Elian received her formal training in sound therapy at The New York Open Center under the guidance of world-renowned sound researcher, practitioner, and ethnomusicologist, Alexandre Tannous. An advanced, E-RYT yoga teacher, she completed her training and continuing education in New York with a variety of master teachers from different yogic disciplines, including Nevine Michaan of Katonah Yoga, Colleen Saidman and Rodney Yee of Yoga Shanti, Leslie Kaminoff, Ramanand Patel, Sam Chase, and Kevin Gardiner. Elian is also a breathwork facilitator, trained in Breakthrough Breathwork, a modality which she frequently incorporates into her sound offerings.
Early in her life’s journey, she was trained in classical and contemporary theatre at Circle in the Square Theatre School on Broadway and has worked extensively on stage, film and television productions, as well as contributed her voice for various projects.
Together with David Shemesh, she co-founded WOOM CENTER, New York's first of its kind multi-sensory yoga and meditation studio, based primarily on the therapeutic and psychedelic properties of sound vibration, where they both facilitate and host practitioners from all over the country and the world.
WOOM has been featured in various publications such as Vogue, The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Well + Good, and has also been covered by BuzzFeed, NowThis and The Culture Trip.
Elian and David have had the pleasure of sharing sound with both smaller private groups and on larger scale events such as MediClub, Flavorpill’s Quiet Mornings at The MoMA, and Burning Man. They have taken their work all over the world and facilitated experiences in Costa Rica, Ibiza, Tel Aviv, Colombia, and Hong Kong.
Elian’s greatest joy is to meld all of her passions into one transformative practice that invites holistic participation of the physical, emotional, intellectual, creative, and spiritual bodies. She is honored to be in the excellent company of The SoundMind Collective.