Ellie grew up surrounded by yoga and dance. From a young age she studied many forms of modern and classical dance and various styles of yoga. Her early interest in movement forms and the cultural significance of the mind-body connection led her to study Anthropology at Durham University. Here, she developed a deep interest in shamanic societies and a passion for understanding our relationship with the natural world. She became fascinated by the body of knowledge our ancestors possessed about the physical connection with spirit that we have temporarily forgotten but are now re-learning through yoga and other movement modalities.
Later Ellie was inspired to teach yoga by two beautiful spirits and empowered yoginis: her mother, a teacher in the Bihar school tradition, and Linda d’Antal, her teacher and mentor. She completed her original training in the Sivananda tradition and continues to study and be inspired by all styles of yoga and forms of movement: Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Scaravelli and Kundalini yoga and all forms of ritual dance and expressive movement.
Over the years Ellie has explored and deepened her own practice with many different teachers and styles. More recently she has been developing her own way of expressing yoga and of sharing the gifts of these ancient arts. Her more recent trainings include Thai Yoga Massage with Kira Balaskas, Kundalini yoga with Guru Rattana, Chakra Healing with Viriam Kaur and Birthlight pre and post-natal yoga.
Ellie’s predominantly Vinyasa Flow based Yoga classes combine flowing sequences, breath work and relaxation. Her warmth, enthusiasm and down to earth approach create a playful and stimulating environment with awesome and eclectic playlists to uplift. Through her classes she offers you a way to find peace, strength, to connect to yourself, and discover your own intuitive way of moving.
Ellie believes that our strength lies in being totally, authentically ourselves and knowing that sometimes accepting what is and letting go are all part of our transformation. As Leonard Cohen so poetically puts it “forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”.