YOGA for ALL © Any Body. Any Condition. Any Age. ©

Gary Kraftsow

David Frawley


Corina Benner

Starseed Yoga

Union Yoga

Yoga for Well Being

Madras Sanskrit College

Yoga Society of NY

Integral Yoga

Morningside Yoga

Harsha Duvvi M.D.

Ananda Ashram

Main Line Yoga

Romana's Pilates

Medical Health Education

Joan Suval

American Viniyoga Institute

July 1, 2002
To Whom It May Concern: I met Paul JJ Alix over twelve years ago, when he was already a serious student and practitioner of Yoga. Over the years he has continued to deepen his practice and expand the scope of his studies to include not only asana, pranayama and meditation, but also Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, Sanskrit language, Vedic chanting, and Yoga Therapy. His dedication to personal practice and his ongoing broad based inquiry into the multidimensional nature of Yoga teachings will make him an asset to any teacher training program, at an introductory level as well as continuing education for experienced teachers.
Gary Kraftsow
American Viniyoga Institute
Maui, Hawaii

December 29, 2009

Paul has a special knowledge of Vedic mantras that is very rare in the Yoga world today. He can skillfully introduce his students into some of the most powerful and beautiful Vedic chanting methods, going back to the oldest texts.
David Frawley
Pandit Vamadeva Shastri
American Institute of Vedic Studies

January 15, 2010

Dear Friends,

I would like to highly recommend Paul jj Alix to you as an advanced teacher of Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga and Jnana Yoga, an advanced yoga practitioner, a Sanskrit scholar and a Vedic chant master. I am the Director of Program Development and Advertising and also the Co-director of the Communications Department at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville in Virginia. I first met Paul in 2002 and since then, he has worked under me as an assistant in the Programs and the Communications Department, taught weekend workshops for the general public at Yogaville and special classes in our yoga teacher training programs, taught an on-going Sanskrit class at Yogaville, volunteered to assist with special guests and to help in the audio-visual department that supports our in-house programs and has personally assisted me with my own yoga practice.

The first time I met Paul was when he came to Yogaville to offer a single evening class on chanting the
Yoga Sutras. Those of us who attended came without the slightest confidence in ourselves to be able to chant even one sutra. To our amazement within minutes he effortlessly had us chanting not only one or two sutras but over a dozen sutras. He made something quite difficult easy and fun.

I have found this ability of his to take something difficult and make it easy to understand and easy to do present in all of his teaching. He excels as a teacher of Vedic Chant and Sanskrit, of the philosophy of the
Yoga Sutras and the traditional Krishnamacharya style of Hatha Yoga, in which asana is adapted to the individual. Every year he travels to India to deepen his understanding of Yoga and Sanskrit by studying with great yoga masters, such as T.K.V. Desikachar, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati and many others. His philosophy classes on the Yoga Sutras reflect his years of in-depth study. He not only knows all of the Yoga Sutras by heart, but he shares keen insights into every sutra and the meaning of each word of the sutras. He is able to chant the Vedas and sacred Sanskrit scriptures according to the rigorous demands of South Indian Pundits, engagin a power that only comes from accessing all of the chakras and feeling the sacred mantric vibrations at a core level. In the area of Hatha Yoga, Paul Alix has personally instructed me in the subtleties of both asana and pranayama, that not only improved my personal practice but also had a very beneficial effect upon my health.

As my assistant, Paul has been invaluable. He updated all of the Devanagari, the transliterations and the definitions of the
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, with commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda and has been working on the Living Gita (the Bhagavad Gita, with commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda), adding the Sanskrit to the English translations. He has also updated all of the transliterations of all the Sanskrit words used in our yoga teaching training manuals, our chants and our kirtan. He has also been of great service with special guests: he served as the personal attendants of Rabbi Gelberman (now in his 90’s) and Conrad Rooks (in his 80’s) while they visited Yogaville, assisted Swami Marudhachalam, spiritual manager of Perur Ashram in Coimbatore, South India during his workshops on puja and the ancient teachings of India and has been available to chauffer our presenters to and from the airport on many occasions.

On top of all of this, Paul is an inspiring example of a yogi who practices what he studies and what he teaches. He spends hours of every day doing his hatha yoga practice, chanting, meditating and serving. As a result, there is balance about him physically, mentally and emotionally that sets him off. He is easeful, useful and peaceful. I feel it privilege to call him my friend.

Om Shantih, Shantih, Shantih.

