MADE BY ELAINE WITH
LOVE & LAUGHTER
elaine marie ewens
gentle yoga teacher
vedic chanting teacher
I aim to teach from a positive, gentle heart space.
Following 13 years of illness, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E), I embody the powerful healing effects that gentle yoga & Vedic chanting can bring, together with the art of practising a sense of self compassion.
I teach gentle yoga because it is slow, powerful, mindful and subtle. It works on a deep level and its many benefits are supported by a large body of scientific research.
Now fully recovered and fully qualified, I have returned to my Frome town roots to specialise in teaching yoga and meditation plus sound, workshops and yoga 121, sharing the life affirming tools from which I have benefited.
I offer a safe space for students to explore the relationship they have with their physical, respiratory, emotional and mental bodies. With a background in biological science I weave the yoga with down to earth rationale, plus yoga philosophy, poetic inspiration and wisdom from modern and ancient sources, keeping true to yoga’s potentially spiritual roots.
With 23 years experience of personal yoga practice and 13 years teaching yoga classes, I am able to adapt the yoga tools to suit the individual - offering a tailor-made practice. You don’t have to be super flexible or bionic; if you can breathe and are conscious you can do yoga.
I trained for 3 years as a yoga teacher in the tradition of Krishnamacharya & Desikachar (aka Viniyoga) and hold a double teaching diploma with the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) & the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation (KHYF).
Following a 2 year teacher trainer course for Vedic Chanting with internationally renowned Radha Sundararajan, I am now a qualified Vedic Chanting teacher, have been teaching Vedic Chanting for 7 years and personally chanting for more than 21 years.
Chanting can be emotionally supportive and mentally stabilising - in a group or as an individual, this can be a powerful and uplifting experience.
As a teacher, I aim to support students on their journey from learning how to pronounce the beautiful resonating words of sanskrit (the language of the Veda(s) at a mind level, to absorbing their effect at the level of the heart.
I am a member of the BWY and The Society of Yoga Practitioners (TSYP). The TSYP have living links to the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) in Chennai, India, an organisation founded by TKV Desikachar to promote and develop the teachings of his father T Krishnamacharya.
This membership enables me to directly pass on teachings from the source (KYM) to my students and questions from my students to the KYM: from students, to myself, my mentors Geoff Farrer & Helen Macpherson, their mentors, the KYM and vice versa - a beautiful web of support & knowledge assisting us all in our journey through life.
In 2020, I committed to ensuring the yoga & chanting I offer is as 'green' and sustainable as I am able.
This is an ongoing transparent process (see Green Yoga) and reflects the passion I have for health - in the individual and the collective planet. I am not perfect but passionately believe in progress.
For me, teaching yoga & Vedic chanting is a pure joy; it's a way of sharing my knowledge, experience, inspiration and positivity with others.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share the journey with you.
"there is nothing stronger in this world than gentleness"
- Han Suyin
so why dandelions?
simply - I love them..
I thought this wasn't a good enough reason
but sometimes going with your gut reaction is a great way forward.
looking into their properties: bitter, purifying , sunny, honey scented, strong, tenacious, passionate, grounded, ephemeral, catalytic, haloed, circular, delicate; all make my heart sing.
so here you have it - a website full of dandelions and a logo invoking their circular seed heads, brightness (yellow circle) healing and 'green' sustainable yoga (green circle).