YOUR LIFE IS A SACRED JOURNEY. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.

COMMITTED TO HER CRAFT, dedicated to continued learning, humbled by the vastness of what is yet to be discovered, and passionate about yoga and movement, Elissa wants to help you move and live with grace, ease, integrity and purpose. 

TEACHING SINCE 2006, Elissa consistently seeks to improve and expand her offerings with continuing education courses and trainings.  Her most extensive studies and certifications with influential teachers of yoga and movement include Ana Forrest, Jill Miller and Jules Mitchell.

Elissa’s teaching incorporates breath work, focused intention, traditional asana, dynamic and conscious corrective movements, core awareness exercises, therapeutics, restorative, and yoga tune up®  therapy ball work in an engaging format for a truly unique, embodied experience.

Classes are gentle and restorative or active, challenging and dynamic; sometimes a blend of both. No matter what the theme or the focus, her offerings remain accessible to all as she supports her students with effective cueing, skillful adjustments and posture modifications.

ELISSA’S INTENTION is to empower students to grow, evolve and realize their fullest potential in a holistic, integrated way.

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BASED IN ORANGE COUNTY, CA Elissa Dawn teaches public classes at pure. love. yoga. in San Clemente, YOU AND THE MAT in Laguna Niguel, Dharma Yoga House in Dana Point, and Equinox Sports Club in Irvine, CA.
Elissa Dawn also offers private and corporate yoga classes, facilitates workshops and retreats, leads anatomy training for yoga teachers, and is mom to a bright, energetic 10 year old yogini.


Forrest Yoga Foundation Training 2006
Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training 2007
Forrest Yoga Continuing Education 2008


YTU Integrated Embodied Anatomy Training
The Roll Model® Method – The Science of Rolling
Core Integration Immersion
Shoulders Immersion
Hips Immersion
Yoga Tune Up® Level I training 2012
Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Practitioner Training
The Roll Model® Method Sequencing and Innovation
Breath and Bliss Immersion
Yoga Tune Up® Leadership Summit 2014

Resistance Stretching Course with Jules Mitchell and Charlie Reid 2017
Yoga Biomechanics and the Science of Stretching with Jules Mitchell 2016
Resistance Stretching Symposium (NRSA) 2016
Udaya 300 hour Teacher Training with Jules Mitchell 2015

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ELISSA WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE the talented artists and friends whose photographs you find on the pages of her website.