With Peace and Joy, Love and Light,

Rev. Lakshmi Barsel, Ph.D.
Director of Program Development
Satchitananda Ashram Yogaville

February 2, 2010 

I am writing to express my delight over the contributions you have made to our TT Program by offering  Yoga Sutra Chanting & Understanding as part of the Wake Up Yoga Foundational Teacher Training Program since 2005. From the moment you began chanting the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, my colleague and I knew we were in the presence of a profound and masterful teacher.

I admire that your program is offered in the true spirit of austerity bringing no translations, no slide shows, and no writing on a dry erase board. Simply beginning by chanting the text encourages us into profound listening without the distraction of note-taking as we listen to practical translations that are clearly the result of scholarly study and embodied experience. The emphasis on correct Sanskrit pronunciation focuses the mind yet is delivered with patience, encouragement, and humor. 

Students are inspired to dive deep into this ancient text, to find its relevancy, and to keep it alive through study and practical application as they also are empowered to sincerely confront how their thoughts, words and actions contribute to their own suffering and that of the world. This is not a light study and students often need time to process their interpretation but inevitably they are grateful for the opportunity and transformed by the knowledge.

You're an extraordinary teacher, before our meeting it never occurred to me that I could learn to chant the Yoga Sutra. I feel profoundly grateful to have met you and to be fortunate enough to continue this study.

Thank you for this wonderful teaching.

Humbly bowing at your lotus feet,

Corina Benner
Wake Up Yoga
Philadelphia, PA

August 20, 2001
I just want you to know I have been inspired by your chanting and how it has affected my students here at Starseed.

We have gone into a deeper understanding of the Sutra work. I see each of my students working more confidently with the material and they are learning to make changes in their lives which the Sutras suggest are possible. Indeed, this is the teaching itself. I know we all feel a fuller connection with our practice.

Like any master, Paul, the work you have done in India and the United States in perfecting your practice has certainly helped you become an expert in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and Vedic chanting. I love the way you integrate it into your asana instruction and I see how it helps novices understand yoga on a visceral level. I honor the example of living yoga you bring into my Starseed Yoga Teacher Training Program.
Jyoti Chrystal
Starseed Center for Yoga and Shamanism

September 21, 2001
To Whom It May Concern:
I am a Yoga Teacher who has studied Yoga for over 30 years with a variety of Hatha Yoga practitioners. I now primarily concentrate on Viniyoga. I made a commitment to this tradition because of my studies with Paul.
Paul's chanting, asana practice, and his teachings on the Sutras have changed my personal practice and my classes profoundly. Thanks to his teaching, I can help my students with breathing and asana, much more coherently and clearly than before. I understand the principles behind class planning better. And I have a firmer grasp of the theory behind adaptation of poses. Exposure to Paul's Vedic chanting is not only a pleasure, it has also radically changed my consciousness, my practice, my day to day happiness. The primary virtue of the Viniyoga Tradition is adaptability and simplicity, but these virtues can take years to embody into one's practice.
Without getting too caught up in rating and evaluating, I can say that Paul's clarity and modesty, his innate intelligence and extensive learning made this tradition very accessible to me in a short period of time. I have since studied with some of Desikachar's leading students in Paris and Lausanne, Switzerland, and I have found that Paul, too, works within the very "Heart of Yoga" as Desikachar would say.
Best wishes to you on your path.

Susanna Nicholson
Union Yoga
Charlottesville, VA

December 1997
Dear Sir or Madam,

I have had the pleasure of knowing Paul Alix for about one year. Paul is not only my own Yoga teacher, but as a Yoga teacher myself, I refer many of my students to him. I have Paul conduct many of my Yoga seminars and find him to be one of the most proficient and knowledgeable teachers I have come across.

Paul has the ability to connect with his students with ease and to teach them at their own level of ability. His non- threatening and accepting manner is always part of his demeanor as well as his professionalism.

As in individual, Paul is sincere, generous and reliable. His dedication to his work is apparent in his life. He is truly a master Yoga teacher. For all that have the pleasure and opportunity to study with him, their lives can only be enriched.

There are many great teachers in India and perhaps a handful of master teachers in this country. In my opinion Paul is one in that handful and we are truly blessed to have him as a teacher in New York.
Fran Ubertini
Yoga for Well Being
Goshen, NY

The Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute

Dr. N. MAHALINGAM President Dr. S. S. JANAKI Adviser B. MADHAVAN Secretary

Date: 24.4.97



This is to certify that Mr. (Natarajan) Paul J.J. Alix studied some yogic texts and vedic chanting (select hymns) at the Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute from the first week of Feb. 1997 to the third week of April 1997.
His vedic chanting conforms to the tradition followed in South India.

