My name is Elyse (she/they)- founder and creator at Art of Tula. I am a Queer, able bodied, white settler living on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinabewaki, Mississaugas of the New Credit River and Wendake-Nionwentsio.
At heart, I am a mover, shaker, thinker and explorer. I have spent a large part of my twenties letting my inner child play, marvel and absorb the world around me. I love the mountains, I love to dance and I love to care for others. I feel most at home when I am teaching, guiding and holding space for the people around me.
I am a graduate of the University of Toronto (Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts in Theatre & Performance Studies), a certified Yoga and Meditation teacher, and a certified Birth, Postpartum and Abortion Doula.
Movement and the body has always been a part of my life. I am intrigued at the ways in which our bodies change and adapt to the world around us. I like exploring the mind-body connection and discovering new ways to feel, see and imagine the body. My approach to teaching yoga is holistic and trauma informed- encouraging my students to use our time together to do what feels best for them. I approach my birth work through a similar lens; gently guiding the birthing person and their support team, amplifying the birthing persons voice and ensuring they feel supported. My care will always be anti-oppressive, intersectional, affirming & rooted in reproductive justice for all bodies and all birth outcomes.
If you have any questions, thoughts or feedback please click on "Get in Touch" at the top of this page to fill out a form! I am grateful and honoured to be a part of your journey and to have you a part of mine.