IYI Endorsed Teachers

In order to be endorsed to teach Insight Yoga, each of the teachers below completed our entire 500-hour program, which included residential retreats, trainings, daily meditation practice, assigned readings and writings as well as regular sessions with their assigned mentor. Upon completion of the program, these teachers submitted an hour-long video of one of their classes that integrated the themes of Insight Yoga for review and endorsement.

We encourage you to practice with these esteemed teachers. For additional information to be displayed, please select the teacher’s name.

Elissa Ballard,

Abu Dhabi, UAE



Elissa was first drawn to spiritual teachings in her early twenties, reaching for "The Tao of Pooh" without any other influence but a strong inner prompting. After years of seeking and studying she met her primary teachers and mentors, Sarah and Ty Powers, and joined the Insight Yoga Institute in 2010. Elissa is an experienced educator, living and teaching internationally. Currently, she is an Instructional Coach in Abu Dhabi. Elissa also leads trainings and workshops internationally for teachers and schools integrating Mindfulness, as she aspires to bring practices of awakening into the mainstream. Quieting the mind and softening the heart to listen evermore deeply, continues to inspire her practice and teaching.