Elissa Cirignotta, Happy Mindful People
I am a change maker, visionary entrepreneur. I believe we are all creative beings who can live happy, productive, and abundant lives. Expect success from everyone.
My desire is to live a life of love. To teach love, be love, and learn love.
My hope is for all children, all teens, and all adults to have increased control of their bodies, awareness of their breath, and gratitude for their magnificent lives.
My goal is to create a safe space that promotes movement, happiness, and healing; for it is through self healing that we will find global transformation.
I'm a Jewish Sicilian/American and I love exploring my roots and traveling the world. I have lived in Sicily, Pennsylvania, Honduras, Virginia, Washington DC, Tucson Az, Portland Or, and most recently found my new home in the beautiful Midwest city Des Moines Iowa! I speak Italian, Spanish, and English and can't wait to learn my next language and travel to the next beautiful location.
I hold a BA in Special Education and graduated Summa Cum Laude from George Mason University with a Masters of Arts in Teaching and an emphasis in Educational Reform. I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification with world renown international yoga teachers Eddie Mostestini & Nicki Doane who have been deeply influenced by the teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and B.K.S. Iyengar, creating a beautiful fusion between these schools of thought. Over the course of the last 5 years I have also obtained an Autism Consultant Certification and Barre Certification.
It has been my practice to use the role of 'teacher' as a method of moving towards equilibrium of body and mind. Practices of self- acceptance are embedded into my curriculum and my own passions of hula hooping, poi, creative writing, and positive thought become part of our routines.
Since 2003 I have taught at elementary, high, and post high levels to all sorts of wonderfully and differently-abled students. With abilities and disabilities ranging from Autism, Aspergers, Learning Disabilities, ADHD/ADD, Emotional Disturbances, Orthopedic Impairments, and many more. In 2011 I discovered yoga and everything I had done up to that point made more sense. I am a forever student deeply inspired and grateful for all of my teachers and all of my students.
I practice & teach movement & mindfulness because it brings me great joy.
Through movement, conscious breath work, and self inquiry, we learn about our strengths and our weaknesses. We strive to achieve flexibility of the body and we work to create flexibility in the mind.
This practice has taught me how to become more comfortable with the uncomfortable, using my most valuable tool; breath.
Movement & Breath is freedom. It is the journey, and the practice, of returning to the most peaceful, blissful, joyous space within us. It's connection. Connection to self, to others, to joy, to source, to your divine nature. Movement and Mindfulness offers us this profound experience of mind body connection that reunites us with big beautiful love and allows us to co-create harmony within. Through this brilliant practice we remember our true essence, one of love, kindness, non-judgment, and compassion.
This is an internal practice... filled with adventure, exploration, transformation, and joy joy joy.
My classes are playful and heart driven inspiring people of all ages to walk towards a path of happiness. Whether it be through a movement flow, a social skills lesson, or a yoga class of any and all ages, the intention is to find balance, develop and understand our strength, improve our flexibility of both body and mind, and honor our breath in each moment.
I teach to learn what I do not know.
Say Thank-you, all the time. Be kind, be brave, be fearless; live your best life and never stop reaching for the stars.
Scatter seeds of kindness and allow peace, harmony, and beauty to grow within you and all around you.
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