Encouraged by her mother who thought she needed to learn to relax, Elisa first dipped into yoga over 12 years ago. For 6 years Elisa worked intensively with Marisol Kucharek, and it is thanks to her that she felt inspired to teach. Elisa had the good fortune to meet Naomi Reynolds whose studio, Yoga on the Lane, is where she leads most of her classes.
Elisa’s dynamic Vinyasa classes are designed to stimulate self-inquiry and to challenge students’ perceptions of their capabilities. They are conducted in a playful atmosphere, where questioning is encouraged and very much part of her teaching style. The classes are flowing, with an emphasis on technical precision and asana analysis. Balanced with this she creates plenty of space to explore pranayama and meditation. Re-learning to relax is an integral part of overall health, so Elisa always tries to incorporate some restorative yoga.
In the meantime, we are hosting a record number of holidays this year with a selection of truly outstanding teachers at a variety of gorgeous, peaceful destinations. Hopefully, you can find a holiday that suits you.
How long have you been teaching yoga and where do you teach?
I have been teaching for about 7 years. I mainly teach at Yoga on the Lane in Dalston. A delightful bespoke yoga studio with a lovely community and excellent teaching.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I like to use the natural world as an inspiration for my teaching. Observing patterns of growth, seasonal shifts, the landscape and it’s dynamic weather systems. The natural world is constantly trying to revert to a state of balance and I see the human body as always attempting to do the same. The yoga practice supports that endeavour.
What style of yoga do you teach?
I would define my style as mindful vinyasa. I am interested in creating a safe, challenging practice that engages all elements of mind, body and breath. You will encounter considered sequences, pranayama, meditation and restorative yoga in my classes.
What do you like about teaching on yoga retreats?
I love to see students evolve their practice during an intensive week and perhaps experience elements of yoga that are more difficult to introduce within a drop-in class situation. I love witnessing people unwind and reflect on their lives. I like supporting them in that process. I also enjoy encountering and getting to know an often eclectic and interesting group of people.
Where do I like to go on holiday?
I love to spend time in Italy and France as I have family in both places. I am easy to please. I am happy in the countryside with a few books, some nice food and my husband by my side.