Ella loves to fuse her knowledge of traditional dance technique, breath inspired movement and yoga to create an invigorating and smooth flow to each style of class she offers. Ella received her BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts in 2015; her love of moving and years in dance class inspired her to pursue her Barre teacher training certification with Kelly Love. On the contrary, she discovered yoga’s physical and mental healing capacity after sustaining an injury while dancing years ago; since her initial introduction to the practice her passion for yoga has flourished. Ella graduated from Beyond Asana RYS, completing 200 hours of Vinyasa study, as well as the 48- Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Intensive with Brittany Policastro and a Postpartum Teacher Training Certification with Lara Kohn Thompson. Most recently Ella graduated from the 450 Hour Drexel Pilates Program.
All forms of movement allow Ella to “let go” of limiting inhibitions; she strives to offer a class that allows others to also release into their potential and enjoy their physical practice in a safe and supportive environment. She believes in sustainable growth (on and off the mat) and strives for students to discover a unique, individual movement style that will continue to serve them far into their future. She feels drawn to working with a broad population, from those who have never stepped foot on a yoga mat or into a Barre class, to expecting mothers, families, and the experienced mind-body practitioner. Ella recently assisted for The Art of Yoga Project pilot program in west Philadelphia, a non-profit organization that uses art, yoga, and journaling for early intervention to help at-risk and sexually exploited girls prepare for a positive future. She is an Eat Breathe Thrive- Yoga for Eating Disorders certified Thrive Tribe facilitator.
Ella organizes the Karma Yoga Classes at the studio, establishing partnerships with other businesses in the community to create events to benefit organizations in Philly and other areas. You can find Ella assisting with general studio management from ensuring emails are answered to posting photos to social media and keeping the studio running smoothly. She splits her time between her home in South Carolina and Philadelphia, equally missing each when away. She is an avid tea enthusiast, nature lover and devoted sister.
Ella Cuda instructs the following:
Philly Power Yoga
Let our expert instructors take you to your edge and beyond with a unique sequence of flowing asana's (poses) linked together by breath. In a room heated to 90 degrees, this Power Yoga is guaranteed to increase strength, cardio-vasular endurance and flexibility. Bring a mat, towel and water, 'cause you're gonna sweat!
Pilates Mat (Open Level)
Our signature Pilates Mat Class, perfect for practitioners of all levels! This flow is geared towards beginners and advanced practitioners alike, utilizing creative modifications and amplifications. Expect a great workout utilizing all of the classical mat work and Pilates fundamentals.
Pilates Mid-Day Escape
An open level, lunchtime Pilates Mat workout. Pop in over lunch to get your body moving and blood flowing! Written up as one of the best mid-day workouts in Philly, it's guaranteed to be effective and challenging!
Greatest Hits: Best of Pilates, Barre & Yoga
Enjoy the most satisfying and effective blend of exercises from three of your favorite classes. Power up your core with a Pilates warm-up, tone and feel the burn with a series of barre exercises, then lengthen and flow into a yoga sequence designed to leave you feeling both vital and relaxed. You will fire up your muscles, ground with breath, focus your mind and strengthen the entire body through this rejuvenating flow.
Kids Yoga and Creative Movement Series
12 week series, For children ages 3-5
Kid's Yoga and Creative Movement class will involve the practice and understanding of fun, kid-friendly yoga poses, as well as the practice of stillness and breathing. The class will involve elements of play including investigations of animal movements that aid in the practice of the yoga poses that are being learned. The children will have an opportunity to be leaders and followers and will be given plenty of space to expand their bodies and their imaginations. The class will offer opportunities for each child to feel strong and to practice kindness and community.
This is a drop off class. Parents/Grandparents/Nannies are welcome to stay in the lobby while the children participate.