Yogini Elena

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About The Teacher

Born and raised in Italy I am an Italian/American compassionate Yogini, Intuitive Healer, and a certified Yoga instructor. I am passionate about merging the traditions of Eastern Philosophies with Western practice of yoga, while sharing my devotion for a meaningful and fulfilling existence. I am currently in Italy after spending 3 years in India on a spiritual journey and I very much look forward to sharing what I have learned and am practicing myself to enhance our highest potential. I believe everything is always in Divine order and that the best approach to life is to be fully present at every moment.
The yoga classes I share are open to all levels of students. They include a dynamic flow of asana, pranayama, ayurvedic tips, and meditation. Eclectic energy work together with teachings from Bhakti, Tantra, and Shamanism are at the core of my classes. 

Over the years I have been embarking on a series of voyages to deepen my knowledge of Eastern Religions and Philosophies. These journeys have taken me numerous times to India, where I studied with a variety of teachers, masters, sadhus, babas, and healers. I have also traveled extensively to Bhutan, Java, Bali, and Thailand, to open my eyes and heart to vast and different perspectives of life. My studies with Professor Douglas Brooks, one of the world’s foremost scholars of Hindu Tantra- have deepened my knowledge of Shrivydia Shakta Tantrism, and I draws great spiritual inspiration from Saul David Raye with whom I am certified in Holistic Atma Yoga (YTT200+). 

In addition, I take part in giving workshops on hatha yoga, meditation, ayurveda, and yoga philosophy at various venues in the United States and abroad.

I am certified as an Ayurvedic Consultant from the Chakrapani School and Research Center in Jaipur, India.

I am fluent in Italian, French, English, Spanish. 

My profound and transformative healing sessions offer life empowering tools to understand and answer your struggles and dilemmas. My deeply personal readings provide spiritual guidance as I bring clarity, peace, and meaning into your everyday life, allowing you to reconnect to your life’s purpose and embrace a more fulfilling, joyous, stress-free existence.

When I am in a state of yoga I am able to feel the interconnectedness of mind, body, spirit. I am able to realize I am not the voice in the head and I have a choice to listen to it or not. Through the movement of my body in different asana, or the chanting of a mantra, in the moments of silence in front of my altar, or simply mindfully observing the flow of my breath, I am aware of being linked to something bigger than myself. These are the times when I reconnect to the embodiment of who I truly am: spirit in human form. I carry this awareness wherever I go, as a tool to appreciate life in its fulness.

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  • SonRae   May 25, 2018

      True Yogic Experience

    Anyone looking for a teacher who is still the student and learning of yoga, Elena is an incredible example of this being we call a Teacher! ????????????

  • Heather Dunhill   December 18, 2017

      Most Favorite Yoga Teacher...EVER.

    Elena embodies everything Yogic that an instructor should be --- she's Zen and focused on the moment and elevates her classes in the same way. You get a class that's just right for every practice from intermediate to advanced and Elena leaves you feeling centered and grounded. I miss her spirit here in Florida!

  • Cara Levitt   December 04, 2017

      Spirit is with her.

    Elena was the first person to introduce me to the other 7 limbs of Yoga not just the asana. Her energy and her spirit were true and authentic. Her classes always vibrate at a higher frenquency! She helped me fall in love with meditation and setting intentions. She’s a life changer! Go with her.

  • Margie Pacher   November 30, 2017

      Highly Knowledgeable and Intuitive

    Elena is a charismatic, knowledgeable and insightful yoga teacher. She has a gift of taking one’s spiritual life to the next level and inspires her students live a more joyful and free existence. Through her intuitive readings, spiritual teachings, and energetic yoga classes she brings her students into perfect harmony. A journey with her is one you will never forget.

  • Manuela Witts   November 29, 2017


    I feel very grateful and blessed to haven taken many yoga classes with Elena in Sarasota Florida. She brings joy and devotion to a very meditational yoga practice. A yoga class with Elena has always left me more connected, centred and peaceful in mind, body and spirit. It you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to take a class with Elena, then I highly encourage you to do so. ????????

  • Renata Cm   November 25, 2017


    I had classes with Elena in Sarasota, also workshops. She is a great teacher, she has presence.energy and Personality. I miss you here, in Sarasota Florida.

  • Susan Winchester   November 22, 2017

      Experience the Gift of Elena

    Elena has the ability to transform her studio into a space that is calm and guides you through a practice that helps you become centered. Whether it is a restorative class or Hatha yoga, you will feel more relaxed, stronger and quiet from the drama of everyday life. I strongly recommend you experience a retreat with Elena. It will be a place of inner peace and harmony that you will never forget.

  • Jennifer Genito   November 20, 2017

      Truly wonderful

    I was fortunate to have shared many classes and sessions with Elena in Florida. It was always a warm, welcoming atmosphere with just the right assortment of candles, incense and soothing music. Her voice and energy have a beautiful calming effect as she guides her students through class/mediation. She is all around a wonderful person and genuinely cares. We all miss her here, but I'm very glad she is furthering her purpose in Rishikesh. If you have the opportunity to attend any of her classes, retreats, etc, I strongly enourage you to do so. I cannot wait to come visit, hopefully next year! :)

  • William Miller III   November 17, 2017


    i met elena nearly 10 years ago in florida . she has a presence that is assertive yet calming, purposeful yet compassionate. if you are fortunate enough to enter her space i am sure you will find it as life changing as i have. sarasota misses you elena:)

  • sigrid olsen   November 16, 2017

      Yogini Elena

    I have taken many beautiful classes with Elena when she was teaching in Florida where I live. Elena brings a spirit into the yoga studio that is calming, and also energizing...she lives her yoga on and off the mat with a grace and humor that makes it accessible for so many people, but also deepens one's practice. To be able to enter into her space on a retreat in India, would be wonderful! I highly recommend Elena for her kindness, compassion and profound knowledge of the ancient practice of yoga. Love her.

  • Oh Limpia   November 16, 2017

      Thank You Yogini Elena

    Leaving Elena's classes, I always come out feeling better than when I walked in. I feel like a new person. She sets up the room like a little temple, with candles and her little altar. The music in the background is in tune with the mood of the class. Her explanations are easy to follow, informative, and she gives us the opportunity to practice at our own pace. I have yet to find a teacher with so much devotion, who truly walks the path as a yogini. Thank you Elena for paving the path for my inner growth.

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