Eija Tervonen, ESMT, CSE in training, graduated from the Essential Somatics® Movement Teacher Training in 2021. Eija’s interest in somatic enquiry was ignited in the early 2000s after being introduced to the Alexander Technique andthe Feldenkrais Method. She had, at the time, been looking for ways to manage her low back pain that had started in yoga classes and for which her yoga practice was not offering lasting relief. Weekly Feldenkrais group classes and 1- to-1 sessions fundamentally changed Eija’s own postural and movement patterns and paved the way to a ‘somatic complement’ to her way of teaching and practicing postural yoga. She used Martha Peterson’s ground-breaking book Move Without Pain since it was first published as a teaching tool for many years and studied and practiced with somatically informed yoga teachers. The necessary pieces finally fell together and Eija was able to formally qualify as an Essential Somatics® Movement Teacher through the ESMTT programme in 2021.
Eija is also a certified Yoga Teacher through many teacher-training programmes as well as Spiral Stabilization® Trainer. For a number of years, Eija served as teacher and training course manager on the faculty of a yoga teacher training organization, introducing somatics in the curriculum, and played a central role in the establishing of a yoga retreat centre in Spain.
Eija particularly enjoys 1-to-1 in-person work. Her special interest is helping people with chronic low back pain to find their way back to easy, pain-free movement.
By academic education, Eija has MA in Translation Studies and has translated a number of yoga and non-fiction books from English into her native Finnish, alongside her 20-year career in the corporate world as in-house translator and language revisor.