B. MADHAVAN Secretary

(Regd. S. No. 32/1944.45 dated 24-2 1945)
84, Thiru. Vi. Ka. Road. (Royapettah High Road) Mylapore, Madras-600 004

December 21, 1997
To Whom It May Concern:
I have known Paul Alix for a number of years, both as a member of the Yoga Society and in his capacity as Yoga teacher at Ananda Ashram and in New York City.
Paul is a skillful teacher and well versed in Sanskrit and Yoga philosophy. According to our senior teachers of Sanskrit at Ananda Ashram, his chanting of the ancient scriptures is excellent.
As a volunteer teacher, we have found Paul to be extremely responsible and dedicated, traveling to Monroe from New York on a weekly basis at his own expense. Paul enjoys teaching very much. His students obviously are delighted with him personally, and have spoken enthusiastically of the benefits they have received from attending his classes.
As President of The Yoga Society of New York, I would be happy to recommend him for a position in any of the fields of his work in Yoga, as mentioned above. His training, much of which took place in India, is quite thorough and indicative of Paul's unusual self-discipline and earnestness.
Very truly yours,
Marvin Suval
President, Yoga Society of N.Y.

August 27, 1990

To whom it may concern:
This is a letter of recommendation for Nataraj Paul JJ Alix. Mr. Alix is a certified Yoga instructor who has taught for our organization for three years. He is experienced in teaching the Yoga postures at the beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. He has also been trained to teach Prenatal Yoga for pregnant women.

Mr. Alix has always been a popular teacher at the Integral Yoga Institute. His students especially appreciate his attention to detail, and skill in deepening their practice with sensitive corrections and advice. Although Mr Alix has been well trained to teach Yoga, his real success as a teacher comes from his commitment to his own practice of Yoga. His understanding of the poses goes beyond book knowledge, so that his students are able to relax and enjoy the class having full confidence in his instruction.
I have no doubt that you will be very happy to have Mr. Alix as an addition to your teaching staff. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely Yours,
Swami Asokananda
Integral Yoga New York

October 7, 2002
To Whom It May Concern:
It is my pleasure and privilege to offer the highest recommendation for Mr. Paul JJ Alix, who should be considered to be at the top of the class of professional Yoga teachers in America today. Unlike too many of his lesser contemporaries, Paul does not wear his accomplishments and spirituality on his sleeve, but quietly plies his trade as one who has mastered the technologies and philosophies associated with Yoga proper.
We have twice hosted Mr. Alix at Morningside in Syracuse and consider his knowledge of Sanskrit to be an invaluable resource. Although his mastery of the language and content of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali make him worthy of an academic appointment, there is nothing academic about his reading of the text. His reading is alive, vibrant, and relevant as if the text were written yesterday for us to apply to our lives today.

Paul clearly observes the kind of disciplines we commonly associate with the Yoga practitioner: dietary habits, regular early morning practice, and ongoing spiritual training with teachers and systems in the U.S. and abroad. Yet, it would not occur to him to use these perspectives as a basis to judge others who may not follow such practices. The name of his business, "YOGA for ALL," bears testimony to someone whose teachings are grounded in service to the health and happiness of the citizenry, nothing more and nothing less.

As we approach a more professional environment for teachers of Hatha Yoga, Mr. Alix should be automatically considered for grandfathering into the highest level of certification offered by government agencies or trade groups whose purpose is to establish credentialing for the modern practitioner.

Michael R. Smith
Director Morning Side Yoga
Syracuse, NY

April 3, 1998
To: Whom it may concern,
This is a letter of reference for Mr. Paul Alix.

I have studied yoga with Mr. Alix for about 3 years on a regular basis. During this time he has shown a high degree of competence in his ability to perform and demonstrate the difficult postures correctly.

In his class he emphasizes the development of the body awareness through the focus on the breath (Viniyoga). This is in line with the classic Vedic teachings to reach higher states of consciousness. It certainly produces a marked relaxation response and reduces psychological and physical stress.

In addition I have found his classes to be effective in increasing my degree of flexibility, heightened my sense of awareness, balance, and increased my vital capacity. Breathing techniques to enhance blood and lymph flow, regulate the autonomic nervous system, and to heat and cool the body were also taught in depth.

Mr. Alix's classes are mixed in age, sex and health status. He has demonstrated the ability to elicit a brief history and use appropriate caution and care in dealing with those with physical limitations. He also emphasizes the need for prevention of injury to the body by the use of proper life style management.

