Ritual Inspiration: Alex Auder

Source: http://www.sonima.com/yoga/alex-auder/

In the early 90s yoga in New York City was considered fringe. Neither the hip avant-garde nor those in the corporate world were interested in wellness practices, and they certainly weren’t chanting to Hindu deities. But Alex Auder—who’d grown up in the 70s and 80s in the Chelsea Hotel, and had traveled around with her mother, a Warhol superstar with a penchant for adventure, known by her high-frequency spiritual energy—was. At 17, Auder started practicing at the newly formed Jivamukti Yoga School in the East Village in New York City, where dancers, models, and hippies alike came to learn yoga from the studio’s co-founders, Sharon Gannon and David Life.

After a hiatus from the practice, while at Bard College in upstate New York, Auder moved back to the city in 1994.“I was very depressed, aimless, and had no idea what to do with my life. Then one day, I suddenly remembered yoga. I went straight back to Jivamukti.” Over the next two years, Auder became a teacher at Jivamukti, opened her own studio, now called the Satya Yoga Center in Rhinebeck, New York, and eventually became a senior teacher at one of New York’s premier yoga studios, Kula Yoga. She went on to run her own boutique studio out of her West Village apartment before moving to Philadelphia in 2015 with her husband and two children, where she opened the Magu Yoga School in Mount Airy.<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-14020" src="http://42qvfh3mv3rb2buuh1o…

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