Elena has a passion for the quieter spiritual practices, such as Yin yoga and Vipassana meditation, which invite us to acknowledge our inner vulnerability so our strengths can be revealed. However, she also enjoys the challenges and opportunities for growing available to us through the more active type of practices, like Vinyasa yoga.
You and me
“In my Yin and Vinyasa yoga sessions, I encourage you to take your wellbeing in your own hands. By doing this at your own pace, and in accordance to your very needs, you’ll be able to discover the array of resources which yoga has to offer. It’s my personal wish that this practice will help you to live in a happier body, with a more tranquil heart, and with a more expansive mind”.
More than 25 years of yoga
Yoga showed up in Elena’s life (to stay!) more than 25 years ago. Since she’s of a curious nature, over the years she has enjoyed exploring different yoga traditions: the precision of Iyengar, the fluidity of Scaravelli, the magic of Kundalini, the playfulness of Acroyoga… Since 2011 she has been dedicated to the practice and teaching of Vinyasa and Yin yoga.
After living for almost 20 years in England, she spent a brief period in the mountains in her native Andalusia and arrived in Barcelona in 2006, where she found a home for her nomadic soul and beautiful people she feels she’s growing with.
Learning to teach
- London and Devon 1993-2001: Buddhism and Vipassana meditation enter Elena’s life. She discovers the power of silence thanks to the teachers at Gaia House (especially Christina Feldman), where she frequently participates in long meditation retreats.
- Brazil 2008: Her first TTC is a traditional Hatha one with the Montevideo Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre. When returning to Barcelona, some of her friends have a student group readily prepared for her, and thus the teacher is born.
- Brazil 2010: A very enriching Vinyasa teacher training with David Lurey and Mirjam Wagner brings a shift to her life and sparks her passion for sharing this transformational discipline.
- Barcelona 2011: Her first Yin yoga teacher training is with Jose de Groot (Yin yoga and Anatomy). It’s the beginning of a love affair with Yin yoga that continues in its honeymoon phase 7 years later.
- Barcelona 2012: Elena is introduced by Helen Noakes to Chavutti Thirumal, a rope massage with foot pressure practised by the Kalari warriors in the South of India, and based on a precise knowledge of the body’s energy lines or meridians.
- France 2013: Another Yin yoga universe opens when she takes Sarah Powers Level I training (Yin/Yang & Mindfulness Meditation)in the magical environment of Moulin de Chaves, near Bordeaux. At last, she sees how Buddhism and yoga converge and perfectly complement each other.
- Barcelona 2014: A Chavutti Thirumal postgraduate course led by Helen Noakes adds resources and wings to her masseur feet.
- London 2017: Sarah Powers Level II Yin yoga TTC (Yin Yoga: Inner Practices) introduces her to the subtle body according to Daoism.
The Worlds and the Words
Elena feels that her academic studies in Anthropology/Archaeology and in Translation have also moulded her life. From them, an understanding and respect for different worldviews stem, including her love for the written word, which is another vehicle she uses when sharing yoga. In 2011 Elena created Yogagenda, her own editorial project.
Currently, she contributes articles in yoga magazines such as YogaJournal and in the blogs of the BarcelonaYogaConference, YogaYe, TheGlobalYogi, Julia Zatta, and others.