Elina is an entrepreneur from Finland, living at the moment in Berlin. For the first time, she is coming to the BoostCamp weekend to teach yoga classes, meditation and she will also guide us through an inspiring workshop!
Read on this interview about Elina’s journey towards her own dreams, building her own business and ending up being vegan.
GoodBoost: Hi Elina. You are an entrepreneur and have a business called Unelmavalmennus. How and why did you end up creating your own company?
Elina: I have a university business degree and used to work in a Fortune 500 – company for years after graduating. During the years the IT industry I had a minor burnout and only after that, I knew it was time to move on (as scary as it was to leave a job where I had a monthly salary). I wasn’t happy and felt that I was supposed to do something that actually matters. I have always wanted to help people in some way and thought I would work in a charity company after the field of IT.
My time the IT industry and the burnout were still very teaching as I figured out that I need to go after my real passion and do what I love. It was not an easy road, thus wanting, even more, to help others to find their passion, their “thing” and encourage people to do what they love.
Now I am empowering women to create their own businesses, better their lives and think highly about themselves. In addition, since I was in my teens, I knew that I would be an entrepreneur at some point, so that was a quite natural (yet scary) step for me.
GB: You will be teaching yoga at the BoostCamp. Tell us a little bit about your yoga journey.
Elina: Doing yoga wasn’t love at first sight. I was only 16 when I tried Ashtanga yoga for the first time and did not get it at all. A few years later in my twenties, I went back to Hatha and Vinyasa flow yoga classes. Even though I had been exercising and dancing all my life, I felt a bit out of space.
I gave it another go and started realizing how amazing it is and the more I progressed the more I enjoyed. After trying different yoga styles, I found “the one” in Vinyasa flow and in Yin yoga. Yoga is more than an exercise regime, it is a journey to your inner self with meditations and mantras. Yoga doesn’t just help one to be healthy and flexible but helps you to be more centered and calm and that is what I love about it.
GB: You are also teaching meditation during the weekend. Why do you meditate and do you have some tips for those who think meditation is not for them?
Elina: I have been doing meditation regularly now for about 5 years and it really has changed my life. Just like yoga, meditation gives me the same calm centering feeling, small things doesn’t bother me anymore and I get over stressful situations in life much quicker.
For me, meditation is listening to my own inner wisdom bringing the answers I have been looking for. Meditation gives the reassuring feeling that everything will always work out. I meditate sometimes in quiet but also use guided meditations, which I absolutely adore. Many people think meditation is harder than it actually is and therefore they don’t even want to try. Just like with any new thing in life, “practice makes perfect”. People who don’t believe that meditation is for them could find for example walking in the forest, staring the sea or doing dishes meditating and calming. One doesn’t need to sit in a meditative yoga pose for hours in order to find enlightenment. It’s always important to find that right thing for you regardless of what other people do. Listen to your own intuitive self and do what you enjoy.
GB: You already told about yoga and meditation but what other ways do you have for taking care of your health?
E: Too many people are taking life too seriously. It is all about doing what you love and enjoy. Life is too short for doing things you don’t like or because you should (for whatever reason). Life is all about balance and good energy.
Quieting the mind, eating well, doing sports and having a good night sleep are the most important things in my life. I am eating healthy nutritious vegan food, mostly starting my day with a smoothie or with something similar. If I feel like snacking something I will go for nuts or fruits but I prefer not to deny myself eating anything I feel like (life is all about enjoying it). I exercise regularly, mostly doing Vinyasa flow yoga and Ying yoga. I also like to hit the gym, where my favorite exercise is a leg press. I love dancing, especially Latin dances but after moving Berlin, I haven’t found the right dance school yet – it’s in the process. I am an extrovert but at the same time sensitive
I exercise regularly, mostly doing Vinyasa flow yoga and Ying yoga. I also like to hit the gym, where my favorite exercise is a leg press. I love dancing, especially Latin dances but after moving to Berlin, I haven’t found the right dance school yet – it’s in the process. I am an extrovert but at the same time sensitive to sounds and energies, so I really need a good night sleep and alone time. You have to be true to yourself and not feel guilty about needing your own time, peace and quiet as well as sleep whenever needed. In addition to meditation, I love to listen to inspiring teachings such Abraham Hicks and get my energies up with their help.
GB: You mentioned being vegan. Could you open up a bit about that journey?
E: I became vegetarian at the age of 13, partly because it was in fashion back then and I was an easily influenced teen ☺ I ate really poorly in my teens and after developing amnesia, I was encouraged to go back to eating meat. What I didn’t realize back then, that the reason for amnesia was not lack of meat, it was just overall poor diet. Going back to meat was very hard and I ate mostly just chicken and never red meat. About three and a half years ago I started looking up things online, watching documentaries and such and teaching myself about nutrition, animal
Going back to meat was very hard and I ate mostly just chicken and never red meat. About three and a half years ago I started looking up things online, watching documentaries and such and teaching myself about nutrition, animal welfare, and global warming. After getting to know the facts, it was very easy to skip the vegetarian part and go directly to veganism. It is a matter of changing the diet and the mindset but being vegan is actually easier than most people think. Especially in Berlin, it is easy to find many vegan options and nowadays you can even find fine dining places offering vegan dishes.
Join our next BoostCamp weekend in Hanko and meet Elina and the other trainers and get a nice gateway from your work and hectic life. Read more about the BoostCamp HERE.