Elena was born in Russia, lived in Belgium and Croatia and in 2010 moved to Canberra. The focus of Elena’s practice is on self-development. She likes to study and is open to trying new things to expand her creative nature. Elena also enjoys making clothes and gifts for her family and friends.
Elena experienced several illnesses and injuries when she was young. She injured her neck when she was 28 years old, resulting in headaches for many years, along with muscle weakness, pain, poor digestion and mood swings. She developed thyroid gland dysfunction and Hypoxia (tissues in a region of the body deprived of adequate oxygen supply) that caused poor blood circulation to her brain. Through many years of illness, Elena’s posture deteriorated and back pain and bursitis ensued. Eventually, after many years of frustration and fear, Elena searched widely for answers to become physically and mentally healthy again. She eventually found the motivation to radically change her lifestyle which included practicing daily yoga and her journey to health began.
Elena is a registered Yoga Teacher Level 2, Posture expert and Yoga therapy instructor.
Since 2006, she has studied Hatha yoga in Australia and abroad and holds a number of certificates: Yoga and Meditation, Yoga for Kids, Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga, Advanced Yoga Fundamentals, Yoga Therapy: Therapeutic Applications of Posture, Movement and Breathing, Posture Expert.
Elena has completed many courses including, Pain solutions, Ocular Neuro Rehabilitation, The Vital Psoas Muscle and The vital Glutes.
Elena completed an Australian Institute of Applied Sciences course in Reflexology. She finds that knowledge of reflexology greatly complements the health and well-being of her students. In Europe she was introduced to isokinetic exercises, which included working with machines such as SYBEX. Elena learnt to use isokinetic muscles activation and resistance in yoga which dramatically improved her health.
Elena’s style of yoga incorporates yoga therapy and vinyasa hatha with a focus on posture correction. Our natural human emotions are expressed through our physiological posture and 95% of communication is nonverbal. Elena helps her students to practice in a more mindful way, moving the body in the most efficient ways and allowing the nervous system to learn and develop improved postural alignment. Elena incorporates isokinetic muscle activation in her classes to help students build strength, even those with limitations.
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 and 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.