Elka Haeckel


Elka is a worldwide yoga teacher sharing a juicy yoga practice like none other. Since 2002, she has successfully owned and operated a San Diego based yoga studio, trained hundreds of yoga professionals, held enlightening workshops, and led yoga retreats throughout the globe. Elka is the creator of Yoga Samba Dance, inspired by the soul of her homeland in Northeast Brazil. She is also the creator of Choco Vinyasa, a delicious blend of energetic movement, exotic chocolate, and the freedom to shake your booty. With thousands of hours of teaching experience, she is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) with Yoga Alliance. Additionally, she holds certifications in Holistic Massage Therapy, specializing in Thai Medical Massage, Reiki, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy and Tuina. Her infectious personality, combined with years of knowledge and experience will give you a juicy practice that will stay with you for life.

Elka’s authenticity inspires her community to keep the integrity of yoga. She believes that yoga is not merely stretches and exercise but, a deeper connection with our essence. To embody this belief, Elka and her community of volunteer yogis have supported Casa Hogar, an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico since 2009. This expression of Seva Yoga (yoga for service) allows Elka to spread the happiness in her heart, from where her yoga springs.

Elka’s belief in yoga and its ability to heal the mind and spirit are rooted in the way in which she was personally transformed by this practice. She discovered yoga while experiencing a severe depression that she felt had no end. Yoga and meditation allowed her to become aware of and work through her emotions instead of being controlled by them. This personal transformation allows Elka to help students struggling with anxiety and depression find new pathways to their heart, illuminating their own journey.