Eija Tervonen, ESMT, 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 and the Feldenkrais Method; at the time, she had 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 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 as a teaching tool for many years and studied and practiced with somatically informed yoga teachers. The necessary pieces 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. She particularly enjoys 1-to-1 in-person work, and 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.