Yoga Teacher Interview Series: Alexa Harmon
Alexa and I met our freshman year of college at Miami University when we lived in the same dorm. We hung out a couple of times and were friendly, but didn’t see much of each other after she transferred schools. It wasn’t until recently our paths serendipitously crossed again! We found out we lived in the same city through our central Ohio yoga community, and we reconnected over our love and passion for the yoga practice! I’ve been able to attend a few of Alexa’s classes, which are relaxing and energizing, and always have a little creative twist. Her classes are always welcoming and warm, and provide a safe space for all her students’ practices.
Alexa Harmon // Teacher at Thank Yoga/SnapFitness (Bexley)
One fun fact about you. Go! 🙂
In my spare time you can catch me listening to Third Eye Blind or binge watching Full House…. I’m a total poster child for the 90’s!
What type of yoga do you teach?
Where do you currently teach?
Where did you do your teacher training?
Thank Yoga with Josie Schweitzer
What drew you into your first yoga class? What kept you coming back?
I really fell in love with the practice shortly after I got married in 2014. My husband and I were married pretty young and I struggled with balancing being a new wife, having a career, being a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, and still staying true to myself… so many titles and wearing so many hats… I struggled with letting go of everything and just being present. I craved something that I could commit myself to, something that would serve and fulfill me from the inside out. Yoga allows me to check in and take time for myself without feeling guilt or feeling like I’m doing something ‘selfish’. Yoga challenges me– it’s my time to mediate, it allows me to marinate on things I might have stirring up inside, it helps me work through what I’m feeling, whether it’s feelings of love or fear. There’s just something about entering a safe space to be intentional, to tune in with the breath.
Speaking of first yoga classes, it can be intimidating to walk into a studio! What advice would you give a first-timer?
Come to class with an open mind and no expectations. Yoga is limitless. There is no such thing as too near or too far. That’s why we call it a practice 😉 Every experience on the mat is a different one— let that be refreshing and stimulating!
What or who currently inspires you?
My husband is truly a 24/7 inspiration in my life. I could write a book on how much his motivation and support has lifted me up. I’m also SO inspired by the group of yogi’s who I met in my teacher training. We have become a tight-nit group and most of us are teaching in studios around the city. I love taking their classes because they are all so amazing! And most importantly, I’m forever inspired by the students who show up to their mats to practice, any time and any day. Showing up isn’t always easy. If you’re taking time out of your day to move and breathe and “check in” with yourself, that’s the most inspirational.
What is your favorite pose?
Tree pose has always been one of my favorites. I love the balance challenge while feeling rooted down and grounded, yet standing to my tallest self at the same time. I have always felt a sense of power and earthiness in this posture. I’ve also really been digging chair pose with the heels lifted wayyyyy up. It’s a sizzler!
What is your least favorite pose?
Your favorite quote:
“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt