ITEM: How did you become a yoga teacher?
EG: That friend was actually my first teacher. We started practicing at her place, and she gave me the initial knowledge and skills to find my own, first personal experiences of awareness and an energized being. After that, I tried to find a teacher from various yoga studios in Helsinki, but did not succeed. To be able to rehearse correctly, I began studying to become a teacher myself. In yoga, it is considered important to have a one-on-one instructor, a guru, who knows your skills and body and helps you to achieve your goals through that knowledge. Quite surprisingly, I found my guru from the teaching courses.
ITEM: What is your perfect morning ritual, and how do you make yoga a part of everyday life?
EG: When I have a chance, I wake up early, put on some good music and do a 15 minute rehearsal. Vinyasa Flow reminds me of dance, and it is often practiced with music in the background. There are no strict rules about the order of different asanas or the duration of the movements. I can create my own choreography depending on my mood and the music.
Beautiful, healthy vegetarian breakfast is a vital addition to the morning yoga practice. The mood of the day will be much more energetic, and problems at work and at home will feel less overwhelming. Of course, no one with family and a hectic everyday life will be able to do these things on a daily basis. I think that these morning rituals shouldn’t add an additional stress factor, but executed when you feel like it.
Through mutual friends, Elina has come to know Jasmin Helmi, a great cook and food aesthetic. Together they are organizing events that combine a morning Vinyasa Flow class with a delicious vegan brunch. Organized at a beautiful art gallery, Galleria Huuto in Jätkäsaari, these events will continue in fall 2017.
Words: Essi Rämä
Photography: Jasmin Helmi
Natnael Danssa (Images of Elina)