R. Alexander Medin has been teaching yoga around the world for over 20 years.
In 2002, he became certified by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois from Mysore, India. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) developed the style of yoga vinyasa known as Ashtanga. Only 35 people worldwide have obtained the certification as Ashtanga teachers by Pattabhi Jois, Alexander being one of them.
Alexander has a Master's Degree in Sanscrit and Indian religions and has spent many years studying in India. He regularly writes about yoga and many of his articles have been published in leading, international journals about yoga. He translated the Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita to Norwegian.
In 2015, Alexander took over what was then known as "Nøsen Fjellstue", and started to transform it into Nøsen Yoga Mountain Lodge. The building was, at the time, in ruins. Today, the lodge can host up to 100 guests, and combines a distinct mountain feel and Norwegian touch, with a yogic style and value-set.
Alexander is co-founder and co-owner of Puro Yoga in Oslo, as well as the founder of the Foundation "Yoga for Life". The foundation has launched and continues running projects, such as "Gangster Yoga" and "Back in the ring", helping people who have "fallen out" of society and giving them the opportunity to build themselves up again, through a solid yoga practice, heightened sense of responsibility and social work.
Aged 18, Alex became the Norwegian Boxing Champion, but decided to opt for a career in ballet, which he considered far more challenging and exciting.
As a teenager, Alex was restless and troubled and ended up on the slippery slope. His mission is to give something back, and build up, promote and share values that will be long-lasting.