Truly, it has been my experience that dramatic positive change
does not require decades.
When we're ready, it can happen in as little as a moment.
The secret is in saying yes to ourselves.
Elena is a guide who facilitates healing and insight for women, children, and animals,
and working with her is a multi-faceted journey of personal growth and transformation.
She combines intuitive, psychic and energy healing skills with experiential knowledge of hundreds of techniques from world wisdom traditions for clients to take home and use.
Elena's training has included Buddhist meditation and philosophy, classical hatha
yoga, meditation, and mantra, North and South American shamanism, western
psychology, the Abrahamic traditions, Reiki, Holonomic Healing, and Pre-Egyptian
mystery schools among others.
Soul Work is the centerpiece of Elena's mission, a synthesis of divination, channeled messages, energy healing, and therapeutic ritual. These techniques activate and anchor peace, health, and clarity within you, manifestations of which inevitably ripple into your environment and relationships and alter life on the micro and macro cosmic scale for the better. During your private session, you'll spend some time sitting in conversation and the rest lying down to receive energy work in your field. Some clients bring questions and intentions, but they're not necessary to the work. Showing up for yourself is the greatest agent of healing.
Stepping Stones of a medicine woman. At moments during this lifetime, Elena has been an NCAA athlete, high school teacher, university faculty member, speechwriter, yoga instructor, and international traveler. She’s spent many months meditating in ashrams and being humbled by the plant kingdom. At one point, she was deep in the throes of a doctoral program studying Clinical Psychology before being called back to her senses by the eternal dance of life. Her hand and heart have been touched by the Dalai Lama and the Bedouins of Jordan and Syria, and she has been in the company of many a gifted shaman and swami.
Education. Elena has been a shamanic practitioner of Peruvian lineages since 2011 and a Vipassana meditator since 2007, since engaging in thousands of hours of study and practice. She has taken Avalokiteshvara Permission Initiation Vows with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and earned her Master’s Degree in Religious Studies at Florida International University where she was named 'Student of the Year.' Elena has Sivananda Yoga 200-hour (2008) and 500-hour (2013) Teacher Certifications and is attuned to the Three Degrees of Usui Reiki and the First Degree of Holonomic Healing. She holds the Rites of the Munay-Ki among other shamanic initiations, is a certified Women’s Spiritual Leadership Coach, and is initiated as a Priestess in the Order of Melchizedek.
Elena has been mentoring others and speaking in front of audiences since her adolescence and began to teach high school students as a long-term substitute at the age of 19. She graduated from Juniata College in 2007 with a BA in Cultural Analysis and two minors: one in French, and one in Journalism. From 2009-2011, while a Masters student at FIU, Elena served as TA and instructor of undergraduate courses Writing and Rhetoric I & II, and in 2009 and 2014, taught Religion: Analysis and Interpretation, Studies in World Religions, & The Art of Yoga and Meditation: Philosophy and Practice. As a full time faculty member at a private high school from 2011 to 2013, Elena taught Religion and the Body, Buddhism, and Islam & 9/11 to seniors and juniors.
Elena began teaching yoga classes part time in 2008, and in 2013, stepped out of full time teaching to build a private practice of yoga, intuitive counseling, and energy healing, laying the groundwork for what has become Soul Work. In 2014, Elena went on to instruct the Subtle Anatomy and Meditation courses for Green Monkey Studio's 200-hour Yoga Teachers Training Course, and in 2015, served as Co-Director and lead faculty of Dharma Yoga's 200-hour Yoga Teachers Training.
Today, Elena works one-on-one with clients, gives lectures and workshops on Self-Healing, Trauma Release, Feminine Empowerment, Cultivating Intuition, Writing and Speaking with Heart and Power, Shamanism, Meditation, Mantra, Pranayama, and Yoga Nidra, and is co-creating an Oracle Card Deck with a fellow shaman and artist. She has collaborated with Silicon Valley innovation circles and is practiced in the intuitive arts, therapies for trauma, psycho-somatic healing, and conscious relationships.
What is Uma Sarasvati? Elena was initiated into the Sarasvati lineage of yoga in 2008 with the name Uma. Like her given name, Elena, Uma means “light” and is the aspect of the Goddess recognized as the incarnation of divine wisdom and knowledge. In Indian mythology, Uma is the devoted ecstatic consort of Shiva, feminine apparition of The Creator Brahma, and the first yogi, masterful in all austerities and contemplations. Uma has been an integral role model along Elena’s path and continues to breathe life into her work. She is the muse behind Heart-Based Healing while Saraswati is a golden thread of lineage that serves as connection to the masters.