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.
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 leads the Prenatal Fitness Program and offers personal postpartum evaluations to clients, ensuring a smooth transition from birth back into a safe physical fitness practice. She 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!
Barre Basics - Learn to Burn
This workshop will break down the foundational positions and movements used in a traditional barre class. Learn how to properly align the body to safely practice barre exercises, from working in parallel to turnout, using weights and targeting specific muscle groups in the upper body, lower body, and core. Ella will provide hands-on adjustments to help each participant learn to engage their core, protect their low back, lengthen the spine, protect the joints and get the most out every barre class. This workshop will be active and participants will apply what they learn to their bodies. The workshop will finish with a challenging barre burn series to a funky playlist!
Prenatal Fitness Sculpt (Preregister)
A 1 hour class is appropriate for women at all stages of the pregnancy. We will focus on an extensive repertory of appropriate exercises for moms-to-be pulling from Pilates & yoga and utilizing props such as the Pilates sticks, yoga blocks, hand weights and supporting bolsters. This class will help you to maintain mobility and strength while stretching and toning key areas throughout the body that are vital to your pre-natal health, labor and post-partum recovery. We can't wait for you to join us on this amazing journey towards motherhood!
Classes are limited to 10 participants.
Please pre-register online by clicking "Schedule" above. Drop-Ins are $20 and packages for 5 and 10 classes are also available.