Artist, Restauranteur, Blogger, Cafe Dweller, and, thankfully, Wanderer. Elisa was born and raised in South Philadelphia and had recently moved back to the area after living in NYC, where she opened and operated her dream-come-true, Petalbelle Cafe. Her fellow barista begged her on a daily basis to drop the coffee and sweets and cOMe take a yoga class, but, with too much to do and not enough hours in her day running the cafe she found it hard to make the time.
The economic downturn of 2009 put an end to the cafe on its one year anniversary. She returned home, exhausted, broken-hearted and without a sense of purpose. After three days on her sofa, she decided to get up and take a walk. “I stopped walking when I saw Wake Up Yoga South. I thought, well now you have plenty of time! I walked in and never left. It was what got me out of bed in the morning and I went everyday. I loved the studio, my classes and especially my teachers. I would cry in Savasana because class was over but it was a little more than that.I didn’t understand what was happening at the time but I started to make connections to my mind and body and how they played a part in expressing myself in the asanas.Yoga became my Lifeline. It offered me focus, stability, balance and release from the stress I had been walking around with for the past year. I stopped running and became present in my life. ”
Elisa began taking workshops at Wake Up Yoga and after a delicious Yin/Restorative workshop with Felicia Graham Comisar, decided to get her certification in YIN Yoga from Corina Benner in 2014 and also received her certification in Restorative Yoga from Karen Safire in 2014. She received her Foundational Teacher Training from Corina in 2015.
“I’m so grateful for Corina, Wake Up Yoga and all the teachers, especially Felicia, who saw a Teacher in me before I did. I have been blessed to study and learn at Wake Up Yoga. It’s all so surreal, receiving my Foundational Teacher Training and, now, with students of my own. It is one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. Next up, getting my Hubby on the mat.”