Elena’s teaching style centres on slowing down postural sequences to build up strength and stamina; foster the integration of breath and movement; and cultivate a sense of reflective awareness. She encourages her students to approach their yoga practice as an expression of their uniqueness always allowing space for creativity and individual expression. Elena took her first yoga class in her early twenties; a keen runner she was looking for a way to improve her technique, avoid injuries, and steady her restless mind. Encouraged by the sense of deep calm and wellbeing she experienced after every class, she started to practice more regularly and to explore different styles. Her first mentors were Orla Punch and Greg Walsh who introduced her to the beauty, precision, and rigour of the Iyengar lineage.
Under the expert guidance of Rohan Hennessy she started to practice Vinyasa Flow and immediately fell in love with the freedom, dynamism, and simple elegance of this style. In 2009 she completed the Vinyasa Flow teacher training programme run by David Curtis and Ruth Walshe; since then she has continued to further her knowledge through further training in mindfulness meditation, addiction studies, and trauma sensitive yoga. For the past three years Elena has been studying and practicing Sivananda yoga with senior teacher Cara Chotiner, whose support and mentorship have been one of the greatest gifts on her yoga journey.
Elena trained and worked for years as an academic researcher focussing on migration, anti-racism, and community activism; her commitment to social justice and creating inclusive communities thoroughly informs her teaching. She is very passionate about making yoga more accessible to the wider public and has taught children with special needs, teenagers, seniors, and people recovering from substance abuse.