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“It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.”
— BKS Iyengar

Yoga Bio

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Elli believes in the potency of yoga as an integrative mind, body and spirit practice.  She loves the alchemical healing power, the soul nourishment and the eternal teacher that a dedicated yoga practice can be. Teaching yoga is a gift to her and through her; an act of devotional service and love.

Elli has been practicing yoga since 2000, however, it wasn’t until her own healing journey with traumatic brain injuries and adrenal fatigue, that she really deepened her practice. She was unable to even attend a yoga class for a few years because of her severe fatigue and post-concussion symptoms, therefore developed her own practice that would heal and energize her.  This is ultimately what led her to study energy healing, shamanism, all things metaphysical, and to complete her RYT 200 hour power vinyasa training at FlyDog Yoga in Charlottesville, VA in 2015. Additionally, she has completed a 50 hour yin teacher training at Bala yoga. All of this, her background as an exercise physiologist, and the boundless unfolding of life are what informs her teaching style.

Teaching a yoga class is like improvisational art. With that in mind, Elli purposefully brings grounding energy, intuitive presence, and openness to what the moment invites. Her students love her creative flows, and intelligent sequences that often build to a challenging peak pose.  She may lead you to “your edge” so that you expand your boundaries, or draw you “back home” to the beauty of your core. Either way, she invites embodiment, self-love, and even laughter.

What brings her back to the mat are the sweat-drenched practices where you leave all your "shit" on the mat, that feeling of flowing directly from the heart, tear-filled savasanas from deep emotional processing,  sweet, juicy yins, and those practices where you dig down to the inner warrior surprising even yourself with your strength..

 Elli’s intention is to inspire heart-centered alignment and awaken you to the freedom of your infinite-self.  She is grateful to offer sacred space in cacao and fire ceremonies, workshops, international retreats, and weekly classes.

Class Schedule

Bala Fremont

Wednesdays - All-levels vinyasa - 6:15-7:15 am

Fridays - All-levels vinyasa - 6:15-7:15 am

Bala Kirkland

Fridays - Slow Flow + Yoga Nidra - 7:30-8:45pm

Sundays - Good Morning Yin - 8:00-9:15 am

BALA SAMMAMISH

Sundays - All-levels vinyasa - 4:30-5:45pm

Yin - 6:00-7:15pm

Mondays - Yin - 4:30-5:45pm

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Juanita Bay

Wednesdays - Gentle Flow - 10:45-11:45am

 

Private and corporate sessions available upon request

Testimonials

“When Elli first walked into the room I knew we all were going to soar, to fly, and be grounded at the same time. And love. Love for herself and everyone in the room. Like, wow! She has not yet said a single word. Being this present is a gift. I started to be more present, and full of love. With a clear and intuitive voice Elli teaches vinyasa, yin yoga, yoga nidra, breath work and meditation. The practices are beautiful, creative and challenging. Elli has the gift of letting a person know how wonderful they are just by being in their presence.” - Ken R. Seattle, WA

“Elli’s yin classes create a safe place to let go. She is soft, receptive, hands-on and accepting of your space emotionally and physically. Through this openness and attentiveness her presence and classes are healing. Healing to the body, mind and spirit. I highly recommend her classes.” -Ingrid J. Marriage and Family therapist

“Elli’s yin classes are penciled into my schedule as dates with my soul! Her hands-on work with students as well as guided meditations have helped me cultivate a sense of non-violence and compassion, or ahimsa, toward myself. Elli’s presence in and of itself is healing, and she is adored by her students. I wouldn’t trade 6:30pm on Sundays for anything!” Emi P. Seattle, WA




Workshops




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Photo Credit:

Naomi Huober, Seattle WA {Banner photo} @numiabbot

Paul Goosens, Charlottesville, VA         www.observationsintime.com

Stephen Matera, Seattle, WA     www.materaphoto.com

Jackson Campbell, Seattle, WA @jacksonian7

Paul Garrett, Seattle, WA www.totalsoulfuljourney.com @thepaulgarrett