Welcome!

trauma-informed yoga with Elena

My name is Elena and I’m the creator of Back to your Body. I teach trauma-informed yoga and never get tired of discovering new things about the complex and intelligent system that the human body is.

MY BACKGROUND

I was born in Latvia, and for about 15 years worked as a professional contemporary dance artist, touring and teaching across countries in Europe. While living in London I was introduced to various somatic practices which I often used in my work. But only later, as I was recovering from burnout, I started using these body-mind tools in a more healing context. 

Around the same time I discovered Yin Yoga. This peaceful yet powerful practice changed my relationship with my own body in a very profound way. It motivated me to become a certified yoga teacher and share my knowledge with others.

Yoga classes

trauma-informed yoga with Elena
MY APPROACH

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. Apart from that, I also teach gentle Hatha yoga.  

In my 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

I’ve completed 300 hours of yoga teacher training in both traditional Hatha (with Rishikesh Yogkulam), and Yin Yoga (Yin anatomy with Jose de Groot, a student of Paul Grilley, and a mental-health-informed Yin Yoga training with Amanda Jane). 

At the moment, I’m also doing my professional training in Somatic Experiencing® – a body-oriented trauma healing modality developed by Dr. Peter LevineIt wonderfully complements yoga and I often integrate it into my classes.

Work with me

I’m currently based in Chiang Mai, Thailand and offer face-to-face and online private classes in trauma-informed yoga.

Feel free to schedule a free 20-minute intro session with me. I’ll be happy to connect and find the best way I can support you during my private classes!