Get to know Ellen Liang, our new Thursday evening instructor.

Did you grow up in Seattle / how did you end up here? 

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Born in New York where I spent my first decade, then lived in Spain, France and Taiwan, college years in New York and France...also lived in Washington, D.C. and Hong Kong. I moved to Seattle from Hong Kong in 1998 because I had always been attracted to the West Coast and was seeking an outdoor lifestyle and a good place for my daughter to grow up.

If you could go anywhere in the world -- where would you want to visit?

Cambodia and Laos (where I am going soon), I love SE Asia; also interested in Sri Lanka and India, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina and more...

Favorite type of food or restaurant:  Vegetarian or seafood, usually Asian and spicy

Favorite drink: Wine

Favorite season: Summer

What do you do for fun when you're not teaching?

Pickleball, hiking, making pastries, watching foreign or indie films, reading literary thrillers

Is there a motto you live by?

Care for your body like the house it is for your soul, and live in every space.

What 3 items would you bring with you if you were stranded on an island?

E-reader, comfortable bedding, Swiss Army knife

If you could be any animal, what would you be?

A pampered dog

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

Jane Goodall

Pilates:

Why did you start practicing Pilates?

I had been practicing yoga for about 10 years and found it to be a great complementary practice, with more focus on individual muscles.

Why did you become a Pilates teacher? 

I had been teaching yoga for a few years and wanted something new but similar in my toolbox. I became especially interested in the rehab aspects of Pilates and believe it provides a more targeted and deliberate approach to correcting alignment than other disciplines.

Describe Emerald City Pilates in three words. 

Urban training sanctuary

What are your favorite ways to incorporate movement into your life in addition to Pilates? 

Pickle ball, hiking, dance

Ellen is available on Thursday evenings from 4:30pm-8:30pm. To learn more about Ellen, check out her bio page