he’s not working or teaching yoga, he loves spending time with his wife, daughter, two dogs and cat, and playing the occasional game of Dungeons and Dragons.
Richard (LMT, RYT) began teaching after having been involved in a serious accident in 2007. He credits his current stage of recovery to the practice of yoga and time spent on a road bike. Working safely back to pre-accident levels of ability has helped him cultivate an appreciation for and deeper understanding of proper technique to avoid and work with injuries.
All students will be able to participate in and contribute to classes in meaningful ways. Rich has had extensive experience with various modalities of yoga but sites his training in the Anusara style as being the most beneficial to enhancing the experience of students. Anusara is a non dogmatic hatha yoga system that emphasizes alignment and a “celebration of the heart.” Aside from his own creative drive, the lessons learned here and those from the Pranakriya style with Yoganad Michael Carrol are what he draws upon most during classes. Participants should expect a mindful, challenging and enjoyable atmosphere in which to practice. Though alignment can be emphasized the classes flow beautifully in a way that builds on those proper foundations. Indeed, the rhythm of class never takes a back seat to detail.
Richard’s other passion is massage. He teaches candidates for PA licensure at the HR school of Alternative Therapy and has a private practice. Those who wish are oftentimes treated to bodywork and skillful adjustments during class!
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.
Growing up an athlete, Patty was initially drawn to the physical aspect of yoga. As she continued to explore her practice, she began to realize how focusing on breath can lead to quieting the mind, assist with physical challenges and help release tension. With a B.S. in Kinesiology and Certification in Holistic Health Counseling, becoming a yoga teacher was the perfect next step, complimenting her commitment to health and nutrition. In addition to RYT-250 certification, Patty completed a 50-hour Advanced Teacher Training with Alex Auder. Patty works for Big Brothers Big Sisters and blended her two passions, yoga and empowering youth, when she became certified to teach children’s yoga through Child Light in 2013.
Patty's practice has evolved from being purely physical and conquering poses to finding spaces to soften and allowing her practice to be different each time she steps on her mat. Patty enjoys sharing her love of yoga with students. In her classes, she offers gentle assists while challenging her students to explore their potential in a safe space.