The Yoga Experience Teachers: Ellen Bennett

If asked to describe myself in one word, I will say outdoorsy. And I don’t mean sunning myself by the pool. I mean sunning myself in a kayak, cooled by the spray of the whitewater. Sunning myself 100 feet off the ground on some vertical face, hands white with chalk. On a trail with my dog, Olive, or my horse, Oaty. In my garden gently tending my plants. Or photographing an inspirational and wild scene. Aside from placing me outside, all of these passions demand something of my body; bend, engage, stretch, reach, balance, hold steady, fire, any combination of these. Yoga is my most valuable tool to maintain the strength and flexibility needed to access that deep sense of happiness, peace, and satisfaction that embodying these activities brings to my life.

Eight years ago, I had unlimited energy and no idea what to do with it other than fret and worry and drive myself crazy. A friend brought me to yoga and I realized right away I wanted to teach and offer people the same profound sense of peace I received. I discovered a similar peace in the outdoors while I was earning my degree in environmental studies at NAU. I finished college and pursued yoga teacher training, completing a 50-hour Anusara teacher training in 2012 with Noah Maze and a 300-hour YOGAMAZÉ teacher training the following year, also with Noah. Care and celebration of the gift of embodiment is what I seek to share with my students so they, too, can enjoy all that their bodies, their lives, and this world have to offer. I hope to one day combine my love for yoga and nature and lead backpacking yoga retreats.