Bio

Ellen Huang Saltarelli is a LA-based teacher who has been practicing yoga since 2003 and teaching since 2006. She teaches fun,  challenging, and intelligently-sequenced vinyasa and hatha yoga classes. She is known for her focus on alignment and the creative use of props, and publishes a weekly series called DETAIL + DEPTH that features sequencing, modifications and variations dedicated to a single pose.

Ellen shared her DETAIL + DEPTH sequence for Viparita Chakrasana (Tick Tocks) with the hyde blog. Read it here and follow her on Instagram @ellen.yoga

Website

http://www.ellen.yoga

Get to know ellen

What are your goals as a teacher?
My goals as a teacher are to help my students learn and grow. I'm definitely not interested in just leading a good workout or helping people chase their yoga high. I'd love to teach those who are ready for deeper study through yoga teacher trainings, which I'm doing for the first time this March in China, so more of that excites me!
What keeps you practicing?
Life and its many challenges! If life were easy all the time I'd just go on vacation and enjoy it endlessly. Other things include: my body's desire to feel spacious and live without pain. My students. My passion for the practice.
Tell us about your students.
They often say students are a reflection of the teacher. My students have an interest in what I teach. They like focused, intentional work, they appreciate specific instructions and alignment cues, they like being challenged, and they know how to take instruction. My students are generally pretty open-minded too-- ready to practice at the wall with props for the next 90 mins, or to flow in a creative, unusual sequence. They aren't married to a single way of practicing, but are completely committed to the practice.
What inspired you to create DETAIL + DEPTH?
D+D was naturally born from how I practice and teach. It was a way for me to share my thought process around creating sequences for a peak pose, as well as a place for me to share my knowledge of the body, the practice, my personal stories, and more. It was important for me to offer something educational and useful, not just pretty and stylized. A lot of yoga accounts I was seeing served as another tool for consumerism, voyeurism, and entertainment, and I really wanted my page to stay away from those darker sides of social media.
What do you enjoy most about it?
I love to teach so this is just one more avenue for me to do it. I also love connecting with students and teachers all over the world, and have met many awesome people from it!
What do you think of online teaching?
I think there is space for all kinds of learning, especially in this modern age of telecommuting and technology. I know some people do not live near people they want to study with, and that being able to practice yoga online is another way to make yoga more accessible, affordable, and convenient! That is why I will have online classes launching in the near future, both on my website and through Yoga International. Follow me to stay up to date!
What advice would you give to someone who is just beginning yoga?
Be consistent and practice at least twice a week, preferably with the same teacher. Don't shop around because of a new student special or Groupon. That will only confuse you and your prana. Find a teacher and a practice that speaks to you, and then show up for it, again and again (and again). Yoga is a discipline.
Tell us something most people don't know about you.
I'm very funny and I love having a good time. You can't tell with my style of teaching or my Instagram because I generally keep my personality out of it, but like anybody else, I love to laugh...!
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