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

Leslie Bocskor

LeAnn Rae

Anya Baum

Martina Werner, Ph.D.

Carolyn Getchen

Bill Kennedy

Nadishvara Don Perley

Eugene Aronowitz

Helen Fiorentino

Thomas R. Bowler

Hilary Nudell, M. S. Ed.

Susan Curbow

Barbara Saunders

May 10, 2009
Paul:

Thank you.

When I was studying with you in your studio on 1st Avenue I remember when someone would come to class with an issue such as; "I had a bad day and am in a bad mood", or "I am really angry", or "I am sort of bummed", you would often say (to the best of my memory) "That is a great place to come to your practice from!".

I thought at the time, and up until today, that you were saying that coming into your practice from that place can be good because it can allow you to experience the contrast, and bring a starting focal point to work through.

I was doing my practice on my roof today, and I experienced that teaching you gave us in a new way. It was the energy I was bringing that was challenging me that allowed me to learn, to transcend, to see the transformation of the energy of fear and anxiety into something healing and powerful, to see how I could use that energy to charge my practice and deepen it's healing and balancing for me. As well, it then became clear that these challenges in life I face, the ones that seem the toughest, those are the ones that bring the greatest energy, from me, to transcend them and learn.

Thank you for your teaching.

I remain, humbly, your student.

Leslie Bocskor
New York City
September 27, 2007

Namaste'
 
I had to take a moment to thank you for your time.  It was an enriching experience to say the least.  I read your bio and I'm glowing.  I knew when I was with you I was with one who understands. You saw where I needed to be in those moments and I'm so grateful our paths crossed.  I'm so impressed with your work.....from the heart. OMG...I'm just soo happy.
 
I did the asana routine you gave me and I just want to tell you that it has already helped God flow through and deepened my sense of prayer in motion.  **smiles**
 
Please stay in touch.   I will be in contact for more information on training with you.

Namaste'



Anjali
LeAnn Rae
Eureka Springs, AR 
July 13, 1998

Dear Paul,

It was such a pleasure to receive word from you last week. I don't know if you remember me but I certainly remember you and the class I took with you very fondly. I took a number of sessions of yoga with you at the Hamilton Fish City Park Recreational Center in 1995 when I had just moved to New York.

I had taken Iyengar Yoga when I was in college at Smith College in Massachusetts a year earlier and when I moved to New York I was hoping to find a yoga class of similar quality. Unfortunately I was straddled with school loans and working for a poor nonprofit so I could not afford most of the yoga classes I saw offered in the city. I was excited to see your class advertised at a price I could afford and within walking distance of my East Village apartment. I was even more pleased when I attended my first class and immediately recognized that you are an exceptional teacher and the class would challenge me a great deal.

I remember that time well, full of difficult adjustments and much excitement and learning. No matter how hard my week was, coming home from your class I always felt renewed and excited. I especially appreciated how much you understood the human body and that you could analysis each of your students' physical ability and individually, pushing us at different rates depending on our strength, and weakness. I also loved the way you gently suggested different ways we could understand our breathing, leading us to explore some of the more spiritual aspects of the work we were doing without being dogmatic.

I was sorry when I changed jobs and could no-longer make it to your classes. Eventually I started learning salsa dancing and have since become a great salsa aficionado. But I often long to return to the yoga classes I took with you. Unfortunately I cannot as I have moved to California.

I wish you the best and congratulate you on your excellent work.

Sincerely,

Anya Baum


Berkeley, CA
March 21, 1998
Dear Sir or Madam,

I have taken Yoga classes with Paul JJ Alix for two years. Paul is a dedicated teacher and helps his students to understand the physical and mental aspects of practicing Yoga. It is obvious that he has an in depth understanding of Yoga in all its aspects. He also continually advances his own studies, to the benefit of his students. In his interaction with his students he is patient and respectful, and has a great sense of humor. In his classes, he pays attention to the individual needs of each student and encourages them to focus on their specific health problems.

Within one year, I had different foot and ankle injuries: a severe sprain with torn ligaments and a bone fracture of my right ankle and, several months later, bunion surgery on my left foot. In both instances, Paul's Yoga classes were the only form of exercise I could do during the time of recovery. Not only did he design a special Yoga practice for me, he also taught me to help the healing process through breathing and mental focus. Due to regular Yoga practice guided by Paul the recovery after the surgery (or injury) was unusually fast and without any complications.

The Yoga classes have also helped me to maintain overall physical well being, especially during the post surgery / injury recovery period. Paul JJ Alix's YOGA for ALL truly provides great benefits for health and wellness though the preventative and healing potential of Yoga, which he makes accessible for all.

