Meet Maria Villella

Maria Villella has been a leading voice in the world of yoga for over a decade. She has been featured in several publications such as Yoga Journal, LA Yoga, Anytime Yoga, and Yogic Life.

What makes Maria unique is her vast knowledge and experience in treating patients clinically using acupuncture, herbs, diet, functional medicine, yoga, meditation, and lifestyle consultation to achieve life changing results.

As the Co-Owner of Elysia Life Care wellness center in Santa Monica, CA she has created programs and treatment plans to help with infertility and women’s health, digestive issues, pain, chronic diseases, and wellness.

As a clinician Maria emphasizes a proactive approach to health, informing clients about common myths and coaching them towards their own health truths.

Formal Training

Maria’s education is vast. She completed her masters degree at Emperors College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, she is a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) in the state of California and is nationally certified as a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine.

She is certified through Yoga Alliance with ERYT500 and studied with many notable yoga teachers from all over the world including India, Europe, Canada, and the USA. Before her interest in yoga and acupuncture she studied art and graduated from University of Buffalo with a BFA concentration in photography and a minor in Italian studies.

Maria continues to study from prominent researchers in the fields of woman’s health, functional medicine, and functional neurology.