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About Yoga Swaha

Group classes, private sessions and workshops in postural yoga, breathing techniques, meditation and practices to resolve stress and relieve tension in the body mind.

Rather than disconnect and escape from life, develop a deep connection to what it is to live in this physical body with greater ease and joy.
Find out what’s on or get in touch to book a bespoke package and benefit from:

Intelligent movement for health of body and mind
Discover how the body naturally moves through muscles, joints and fascia.
Free the myofascia body to release unhelpful body patterns, reduce pain, prevent injury and improve performance.

Re-patterning the brain’s response to stress and tension
Resolve negative emotions, memories and thoughts.
Handle the ups and downs of life with greater ease.
Calm the nervous system through movement, breathing and meditation.

Connecting to your essential wellbeing
Find happiness in the present moment.
Live from a place of wholeness and interconnectedness to all of life.
Awaken to your True Nature.

About Olena

In 2011, Olena found herself in Dharamsala, India on a foundation yoga teacher training programme. A believer in life guiding you to where you need to be, she now teaches full time with a special interest in trauma, mental wellbeing and end of life care. Her aim is to enable people to discover their innate capacity to heal and to experience greater peace and resilience no matter what circumstances life presents.

On beginning her yoga journey, Olena says, “I started experimenting with meditation in my late teens and went to my first yoga class at an Iyengar studio in Canada in 1993. I felt out of my comfort zone and stuck with it for only a few months. It wasn’t an immediate love affair with the practice I’ll admit and over the years I tried several different styles of yoga. However, yoga creates a sense of ease in my body and mind and that was the reason I kept coming back. Now it’s my life.”

Explore, learn, grow
Experiencing and learning through your own physical challenges is the greatest teacher. Olena explores this through the mind-body practices of ashtanga vinyasa and gentle yoga, pranayama and yoga nidra meditation. It was a running accident in 2012 that led her to yoga nidra, and her teacher James Reeves, as a means of dealing with the emotional turmoil that a traumatic brain injury brings. Very much a blessing in disguise, she credits this life-changing event with her passion to spread the joy of this simple, yet profound method of self-inquiry.

Committed to personal and professional development Olena has attended workshops, trainings and retreats with specialist teachers, including iRest yoga nidra founder and non-dualistic scholar Richard Miller, anatomy and fascia experts Gary Carter, Thomas Meyers and Jill Miller and international ashtanga teachers Lucy Crawford, David Swenson and David Garrigues.

Olena currently teaches at akarmalife studios in Bedfordshire. Before taking time off to have a baby she also taught on Yoga London’s 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher training programmes.

Study highlights:
Yoga Therapy for PTSD, The Minded Institute
Sports Massage Therapy, Sports Therapy UK
TRE® (Tension, Stress & Trauma Release Exercise) Provider
Certified iRest® Teacher (meditation)
500 hour yoga teacher training, Yoga London
Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series teacher training with David Swenson
200 hour yoga teacher training, Himalaya Yoga Valley (under Yogacharya Lalit Kumar, who was initiated into the Himalayan tradition by Swami Veda Bharati)

Additional qualifications:
MA in European Health Promotion
Nutritional Therapist
Reiki Master Teacher

 

Testimonials

“I am new to yoga and have found Olena’s teaching style to be very supportive and inspirational. I experience the classes as informative, relaxing and really positive which has allowed me to develop my practice at my own pace. Olena has a real skill at managing a range of abilities within a class at a pace that meets everyone’s needs.”
Ali

“Olena demonstrates a deep personal commitment to upholding the classic ashtanga tradition whilst making the poses accessible to all levels by offering lots of variations and adjustments. She paces her classes well according to the needs of the group present and constantly offers encouragement. Better still, she does all this with quiet grace, empathy and a gentle sense of humour. To anyone of any age who thinks ashtanga would be too challenging for them to engage in I’d encourage them to try Olena’s class.”
Ros

“Just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for the wonderful intro into yoga. Your knowledge and individual attention to each person was so great. Your teaching style makes everything you taught and explained so adaptable to my day to day life. Loved it!”
Rosann

“I really enjoyed Olena’s yoga class – I felt much more energised than I normally do yesterday evening. Slept really well and feel fine today so looking forward to next week’s class now!”
Yvonne