Alena

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Alena has spent the last decade of her life dedicated to methods of transformation, healing and empowerment. As a passionate practitioner of yoga and an intuitive healer, Alena brings the wealth of all her experiences and knowledge to her teachings. Alena discovered Patanjali’s eight-limbed Ashtanga system of yoga nine years ago and has since travelled extensively to teach and study with many renowned teachers around the world. Alena’s teaching style is personal, dynamic and fluid with attention to detail, awareness of alignment and accurate adjustments. Her teaching is reflective of both the power and grace of the Ashtanga yoga practice. She works with students on the physical, mental and energetic levels to help them safely transcend preconceived limitations, to unfold and discover their own capability and potential, and to guide them to transform their lives.

Alena continues to practice and teach the Ashtanga yoga Primary and Intermediate Series, Pranayama and Meditation. She maintains a regular study of yoga philosophy, nutrition, energetics, anatomy and physiology, and history. Alena is an initiated medicine woman and supplements her yoga teaching with the skills and knowledge of natural medicine and self transformation acquired during her experiences learning from Indian masters, Peruvian shamans, and other traditional healers around the world. Alena’s yoga classes offer the space and guidance for developing and deepening your personal yoga practice, exploring possibility, and discovering yourself.

Alena continues with great gratitude to study, apprentice and teach under the guidance of her teachers Hamish Hendry in London and Yogi Sunil Sharma in Rishikesh, India. In addition to study with teachers, Alena is also self taught, with much of her understanding and knowledge coming directly from experience, the practice, as well as the study of primary and secondary texts.

Alena teaches yoga Patanjali’s Yoga as it has been taught to her and in accordance with the Ashtanga Yoga traditions and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’s lineage of the Ashtanga yoga system. Alena is a 500hr certified yoga teacher.

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Highlights

  • Knowledge and practice of a wide range of adjustments and modifications with attention to alignment and detail to ensure safety and precision. Teaching with experiential knowledge, formal training, and informal training.
  • Holistic knowledge of yoga, including postures, pranayama, history, therapy Patanjali’s eight limbed yoga, and meditation. Integrates all aspects of yoga in her teaching to effectively share the complete system of yoga.
  • Relates to students with patience and empathy to allow for understanding of individual bodies, needs, development and capacities. Connects to students intuitively and compassionately to maximise the therapeutic effects of yoga.
  • Knowledge and practice of a wide range of adjustments for Ashtanga Primary Series and Intermediate Series.
  • Teaches to instil confidence, comfort and motivation in students.
  • Capable of teaching a wide range of practitioners from complete beginner to advanced.
  • Knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the body to ensure understanding of body mechanics as well as safe and effective ways to develop and protect the body.

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Studies 

Alena continues to maintain a daily practice of the Primary and Intermediate Series and a regular practice of Pranayama and Meditation, as well as a regular study of yoga philosophy, energetics, anatomy and physiology, and history from her teachers and primary and secondary texts.

Alena has studied Ashtanga yoga in Australia, Hawaii, London, New York, Central America, Asia and Massachusetts. She has also had the opportunity to study Kundalini yoga, Hatha yoga, and Meditation across Asia, primarily in China, Cambodia, and India. Alena has had the opportunity to study under the following teachers:

Hamish Hendry, London

Eddie Stern, New York City

Michelle Ryan, USA

Sharath Jois, New York City

Saskia Vidler, London

Danny Paradise, London

Yogi Kamal Singh, Rishikesh, India

Yogi Sunil Sharma, Rishikesh, India

Aleix Griñó Rios, Barcelona

Alena completed her 500 hour AYTTC with yoga master Yogi Kamal Singh in Rishikesh, India. She continues to study, apprentice, and teach at Tattvaa Yoga Shala under Yogi Kamal’s direct tutelage. In addition to her study with teachers, Alena is also self taught, with much of her understanding and knowledge coming directly from experience, the practice, as well as the study of primary and secondary texts. She teaches yoga as it has been taught to her and in accordance with the traditions and lineage of the Ashtanga yoga system.

Alena is internationally insured as a yoga instructor by Towergate Insurance

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Teaching

Surf Spirit                       

Head Yoga Teacher, Manager.   Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

  • Teaching both active and restorative styles of yoga to a wide variety of practitioners who are attending Surf Spirit for a surf and yoga retreat experience.
  • Sharing and making accessible traditional yoga in its theory and practice.
  • Designing and teaching a yoga program appropriate for a one to two week retreat.
  • Managing the wellness experience, including the food and another yoga teacher.

