I was lucky enough to be able to go to Elana's yoga retreat in Mexico in January of 2016. Although I did not know her ahead of time the dates and location were perfect and I signed up along with a friend. We couldn't have been more happy with the experience! Elana is a wonderful and amazing yoga teacher and person. I loved all of the yoga classes and meeting all of the other yogis who are fortunate enough to be able to attend her classes regularly in California. The people, hotel, yoga studio, food, setting and pretty much everything were phenomenal. I would not hesitate to recommend Elana to anyone and I am already trying to plan to attend her next retreat!
- Barbara Rankin, Keystone, CO
I was searching to fulfil one of my dreams which was to go on a yoga retreat one day in January and I came across Elana’s yoga/surf adventure retreat in Sayulita. It was totally meant to be as I always wanted to go back to Sayulita and try surfing and yoga is my passion. I felt very welcomed as soon as my eyes met Elana’s. She is one of the most charismatic women I’ve ever had the pleasure of spending time with. She is so talented in many ways. I loved how she would sing and play her guitar to us after our amazing yoga sessions. Her guidance and use of Sanskrit really gave me the feeling of being amongst a true yogi. I felt honored to practice with her. To top it off we had 4 private surf lessons from an Awesome surf school!
“You can do anything you put your mind to”.
- Tarah Fardy, Toronto, Canada
I am new to yoga and was hesitant to sign up for a retreat but as soon as I met Elana, my worries went away. She is so capable of working with any level of student and allows you to do as much as you can. The retreat to Sayulita was a wonderful experience. The town was small enough to get around very easily, the hotel was quaint and comfortable, the food was fantastic and the yoga was a perfect way to start and end the day. It was nice to be with our group and we had plenty of time to ourselves if we wanted some quiet time. I highly recommend this retreat.
- Susan Bloch, San Anselmo, CA
"Over the past eleven years, I have worked with a number of yoga teachers. Elana is the best. I’ve learned through the pains of over extension and misalignment that proper alignment is absolutely essential. Elana pays very close attention to her students’ alignment and very gently makes hands-on adjustments when she notices that someone is “off.” It makes a dramatic difference in the way one feels during and after a class. In the long run, it makes the difference between healthy flexibility and stress injuries. Elana is a wonderful teacher, instructing us on the benefits of as well as the proper alignment of each asana. The Gold Standard for a day in heaven is a yoga session followed by a massage by Elana. She will work out all of the kinks in a lovely deep and relaxing session. Do your body a favor. You will never feel better."
-Daly Schreck, Kentfield, CA
"I have been fortunate enough to have Elana as both a yoga teacher and a
massage therapist over the past several years. She is truly gifted in
both arenas and I can only imagine that the same is true of her talent in
nutritional consultations. Elana has a wonderful energy that is both
healing and energizing. I had worked with many different massage
therapists before I experienced her healing touch and now I don't go to
anyone else. She is professional, yet warm and very caring. The same is
true of her work as a yoga teacher. I'd recommend her, and have
recommended her, to anyone!"
- Madeleine King, Fairfax, CA
Elana brings a wonderful blend of light and warmth, strength andchallenge to her yoga classes. She understands the body and incorporatesher knowledge of bones, muscles, ligaments and organs into her teaching, whetherwe are in a sweaty flow or strapped into a restorative Supta Baddha Konasana. Her adjustments are divine!She simply embraces the heart of yoga, and her lovely voice is one of devotion whenshe sings her chants during Shavasana. Elana rocks!
- Clare Ciafrei, Fairfax, CA
have done cleanses before. They were hard.
with Elana guiding me was different, beautifully different.
insights, support and knowledge made the difference from feeling deprived to
feeling completely rejuvenated. The cleansing program included enhancements like
her special veggie broth recipe and “Elana’s Eliminaid”. These enhancements helped me succeed while
actually enjoying the process. I felt so much better after the cleanse and more
importantly, have carried out her suggestions into my daily life. Thank you,
- Naia Echols, Fairfax, CA
I recently finished an 8 day colon cleanse conducted by Elana. I had done another cleanse probably 2 years ago, and was interested in a more detailed cleanse andto gain more knowledge in this area of health.
Elana met with the group of participants at the start of the cleanse, explaining that she, herself had a good amount of experience with this particular cleanse.Elana was extremely helpful conducting the first meeting, giving many detailsand explanations of the cleanse and the individual products, also strongly assuringthe group that she was always available for questions during the process of the cleanse. Midway through the cleanse, we received thoughtful emails “checking on us”, very reassuring. The second/last meeting was very interesting, as we were able to share thoughts and our experiences with the group. And, lastly, my personal experience with the cleanse was very positive, both mentally and physically, and given the chance, I am planning to do the same cleanse in the Spring.
- Michele ScannellFairfax, CA
The reason my wife and I were willing to consider a yoga retreat in Mexico is because we have unwavering trust in Elana whose classes we have been attending regularly for about 5 years. It turned out better than we could have imagined. Everything was well organized starting with pickup at the airport. Wonderful hotel, great food, fun town and beautiful beaches. But nothing makes me happier than yoga classes twice a day. I almost forgot we met 18 fellow retreatants who will be our friends for life. I can't wait to go back to Sayulita next year.
- Anthony Koblenz, Fairfax
Thank you for the wonderful workshop on Saturday. The aftereffects were surprisingly potent for me- some of the chronic tension areas in certain places in my body felt more dissolved and relaxed than usual. Something deep inside was released and I see now why you always say the body needs the Restorative practice on a regular basis. I always believed that, but I never realized how much my body needs this to be included in my Self Care. Thank you for offering such wonderful healing! And, as always, your chanting is marvelous and magical.
- Marta Van Leuven, Fairfax