My name is Elena and I’m the creator of Back to your Body. I teach gentle trauma-informed yoga and never get tired of discovering new things about the complex and intelligent system that the human body is.
For about 15 years I worked as a professional contemporary dance artist, touring and teaching across countries in Europe. At that time I often used to integrate various somatic practices into my work as a performer, choreographer and teacher. Later, my deep interest in the mind-body connection led me to study different techniques and methods that help to reconnect with the physical body and bring the nervous system back to balance.
Currently, I’m enrolled on a professional training program studying Somatic Experiencing® developed by Peter Levine. And in the future, you will see me integrating a lot of the knowledge related to trauma healing into my online content and private sessions.
(mental-health & trauma-informed)
I believe in a slow and mindful approach to working with the body and the nervous system. And Yin Yoga, a practice that I teach and which is very dear to my heart, helps to do just that. I started practicing it while recovering from burnout and so now passionate about sharing it with others.
Apart from that, I also teach gentle Hatha yoga, incorporating both movement and stillness, effort and surrender for a more balanced class.
In my yoga classes, I combine functional anatomy with a mental-health and trauma-informed approach. And I enjoy creating a safe and nurturing environment for my students so that they can truly reconnect with themselves.
MY YOGA TRAINING
In total I’ve completed 300 hours of yoga teacher trainings in both traditional Hatha (with Rishikesh Yogkulam, still in progress), as well as in Yin Yoga (Yin anatomy with Jose de Groot, a student of Paul Grilley, and a mental-health-informed Yin Yoga training with Amanda Jane).