L.A.s Windsor Yoga is the name Registered Yoga Teacher Linda S. Alexander has chosen for her business to reflect her friends' favorite nickname for her and to make it easy for all to find her. We are located just south of Windsor Center on Windsor Avenue at the historic Stony Hill Schoolhouse.
Linda brings a diverse set of skills and experience to yoga teaching. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned her M.D. at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. From there she went on to Residency training at a tertiary referral hospital outside of Philadelphia and is a Board Certified Internist. She has always been most interested in preventative health care and was the director of an employee health and wellness facility at a major corporation based outside of Philadelphia until 1994 where she also began the study of mortality and risk analysis. In 1994 she was recruited by CIGNA Corporation to join their Life Insurance division, Connecticut General Life. She continued in the field of mortality risk analysis working with actuaries, underwriters and product managers to determine which factors best predicted favorable life expectancies and which factors were detrimental. One of the most enjoyable parts of her job involved providing medical education and training to those who needed this knowledge to do their own jobs. Following a series of mergers and acquisitions she became Vice President and Chief Medical Director of Lincoln Financial Group with offices in downtown Hartford, CT and numerous other locations.
Over the years through her own pursuit of continued good health and fitness, Linda became interested in the study and practice of yoga. She became a serious student in January 2001 and studied Ashtanga Yoga with David Swenson in 2004. Since that time she has completed 500 hours of accredited yoga training and is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. Her 500 Hour certification is with the Prajna Yoga School which is co-owned by Tias Little and his wife Surya. in 2011 she met Gary Kraftsow at a Yoga Therapy Conference and became interested in his ViniYoga method of practicing and teaching. The word Vini means adapation and the Viniyoga method empasizes adapting the practice to suit the students. She is currently enrolled in the Viniyoga Foundations of Yoga Therapy program. She has experience in teaching yoga since September 2004 but notes that her ongoing study has resulted in the significant evolution of her own practice and resultant changes in her teaching. In 2008 she retired from Lincoln Financial Group to devote more time to pursue her passion.
Linda notes that there are many types of yoga and ways to practice, but her special interest is in utilizing yoga to develop both physical and mental strength and endurance and in enhancing students overall health. She strives to make yoga accessible to people who are currently at varying levels of physical fitness but emphasizes that yoga is much more than a series of exercises. The practice of yoga as it has been practiced for thousands of years addresses every aspect of health and well being.
Dr. Alexander has also notes that yoga can be a valuable tool in preventing and treating osteoporosis and has taught several classes through Windsor Adult Education with a focus on Osteopororis prevention and treatment. Gentle Yoga may be quite valuable and therapeutic in assiting people with low back and neck pain. Classes are focused on helping people become aware of the source of their discomfort and finding ways to feel better utilizing yoga.
Linda has been amazed at how powerful yoga can be and notes what a difference it has made in her own life. She hopes to share her knowledge and experience with others and invites the curious to contact her to learn more about what yoga can do for them.
Currently Linda is scheduling classes at Stony Hill School in Windsor which is located at 1195 Windsor Avenue. Contact Her.