Jesse first started practising Yoga after breaking his leg back in 1999, initially just to get his mobility back but it turned out to set him on a path that has done much more than that! He is a highly motivated teacher and practitioner with a wealth of experience in Yoga, Body Work, Thai Massage, Holistic Massage and Acro-Yoga. He is also part of inspirational Acro-Balance duo ‘Poceczka’.
He teaches from a place of deep personal experience with a playful, fun energy and intelligence and makes teaching poses such as inversions and balancing poses accessible, safe and enjoyable for all on the course.
His main teaching influences and mentors have been Diego Lourenco and Jonathan Monks. He also took the teacher training course at Teach Yoga himself back in 2007.
His key teaching principles are:
The foundation is key, as building on a solid foundation is the only way to build any structure.
Inversions are an important element to include and eventually become proficient in within our practice. They offer a different psychological perspective, improve balance and highlight elements of our practice that we may otherwise hide from.
Capturing our imagination is the best way to learn. When we are interested, joyful and discovering that childlike playful nature it is really hard not to learn… People make the best props!
The course is demanding - that's why the teach yoga diploma it's so highly regarded. I really enjoyed the homework. You make it a priority, I found the training weekends were brilliant immersions. A step away and a focus on how you wish to grow. You learn what you need when you need it. I still go back to my training manuals over and over - brilliant material to compliment the course
I only have positive feedback for the course. I feel it is truly one of the best things I have ever done in my life. I've felt supported, held and inspired from day one. Elena is patient, understanding, loving and has a beautiful sense of humour which shines when she teaches and the rest of the tutors all bring something different and valuable to the table.
Elena – we are all blessed that you are our teacher, guide, counsellor and friend. They say nothing comes without effort, you have worked extremely hard over the decades to become the greatest teacher I have ever come across. They say the harder you work the easier it becomes, you are a real life example of this. Your knowledge is broad and deep. I am grateful I am come across such an amazing person in my retirement years to help me take a step into a new journey and a new future, who knows where it will lead to! Thank you for your hard work, for your support and guidance and most of all for who you are
The best course I have ever done. I enjoyed every minute of it! Loved the teachers who taught us and the students whom I trained with. Thank you to all the teachers, they were all amazing!
That moment might change a life, as it did for me. I came to you - 'When the student is ready, the teacher comes'. You picked me up and the rest you know.
This course has enabled me to fulfill a lifetime's ambition to become a Yoga Teacher. It has provided me with the expertise and encouragement to develop my own personal style of teaching and allowed me to meet a whole range of people who share my love for Yoga.
I had been doing Yoga for almost 15 years before I started this course, but in some ways, I may as well have not done any. The course has been absolutely amazing and completely revolutionised the way I see, feel and practice Yoga. There’s lots of work require and it’s a real, big commitment, but it’s also been incredibly rewarding and one of the most wonderful things I have done in my life. it’s made me feel different, vastly improved as a person and I feel totally and utterly equipped to go and teach a really informative Yoga class. I would recommend Teach Yoga to absolutely anyone, no matter your age or experience, you’ll just get so much out of it.
Elena has such an incredible understanding of anatomy and she is incredibly clever at expressing it and helping you feel it within yourself as well as being able to see it in others. She has left me with a desire to deepen my understanding of anatomy and bring it both into my own practice and teaching. She’s brought out a lot of confidence in me as well. It was always a bit of an issue for me to stand up in front of people but the course has been inspiring and encouraging and if you’re thinking about it I am sure you’ll enjoy it, it’s been a wonderful journey for me.
When I decided to do this course I was at a bit of a crossroads in my life and figured why not try a Yoga teacher training course. The course has completely changed my life! I didn’t know how out of tune I was with my body. I have, thanks to this course, slowly begun to accept my body, who I am and it’s been an amazing journey of self-enlightenment. I really picked the right course for becoming a Yoga teacher because I’ve learned so much. it’s not just been about how to teach poses, how to stand in front of a room and deliver a class, it’s been so much more about how to feel the poses, how to feel your body and mind again, so as a teacher it’s changed me completely because I am teaching more from the heart. It really has been the most phenomenal course and I will really miss the family element you feel within the course and I just want to thank Elena so much for bringing me to a place that I never thought I would be.
