In 2012 my lower vertebrae’s (L5 and L4) were beginning to collapse. I had a 5-hour surgery to install four titanium rods to fuse the vertebrae’s and things were fine until 2014. L-3 and L-2 were starting to collapse and the pain was unbearable. Thus, one more surgery and four more titanium rods. I was feeling great until the end of 2017 when the pain began to return. X-rays were done and my surgeon and myself did not want to do another surgery if at all possible although it was looking like I might have too. I told him to give me six months to work my core and I also wanted to try yoga as I’ve had a few friends express success. Well, I met Elena in early April 2018 at a conference (not related to yoga) and she told me she was a yoga teacher and one of her specialties was back problems.
I have worked now with Elena since April on a weekly basis and my pain has gone from an 8-9 down to 1 in terms of intensity. Doing Yoga has made all the difference in the world. When I told my surgeon about the results with yoga, he was not only astounded but said it made his day. Without pain I walk up at Rancho San Antonio Park three days a week (anywhere from 3-7 miles per walk) and work out almost daily doing yoga. I obviously highly recommend Elena not only as an excellent yoga teacher but as a sweet and engaging young woman to work with.
I am 65 years old. I have done intense cardio and trained with weights for 45 years. I never made stretching a regular part of my fitness program and it caught up with me. I have had low back pain and nerve pain for the last few years.
I met Elena through a friend who does private sessions with her. We worked together for a few months and developed a stretching routine which I now do on my own. IT IS CHANGING MY LIFE. Elena is professional and knowledgeable. Her energy is strong and positive. She is patient and focused and she creates a relaxed and calm space. Every time I worked with her I felt better physically. She showed me a routine that is relieving my pain, making me more flexible and is teaching me the value of deep breathing.
I enjoy being an ongoing and improving yoga beginner and so I greatly appreciate a teacher who can perceive the abilities of the class and respond accordingly. Elena is expert at this. I know she can do all levels and I really am glad she also does gentle yoga. I started with her classes last year and go as often as I can given my work schedule. She demonstrates poses with ease and grace, always being clear as she talks you into and out of positions, giving tips on being careful. Her restorative yoga classes are truly wonderful. She brings the most relaxing and inspiring music, as an extra treat. Being a communication coach, I know how beneficial it is to be aware of your strengths and intentions on a deeper level. So, for a healthful, centering experience I’d recommend running (mindfully), not walking, to the next class Elena offers!