Hi, I'm Elaine and I'm a yoga and meditation teacher. I help people move better, reduce pain, and cope better with life's ups and downs. What I love most about teaching yoga is witnessing the growth, curiosity, and playfulness of my students as we take this journey together. I'd love to tell you more about why I care so much about this work.
The hardest part of any journey is taking that essential first step, but I'll make it easy to get started. After a long career as a therapist, my superpower is adapting and modifying yoga poses so that they're accessible for any body. You don’t have to be athletic. You don’t have to be flexible. You do have to be honest about what your body is willing and able to do, and know that you get to decide if a pose is helpful or unhelpful for you. As long as you have a body and a sense of humour you can do yoga. It's just a matter of finding the right class.
If you're hoping that yoga will help with your stress and anxiety, I've just finished a book designed to help with that. Enough Already describes a 7-step path toward calm and ease, even in the middle of chaos and despair. Given that it's so hard to connect in person right now, I'm hoping the book will give you some insight into the philosophy of yoga, and some easy tools to use to help you soothe yourself.
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Elaine was one of the first instructors I met when I began my yoga journey. New to the practice, I really appreciated her warmth and playful manner! The holistic approach and extensive knowledge she has of both traditional Eastern teachings and Western medicine is incredible - I always learn something amazing and enlightening when I'm in her presence. She has helped me so much with my meditation, which I struggled with and as a result avoided before studying with her. I am forever grateful for Elaine and highly recommend Jackson Yoga!!
Sue Prozak, USC,
Certified Ultimate Stager
Elaine is my earth-angel! The moment I met her and participated in her classes, whether private or group, I knew I was in the right place. Elaine has pulled me through some very grim times with chronic pain and will always address any physical challenge I may be facing. She attracts lovely people into her practice, and I am so very grateful to be in a class where there is laughter, acceptance and understanding.
Elaine's teaching style accompanied with her understanding of the body help you to visualize the movements as we go through her classes. You then gain a greater understanding of your own body. I've been in recovery for 9 years from nerve and muscle dysfunction from a surgery. Yoga has played a vital part and in my recovery. I still see progress in classes and I am still aware of my limitations as Elaine asks us to move. I am happy for this as then I can continue to put treatment plans together and work towards a full recovery. I trust her and that is very important when coming from a place of pain and wanting to move beyond it.