Acknowledgement of Country
I’d like to begin by acknowledging the Aboriginal people as the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which I live and work. I pay my deepest respect to all elders, past, present and emerging as well as my deepest gratitude for sharing their land and waterways with me. I express my sorrow for the ongoing trauma that colonisation continues to have on Aboriginal people, families and communities and for the impact on their spiritual and cultural life. I acknowledge that this land has never been ceeded and I walk beside Aboriginal people in power, strength, resilience and healing.
About Me and Yogahari Healing
My name is Eleni and I carry the namesake of my maternal grandmother. Yoga and healing have been part of my life for a very long time. I am a qualified Social Worker/Counsellor, Family Constellation Facilitator and senior Yoga Teacher.
Yogahari Healing was born from a purposeful desire to combine my own life path and discoveries about healing and spirituality with my career. As far back as I can remember, I have always been interested in the discovering the deepest truths about life. One of them has been that healing our psycho-emotional and physical wounding is a necessary part of progressing along the spiritual path!
As a result, Yogahari Healing offers healing, personal growth and spirituality through yoga, counselling and family constellations. My truest intention for Yogahari Healing is to meet you where you are at, and provide a safe, supportive and sacred space to explore your own healing and spirituality, for empowerment and purposeful living.
My Yoga Journey
In 1996 I attended my first yoga class. It was a class that changed the direction of my life.
Working as a Social Worker and Counsellor, I began to practice daily and soon discovered yoga’s healing powers. Since my first class all that time ago, yoga has been part of my daily life and I have maintained a dedicated, consistent and loving practice ever since.
I began an Iyengar Yoga teacher apprenticeship in 2001 and have completed certification in this method. I have studied with the Iyengar family both in India and Australia and have undertaken further teacher training at the Himalayan Institute in the U.S.A. I am also a certified Amrit Method Yoga Nidra teacher.
My interest in healing has led me to complete further professional development in trauma aware yoga, yoga for breast cancer and therapeutic wisdom of yoga training with world renowned yoga teacher Doug Keller. I have current registration as a senior yoga teacher, yoga teacher trainer and yoga teacher mentor with Yoga Australia.
Yoga wisdom and practice has supported me through many difficult times in my life and particularly guided me through the profound loss and stillbirth of my first son Ifeanyi.
Yoga and healing have both helped me be a good person. Both have increased my ability for self-reflection without getting caught up in the self-hate that usually accompanies it and have increased my awareness and trustful surrender. Now that my healing has happened, my deepest desire is to truelly recognise and realise my own essential nature. And the yoga tradition that has brought me the closest to somewhat realising this thus far, is the ancient spiritual tradition of non-dual Tantra. I’m a committed Tantrika (practitioner of Tantra) and through my dedicated practice I am open to receiving the blessing power of realisation through this life affirming spiritual lineage.
In loving gratitude I would like to acknowledge the ancient yoginis (female practitioners) and yogis (male practitioners) who immersed themselves in yoga practices so that others could also benefit. I would also like to acknowledge my past and current teachers both in Australia and abroad that I have learnt from, either in person or through their teachings and resources:
Baba Muktananda and Gurumayi- Siddha Yoga Lineage, Guruji- otherwise known as B.K.S. Iyengar, Geetaji- Gita Iyengar, Yogi Amrit Desai, Kamini Desai (much respect and gratiture to Kamini), Tony Rothberg, Glenn Ceresoli, Mark Gibson, Shari Freidrichson, Sandra Anderson, Rolf Sovik, Sally Kempton, Christopher (Hareesh Wallis), Doug Keller and Paul Mueller- Ortega, Kavitha Chinnayian.
And with the deepest, deepest respect and gratitude to Dharma Bodhi, whom, in a short amount of time has helped me understand all those yoga practice I have been doing for years, at a much, much, much deeper level.
If you are beginning or continuing this profound healing or inner journey to truly know your own greatness, I acknowledge your courageous heart.
Tat Astu Shivo Ham