Ellen began her study of Yoga in 1984 shortly after receiving her BA in Psychology. It was a perfect match from the start, and Ellen has continued to study and practice yoga since that time. She is an experienced, registered yoga teacher at the 500-hour level and is also certified as a Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT 1000).
In 1994, she traveled to California to participate in the Yoga therapy teaching program offered by Joseph Lepage and Integrative Yoga Therapy. Here she studied with many well known and highly knowledgeable teachers including Donna Farhi, Georg Feuerstein, Richard Miller, Eleanor Criswell Hanna, Dr. David Simon and Frances Vaughn. This program ignited Ellen’s interest in Yoga psychology and Yoga as a therapeutic modality for body, mind and spirit.
Since this time Ellen has explored many styles and practices of Yoga. She is certified in Vinyasa style Yoga by her longtime teacher and friend, Tom Gillette. She studied in Montreal, Canada with Kam Thye Chow and the Lotus Palm School and is certified through them as a Thai Yoga Body Work practitioner. She has also achieved second degree Reiki training. Ellen has spent a great deal of time studying with and exploring the work of Gary Kraftsow and the American Viniyoga Institute. She integrates Viniyoga teaching methodology in many of her classes. Over the past several years, Ellen’s interest in Yin style Yoga has added a new flavor and depth to her teaching. She has been deeply inspired by the work of Paul Grilley and along with her studies with Paul, she has studied Yin with Paulie Zink and received certification in Yin Style Yoga from Josh Summers. Another source of inspiration for Ellen is Angela Farmer. Angela’s emphasis on keeping practice organic and receptive supports Ellen’s belief that each time we come to the mat it is an opportunity for a whole new experience and that the exploration of yoga asana (postures) should be an expression of what is truly arising in each moment. In Ellen’s words, Hatha Yoga practice is “is a body-centered language through which we can honestly express who we are.” Ellen’s study with her spiritual teacher, Adayashanti, is a continual reminder of her dharma (path), to support others in awaking to the truth and beauty of their own being.
During a trip to Brazil in the winter of 2004, Ellen reestablished her relationship with Joseph LePage and Lilian LePage of Integrative Yoga Therapy (from whom Ellen received her basic certification). As a result of this rekindled connection, Ellen has begun training teachers in the Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) teaching method. One Yoga Center is considered a Registered Yoga School (RYS 200) with the Yoga Alliance In 2012, Ellen accepted a position as part of the Integrative Yoga Therapy administrative staff and is the Director of their 200-hour affiliate program. Ellen is also a faculty member for Kripalu’s Integrative Yoga Therapy’s professional Yoga Therapy training program offered at Kripalu.