Elena was born in Russia, lived in Belgium and Croatia. In 2010, with her husband and two kids she moved to Australia. Like many young mothers she suffered from hip, neck and lower back pain which were the results of poor posture. Weakness in the muscles, poor digestion and mood swings were the results of thyroid gland dysfunction. Elena searched far and wide for answers to become physically and mentally stronger and healthier again. Only when she started practicing daily yoga, her health began improving. In Croatia, Elena was introduced to Isokinetic exercises which can be performed with large and very expensive computer-backed machines such as CYBEX. Elena learnt to use isokinetic muscles activation in yoga which dramatically improved her health.
“My life purpose is to live without mental and physical pain, inspiring and helping people around me to be stronger and healthier“, says Elena.
Elena is a Registered Yoga Teacher Level 2. Since 2006, she has studied Hatha yoga in Australia and abroad and holds a number of certificates: “Yoga and Meditation” from Canberra Insync Institute (teacher Kieran O’Callaghan), “Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga”, “Advanced Yoga Fundamentals”, “Yoga Therapy: Therapeutic Applications of Posture, Movement and Breathing” from Yoga Syner- gy School in Sydney (teacher Simon Borg-Olivier) and “Yoga for kids”.
Elena completed an Australian Institute of Applied Sciences course in Reflexology. She finds that knowledge of reflexology greatly complements health and well-being of her students.
At the moment Elena is studying Posturology (scientific study of the body’s static and dynamic alignment as it stabilizes itself in space against gravity and other forces) with an osteopath, posture expert and writer Dr. Krista Burns. Elena is also studying Eriksonian hypnosis which can be used for treating people with chronic pain.
Healthy people can activate their muscles for stabilisation. But people with pain are unable to do it and they are more susceptible for future injuries. Elena teaches Vinyasa Hatha yoga style from general to intermediate level with muscles activation (bandha) to protect joints from injuries and weak muscles from over-stretching. You can learn how to activate abdominal bracing or inner corset for proper spinal support. Abdominal bracing provides 360 degrees of spinal stability, making students injury resilient.
Our natural human emotions are expressed through our physiological posture. 93% of communication is non-verbal. Elena focuses on connection between body and mind, on alignment and breathing. She uses isokinetic muscles activation to build up strength in weak muscles by holding a pose for a few moments. Isokinetic exercises help building strength in stroke victims, in people who have limited use of their muscles.
My muscles were very weak because I had issue with my thyroid gland. Back when I started, like most yoga students I was holding each posture for five slow deep breaths. It over-stretched my weak muscles, hamstrings and injured my knee. Later I found out all this was the result of un-levelling hips, twisted pelvis and vertebrae. Years of pain inspired me to study more and to create the yoga class for people like me. Now I can hold any pose without discomfort or pain. The safest way to apply the principle of strength with flexibility is to commence a stretching posture with the muscles activated around the joint. Good posture is a good habit. The correction of posture with yoga is a good start.