David Ellner

Kripalu holds a special place in my heart: It was where my spiritual journey began, and it has supported me terrifically ever since.

David Ellner has 25 years of experience in the music, television, and new technologies industries, with a focus on digital, marketing, business development, strategy, operations, and finance. His past positions include president of digital and business development for 19 Entertainment, home to the hit television shows American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance; executive vice president of Global Digital Initiatives at Universal Music Group; and COO and CFO of Motown Records. He also held various positions at EMI Music Publishing and Polygram Records.

David earned his undergraduate degree at SUNY Albany and his MBA from NYU Stern School of Business, where he is an adjunct professor. A powerful Kripalu program experience a decade ago catalyzed his practices of meditation and yoga, and the benefits he’s received inspired him to serve as a bridge between the worlds of commerce and expanding awareness. David lives in New Jersey with his wife Kim, a Kripalu Yoga teacher, and two children who are Kripalu family program alumni.