Onyx Yoga Studio 

 

45 Mountain Blvd

 

Warren, NJ 07059

Getting to Know Our Teachers

 

Ellen Zambo Anderson (PT, MA, GCS)

Ellen is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Rutgers, The State University of NJ (formally UMDNJ). She holds a BS degree in Physical Therapy from West Virginia University and an MA in Motor Control and Learning from Columbia University. Ellen teaches Therapeutic Exercise, Development Across the Lifespan and Complementary Therapies to entry-level physical therapy students and was the recipient of 2011 UMDNJ Student Senate Award for Excellence in Education Mentoring. Ellen’s long-standing yoga practice and her interest in exercise, wellness and complementary therapies have influenced her scholarly work. She has written articles and book chapters on complementary therapies and has spoken nationally on researching and incorporating complementary therapies into physical rehabilitation. Ms. Anderson is the co-author & co-editor of Complementary Therapies for Physical Therapy: A Clinical-Decision Making Approach, which won the 2008 American Publishers Award for Professional & Scholarly Excellence.

 

Ellen will be teaching the anatomy portion of Onyx’s teacher training. Because of her deep understanding of the body and her expertise in anatomy on a scientific level, on top of being a seasoned yogi, she brings a unique perspective to Onyx’s 200 hour teacher training. Please read below for the exclusive e-interview with Ellen so you can get to know her a little bit and learn why she has decided to become a part of Onyx’s 200 hour teacher training.

Q) What is your favorite pose?

A) Halasana

Q) What is a pose that you have struggled with and conquered?

A) Sirsasana

Q) The hardest pose you still struggle with? Or don't feel the strongest in?

A) Bakasana

Q) Where is the most interesting place you have ever done yoga?

A) Hiking to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Q) What makes your teaching unique?

A) I don’t take myself too seriously.

Q) What is a word of advice to people interested in becoming yoga teachers?

A) Practice

Q) What is your favorite food?

A) Any food made with love, that I don’t have to cook.

Q) Who is someone you look up to as a yoga teacher?

A) I look up to all of my yoga teachers, because they do what I am unprepared to do.

Q) If there was something you could change from your teacher training what would it be and how could you bring that to Onyx TT?

A) I have not had a yoga teacher training yet,  but as a teacher (and parent) the most valuable thing I have learned is to ask “why.” Understanding someone’s “why” really helps me to know that person better and be able to assist him/her when needed.

Q) What is the part of the body that you think people in general need to be the most educated on?

A) I think people can really benefit from knowing more about their back and how the deep core and pelvic floor can help them avoid back pain.

Q) How does having such a vast knowledge of anatomy help you in your personal yoga practice?

A) Having a background in anatomy helps me to understand the alignment of an asana and allows me to explore the relationship between different component through my own attributes and limitations.

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A) There are many! If I had to pick one, probably Hanumanasana  (Monkey Pose a.k.a. Split) or any of the arm balances!

Q) What is a pose that you have struggled with and conquered?
A) Sirsanana (headstand) without the wall. It’s hard for me to get out of my head sometimes and let the fear go. I still prefer (for safety) to be near a wall but I don’t use it any longer.

Q) The hardest pose you still struggle with? Or don't feel the strongest in?
A) Chakrasana (Backwards roll from plow to chaturanga) is something I have wanted to conquer for the longest time and have not. It is 95% mental and I know this! A less advanced pose I don’t feel strong in is side plank because I have weak wrists and wheel for the same reason.

Q) Where is the most interesting place you have ever done yoga?
A) In the middle of an open field in dead winter in Banbury, England.

Q) What makes your teaching unique?
A) I like to be creative and come up with different themes and different transitions and even just different wording in order to keep things fresh and I also think that my background in writing helps me with the clarity of my words as I teach a class.

Q) What is a word of advice to people interested in becoming yoga teachers?
A) Be yourself when you teach. Bring yourself, your authentic voice, personality and style to the classes you teach.

Q) What is your favorite food?
A) Penne a la Vodka for a meal. Peanut butter cookies for dessert.

Q) Who is someone you look up to as a yoga teacher?
A) Most of the teachers that I was taking when I first starting practicing ten years ago are who I consider my teachers. I still take their classes and never fail to learn something new.

Q) What is the most valuable thing you learned or moment you had in your own teacher training?
A) I think I learned a lot about letting go of expectations and just working within the moment.

Q) If there was something you could change from your teacher training what would it be and how could you bring that to Onyx TT?
A) I would have loved more guest teacher spots. I believe we only did a guest spot for hands-on adjustments which was great but I think that having a few guest teachers can only enrich the yoga education the students are getting. Offering a special prenatal segment is awesome because even if you do not have any intention of teaching Prenatal, there is no doubt a pregnant woman will eventually come to a regular population class and you’ll want to be prepared for that!

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