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Ellen Saltonstall


Ellen Saltonstall (E-RYT 500) is a yoga instructor and body therapist based in New York with extensive training in the Iyengar and Anusara methods. She has been a practitioner of yoga and meditation for over 40 years. In addition to teaching yoga, she developed and teaches Bodymind Ballwork, a method of self-massage using rubber balls. Ellen has authored four books. Yoga for Arthritis, 2008, and Yoga for Osteoporosis, 2010, were both co-authored with Dr. Loren Fishman. Her solo books include Anatomy & Yoga: A Guide for Teachers and Students, 2016, and The Bodymind Ballwork Method, 2018. She offers yoga therapy webinars through YogaOnlineU.com, and she teaches nationally and internationally with a specialty in anatomy and therapeutics. She describes her approach to bodywork and yoga as a combination of science and artistic expression.  Please visit her website at www.ellensaltonstall.com.



Anatomy and/or therapeutics courses of varying length addressing the following topics:

  1. Basic anatomy of the major bones, joints, fascia, muscles and nerves of the body most relevant to yoga practitioners.
  2. Observations skills for teaching, with emphasis on how alignment and actions are based in good biomechanics
  3. Creative modifications of classic poses to allow students with limitations to practice safely and reap the benefits of yoga.
  4. Common musculoskeletal injuries and how to modify poses for healing and safety.
  5. Common medical conditions explained in lay terms, and general guidelines for safety in yoga practice.


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