Hi, I’m Markella
New Yorker, plant mom, avid gardener, ice cream lover, and body movement nerd.
I’ve always been physically active, using broomsticks, chairs, and ropes to craft obstacles courses in the yard with my brothers (come on Crossfit). I played basketball, swam, and rode horses as a teen and practiced martial arts as a young adult.
My love of learning and desire to study the body has led me to complete education and training in anatomy, kinesiology, and biomechanics. I integrate that training with years of moving in different disciplines and modalities.
The biggest gift of teaching is to see a spark of newfound awareness in someone’s body, especially in an area that was previously a black hole. Being able to feel an area is the first step towards having agency over it. It is empowering for someone to realize a habitual, yet unintentional, pattern and self-adjust in the moment! My ultimate goal is for students to move more towards needing me less.
My Movement Journey
I started practicing yoga consistently in 2008. After years of faster-paced sports and martial arts, I thought I would find yoga slow and boring. Obviously, I was wrong. After many years of consistent practice, primarily in the Iyengar method, I completed 500 hours of teacher training through YogaWorks under the mentorship of Chrissy Carter. I have been teaching full time since 2015.
After almost ten years practicing yoga, and only yoga, I started developing pain in my hips. More yoga and more passive stretching weren't helping. Instead, I had to completely rethink my practice, and therefore my teaching, and learn how to give my body more strength and stability to get it out of pain.
This led me on a path of discovery and is detailed on my methodology page.
Now I help people move better and feel better while doing the practice they love and, more importantly, in their day-to-day lives. My teaching style is grounded, light-hearted, and rooted in resilience and exploration.
Yoga Tune Up®
FRC® Mobility Specialist
Trauma-Conscious Yoga Method℠
YogaWorks Teacher Trainer