About

Hi, I’m Ella, a Yoga Therapist & Yoga Teacher of adults, children and teens based in the North-East of England.

My passion lies in making yoga inclusive and accessible to children and adults of all abilities.

I discovered yoga at age 19 and dipped in and out of it for a number of years. The real turning point for me was when I found a daily practice during a difficult chapter in my life. It soon became apparent to me that yoga was just as much about the mental benefits as it was about the physical.

I felt a calling to learn more and to share these benefits with others, so I took my yoga teacher training. At the end of my training I felt I had barely scratched the surface of all the ancient wisdom behind this intriguing practice, and that’s when I found Yoga Therapy.

Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.”

BKS Iyengar

What's the difference between Yoga and Yoga Therapy?

A yoga class can provide a wonderful general practice with instruction in yoga techniques and is often fitness and posture oriented. It can bring a sense of community in a group setting, but may offer limited individual adaptations based on the size of the class.

Yoga therapy differs from yoga in several ways:

It has a clearly defined scope of practice based on educational standards, accreditation of training programmes, and certification of therapists.

It includes a focus on all of the yogic practices, as well as appropriate modifications adapted to individual needs.
It is person-centred, focussed on wellness and fosters shared decision making.

It is context sensitive, grounded in ancient wisdom and integrated with scientific knowledge. It may be preventive, restorative, palliative or curative and therefore adaptable to any patient care setting from prenatal to the end of life.

One is not better than the other, they simply have different purposes.

Yoga Class

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Instruction in yoga techniques

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General practice, often fitness-oriented

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Limited individual adaptations

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Community practice

Yoga therapy session

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Individual assessment, formal intake

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Address specific concern(s)

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Practices tailored to client goals

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Individual empowered with self-healing

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Therapeutic relationship, possibly within a group

As an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist I have completed an additional 1000 hours of training on top of my yoga teacher training, acquiring skills and practical experience to enable me to work holistically with all brains, bodies and abilities. I have received in depth training in anatomy, physiology and mental health, which allows me with your permission to interact with other healthcare professionals effectively and competently, and suggest referrals when needed.  

My Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification is Special Needs registered with an emphasis on inclusion and accessibility for children and teens with diverse needs and backgrounds. I have also completed additional training on supporting the perfectionist, people pleasing, highly sensitive teen through the use of yoga, somatic practices and expressive arts.

At first I was very sceptical if yoga therapy could help me but I am sceptical no more. I am so grateful for everything Ella has done for me, especially the personalised exercises and breathing; helping me to age more healthily. Thank you Ella.

Pauline D