I have been teaching yoga since 2012. I completed my 200- and 500-hour Para Yoga Inspired Hatha Tantra yoga teacher trainings with Kathryn Templeton, Sue Neufeld, Bill Banick and Kristin Derosia-Banick. I am also certified as an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist by the Himalayan Institute, in Honesdale, PA where I continue to study yoga philosophy with HI’s spiritual head Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, as well as Shari Friedrichsen, Rolf Sovik and other HI senior teachers. I have also had the privilege to study with Rod Stryker, Yoganand Michael Carroll and Dharma Mittra.

In 2012, a workshop in “Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans Coping with Trauma” through the Veterans Yoga Project propelled me in a completely unexpected direction—teaching trauma-sensitive yoga (TSY). Inspired by the 40-hour workshop at Kripalu taught by David Emerson, program founder of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga, and his senior colleague Jennifer Turner, I enrolled in the Trauma Center’s 300-hour training program and became certified as a TCTSY Facilitator in 2016. In 2017 I participated in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program at the Yale Stress Center, and I now include some of those techniques in my classes.

At Your Community Yoga Center in Hamden, I regularly teach Yoga for 50+Restorative Yoga and Yoga for Depression and Anxiety. As a volunteer, I teach Yoga for Veterans at the West Haven VA's Errera Community Care Center. I am on the staff of the Integrative Medicine department at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven Hospital, where I teach yoga and meditation and provide Reiki to cancer patients.

Ellen McNally

Ellen McNally, E-RYT 200, RYT-500

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

Certified Facilitator

My classes are designed to support students of all ages, abilities and physical capacity to experience and explore the many gifts of yoga and meditation. I am deeply grateful to my students for continuing to teach me how to be a better teacher.

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