Find a calm place and clear your mind of any distracting or unnecessary thoughts because we are about to focus on yoga at the Hub…again.
Last week we introduced one of our resident yogis, Annemarie and this week we are catching up with Elena. You can catch both of them at our weekly Tuesday yoga classes at 8am.
Born in Russia and raised in Germany, Elena moved to Vienna in 2012 to pursue her degree in East Asian Economy and Society. She actually started her journey with Impact Hub at the Tokyo co-working space, where she did an internship before moving to Vienna to study.
What sparked your interest in yoga?
I wanted to connect with my body – to feel it and sense all the little things, which go on inside of me.
Practicing yoga and becoming an instructor are very different. Why did you decide to teach?
First of all I love to work with people on different levels and yoga is about mental and physical health. As a yoga teacher you work on both levels. Secondly, I enjoy teaching. It is simply an another approach to connect with people. Finally, I believe that we always have a little teacher and student within ourselves. I learn from my students and they learn from me in return.
What projects are you working on?
I am currently writing my master’s thesis and I teach yoga. Life can be also as simple as that! Who would have thought?
What are you passionate about (besides yoga)?
I love traveling and cannot wait to pack my bags after graduation and visit parts of the world I have never been to. Music and dance are my other passions in life. But you can’t enjoy life without great friends and loving people around you, and I am quite lucky to have wonderful people in my life.
Where else can people find you when you’re not at Impact Hub?
You can find me at Doktor Yoga in the 1st district. I also teach private classes at clients’ homes.
What are some of your favorite songs/playlists/artists to listen to when you practice yoga?
This is a really tough question. There are so many different artists on my playlists and there are so many different playlists! One of my current playlists includes Eefje de Visser, RY X, Bahamas, and Ólafur Arnalds.
Why should Impact Hub members do more yoga?
Everybody should listen to themselves and their body. If you do feel like yoga can benefit you, then you should do it. If you think it is not for you, then I’d say give it a try at least once. Many people say they are not flexible enough, but that is like staying that you are too dirty to take a bath. Each time I have left a yoga class, I always felt better than before the class.