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Eleni Gekas

I am passionate about encouraging my clients and students to bring awareness to their choices so that they can cultivate healthier, happier lives based on their unique constitutions. I use my extensive training in mindfulness, yoga, and the Ayurvedic system to guide people towards a better life balance that sustainably supports their long term well-being.

Eleni is a Mount Madonna Institute trained Ayurvedic practitioner, Doula, and a Yoga and Mindfulness teacher. She has been practicing Ayurveda since 2007 and Yoga since 1999.

In 2010, The Light on Ayurveda Journal awarded Eleni a scholarship based on her commitment to Ayurveda, Yoga, and Jyotish to study at Dr. Vasant Lad’s clinic in Pune, India. Eleni is committed to preserving ancient traditions and to make them applicable to modern living.

Undergraduate & Graduate Degrees

Washington University in St. Louis, Spanish & Women’s Studies
Mills College, Spanish Bilingual California Teaching Credential (K-12)

Yoga Teacher Trainings & Intensives (since 1999)

Integral Yoga Institute, 200 hours
Mount Madonna Institute, 200 hours
Youth Yoga Dharma, 30 hours
Full of Joy Yoga, 30 hours
Iyengar Training, 42 hours
Clinical Yoga & Ayurveda, 108 hours

Meditation

Reginald Ray, Dharma Ocean
Retreats include: Meditating with the Body, Dathun, Vajra Assembly, Vajrayana Training Intensive, Solitary Retreat

Ayurveda Training, Clinical Studies (since 2007)

Ayurveda Practitioner (CAP) Mount Madonna Institute
Dr Vasant Lad – India Gurukula Program and Pulse Practicum Intensive
Dr Sarita Shrestha
Dr. Ashwin Shastry
Dr. Sarita Godbole Pune, India
Dr Claudia Welch—Healthier Hormones

Massage

World School
International Society of Thai Yoga Massage

Birthwork

DONA Doula Training with Debbie Lavin

Music

Tabla, Ali Akbar College of Music, Swapan Chaudhuri

Jyotish/Sanskrit Teachers

Hart de Fouw
Steven Highburger

Teacher/Presentations/Lectures/Workshop

Taught Professional Development Workshop: “Stretching Expression: Bringing Yoga into the Classroom,” San Francisco Unified School District
Created & Trained Volunteers for Girls Figure In, a Media Literacy program for middle & high school students, SF National Organization for Women
Clinical Yoga & Ayurveda Course – Sri Santosh Puri Ashram, India
Mission Cliffs Yoga: Behind the Yoga PosesYoga BasicsMorning YogaIntroduction to Pranayama
Integral Yoga Institute: Self Healing of Ayurveda Workshop, Introduction to Ayurveda for Yoga Teacher Training

Publications

Searching for a Deeper Union
Mount Madonna, Alumni Spotlight
Betheyla Scholarship Award for Advanced Studies