Ellen McNally

Ellen has found a deep and satisfying home in the Himalayan Tantric tradition, which celebrates the weaving together of disparate elements.  A former ballet dancer, English teacher and Peace Corps volunteer, she now blends yoga, a full-time job as Volunteer Coordinator/Family Services Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven, a home sewing business and her family into a sometimes cohesive whole. Her classes are designed to support students of all ages, abilities and physical capacity to experience and explore the many gifts of yoga and meditation.  

Ellen continues to study yoga philosophy at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA with HI’s spiritual head Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, as well as Shari Friedrichsen, Rolf Sovik and other HI senior teachers. She has also had the privilege to study with Rod Stryker, Yoganand Michael Carroll and Dharma Mittra.


  • 500 hour Hatha Tantra teacher training: "Teaching Deeper Practices in the Lineage of Para Yoga", Sue Neufeld and Kathryn Templeton
  • Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, Himalayan Institute
  • Certified in Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (Trauma Center, Boston, MA)
  • Trained in Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans Coping with Trauma (Veterans Yoga Project)