My birth name is Ella: which means complete! But I received Maya Gandaia (pronounced My-a Gan-dye-A) as my Earth: a present from Mother Earth on a magical journey of meditation and plant medicine in early 2017, and so this concept was born! 

I have always loved Maya Angelou and so the name Maya holds even more power and truth in my heart. It has brought me pure joy on this path as a seeker of truth moving from the illusion of my identity to joy and creating this wonderful life: a life I LOVE!

My path began as a professional artist in dance and movement. I trained at Laban and London School of Contemporary Dance and enjoyed a career spanning 15 years. I am lucky enough to have worked and trained in some of the most amazing places including Brazil, Cuba and NYC. My performance highlights include Russell Maliphant Company, Lea Anderson and the Olympics Opening Ceremony.

As well as having had an amazing career as a performer, I own and direct Ella Mesma Company: with whom I have enjoyed some incredible opportunities across the globe. Our production ‘Ladyike’ was runner up as ‘Best Dance Production of The Year’ LUKAS Awards (2018).

I have studied yoga since 2004, gaining qualifications in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yoga Trapeze and Kundalini. I have also delved into various embodiment trainings such as TRE, The Wheel of Consent and Holistic Pelvic Care.

I am also an entrepreneur: Business Yoga is a project close to my heart, which is about bringing wellbeing into the office. 

I am an artist, a yogi, a writer, a teacher, a coach, which is how I arrived here with Maya Gandaia!