Alenka grew up in a Slovenia and her early life was shaped by dance. Starting at the age of 4, she trained in jazz until her attention turned to ballet at the age of 13. When she finished her training at the National Ballet School, she moved to London to focus on Contemporary Dance. She completed her BA in Dance Theatre at Trinity Laban, then began working as a dancer until she returned to school to obtain an MA in Dance Theatre: The Body in Performance.
As is often the case for dancers, Alenka first encountered yoga through dance. She would receive yoga instruction during dance classes, and then used yoga to strengthen her body and keep fit between dancing contracts. She was struck by how yoga altered her state of mind, gave her a sense of centered calm and peace while practicing. As her love of yoga grew, she realized that doing a teacher training in yoga could increase her knowledge as well as provide a flexible addition to her dance career.
The story of how yoga slowly overtakes our previous careers is a familiar one for yogis. For Alenka, teaching seemed to effortlessly take off after her training. She began with covering classes, and then began adding her own classes. As dance became more and more removed from her daily life, she took on more training and completed YogaLondon’s 500-hr trainings. Seeing how the advanced trainings enriched both her life and her students lives’, she was eager to learn more.
When a yoga teacher asked Alenka to cover her pregnancy yoga class, she knew she had to get trained. She signed on for YogaLondon’s first-ever Pregnancy Teacher Training Course and was certified within four-months time. With the additional skills, her teaching blossomed and she was able to start her own pregnancy classes as well as offer cover for other pregnancy yoga teachers.
Alenka highlights what makes teaching pregnant women so special: “On a whole, as they go through this incredible journey, I find they are much more open to the breathing exercises, to the internal journey that yoga can access for people.” In addition, so many of her students stay in touch, or write to her months after their babies are born to acknowledge how special their experience was during their pregnancy yoga classes.
Alenka has been teaching for YogaLondon for over 3 years and is Course Leader for the Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training Courses. She also teaches a total of eight yoga classes per week, and is a mum to a very active toddler. We’re happy to have her calming presence on our courses.