Ella is often asked to explain her “style” of yoga because her classes don’t readily fall into a traditional box. From a foundational standpoint, she is influenced by classic practitioners, particularly B.K.S Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois. Although she's never had the pleasure of meeting these yogic icons, she has studied them extensively and integrates both their styles. Consequently, her classes blend different classical approaches with a focus on alignment, arm balances and inversions.
While she has a reputation of being a demanding teacher, she welcomes questions and offers modified poses to accommodate students of varied abilities. All of her classes are characterized by joy and laughter, and deeply rooted in community—with an admitted twist of militant encouragement, which stems from my Eastern European heritage. She recognizes that her style isn’t for everyone! On the other hand, She also loves and believes in the power of Yin Yoga—so students are always able to “cool down” in this fashion.
Though she wasn’t conscious of it at the time, her journey to yoga actually began during her childhood in Romania. As part of both a Communist society and the country’s Junior Olympic Gymnastics Team, she was exposed to extraordinary mental and physical challenges at a young age. Although her body developed great strength through gymnastics (and she found surprising solitude being upside down), she often lived in fear. That reality is reflected in her emphasis on the mental aspect of yoga. In class, she focus's on strengthening the mind as much as on strengthening the body. In the end, she perceives the true test of anyone’s practice is the change that occurs the mat. For her, yoga has increased her awareness of how she lives my life, how she communicates with others, and how she treats her partner. For her, sharing these life lessons is as important as demonstrating the rudiments of a handstand.off
Outside of Ella's public classes, she also offers private lessons, conducts teacher trainings, and leads retreats with her partner, Sal. She also loves spending free time with her puppy, the aptly-named Anjali Patanjali. First and foremost, however, she remains a perpetual student—of both yoga and of life!