Ellen McNally

Hamden, CT
United States

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I took my first hatha yoga class in Tucson, Arizona in 1975, but it wasn’t until 2002 that I began studying seriously. In 2007 I began attending workshops at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA, where I study regularly with HI’s spiritual head Pandit Rajmani Tigunait (as well as other senior teachers) and with whom I completed HI's Living Tantra Program.

In 2013 I completed a 500-hour Hatha Tantra yoga teacher training--“Teaching Deeper Practices in the Lineage of Para Yoga”, which included certification as an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist by the Himalayan Institute. I am currently enrolled in Rod Stryker’s Para Yoga Master Training program. Recently I was accepted into the certification program for "Teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga" through the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Boston. The training begins in September 2015. This certification will enable me to teach students with trauma-related conditions, including PTSD.

My specialties are Yoga for 50+, restorative yoga, yoga for beginners, and chair yoga.

I have found a deep and satisfying home in the Himalayan Tantric tradition, which celebrates the weaving together of disparate elements. I am a former ballet dancer, English teacher and Peace Corps volunteer, who now blends yoga, a full-time job as Volunteer Coordinator/Family Services Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven, a home sewing business and my family into a sometimes cohesive whole. My classes are designed to support students of all ages, abilities and physical capacity to experience and explore the many gifts of yoga and meditation.

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