Sincerely,
Martina Werner, Ph.D.
New York, NY
March 15, 1998

Dear Sir or Madam:

It has been my personal pleasure to be the recipient of Paul JJ Alix's excellent Yoga instruction for the past year and one half. Although I have had opportunity to study with several Yoga instructors over the course of my twenty years of involvement in Yoga, Paul's level of insight and expertise have surpassed all. His personal study of the Yogic tradition has occurred under the direction of some of the best Yoga masters in both the East and West. As a result, he has gained a repertoire of knowledge that enables him to personally tailor classes to the individual needs of the student.

Paul's training and skills have taken him beyond the parameters of a Yoga teacher and into the realm of a Yoga master. In addition to his very personal style of teaching, he has applied his breath and depth of knowledge to the field of yoga therapy, dedicating himself to sharing his skills to help individuals heal from physical injuries. I recently incurred a knee injury for which I sought treatment through both traditional medicine and chiropractic treatment. However, there was limited relief from the pain and little healing. Through Paul's offer to construct for me a Yoga practice utilizing the body's energy to heal, I experienced the first improvement in the knee in two months. Through his guidance, patience, and expertise, I am now able to resume my daily activities without the limitations of pain. His shared lessons, however, go far beyond the healing of a specific body part. He is able to give students the tools through which they can maintain the well being of their bodies as they go through the experiences of daily living. His teaching gifts to others are therefore both therapeutic and preventative, delivered in a caring, devoted, and reverent manner with the well being of the individual always foremost in his mind.

Although there is much literature available about the fine form and function of many yoga teachers, little is mentioned about their grounding in the spirituality of Yoga. Paul is the consummate teacher for his teaching stems from his deeply spiritual foundation in the Vedic scriptures. His path is to serve as a guide, through his teaching, to help his students witness for themselves the higher levels of consciousness.

As a consultant in the field of education, I daily encounter the attributes of good teaching. My experiences as a Yoga student of Paul JJ Alix place him far above the ordinary and easily into the level of the Master Teacher.


Sincerely,

Carolyn Getchen

North Arlington, New Jersey
July 19, 1996

For some years I have been taking classes with Paul Alix, a former ballet dancer and Yoga teacher in Manhattan and Ananda Ashram. Paul has quite a large following in New York and is a remarkable teacher. I believe that students of Yoga in Boston would benefit a great deal from his talent.

His style of teaching includes years of studying Iyengar Yoga. He just spent six months in India with Mr. Iyengar himself, and he combines this with years of training and teaching Krishnamacharya's methods of teaching as taught to him by Desikachar. One of the special qualities of his teaching is his ability to help the student maintain deep rhythmic breathing even in the most rigorous of postures. I know you would find both his style of teaching, and his ability to communicate a useful complement to your work.

Paul's teaching most closely fits with the excellent teaching the Iyengar center offers, and I feel that students would be interested to know first hand some of the ideas that Krishnamacharya, Iyengar's teacher, taught his son and how Paul, after spending time with Mr. Iyengar makes it possible for the connection to be understood by even beginning students. Paul can chant all four books of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras as put out in Mr. Iyengar's tape, and can help students understand the relevance to their yoga practice and to their daily lives. In fact this was one of the things that pleased Mr. Iyengar this last winter. Paul has studied Sanskrit with my good friend Vyass Houston and has also been studying for several summers with our late teacher, Shri Brahmananda Saraswati, at Ananda Ashram.

I know that his instruction has enriched my life and I hope you will find the same.

Sincerely,

Bill Kennedy

Cambridge, MA
January 25, 1998
Dear Paul,

 
This is letter written in appreciation and support of your gifts and your generosity as a yoga teacher.

As you know, I have done some hard practice these past few years, experienced many different types of yoga and teachers, and I will tell you what I have told so many others; that I consider you one of the handful of very top yoga teachers in New York City. Whenever someone says that they are thinking of starting practice, I always recommend you first, because your particular lineage of Viniyoga makes you the most responsive to individual limitations and physical problems.

That is, you don't teach the same thing to everyone, but teach according to each person's needs, which is directly in tune with the origins of this path. And, you manage to do it even in a group setting, which shows how talented you are.


Thanks again. It is always a privilege to be in your class. I thank you and my body thanks you.

Nadishvara Don Perley
Ananda Ashram Resident
Employee of Berlitz Translation Services
January 20, 1998

To whom it may concern:

This is a letter of support for the inclusion of Paul Alix on your roster of practitioner as a yoga instructor.

