Thursday, 21 November 2013

Work.Life.Balance? Meet Elina Iso-Rautio, Yoga Instructor and co-owner of Lumi Yoga

Happy almost-end of the week!  This week, I am really happy to be featuring Elina Iso-Rautio, yoga instructor and co-owner of Lumi Yoga, a beautiful new yoga studio in West London.  I discovered Lumi a few weeks ago, and having been really missing not doing any yoga for a while, I had the most fantastic time there (check out my post about taking some me-time here).  It was amazing yoga, and Elina was the first person to welcome me at the door, after we had a bit of confusion over my name!

Elina is an always-on-the-go, slightly disorganised Swede (yes, apparently they do exist!) who lives and loves with her 18-month old daughter and Finnish husband in London. They all share a passion for and livelihood from yoga, and she credits coffee for the additional support that is sometimes required to string it all together. 

Whilst yoga and all things well being give her the energy to be a "better" mum, she also thrives on being
 surrounded by amazing and like minded people, a community.  Elina loves her scarves and her wardrobe is over-flowing with different colours and textures.  
Elina and her husband have recently launched a new business together `Lumi Power Yoga` - a space where passion and work come into one, creating a way of life.

1. What are the greatest challenges in being a working mother.
To find time for quietness and a good night sleep is challenging but dropping the little one off at the nursery twice a week is by far the most challenging event.

2. What is your personal top tip to making it work - or what should you really avoid as a pitfall?
Practice yoga, enjoy the moment and let go of the idea of perfection. Start your day with a green power juice (apple, pineapple, celery, spinach and cucumber) and a smile.

3. What do you love most about being a working mother?
I can still be me and share my passion whilst loving my child and being a mother.

4. Describe your perfect day.
When little Matilda is waking up with a smile and waving goodbye to me as I leave her at the nursery. Spending time at the studio with the amazing people who come in to share their journey and energy with me before, during and after the yoga practice.

5. When in doubt, what is your killer confidence booster - this could be an outfit, a beauty trick or a mantra.
Ramping up the music - maybe something like `Carlou D` - and dancing and jumping about. This changes my physical state and as a result my mental state too.  It works a treat.

6. Who or What inspires you, as an individual, as a mother, and as a professional?
What inspires me as a person and teacher is when I get to observe people creating the life they love.
Tony Robbins inspires me a lot and I keep coming back to his transformational work regularly to keep myself on track.

As a mother I get really inspired by single mums who are smiling and making `it all` look so easy.

Anything else that you would like to talk to Mama and More readers about?
I wouldn't miss this opportunity to talk about Lumi Power Yoga, the business we have just set up. We offer a comprehensive schedule of classes in the style of power yoga - a vigorous practice with deep breathing and poses that energise, strengthen and scuplt mind and body! Lumi is a heated studio (32-35C) which enables you to practice more safely, to add more cardiovascular work and to flush the toxins out of your body.  It is a truly transformative practice.

You will find us on 121 King Street, W6 9JG Hammersmith - a hop, skip and a jump from the tube station. The studio is light, large, crisp and modern with nice showers!

We have an amazing intro offer of 21 days of yoga for £30. And for Mama and More readers we'd like to offer a special opportunity to trial the first class for just £5! Just mention Mama and More at the reception desk.

Finally, we will kick off kids' yoga classes in 2014 and I would love to hear mums' experiences and expectations.  Get in touch via Twitter @LumiPowerYoga or come say hi on Facebook Lumi Power Yoga.
Come and check us out!

And finally (for a bit of lightness!)…

Cupcakes or cocktails? Cupcakes - although, as we approach the festive season, Swedish pepparkakor (Gingerbread cookies) are a must - and easy to prepare at home!  
Handbags or shoes? Handbags
Kindle or paperback? Paperback

The interview series "Work.Life.Balance?" is live every Thursday.  Please feel free to explore the archived interviews with other working mothers right here, and if you would like to take part I would be delighted to hear from you, so please do get in touch


  1. "To find time for quietness and a good night sleep is challenging but dropping the little one off at the nursery twice a week is by far the most challenging event". Oh yes, totally connect with this! And Elina's love of Swedish Gingerbread!

    1. I think that every mother connects with that challenge! It is heart-rending but part of their growing up pains too

  2. I WISH that I lived nearer!! Fantastic interview - love the sound of the green power juice. Thanks for linking to PoCoLo x

    1. Power juice is much needed at this time of year!

  3. Have to make the time to read this tonight but I WILL xx

    1. Hope you got to read it! She is a wonderful teacher


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