Proposito Peru                       

Program Designer, Teacher.   Lima, Peru

  •  Working with local educators to develop mindful and wellness education programs for school children.
  • Designing curricula and programs for bringing yoga into both public and private schools across South America, beginning in Peru and Ecuador.
  • Conducting workshops to train educators to bring yoga into schools for children.

Community Yoga

Teacher   London, UK

  • Teaches donation Ashtanga yoga and Yin yoga classes for communities in North London.

Corporate Yoga

Teacher   London, UK

  • Teaches yoga classes for corporate offices in London UK, including Uber.

Hart Yoga                      

Teacher,   Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

  • Taught weekly Yin Yoga classes.
  • Led and taught Yoga Nidra workshops.
  • Taught basic yoga classes for the elderly community.
  • Taught and organised introduction to Ashtanga Yoga workshops.

Community Yoga

Yoga Teacher,   Heath, Massachusetts

  • Organised and taught donation based community yoga classes in the styles of Ashtanga and Yin yoga.
  • Taught kids’ yoga to children and mother’s in the community.

Ashtanga Yoga Workshop

Teacher, Organiser   Tel Aviv, Israel

  • Organised international teachers coming from India to teach an week long holistic Ashtanga Yoga workshop in Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • Assisted, taught and lectured at the Ashtanga yoga workshop in Tel Aviv.
  • Assisted and taught at the International Yoga Festival in Israel, May 2016.
  • Organised and taught Mysore classes in Tel Aviv, June 2016.

Tattvaa Yoga Shala                       

Teacher, Assistant Teacher   Rishikesh, India

  • Assists and teaches Ashtanga Mysore and Led classes, with focus on adjusting postures and correcting alignment.
  • Assists in conducting Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training courses under the direct tutelage of Yogi Kamal Singh.
  • Assists and leads workshop and adjustment classes to help develop the individual practices and teaching skills of students.
  • Direct and individual interactions with students to help them in their own personal development and growth.
  • Assists with business development, i.e. correspondence, website content, asana books, and other written content.
  • Teaches Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra Meditation and Pranayama classes to helping students cultivate more depth,  awareness and balance into their ashtanga practices.

Triyoga London                 

Assistant Yoga Teacher                     London, UK 

  • Assisted in teaching led Ashtanga yoga classes and Vinyasa yoga classes.
  • Learned, practiced and performed a wide variety of adjustments and modifications.

Mukul Luxury Resort & Award Winning Spa                      

Yoga Teacher, Manager of Yoga Program               Tola, Nicaragua 

  • Taught daily Led Ashtanga classes to resort guests and visitors with a wide range of experience and diversity of background.
  • Managed and developed the Yoga Program to make yoga more established and accessible.
  • Assisted in organising and running yoga retreats with daily practice, meditation, yoga therapies, and supplemental spa therapies.
  • Direct and individual interactions with students to help them in their own personal development and growth.
  • Taught group classes and private classes to a wide variety of bodies and level of practitioner, from complete beginner to more advanced.
  • Worked in a luxury setting, ensuring the best experience and hospitality to a high end clientele.

Yoga at the Monkey House                    

Yoga Teacher, Founder                       Gigante, Nicaragua 

  • Taught Led Ashtanga classes to travellers and locals with a wide range of experience and diversity of background.
  • Established and maintained a yoga shala for low budget travellers of all backgrounds to come practice and learn yoga.
  • Taught group classes and private classes to a wide variety of bodies and level of practitioner, from complete beginner to more advanced.

Aqua Eco Resort and Spa                  

Yoga Teacher, Part Time and Full Time               Tola, Nicaragua 

  • Taught twice daily Led Ashtanga classes to resort guests and visitors with a wide range of yoga experience and diversity of background.
  • Direct and individual interactions with students to help them in their own personal development and growth.

Papaya Wellness Retreats       

Guest Ashtanga Yoga Teacher                         Nicaragua 

  • Taught Led Ashtanga yoga classes as a guest teacher for a variety of yoga retreats.

Mark and Dave’s Surf and Yoga                   

Yoga Teacher           Iguana, Nicaragua 

  • Taught Led Ashtanga classes to visitors and locals, both beginners and advanced.
  • Helped to develop and establish an Ashtanga Mysore style self practice program.

Private Yoga Lessons and Yoga Therapy           

Yoga Teacher               New York City, USA. London, UK 

  • Teaching private Ashtanga yoga classes in a personal setting to ensure the comfort of the students and that they receive the individual attention they require.
  • Teaching modified Ashtanga yoga as a form of Yoga Therapy to help students to heal injuries and to recover from trauma or pain.

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