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Elly Haddad

Born in NYC, but living a nomadic life (including stints during childhood living on several college campuses, in a coal camp, a commune, and eventually with relatives on Andrews Air Force Base), Elly rebelled against her hippie parents by becoming a conservative corporate executive’s wife. She’s recovered, repented, and reconnected with her true self – including one of her mother’s decades-old loves: yoga. Curiosity and a desire to connect with her past drew her to her first formal yoga class when she was in her early 40s. After crying through numerous classes (much to her bewilderment) she eventually realized she’d come “home” and started practicing in earnest in 2009.

Elly studied Integrative Nutrition at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC and recently fortified her certification with a bachelor’s degree from Belmont University focusing on writing and communications, as well as the 200-hour RYT Yoga Alliance certification at Sanctuary. She combines all of her education and experience in her role as a Healthy Lifestyle Coordinator in her business, Elemental Fit, where she challenges others to discover the direct influence of diet and lifestyle on health, happiness, and overall wellbeing. She is also a public speaker and freelance writer, wife (to her “converted” husband), mother to three grown children, and has three grandchildren.

A “recovering Type-A,” Elly believes in the multifaceted power of yoga to transform even the highest-strung overthinkers into mindful, present beings – one often-complex layer at a time – through a steady rhythm of asanas that can challenge the body while clarifying the emotions and quieting the mind.

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