I would definitely recommend Teach Yoga and Elena, she’s an amazing teacher, she gives you all the support you need. All the other teachers on the course come with something very different but fantastic to offer you. One thing I really enjoyed on the course was learning from all the other students. Everyone has their own unique and inspiring journey and it’s fantastic to see everyone's progress throughout the whole programme. I did the Yoga Alliance accredited course and followed on to the BWY accredited course, which I definitely recommend. It’s hard work, but really worth it. So if you’re thinking of doing the course, definitely go with Teach Yoga.
Thank you Elena for teaching me so much over the past 2 years. I started with the Yoga Alliance course and carried on with the BWY course, purely because of the team I was working with, they were brilliant. It has been a journey and Elena’s teaching is amazing. I would highly recommend the course to anyone considering it. You will learn so much, not only about Yoga but about yourself.
I would highly recommend the BWY course with Teach Yoga and Elena, it is absolutely amazing. I was initially looking for a simple teacher training course and knew nothing of Elena’s expertise and I was just looking for something to help me with my alignment, which was pretty poor at the time and had I continued on that path I would have really injured myself. I started with the 200 hr yoga alliance course, also with Teach Yoga and I learnt a phenomenal amount of stuff; adjustments, postures, breathing, alignment. I was totally impressed, it completely changed my life in 2013 and it’s possibly one of the best things I have done. the amount of knowledge the teachers have is phenomenal. I want to continue training with Teach Yoga, doing the therapeutic course and I cannot express the gratitude I have towards Teach Yoga and all of the teachers at Teach Yoga.
When I started I didn’t know what I wanted out of life, all I knew was that I loved yoga. But what I have got from this course is not only an increased knowledge about Yoga and the human body but also an inner confidence, it’s broadened my horizons and brought me into contact with some amazing people and helped me put things in perspective. It’s given me a new community that I didn't have before. This course is second to none and I’m just so grateful, so thank you so much.
All I can say is that this course has been completely life changing, really inspirational, I’ve met some really amazing people and the teachers have been absolutely fantastic, superb. There’s a lot of work and it takes a lot of dedication, they expect you to go away and take time to soak up the years and years of wisdom they are giving you. Even so, I have really enjoyed the course and recommended it to lots of people. I really feel like the teachers here are focused on not just getting you the qualification but are teaching us to be compassionate, whether it be to teach others or even ourselves. I hope to keep training with Elena as I feel this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of where I want to be.
Elena is an amazing teacher and it has been an amazing experience. I can’t recommend it highly enough. So if you’re thinking about doing the course, don’t even think about it, just do it!
DO IT! this course is amazing, Elena is incredible, this is the place to be! initially I was worried about having time to do the course, but surprisingly it was really manageable because the course is spread over such a long time and the teachers are flexible with the homework deadlines and just so helpful. You really get taken on a transformational journey of personal development. In some cases you may find a teacher who gives you a starter and then search for someone to give you the main but with Teach Yoga you really get a 5 course meal! You get absolutely everything you will need because all the teachers are so highly experienced and you will not need to go anywhere else!
This retreat was perfect – it could not have been improved in any way. I benefited in every way possible: mentally, physically, spiritually. My yoga practice improved greatly and the benefits to my body - both immediate and long term - are immeasurable. With the knowledge imparted to me, they are also sustainable long into the future. The kindness extended to my husband was very deeply appreciated: he was never made to feel left out and we both always felt very happy and very much “at home”. Dearest Elena, thank you so very much for a truly wonderful experience and for all your kind words to both me and my husband and thank you for all the practical help leading up to the Retreat. The Retreat manual is also brilliant, balanced, helpful with excellent diagrams showing the muscle groups covered by the sessions on each particular day. It was really helpful to have such clear, simple diagrams focused exclusively on the relevant muscle groups for discussion that day. MB, Retreat participant 2017.