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.


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. These days, my lessons are impromptu, for the people I meet along the way. We often practice outside, enjoying spaciousness.

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 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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