A better me
is a better us
When I practice yoga I am my best self, and by being a better person I can contribute to making the world around me a better place.
I’m Elena and I’m a yoga teacher currently living in Brussels.
I believe in empathy and connectedness between people. I believe that we are social beings in need of the support of our communities. This can be challenging in our fast-paced modern society. Practicing and teaching yoga for me means going back to the values of an ancient and more traditional society where people were more introspective and in touch with their own self and, consequently, shared a sense of community with others.
My journey into the world of yoga began in 2011 when I lived in New York City and was a poor intern in an exciting and over expensive city. My roommate at the time suggested we go check out this yoga studio, which had an open day with free classes. Neither of us knew anything about yoga, but the classes were free and that was the only thing that mattered. Unfortunately, my roommate failed to notice that the class she signed us up for was a hot yoga class.
My Yoga Journey
Halfway through the class I thought I would faint, left the room and told myself I would never go back to this crazy practice. It took me over a year, after having moved to Brussels in the meantime, to try out another class (this time a regular hatha class!) and that’s when my appreciation and love for yoga started to grow. Fast forward to 2018, I decided to take a break from my full-time job to go to the other side of the world and take a training to become a yoga teacher.
Making the world
a better place
When I was younger, I thought that making the world a better place meant doing grand gestures, or having an “important” job working towards that goal. Our generation has been trapped into believing that we only matter if we do more, have more, or if we work ourselves to exhaustion. Busy is the new social status.
As a result, we have been alienating ourselves from our true self and our communities.