Blissful Inner-Reflection Outdoor Yoga

TIMBER CAMP TRAIL – this MODERATE hiking trail follows an old logging road that is well-built and relatively wide for most of it’s length, ascending an eastern shoulder (2800 ft.) of Mount Osceola, with excellent views of the valley’s eastern peaks.  The final destination is the site of an old logging camp – a flat surface,  an excellent place to gather in a seated meditation with a view.  

YOU ARE A MODERATE HIKER – This is a moderate hike with some gradual elevation;  this is not a strenuous hike, but participants must be in good physical condition.  

Please note that this format can be modified accordingly.

THERE ARE MANY BEAUTIFUL, OUTDOOR SPOTS IN WATERVILLE VALLEY AVAILABLE FOR YOGA. WE ALSO HAVE A FULLY EQUIPPED YOGA STUDIO WITH NATURAL SUNLIGHT.  THE STUDIO CAN ACCOMMODATE UP TO 20 PEOPLE.  Call or email Helen to discuss OUTDOOR or INDOOR YOGA preferences.  

TO SIGN UP: EMAIL HELEN RITA, helenyoga@roadrunner.com, CALL 603-960-1470  

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Accomplishments

Helen is a certified yoga teacher and also in Thai yoga bodywork.  She has studied under eclectic and internationally renowned teachers, such as Todd Norian with Ashaya Yoga, Tias Little with Prajna Yoga and Lotus Palm Thai Yoga Massage School in Montreal.

Winter 2018

I completed ‘SATYA I’ & ‘SATYA II’ (Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement) with Tias and Surya Little at Prajna Yoga, Santa Fe, NM. This is an in-depth study of SATYA movements and how to combines them with asana, breath and meditation.  I’m taught to guide students away from “doing” movement and toward sensing, receiving and “being” movement. As an adjunct to yoga practice, somatic awareness leads to embodied wisdom.  Prajna Yoga offers one of the most in-depth, comprehensive and transformational yoga teacher training programs available today.

Spring 2017

I completed the phenomenal 6-day course ‘Hands-On Adjustments and the Art of Sequencing’ with Tias and Surya Little at Prajna Yoga, Santa Fe, NM.  Practiced hands-on adjusting the poses using props to help modify poses: the wall, a block, blanket, strap, chair, wedge or bolster.  Also received a comprehensive curricula grounded in meditation, yoga, visual aids and discussion, dharma talks, pranayama and chanting.

Summer & Fall 2016

At the invitation of the Lotus Palm Institute of Thai Massage and Traditional Bodywork (located in Montreal),  I helped teach the course, “Assisted Yoga with Adjustments,” from 28 September to 2 October 2016.  While at the Institute, I completed all requirements for the Thai Yoga Essentials Certificate and also successfully completed the course “Thai Style Head Massage.”

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Spring 2016

I studied with with Todd Norian, founder of Ashaya Yoga®, April 15 – 17, 2016 at Lake Champlain Yoga & Wellness.  I attended the Yoga wellness weekend workshop training that consist of a blend of therapeutic alignment techniques, uplifting heart virtues, and the empowering teachings of Tantra philosophy.

I studied with Yogamotion Academy based out of Bozeman, MT, on March 5 – 13, 2016 in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.  I earned 40 hours of CEUs for yoga teachers by completing the “Workshop-Retreat Business Training for Yoga Teachers and Health and Wellness Educators.”  This training prepared me to  facilitate yoga retreats in Waterville Valley, NH, and beyond.  I plan to facilitate a retreat at TOSA Laguna Boutique Hotel & Spa,  Lake Atitlan, Guatemala in 2017.  Stay tuned for the Guatemala trip details later.

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Winter 2015

I returned from India with gratitude and love.  This trip was sponsored by Feathered Pipe Ranch, Helena, MT, one of the oldest centers for conscious living and yoga retreats in the country.  The tour was led by Baxter Bell, MD, RYT 500. We visited Delhi, Haridwar, the Ganges River, Rishikesh, Jaipur, Bharatpur, Agra, Khajuraho, Varanasi, and Sarnath.  I heard noise like never before, saw filthy cities, and poverty that is unimaginable to many in the United States.  I also saw  an abundance of wealth and beauty.  There were communities of love and ceremonies of light and faith that touched my soul.  I am humbled.  

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Fall 2015
  • I completed ‘Thai Yoga Massage Level 2’, Lotus Palm School Certification, at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.  I learned to adopt massages to accommodate people of different sizes and flexibility, as well as people suffering from common ailments.
  • I attended Kirtan college, a weekend of intensive chanting  with David Newman (Durga Das) & Mira at Satchidananda Ashram (Yogaville).  We did lessons in the Bhaki Yoga tradition and how to lead Kirtan.
  • I attended ‘Up North Yoga Conference’ in Essex, NY on Lake Champlain.  A fabulous workshop presented by Justin Wolfer, Nixa DeBellis, Michael Fergot, Katie Wilson & Magda Janak – sponsored by Michelle Bartz Maron, Lake Champlain Yoga and Wellness.
Spring 2015
  • I attended an annual ‘Yoga in Paradise’ retreat with Suzanne Morgan, Xinalani Retreat Center, Banderas Bay, Mexico. A lot of relaxing yoga classes, workshops, journaling and meditation on the most beautiful beach.  I gave a few Thai Massages and received a few.  Xinalani Retreat Center
Winter 2015
  • Completed Thai Yoga Massage, Level I with Lotus Palm Thai Yoga Massage  followed by Assisted Yoga with Adjustments also by Lotus Palm.
  • Attended Tias Little’s Architecture of Asana training at Back Bay Studio in Boston, MA
Fall 2014
  • Attended the Kripalu’s Annual Teachers Conference on Modern Yoga Therapy.
  • Attended ‘Up North Yoga Conference’ in Essex, NY on Lake Champlain.

“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” Khalil Gibran

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Yoga Schedule for July 2019

TUESDAYS, