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Olena is a certified Yoga and Pilates instructor. She's been teaching in Loudoun County, Virginia since 2002, leading group classes and workshops.
Trained both in Mat and Machine by Mark Trudeau, a Pilates master teacher, Olena is a firm believer that a regular Pilates practice will transform the way your body looks, feels, and moves.
Since having her baby in 2010, Olena's been passionate about promoting Pilates and Yoga as means of ensuring a healthy and happy pregnancy, natural childbirth and speedy recovery postpartum. Olena teaches weekly Yoga and Pilates small-group classes, including Prenatal Pilates, and is available for private instruction.
As a certified Yoga instructor, as well as a Relax & Renew®: Restorative Yoga Trainer, Olena enjoys offering private yoga sessions to busy residents of NOVA with focus on breath, alignment and relaxation.
Olena is an excellent technical teacher. "She not only guides one through correct movement at any level, but also quietly inspires with her awesome command of technique", says Teresa, one of her students.
Her Yoga skill has been greatly enhanced by training with Sri Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in India and with Andrey Lappa on her trips back home to Kyiv, Ukraine. Olena considers Doug Keller, whose current work focuses on Yoga Therapy, to be her main teacher.
Olena is an avid practitioner with an established weekly regiment of Ashtanga Yoga and Pilates on the Reformer and Chair. She is dedicated to her craft. She attends workshops and trains regularly with senior instructors. Her certifications and workshops are listed below.
Teacher Trainings and Certifications:
Yoga Therapy Fundamentals Part II (18hr) w/Doug Keller, Beloved Yoga, Reston, VA (01/2012)
Yoga Therapy Fundamentals Part I (18hr) w/Doug Keller, Beloved Yoga, Reston, VA (12/2011)
Pilates Wunda Chair (200hr) w M. Trudeau, Quantum Pilates, Washington D.C. (12/2010)
Pilates Mat & Reformer, Level 1 & 2 (300hr) w/M. Trudeau, Quantum, Washington D.C. (09/2010)
Pilates EXO® Chair II (6hr) w/Nancy Sanchez, Balanced Body University, McLean, VA (04/2010)
mini yogis® Yoga for Kids (10hr) w/Shana Meyerson, Flow Yoga, Leesburg, VA (10/2009)
Relax & Renew® Restorative Yoga Trainer (20hr) w/J. H. Lasater , HAYC, Herndon, VA (07/2009)
Anusara Inspired Yoga (200hr) with Doug Keller, HAYC, Herndon, VA (02/2004)
Ashtanga Yoga Intensive (1 month) w/Pattabhi Jois, Mysore, India (10-11/2004)
PHI® Pilates Magic Circle & Props, McLean, VA (11/2003)
PHI® Pilates Mat with Props, McLean, VA (04/2003)
Pilates Mat, Level 1 (15hr) w/Mark Trudeau, Quantum Pilates, Washington D.C. (03/2002)
Yoga Therapy Training and Workshop with Doug Keller (10hr): Psoas and Piriformis, Jalandhara Bandha, Pranayam and Meditation, Unlocking the Shoulders, USA (2013)
BASI Pilates® Instructor Workshop with Karen Clippinger (6hr): The Scapulohumeral Rhythm, Rotator Cuff, Shoulder Impingement and Pilates, USA (2013)
BASI Pilates® Instructor Workshop with Karen Clippinger (6hr): Sacroiliac Function and Pilates Exercise Design, USA (2013)
BASI Pilates® Instructor Workshop with Karen Clippinger (6hr): Biomechanics of the Hip and Knee, USA (2013)
Demistifying the Bandhas with Leslie Kaminoff, USA (2012)
Better Backbends through Breathing with Leslie Kaminoff, USA (2012)
Universal Yoga Training with Andrey Lappa, USA (2012)
STOTT PILATES® Essential Bosu Pilates, the DCAC, USA (2011)
STOTT PILATES® Dynamic Balance - Stability Ball L2, the DCAC, USA (2011)
Balanced Body Barrels with Nancy R. Sanchez, USA (2011)
Balanced Body Anatomy in Clay® (14hr) with Nico Gonzalez, USA (2011)
Balanced Body Trapeze Table with Nancy R. Sanchez, USA (2010)
Balanced Body Chair with Nancy R. Sanchez, USA (2010)
Balanced Body Reformer II with Nancy R. Sanchez, USA (2010)
STOTT PILATES® PRE/POSTNATAL Pilates (4hr) Matwork & Toning Balls w/Jill Winegar, USA (2009)
Peak Pilates® MVe® Reformer JUMPBOARD Basics with Kathryn Coyle, USA (2009)
Peak Pilates® MVe® CHAIR Flex & Flow with Kathryn Coyle, USA(2009)
Peak Pilates® REFORMER on the Mat with Kathryn Coyle, USA (2009)
Peak Pilates® CIRCLE of Power with Kathryn Coyle, USA (2009)
Bender Method of Selected Stabilization with Leslee Bender, USA (2009)
Acro Yoga with Jenny Sauer, USA (2008)
Power Vinyasa Yoga with Baron Baptiste, USA (2008)
Prana Vinyasa Yoga with Shiva Rea, USA (2008)
Jivamukti Yoga with Sharon Gannon & David Life, USA(2008)
Universal Yoga Training with Andrey Lappa, Ukraine (2005)
Anusara Yoga with Desiree Rambough, USA (2004)
Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater, USA (2003)
"Body craves movement and soul loves to meditate."
Question: Should I do yoga or Pilates?
Answer: Do both! Yoga and Pilates are two complementary systems of exercise:
Joseph H. Pilates
The Gayatri Mantra Om bhurbhuvah svah tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi dhiyo yo nah pracodayat We contemplate that Ultimate reality Which is in the earth, the sky, the heaven. Let us meditate in the glory, of the divine truth. May truth inspire our reflection.
This pose is called Bakasana (bahk-AHS-anna) or Crane. I can stay in the pose comfortably for a few minutes. Every time I try this pose, it's always a new experience. As I continue practicing, my arms and wrists become stronger; thus, I can hold the pose longer. That is a beauty of yoga. You cannot repeat the same pose twice.
It's recommended to stay in Bakasana from 20 seconds to 1 minute. The benefits are toned arms and abdominal muscles, flexible back and groins.
If you would like to try Bakasana, squat down with your knees wider than your hips. Place the hands on the floor bending at the elbows. Lean forward and place the weight onto the backs of your uppers arms. For safety, ask a partner to stand in front of you. Let him or her support your shoulders as you lift into the pose taking your feet off the floor.
Good luck, and do not concern yourself how long you hold the pose. Enjoy the experience.