Elinore Burke

Authorized Level 2 Ashtanga Yoga 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.


Elinore was my yoga teacher for 6 years in Berlin. She was very attentive and I loved her precise instructions and the way she would gently push me a little deeper into the pose. After each session I felt very balanced and grateful. I learned to trust her completely and came to love her attentive, heart-warming manner. — Claudia Dzaack – Berlin, Germany – www.praxisdzaack.de

Elinore’s knowledge of and enthusiasm for Ashtanga yoga is both astounding and inspiring. She practices and teaches with such sincere conviction that it encourages the student to share her immense enthusiasm. Her friendly, easy-going nature makes you feel comfortable from the first class, whatever your ability. You will leave her class feeling you have had expert guidance and made a great friend — Johanna Flippent – London

Elinore is a fantastic teacher – great to work with, encouraging and gently correcting, without ever destroying the flow of the practice – I always felt very safe in her classes and delightfully energized at the end of them — Jonathan Granger Miles – Brighton, UK


Please send me a mail if you have any questions about my classes or wish to book a private session:




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.