Class schedule was interrupted twice in the past two years while he had traveled abroad to India on further training in yoga. He states that he has assisted the internationally known yoga instructor BKS Iyengar in his medical classes (which included participants with various bodily injuries, problems with the cardiovascular system, CNS and spine; including multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy). He also trained with the son of the founder of Viniyoga tradition- Mr. Desikachar.

He is certified in pre-natal yoga by the Integral Yoga Society for the past 10 years. He is also a teaching assistant to Gary Kraftsow* in continuing education programs for established teachers who are already certified in yoga.

In short I feel that Paul Alix will be a valuable asset in teaching the benefits of yoga not only to the fit but also those with health problems requiring an emphasis in relaxation, flexibility and breathing techniques training. He is well versed in Yoga psychology and puts into practice the holistic lifestyle that he teaches.

Harsha Duvvi M.D.

August 15, 1996
To Whom It May Concern:
Paul Alix has been one of Ananda Ashram's Hatha Yoga teachers since 1992. He was trained in India and returns frequently for further study. He has taught all levels of Hatha Yoga including the most advanced quite successfully, and is sought after by his students who often sign up for his courses months in advance.
Paul's general reputation as a Hatha Yoga teacher among both students and peers is impressive. I would not hesitate to recommend him for any position dealing with Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation or Chanting.

Shrimati Donna Viola
Director, Ananda Ashram
Monroe, NY

October 19, 2009
To Whom It May Concern,
In the years that I have known Paul, he has consistently amazed me with the depth and breadth of his wisdom, compassion and practice. His teachings reach deep into the ancient heart of yoga teachings and continually pull forth fresh blood. It is always an honor and a privlege to receive his darshan.

In Peace,
Daniel Shankin (Sitaram Das)
Main Line Yoga
Ardmore, PA

January 23, 1986
To whom it may concern,
Paul J.J. Alix was a scholarship student trained by myself in the Pilates Method of physical conditioning. The method uses the muscles of the body against the resistance of springs as designed by the late Joseph H. Pilates. When he joined my staff, I received only compliments of his gentle ability to pass on his knowledge of the work.

He is well mannered , always on time and conscientious of his work. Although I envy anyone else who employs him, I give as I always have in the past, my highest recommendation of his services to anyone who inquires.
Ramana Krysanowska
Director, Isotoner Pilates

January 15, 1998
Dear Madam/Sir:

I have had the pleasure of working with Paul Alix of Yoga For All in the last half of 1997. I went to Paul in the hopes that the practice of Yoga would help me manage my chronic pain stemming from a herniated disk and a disintegrating disk and in the hopes that the Yoga exercise might even positively impact my back condition.

Both my work and social life have been severely curtailed in the last two years. A full day of work meant that I would either have to take medication or ice my back for two to three hours at a time in order that I might work the next day. After just one session with Paul Alix, I went home on a Friday after a full week of work and was pain free and did not need to apply ice to my back at all.

As I continue my sessions with Paul I have become convinced that my back problem is getting better and through the exercise and breathing techniques I am learning, I am getting stronger and stronger and more able to resume a normal social and business life. It is my belief that the Yoga sessions will help to stave off or completely eliminate the need for a dangerous and costly surgery.


Linda Van Ness
Vice President, Account Director
Medical Health Education Agency
December 21, 1997

To Whom It May Concern:

Paul Alix has been attending my meditation and yoga-philosophy programs at Ananda Ashranm (Monroe, N.Y.) for several years on a regular basis. He has proven to be a sincere and excellent teacher of Hatha Yoga.

I am a senior disciple of Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati (formerly known as Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D.) and for more than 30 years have been presenting ongoing meditation and Yoga Vedanta programs for the Yoga Society of New York, Ananda Ashram and other yoga centers throughout the United States.

During the years that I have been offering these programs many students have come and gone. However, the truly earnest seekers come and remain steadfast in their pursuit of knowledge and truth. Paul Alix is one of these students. He has also demonstrated a profound and intuitive grasp of the ancient Yoga scriptures and texts.

On a personal level, Paul is an extremely creative and exuberant individual, whose positive outlook and delightful wit are enjoyed by all who have the pleasure of his company. But as I have said, beyond his personal life, Paul's primary devotion is to his work in Yoga, as a student and a teacher. And he has excelled on both levels.

I am convinced Paul Alix would be an asset to any organization or agency. He has been to ours.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely yours,

Joan Suval
Ananda Ashram, NY
Senior Teacher