Alexa Mergen, MA, RYT-500


After traveling by trailer and truck for a few months, environmental journalist Matt Weiser and I were charmed by Ely. We settled in a little house with a wood stove and a view of the mountains beside the Nevada Northern tracks. I’m a poet and writer. I also write and edit for others, and teach yoga.

Join me for class Wednesdays at Yonder Yoga for Breathe & Flow or Release & Restore, and Mondays at White Pine Aquatic Center for Breathe and Balance, yoga in the pool.


In Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, I opened Simple, Joyful Yoga, an in-home studio. In Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, Calif., I taught corporate, studio and private lessons for people of all ages and levels.

Owl Stream


I love to be outside. 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 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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