Body Vida

Movement & Expressive Arts

Where we practice on the dance floor how we want to move through our lives – with more ease, joy and compassion
for ourselves, each other and the world.

Offering classes, workshops & private sessions
for individuals and groups
in Austin, Texas

“Imagine a woman in love with her own body.
A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is.
Who celebrates its rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource.”
~ Patricia Lynn Reilly

Hi, I’m Elissa. Welcome…..

It is one of the greatest joys of my life to be able to create space for women to gather and move together.

Dancing, especially as part of a safe, supportive community of women, continues to play an incredible healing part of my own personal path, greatly impacting my physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. As we dance, we pave a new way of living…in our bodies, in our relationships, and in our world…one that celebrates all women and all bodies.

Move With Me...

Movement Meditation 

Something magical happens when women gather in circle to dance. We let go of roles, responsibilities and masks we wear in the world and discover deep peace, joy and intuition that we can take back out to guide us in our daily life.

Soul Dance


 Be nurtured by heart-lifting music, spacious room for deep rest, joyful self-guided solo, partner and community dance, group sharing and process. Begin your week feeling rejuvenated, inspired and deeply connected to yourself, others and the world around you.

Workshops &

Luxuriate in spacious time away from the busy-ness of your life to tend to your inner world through sacred dance, writing, art, and dialogue, providing you insights and inspirations to take back into your daily life.

Private Individual Sessions

This one-on-one time is personally tailored for you to nurture and support your specific interests and needs. Sessions may include soothing music, breathing and meditation exercises, guided visualization and supportive dialogue to help you access the wisdom of your body.

Women's Movement & Process Group

An intimate gathering of women who meet regularly, either weekly or monthly for a set number of weeks. The group deepens together in safe space to explore mindfulness tools and embodied practices that can support each woman through whatever stage she is at in her life.

Speaking &

Available for private groups, organizations, schools, etc. Topics such as body image, mindfulness and team building can be tailored to fit your interests and needs. Engaging, interactive movement experiences and activities to inspire and support your group.

Love Notes…

“I don’t think words can really ever articulate how magical it feels to truly, truly, get into your body the way you do when being guided through Elissa’s voice and music.  It is positively an empowering and soulful experience, that is too good to pass up.”
~ KAren L.

Upcoming Classes & Events

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Dance Pray Love
Women’s Afternoon

Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 3-5:30 pm

“Be with those who help your being” says Rumi.

Come be with your tribe – where you get to show up just as you are – to be seen, held, loved, and celebrated in the beauty and wholeness of you. Join us for this brand new afternoon retreat as we co-create a container of safety and love for all to be nurtured by the gifts of women’s community.

Inspirations & Resources

May you know the fire within you…

May you know the fire within you…

“may you know the fire within you. may you never doubt your connection to it. may you learn the balance of holding it close and giving it freely. and may you dance with the light that you shine.” —Terri St. Cloud Be inspired by the beautiful words and images of Terri...

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We have come to be danced

We have come to be danced

by Jewel Mathieson We have come to be danced not the pretty dance not the pretty pretty, pick me, pick me dance but the claw our way back into the belly of the sacred, sensual animal dance the unhinged, unplugged, cat is out of its box dance the holding the precious...

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Your Movement Break Today

Your Movement Break Today

Take a time out... Take a few minutes for a movement break today. First put on some soft music and sit or lay down and connect in with your breath, the beginning place of your dance. Feel your breath and the ways it brings you life. Place your hands on your heart and...

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