The Mountain Yoga System is a comprehensive system of 5 Elemental yoga classes designed and inspired by our over 12 years as a studio, 35 years of practice and 29 years of teaching yoga classes.
By bringing Bikram Yoga to the Salt Lake Valley in 2003 we helped lead Utah in the Hot Yoga revolution. After teaching thousands of students and teachers alike, Jackie and I have intently studied and evolved traditional hot yoga by integrating modern bio-mechanics and more diversified and balanced sequencing. The need to evolve hot yoga and to develop the Mountain Yoga System comes from keen observation both in our personal practice and teaching, ultimately bringing you a more sustainable and fulfilling yoga practice. The 5 Elemental classes intentionally vary in sequence and approach providing you balance on and off the mat.
Yoga practitioners who embrace the Mountain Yoga System can achieve an intentional blend of strength and flexibility for their bodies, minds and hearts. Based on multiple classic Hatha yoga styles including Bikram, Ghosh, Sanchez, Iyengar, Ashtanga and more, our Mountain Yoga System of 5 Elemental classes acknowledge historical yogic principles while embracing a modern approach. The Mountain Yoga System is a unique system of 5 Elemental classes based on the same core Mountain Yoga principles; concentration, compassion, discipline and expansion. All Elemental classes work together for you and your practice. Each one providing you a different focus, duration, sequence, intensity and temperature.
Whether you are a first time yogi or a long time practitioner the 5 Elemental classes; Earth, Fire, Wind, Flow and Water classes will provide you strength, flexibility and mental clarity. They are all designed to be accessible and effective for everyone. The variety of classes gives practitioners different options to suit their experience, schedule and mood while still working together as a whole system. Show up to any class anytime and you will experience the same great Mountain Yoga experience that our studio has built our reputation upon.
Classes For Every Body.
Alex and Jackie opened Mountain Yoga Sandy in 2003.
Alex began dabbling in hatha yoga in the late 90’s but was always too busy skiing, climbing, running and biking to commit to a regular practice. In 2000, while on an extended road trip with Jackie, he experienced his first Bikram Method Yoga class in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Yes, that’s right. Jackie convinced Alex to drive from Salt Lake City to Cabo to take a yoga class with her first Bikram Method Yoga teacher.
Alex intuitively knew this trip was about more than taking a yoga class. At the time he had no idea how powerful of a path yoga could be to a deeper understanding of oneself. Slowly but surely Alex began a more regular yoga practice. He started to feel healthier and to understand more deeply the benefits of a consistent practice.
Following a major ski accident in 2001 he wholeheartedly jumped into his yoga practice. “I had no choice, two knee surgeries later all my activities had come to a halt. I decided it was time to slow down and learn more about yoga.” Due to his injuries, Alex’s practice was limited to the use of a chair. Committed to healing, with patience and through regular practice, his knee healed and his understanding of yoga – and himself – grew.
In 2003 Alex graduated from Bikram’s 500+ hour, 9-week yoga teacher training and soon thereafter opened Mountain Yoga Sandy (formerly Bikram Yoga Sandy) with his now wife, Jackie.
Alex has had extensive yoga asana training with Bikram and Rajashree Choudhury as well as Tony Sanchez and many others. In addition Alex is always reading about all yoga and has taken yoga anatomy classes to better help him understand this great practice called Yoga.
In 2006 Alex began learning more about the Ghosh yoga lineage from Tony Sanchez. “Tony’s approach is intelligent and sustainable and offers tremendous insight to this great lineage.” Alex attended Tony’s first yoga teacher training in 2012 and continues to work with him often.
Using the experiences of healing from physical injuries, Alex continues to learn daily about the process of healing through yoga and is committed to becoming a better yoga teacher as he explores the ultimate intention of self understanding. He believes experienced teachers are a must for students and their growth but one must ultimately find the answers from within. “Continued practice is where I learn the most, whether in asana, or stillness, the journey never ends.”
When not at the studio growing his teaching and practice you can find Alex playing in the mountains with his wife, Jackie and their son, Boone and daughter Catalina. Or fishing in a nearby river.