Find reprieve through Chinese medicine, acupuncture, yoga and meditation from Elysia Life Care, a new wellness center in Santa Monica.
“Ancient wisdom, modern innovation” is the concept behind Elysia Life Care, a newly opened wellness center in Santa Monica. Elysia Life Care was conceptualized by Maria Villella, Joseph Clarke, and Carla Vidor – all three licensed acupuncturists and practitioners of Oriental Medicine – with the main focus on educating patients so that they can take small steps in their everyday lives to achieve a greater sense of well-being and prevent future disease. Through Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, yoga, and meditation paired with modern technologies and therapeutic nutrition, Elysia Life Care works with people to create individualized lifestyle programs for optimal health.
The eco-friendly 1,300-square-foot office features natural materials including eucalyptus floors, handmade live-edge pinewood shelving, and strategically placed gemstones to cleanse the space. Large windows provide ample natural light, and the soothing sound of running water from fountains fills the air adding to the comforting environment. “We wanted to create a place that felt peaceful where people can relax and feel good from the time they walk in the door,” says Villella, who is also a well-respected Ashtanga yoga instructor in Santa Monica. Five treatment rooms are available to treat patients, plus a larger flexible space will be used for lectures, yoga, and various workshops.
Elysia Life Care seamlessly integrates Eastern and Western practices, providing their patients with a whole-body sustainable approach to living their healthiest life — body, mind, and spirit.
1821 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 500, Santa Monica, CA
By Tiffany Caronia, a yoga instructor, freelance publicist and marketing consultant based in Venice, California. Email her at: [email protected]
Tiffany Caronia was initially lured to the mat by yoga’s physical benefits, but she soon discovered the profound impact the practice of yoga had on her overall well-being. Working as a publicist for over 10 years, Tiffany immediately noticed the practice’s invaluable effects- reduced anxiety, relief from depression, improved focus, more contentment and acceptance for what is. The practice of yoga quickly became a way of life for Tiffany and she was inspired to share its benefits with others.
Tiffany has studied extensively with Annie Carpenter, holding an advanced certification in Carpenter’s SmartFLOW Yoga methodology. She has also studied yoga therapy at Loyola Marymount University and continues to practice and study with teacher Alexandria Crow. Tiffany’s alignment and anatomically driven classes teach students to move slowly and mindfully. By instructing students how to move into the poses, she teaches them to move with intention and focus their attention so that they can make wise decisions based on the present moment. It’s this skill of concentration — cultivated on the yoga mat — that students can take into their daily lives so they can live with more clarity, awareness and maybe even a little more ease.