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Elisa (Palmieri) Piscitelli

Experienced Yoga & Meditation Instructor

Marketing Designer

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Based out of Orange County, NY

Serving the Lower Hudson Valley

Actively Leading Classes:

2011-Present

A Bit About Me

In addition to teaching yoga and meditation, Elisa has over a decade of experience in marketing, advertising, television production and graphic design. She worked in corporate advertising for the bulk of her career prior to teaching yoga exclusively, but also spent time as a legal assistant and stay-at-home mom. While working full-time and raising her children, she enrolled in her first teacher training after a few years of devoted practice and was hired to teach classes immediately upon completing the program. After a couple of years of balancing corporate life and teaching multiple classes a week, she made the leap and opened Wild Soul Yoga Studio in Middletown, NY (2014). The studio attracted a beautifully diverse community and was beloved by it's many regular students and talented instructors until Elisa decided to close Wild Soul about 6 months into the Covid -19 pandemic. For the last few years she has continued to teach private classes at her home studio, as well as at a local medical college for 7 consecutive years, producing live Zoom classes when in-person wasn't available as well as classes for private events. Currently, in addition to leading yoga and meditation classes, she freelances by helping small businesses with logo design, website consulting and general promotion via social media.

 

Elisa is an avid music lover, averaging over 30 live concerts and music festivals every year, with a focus on Indie/Folk music but does not limit her tastes and takes pride in keeping current with emerging artists and sounds. Her other hobbies and passions include beekeeping, gardening and taking care of her mini-homestead with  hens, roosters, fruit trees, wildflowers and more. She also enjoys photography, road trips, hiking, scratch cooking/baking and being outdoors all year round.

 

Family is her greatest joy, Elisa is honored to be called mom by her 3 wonderful children. She truly savors every day and appreciates the delicate balance of life after suffering the loss of her husband in 2016, followed by the deaths of her step-father, her best friend and her biological father, all in a matter of a few grief-filled years. These days she takes nothing for granted as she enjoys a simpler life with her partner, Bryan, who has been a friend for over 25 years and with whom she welcomed a sweet little baby into the world in 2020. Becoming a mom for a third time (but now in her 40's) and starting over in many ways, has been a true joy after years of heartache. Together (and with so much love) they run their little homestead, travel and support one another in their pursuits of projects and interests. 

Training/Teaching Experience

YOGA THERAPEUTICS, RESTORATIVES & ANATOMY 40+ HOURS 

8/2018 w/ Rodney Yee at Yoga Shanti Tribeca NYC 

· Advanced training for established instructors 

· Modify and make yoga practice accessible to anyone with mobility issues 

· Apply yoga, breath-work and meditation as a form of therapeutic approach to wellness 

 

 

YOGA ANATOMY PRINCIPLES 3 TRIMESTERS 500+ HOURS 

2015-2016 w/ Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews Breathing Project NYC 

-Intensive anatomy and physiology training including lung/respiratory functions

-Range of motion of spine, joints and muscle to bone relationships 

-How to apply body knowledge and breath manipulation to ease emotional and physical stress 

 

 

OTHER TRAININGS 

-Ayurveda and Nutrition (2013, 2014, 2016) 

-Level I Reiki (2015) 

-200hr. Yoga Certification (2012) 

-Meditation postures and methods/ Retreat Leading (2010)  

OWNER/LEAD INSTRUCTOR WILD SOUL YOGA STUDIO, INC. 2014-2020

· Teaching 6-10 diverse studio classes per week 

· Staff Management and Facilities Maintenance 

· Social Media Advertising, Marketing and Promotions 

· Scheduling, Retreats, Workshops, Community Engagement, Off-site events such as Yoga at Angry Orchard 

                 -Booked, Organized and Led 3 off-site retreats in PA, MA and Wyndham, NY. (2013, 2016, 2018)

TOURO COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE 2016-2023

· Contracted by college to teach one or more classes per week to med students, physicians and staff · Work with Medical Students on how to incorporate Yoga and Meditation into Healthcare as well as to offer students a chance to decompress from a competative and accelerated schedule using yoga and meditation

PRIVATE YOGA INSTRUCTION 

· Working with private clients one-on-one or in small groups to meet specific needs and abilities

· Working with athletes to supplement or help with training both during and off-season 

Marketing Design Experience

WILD SOUL YOGA STUDIO 

7/2014-7/2020 Owner/Lead Instructor/Head of Marketing 

· Managed daily social media posts including schedule updates and design 

· Built studio website from the ground up 

· Designed unique graphics, print materials and studio apparel

PRODUCER OF AD SALES - TIME WARNER 

2001-2004 and 2010-2014 Newburgh, NY, Middletown, NY, New York, NY 

-Photography and Videography (full on-location/studio production set up and break down) 

-Client relations and sales

-Literally worked with Joan Rivers! For Real!

-Script writing and marketing plans for business (small to large scale campaigns)

-Photo and Video editing including sound, animation, CG

-Graphic design for web banners and tie-in multi-media campaigns

 

HOBBIES 

-Life-long photography enthusiast 

-Learning and Re-learning Adobe products to stay current 

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