My name is Jelena ( The "J" in "Jelena" Is pronounced as sort of "Y"). I am A Russian native born in Lithuania, living in Ireland for over 20 years.
I took my first yoga class many years ago at the Naas studio owned by Mr Roy Griffin YTCC and since practiced different yoga styles including Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin and tried Bikram & Aerial yoga. I also undertook practice in Pregnancy, Baby and Kids yoga with my daughter Ella. Ella now also enjoys practicing yoga and helps me out with classes.
I was inspired by my dear friend and yoga teacher Mrs Laura Fitzgerald to complete yoga training with Rainbow Kids Yoga in Dublin January 2020. RKY is Registered Children’s Yoga Training with Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK). I was taught by a very talented Mr Benjamin Hart of RKY Paris.
I have a Bachelors Degree of Business in Accounting and work with figures on daily basis but at the weekends I always enjoyed outdoors and felt strong connection to nature. I could not understand why I was so drawn to nature until I started practicing mindfulness. I am now very passionate about yoga and the sense of well being it brings to adult’s and children’s lives. I would like to dedicate my time to teaching yoga.
I completed my training to become an Accredited Creative Mindfulness Kids Practitioner in July 2021. This course is accredited by the IMMA (International Mindfulness and Meditation and Alliance). The course was taught by beautiful Ms Louise Shannagher. Louise Shanagher is a children's therapist, mindfulness teacher and Psychology Lecturer. Louise is the author of Ireland's first series of mindfulness books for children the "Mindfully Me" series, the new "Kindfully Me" series. Her Creative Mindfulness for Kids method is truly unique and has been a treasure for Mindfulness practitioners.
I have just started my online training for Teen Yoga with Archanta Yoga and hope to introduce yoga classes for wider age group during 2022.
I have a full Liability Insurance with BGI and also completed 3 days First Aid Responder (FAR) Course and COVID-19 Awareness Course. Garda Form and Childrens First Certificate issued. I will continue to expand my knowledge as I practice.
I have been dealing with anxiety myself over the years and found yoga & mindfulness to be an amazing healing tool. I truly believe regular practice at any age (my own yoga teacher just turned 60 even she looks 50) offers essential help for learning disorders, anxiety, stress and lack of exercise. Yoga practice also reminds us to treat everyone including ourselves with kindness and compassion.