I’m Elle, yoga teacher, Master’s in Nutrition student and author of Enlivening Elle. Scroll on the read more about me, or click here to learn about the Enlivening Elle blog.
Like many teenage girls, I fell out of love with exercise during secondary school. I wanted to move my body, but felt as though there wasn’t a sport for me after I stopped gymnastics. Then, along came yoga. As much as I enjoyed training at the gym, and joining fun classes, something about yoga really worked for me. The balance of a practice that encouraged you to breathe, and be soft, yet had me shaking and working harder than anything else I had done hooked me in, and I qualified as a 200 hours Vinyasa Yoga teacher whilst at university. Having an understanding in the role of strength and resistance training has shaped how I teach, building classes that both feel good and help the body to move in a healthy way. I later qualified as a Mandala yoga teacher to bring a more creative element of sequencing into my teaching.
Following my interest in food systems and the environment, I completed an undergraduate degree Marine Biology, with a placement year working in a research laboratory in Germany. My dissertation evaluated the labelling of sustainable seafood, which really cemented my interest in the crossover between nutrition and sustainability.
I then started my current degree, a Master’s in Nutrition, which I’ll finish in autumn 2020. I’ve focused my studies on women’s health including pre- and postnatal nutrition, and nutrition through the menopause, and metabolic syndromes. I’m particularly interested in the non-diet approach, and focusing more on behaviours rather than weight as a marker of health.
I always look for healthcare and fitness professional’s qualifications, so for peace of mind, here’s mine:
Nutrition MSc – University of Leeds – ongoing
Applied Marine Biology – Bangor University – 2014-2018.
Vinyasa Yoga Training 200 hours – Green Lotus Yoga – 2017
Mandala and Mentoring 30 hours – Julie Montagu Yoga – 2019