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 teaches public classes at pure. love. yoga. in San Clemente, YOU AND THE MAT in Laguna Niguel, and Equinox Sports Club in Irvine, CA.

She also offers private and corporate yoga classes, facilitates workshops and retreats, leads anatomy training for yoga teachers, and is mom to a bright, energetic 6 year old yogini.



YTU Integrated Embodied Anatomy Training
The Roll Model® Method – The Science of Rolling
Core Integration Immersion
Shoulders Immersion


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