I use yoga because of persistent back problems and other muscular difficulties. My back difficulty resulted from my ongoing involvement in rehabbing our 3-story brownstone residence in Brooklyn. I use yoga to minimize the deleterious effects of this activity and in preventing additional problems. The inclusion of yoga among the alternative approaches to care is wise and appreciated.

Mr. Alix is an excellent practitioner and instructor. I will not elaborate on that statement for there are many yoga instructors who share that characteristic. What sets him apart is that he is extremely knowledgeable about physical problems and seeks an update each session on prevailing conditions and, consequently, modifies his instructions to each participant accordingly. This characteristic is essential for someone involved with those who use yoga for therapeutic purposes. I never exceed my capabilities, which vary from session to session.

In summary, I unconditionally recommend Mr. Alix to you for inclusion on your roster.

Sincerely,

Eugene Aronowitz
Brooklyn, NY
April, 1993

YOGA for ALL lives up to it's name by offering to everyone, not just the athletically endowed, the wellbeing of an individually challenging yoga practice. This is particularly hopeful for persons who have physical injuries, or disabilities and might believe that pain, or discomfort is to be endured. I have personally found not only substantially less lower back discomfort from an old disk injury, but overall flexibility that I never knew even in my twenties. However, the most rewarding benefit I have received from working with YOGA for ALL's founder Paul Alix is a new suppleness in my breathing that has relieved the tightness in my chest which I experienced after lung surgery. This kind of benefit goes beyond mere physical improvement for it gives one a strong dose of self-esteem and a lasting sense of total health.

Helen Fiorentino
Fiorentino Leibe Associates

New York City
December 15, 1997

I have been taking classes with Paul JJ Alix for almost three years. They have become the highlights of my week on Wednesday and Friday night and Saturday morning.

I've gotten to know Paul pretty well over the last three years and have spread the word to my family and friends about the wonderful classes taught by him.

When I started yoga in 1994, I had just had a close call and spent five days in intensive care with a bleeding ulcer and had given up smoking. I decided I would try yoga to relax, relieve stress, and get this 58 year old body in some sort of shape. I'm now 61 and feeling better than I have in years. I've also grown emotionally and spiritually because of these classes.

During the past three years I have studied with other teachers and there is no comparison with Paul's patience and thoroughness. The age span in the classes runs from Teenagers to Octogenarians male and female. He brings individual attention and knowledge of the body and health to each student while keeping everyone occupied during the two hours of class.

Aside from Paul's skill and devotion to his art, Paul is an honest person and works much more for the love of what he's doing than to make money.


Sincerely,

Thomas R. Bowler
New York, NY
December 2, 1997

To Whom it may concern,

Paul always focused on individual students. As an advanced student and a Yoga teacher myself, I always felt adequately challenged by his classes. At the same time I observed that beginning and disabled students were given instruction that focused correctly on their needs.

One of the biggest difficulties that face Yoga teachers is that you never really know who is going to be in your class and for what reasons. A yoga teacher must be prepared in ways for which they are not always appreciated. Good training is hard to come by, and is only received through a quite a bit of effort. Paul Alix met the challenges of his own continued training and provided true service to students in an exemplary way.

As a Yoga teacher who has an interest in educational standards I enjoyed Paul Alix's classes.


Sincerely,

Hilary Nudell, M. S. Ed.

New York, NY



October 14, 1997

To whom it may concern:

I have been an avid member of Asser-Levy recreation Center for several years now. The reason I joined was because of a friend's high recommendation of a yoga class with a particularly special teacher, Paul J.J. Alix. He is a trained, professional teacher who takes time with each of his students individually. He demonstrates and explains each movement so that everyone in the room, from beginners to advanced, understands and has personalized it. He is a kind, patient person and a fun teacher who challenges one to think a different way about yoga and life.

Sincerely,

Susan Curbow
October 2, 1997

To whom it may concern:

For 4 years I have been a student of Paul Alix, a yoga instructor at both Asser Levy and Hamilton Fish Recreation Centers. He is one of the best yoga instructors in the City. He is the reason I became, and continue to be, a member of the City Parks & Recreation program.

I have taken classes with many other yoga instructors, none of which have the background, training, and teaching skills that Paul has. His classes are geared toward people of all types, ages, and abilities. Yoga is not like aerobics, where classes are basically the same and any instructor will do. Yoga is a discipline in which a good teacher is crucial.

Sincerely,

Barbara Saunders

New York 10023