ORIGIN Magazine Yoga Contributor

Yoga teacher, founder and co-owner of Virayoga in New York City and Jonah’s mama. Elena has been teaching yoga for 13+ years. After graduating from Cornell University with a design degree, she worked in textile and apparel design for 6 years, living in both New York City and northern Italy. After completing a year studying Art Education at the New School and teaching in 2 schools in downtown New York City, she trained with Cyndi Lee, subsequently met John Friend, and began studying Anusara. After over ten years of study with Douglas Brooks and Hugo Cory, she’s now immersed in the methodology of the Handel Group, designing practices based on their vision. Elena’s work is a masterful, candid blend of articulate alignment and attention cues, to bring patience to your mind, empowerment to your body and clarity to your heart. From Wanderlust to the Great Lawn at Central Park on the 2010 Solstice, Elena is honoured to offer larger-scale experiences of yoga, but her true service is in shifting your awareness within the smallest interactions; one family, one household at a time.

Elena holds Reiki Levels I/II Certification and practices Pranic Healing. As the 2010 Global Yoga Ambassador for adidas, Elena traveled worldwide teaching the methodology of Anusara. She loves collaborative teaching, alongside colleagues such as Sianna Sherman, Christina Sell, Noah Maze, Christy Nones, Amy Ippoliti, Ross Rayburn, Elizabeth Rossa, Schuyler Grant, Kelly Morris and Kathryn Budig. She’s been featured in the New York Times, Yoga Journal, the Element Yoga for Beginners DVD series, FitYoga, ABC News and NBC News. Recent classes are available in HD at Yogaglo.


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