it’s my daily yoga practice that helps keep me grounded and balanced as it continues to deliver that little hit of quiet.
Yoga with Elissa
My first ever yoga class, with a former-NHL player on Commercial Drive in Vancouver, was the first time I experienced honest-to-goodness quiet. Having grown up with labels like hyper-active and attention-deficit following me around, a little quiet went a long way.
Canadians have a reputation for being able to laugh at themselves and I like to think I carry this quality into my teaching. I believe both as a yoga teacher and as a yoga student, we have to be able to laugh at ourselves. My style of teaching is dynamic and spirited and I love when students ask questions. Having studied Ashtanga, Sivananda, Embodied Flow, Iyengar, AcroYoga, Anusara, Vinyasa Flow and even a little Bikram, I pull in elements from a broad spectrum of styles to guide students to a better awareness of themselves, their capabilities and the power and wonder of their breath.
I have a get-up-and-go approach to life that serves me well – it has taken me to the top of Mt Fuji, through two Wellington half-marathons, to the depths of the Red Sea and on a bicycle ride from London to Paris. But it’s my daily yoga practice that helps keep me grounded and balanced as it continues to deliver that little hit of quiet.
When not teaching or practising yoga, I can be found spending quality time with my beloved bicycle, tasting and studying wine (www.winefulness.nz) or just enjoying a tasty bit of chocolate. I am super grateful for the warm and welcoming nature of the Wellington yoga community and am honoured to be a part of it.
There are some truly brilliant yogis to be had in this small town. Here are a few of my favourites.
Kelly Fisher – Her teaching style is based on her personal experience of discovering the freedom to listen to her own body. She uses movement and music to help you to develop strength and flexibility in a creative way.
Urban Yoga & Sarah Morris – The perspective from which yoga is being taught at Urban Yoga is the practice can be used as a tool to help you know yourself better, to feel good about the totality of who you are and to go out into the world as the very best version of yourself.
Valerie Love – Her classes are known for their gentle approach and emphasis on relaxation.
Outside of yoga, Wellington has heaps to offer. Here’s more stuff I like.
Wild Workouts – The fabulous Duck Patten will get you outdoors and get you moving. She makes working out fun – just the way it should be.
Moena Moxham – Infectiously positive and delightfully energetic, Alexandra Murcott makes some beautiful art. When not making art you can find her on her motorcycle, making sugar-free treats, snowboarding or hitting a yoga class. An inspiration.