Alexa Mergen, MA, RYT-500


Based from a trailer and truck, I travel the West with my husband, environmental journalist Matt Weiser, and Tucker the terrier. I work as a yoga teacher and freelance editor and writer.

Yoga workshops include:

  • Finding and Refining Your Voice for advanced yoga teacher trainees: a weekend workshop with writing, practice instruction, asana, poetry, singing and meditation
  • Yoga for Hikers: postures and movement strategies to keep you strong, flexible and engaged
  • Yoga for Nature Lovers: postures, breath awareness and mindfulness techniques to fully connect with landscape and fauna, and writing exercises to hone observation skills

Hosts for my yoga workshops have included Mindful Motion Yoga in Jacksonville, Florida, Yogi Vibes in Greenville, North Carolina, the American River Conservancy, the Shenandoah Foray of the North American Mycological Society, and the National Conservation Training Center.

I’ve led writing workshops throughout California in parks, community centers, studios, universities, prisons and schools. As a teaching artist, I’ve partnered with California Poets in the Schools, the National Writing Project, the National Association for Poetry Therapy, and Poetry Out Loud.

In Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, I owned and operated Simple, Joyful Yoga, a small yoga studio. In Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, Calif., I taught corporate, studio and private lessons for people of all ages and levels.

Owl Stream

While exploring new places, a solid practice of yoga, journaling, walking and meditation forms a mobile foundation.

Encouraging others to get outside and enjoy the natural world—through walking, stillness, writing and yoga—brings me great joy.

Interacting with trees is as simple as walking beneath them with full attention, a form of forest bathing. In Stay Calm and Keep Still, a birder and a Buddhist (my Zen teacher!) describe finding stillness in places. A brief encounter changes perspective in the poem American River. I created Three Weeks Before Summer as a model for writing your own observational poems.

Other places you’ll find my writing include:



Click here for a full list of published poems.

Here for a full list of published essays, opinion pieces and articles.

Here for a list of published fiction.


As Athena, in an elementary school modern dance performance a long time ago! I’ve always been fascinated by language, myth, stories, the elements (earth, air, fire, water) and movement.

Full c.v.




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