Alix began her path of yoga as a teenager when her mom brought her to a yoga class as an alternative treatment for her scoliosis. The practice has stayed with her for over twenty years. She draws from her own experience of finding balance in her body and mind to assist others on their own unique path of yoga and healing.
Alix is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level. She received her 200 hour training with Prananda Yoga in 2007, and recently completed 300 additional hours of training with Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga based in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Alix is certified as a Prajna SATYA teacher (Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement). SATYA is a somatic floor based practice developed by Tias Little that complements yoga. She completed her Yoga for Scoliosis teacher certification through senior Iyengar teacher Elise Miller, and continues to study yoga for backcare and scoliosis with Deborah Wolk from NYC.
Alix attended massage school at the East West College of the Healing Arts and graduated in 2008. Her interests in Eastern modalities led her to Thailand where she discovered the art of Thai yoga massage and studied at the Thailand Massage School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She has since studied with Allison Lurie of the Baan Jai Center for Thai Massage. She has taken multiple in depth trainings in Craniosacral therapy through the Upledger Institute.
Alix’s sense of adventure along with her interest in Buddhism and the draw of the mountains first led her to Nepal, where she fell in love with the friendliness of the Nepali people and the beauty of the Himalaya. She has since returned several times and is currently working with Himalayan hermitage, a pilgrimage retreat company based in Kathmandu founded by Sisse Budolfsen, to bring students to Nepal on Yoga Pilgrimage retreats.
Alix is passionate about her work and continues to learn by taking classes, workshops, and through the experience of working with her clients.
Alix finds inspiration and solace in nature and spends her free time exploring the outdoors through rock climbing, hiking up mountains, skiing, and surfing. At home she enjoys gardening, cooking, playing music, and lying in savasana.
Visit Alix’s store to purchase a Massage or Yoga Therapy session, as well as the new Mindful Hatha video!
“Alix’s yoga retreat in Costa Rica was a good balance of meditation and yoga practice. Alix started each day with heart opening readings, meditation, and walking meditation. The yoga was a good combination of active movement, stretching, Hatha, and restorative. We closed each day with yoga Nidra. It was a week of spiritual growth and physical strengthening, a very positive experience.
I truly appreciated and enjoyed the retreat. Thank you for the gift of your leadership and talent.” Barb
“The back care series you are leading this month is phenomenal! I was having lower back pain and sciatica last week, and after this last week’s class it went away!” Leslie Constans
“I’ve had scoliosis since a young teenage girl and I’ve tried it all from back braces to being strapped to a table in contorted positions. When I was in the early stages of being pregnant I was worried that my back would be an issue. I took up private practice with Alix Northup. She gave me a wealth of knowledge on my spine, taught me a great practice that makes me feel amazing, and now even rocking my heavy and chunky little 6 month old to sleep, my back feels strong, flexible, and pain free.
Combined with her massage therapy, she’s nothing short of a miracle worker. If you’re reading this and have any similar history to me, just know that it worked so well and there’s no time like now to take care of yourself. You won’t regret it.” Courtney McCracken
“My mind and body always have a great sense of calm after your classes which typically carry over to the next morning. The slow movements and deep breathing are just so helpful. Thanks so much!” Vinay Prasad
“I have been meaning to write and let you know how much you have done for my scoliosis and understanding of yoga’s influence over my body structure.
I was diagnosed at 13 with scoliosis and have since been measured at a 53+ degree curvature. Massive surgery has been recommended on more than one occasion and I have done all I can to avoid that.
While not having too much pain, I routinely experienced discomfort in my back and legs since I was diagnosed. Thanks to your yoga series and the individualized treatment you have provided, I have a greater understanding of how I can influence the trajectory of my back. The tips on how to position my body for various activities and specifically yoga poses has been extremely helpful.
Because of your teaching, I know I can take action to move my body in the way it should be moved as opposed to feeling that I am at the whim of a spine with a mind of its own. I will be able to avoid surgery forever if I can maintain what you have taught me. Thank you, thank you! Scheduling and working with you have been seamless and I couldn’t be happier with the results.” Pam Smith
“Practicing with Alix and getting to know her the past few years has been an absolute pleasure. Alix possesses a wisdom and a vast understanding of the human form. She is able to share this knowledge in an effortless, accessible, and fluid manner. I thoroughly enjoy her mindful hatha practice, a practice that stills my mind and allows me to deeply listen to my subtle body.” Meghan Bursiek, meghanbursiek.com
“I have been practicing yoga and getting massages from Alix for the past three years. I have scoliosis. I chose Alix from her profile on The People’s Yoga website because I figured that a mindful yoga teacher such as Alix would also be a great massage therapist and this has proven to be very true.
“I go for a monthly 90 minute massage with her at her beautiful studio adjacent to her home. I feel great during the massage and wonderful afterwards. I also use many of the doTERRA essential oils that she sells. Alix is patient and kind and fun to talk to also. 5 star rating for her from me.” Jan S Molinaro, satisfied yoga student and client
“After I was diagnosed with osteoporosis, Alix worked with me develop a customized yoga practice to help build stronger bones. She showed me how to adapt many poses so that I can get the most benefit without causing myself any harm. The one-on-one instruction made all the difference–I can actually do poses that have always been difficult for me. And, thanks to Alix, I can go back to yoga class with confidence.” Teri Duncan
“Alix has taught me so much about my scoliosis. Learning how to adapt yoga to my specific curve enables me to do all yoga postures but with a specific ‘twist’. The mental image I now have of my back helps me move in ways beneficial to my back. Best of all, Alix teaches with humor, knowledge, and compassion. Life is great now that I can practice yoga again!! Scoliosis is no longer a burden; rather a gift.” Carmen Schleiger
“I REALLY enjoy the two videos I purchased from you before, and am excited to add this new one to the mix! You do a fantastic job on these on every level. I actually look forward to doing the yoga!” Susan Drawbaugh
This website contains a collection of images from the below photographers and from Alix’s personal photography.