certified yoga and modern dance teacher, meditation facilitator, jikiden reiki practitioner and architect
Dance and movement have accompanied Elena since her early childhood, leading her from a classical ballet training to contemporary and modern dance, and planting the seed of her fascination for awareness and coordination of movement, flow and lines. In her twenties, she discovered yoga as wonderful means to energise and centre her body and mind, allowing her to respond with calmness to the demands of her work as an architect. During her extensive yoga teacher training in 2012, she decided to integrate her passion for movement in her life professionally. Elena is a registered architect (Berlin Chamber), certified yoga teacher (Hatha, Vinyasa and Hot Yoga) and modern dance teacher (ISTD).
Her training further includes meditation (incl. OSHO Active Meditations) and breath work techniques, anatomy, ayurveda, energy and chakra work and Jikiden REiki. For over a decade she has been practicing yoga and has been teaching since 2012. In 2017, she co-founded MALU holistics together with Matthew Garuda Hallam, a collaboration dedicated to helping individuals reconnect to their body and relax their mind.
Today Elena is working as a yoga teacher and meditation facilitator, leading workshops and retreats mainly in Germany and Greece, while also continuing her work as an architect. For her, Yoga, when practiced at its fullest, becomes a way of living. Asana practice, the physical movement aspect of yoga, becomes a playful and joyful exploration. When practicing in this state of openness to outcome, the only motivation being playfulness, yoga allows her to access her truth.
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Elena’s teaching style reflects her own journey through yoga and other movement practices. Coming from a very active past, where pushing beyond her limits regardless of damage was a given, yoga has taught her how to respect and honour herself through motion. It has enabled her to listen to and understand her body’s language both on a physical and emotional level.