Elinore Burke

Yoga and Meditation Teacher

Elinore has been a student of yoga since 1996 and teaching since 2004. Early on she trained in the Bihar Yogic Tradition of Northern India at the Banaras School of Yoga and later was captivated by the strength and grace of the Ashtanga form, her daily practice since 2001. She is a Level 2 Authorized teacher from KPJAYI in Mysore, India, where she began her study with the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 2004. She returns there regularly to continue her study with his grandson, Sharath Rangaswamy. Additionally she is a Yoga Therapist certified through the Yogacampus, in London, UK, and a long-time practitioner of Vipassana (Mindfulness) Meditation.

Elinore first began teaching in Berlin where she created a Mysore program at the Yoga Shala running from 2005 until 2009 when she moved to London. There she ran the Mysore program at one of the oldest yoga studios, The Life Centre, from 2011 through 2015, as well as teaching at Europe’s leading yoga studio, triyoga, also in London.

For Elinore, yoga is a support to connect with the unfolding of life more fully. She teaches traditional Ashtanga Yoga as it is taught to her in Mysore and is committed to passing on this knowledge to the practitioners coming to her classes. She lovingly guides students to connect with the process of self-exploration on their mats, helping to create greater self-awareness and self-realization.

In addition to the Jois family, she has been blessed to study with Richard Freeman, Eddie Stern, David Swenson, Nancy Gilgoff, Dena Kingsberg, Matthew Sweeney and Christopher Titmuss. She is grateful to all the teachers who have guided her along this yogic journey.

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga literally means “eight-limbed yoga,” as outlined by the sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. According to Patanjali, the path of internal purification for revealing the Universal Self consists of the following eight spiritual practices:

Yama – ethical practice

Niyama – observances

Asana – posture

Pranayama – extension of the breath

Pratyahara – abstraction of the senses

Dharana – concentration

Dhyana – meditation

Samadhi – deep meditation in which all sense of subject and object dissolve

Ashtanga Yoga asana practice is an intensive Hatha Yoga practice with focus on strength, stamina and flexibility. The traditional system, as taught by Sri K. Patthabi Jois, is renowned for its Vinyasa (movement breathing system) style. This method of Yoga involves synchronizing the breath with movement and postures, a process producing internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

A series of asanas (positions) are taught in a specified order which give the body a physical workout connected with rhythmic breathing, Bandhas (internal energy locks), and Dristi (precise gazing points) – helping one to attain a focused practice bringing about the union of body and mind, one of the ultimate goals of yoga.

The first series of Ashtanga asanas, called Yoga Chikitsa or Yoga Therapy, strengthens the body externally, cleanses the body internally and increases flexibility. For the beginner, it is a unique challenging fitness system. With further practice, it is a meditative flow, deeply effecting your energy level.

Retreats / Events

Going Deep into Freedom: A Vipassana and Ashtanga Yoga Retreat

At Pauenhof in Sonsbeck-Hamb near Düsseldorf, Germany

I am thrilled to offer this retreat in collaboration with Lila Kimhi. The retreat is a unique opportunity that weaves together the classical insight Vipassana retreat with the practices of Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Patanjali and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

We will deepen into the ancient and radical teachings of the Buddha for the liberation of the heart and mind, side by side with transformative Yoga practices.

Being in direct contact with life beyond ideas reveals depth and aliveness that can open us to the ease of being, clarity, energy, and wisdom that flourish in the body, the heart and the mind.

The retreat includes comprehensive instructions in Vipassana (Insight) and mindfulness meditation including guidance in sitting, walking, standing and reclining posture. Additionally there will be enquiries, a daily talk, and opportunities for one-to-one meetings with the teachers. This will intertwine with daily sessions of Yoga, morning Mysore-style (guided self-practice and led) and evening sessions of Yoga Nidra.

The retreat is held in silence except for the teachings, guided meditations and meetings with the teachers. The day starts at 6 am and finishes at 21.30 with a daily mindful work period (Karma Yoga).

This retreat is suitable for new and experienced practitioners in both meditation and yoga and will be offered in English. Please check with us about translation into German if needed.


There is an initial €50 registration fee. The further retreat costs cover accommodation and three healthy and nutritious vegetarian meals per day. These prices begin at €206 for using your own tent/mobile home or staying in the dorm and go up to €308 for a private room with attached bathroom. There are also shared rooms available.

The teachings are offered on a Dana (donation) basis in accordance with Buddhist tradition. On retreat, we practice Dana, or generosity, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. Dana is not a payment for goods or services rendered; it is given from the heart. Your generosity not only gives support to the teachers, but also the Sangha, the larger Dharma community, and your own practice. The participants give Dana at the end of the retreat.

To register please fill out this form

then contact Pauenhof’s manager, Ilka, to book your accommodation and any dietary restrictions at: ilka@pauenhof.de


at Jivamukti Berlin – Mitte

Monday – Friday  7 – 10 am:  Mysore-style self-practice

Friday  11:15 am – 12:50 pm  Led Ashtanga Half-Primary Series (open level)

Sunday  9 – 10:50 am:   Counted (Sanskrit) Led Ashtanga Primary Series class

Please get in touch by email if you have questions to the above or would like to book a private session.