Elena Grant-Napper, founder and director of Yoga Central, began intensively practicing yoga at age five.  It was her mother’s teacher, Lori Maredai of Los Angeles, California, who encouraged Elena’s life long practice of mindful Hatha yoga techniques.

From a young age, and through many hours of one on one study with her teacher, Elena, learned the importance of skeletal alignment and structural integration as a foundation for healthy yoga practice. She has been a yoga instructor for fourteen years, a yoga student for over twenty five years, has over 10,000 hours of teaching experience and many more hours of personal yoga practice experience.

Elena has continued to study ancient and modern yoga techniques through workshops and training in Vinyasa, Iyengar, Kriya, Bikram method, Astanga, Pre-and Post-Natal, Partner, Structural, and Kundalini styles.  She has studied with a broad range of teachers including, Jimmy Barkan, Lori Maredai, Makunda Stiles, Doug Keller, Manouso Manos, Roy Eugene Davis, Brian Kest, and Bikram Choudhury among others.

The well being of students are her top priority.  She values each student’s process and individual pace.  Students are encouraged according to their specific needs and capabilities.

Elena’s teaching and workshop resume include:

Georgia State University (led workshops and semester classes), Head Hot Yoga Instructor position at two well known studio’s, Home Depot (Corporate Headquarters), Turner Broadcasting (Corporate Headquarters), Bank of America (Corporate Headquarters), Emory University Hospital, and was the yoga program director at Tommy Cho’s Karate Studio.  She is also known for her quality one on one (private instruction).

Elena lives with her husband and two daughters.  She attributes her practice of yoga to supporting two un medicated births and quick post-natal recoveries. She has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe and Northern Africa, has a keen interest in interior space design and best educational practices for children.