Eleni Gekas

Eleni is a Mount Madonna Institute-trained Ayurvedic practitioner, Postpartum Doula & Yoga and Mindfulness teacher. She has been practicing Ayurveda since 2007, Yoga 1997, Birthwork 2014 & Death Retreats since 2018.

In 2010, The Light on Ayurveda Journal awarded Eleni a scholarship based on her commitment to Ayurveda, Yoga, & Jyotish to study at Dr. Vasant Lad’s clinic in Pune, India. Eleni is committed to preserving ancient traditions & to make them applicable to modern living.


Undergraduate & Graduate Degrees
*Washington University in St. Louis, Spanish & Women’s Studies
*Mills College, Spanish Bilingual California Teaching Credential (K-12)

Yoga Teacher Trainings & Intensives since 1999
*Integral Yoga Institute, Mount Madonna Institute, Youth Yoga Dharma, Full of Joy Yoga, Iyengar Training and Clinical Yoga & Ayurveda

*R. Ray, Dharma Ocean
*Retreats include: Meditating with the Body, Dathun, Vajra Assembly, Vajrayana Training Intensive, Solitary Retreat

Ayurveda Training, Clinical Studies since 2007
*Ayurveda Practitioner (CAP) Mount Madonna Institute
*Dr Vasant Lad – India Gurukula Program and Pulse Practicum Intensive
*Dr Sarita Shrestha
*Dr. Ashwin Shastry
*Dr. Sarita Godbole Pune, India
*Dr Claudia Welch—Healthier Hormones

*World School
*International Society of Thai Yoga Massage

*DONA Doula Training with Debbie Lavin
*Baby’s Best Beginnings

*Tabla, Ali Akbar College of Music, Swapan Chaudhuri

Jyotish/Sanskrit Teachers
*Hart de Fouw
*Steven Highburger


*Taught Professional Development Workshop: “Stretching Expression: Bringing Yoga into the Classroom,” San Francisco Unified School District *Created & Trained Volunteers for Girls Figure In, a Media Literacy program for middle & high school students, SF National Organization for Women
*Clinical Yoga & Ayurveda Course – Sri Santosh Puri Ashram, India
*Mission Cliffs Yoga: Behind the Yoga Poses, Yoga Basics, Morning Yoga, Introduction to Pranayama
*Integral Yoga Institute: Self Healing of Ayurveda Workshop, Introduction to Ayurveda for Yoga Teacher Training

*Searching for a Deeper Union
*Mount Madonna, Alumni Spotlight
*Betheyla Scholarship Award for Advanced Studies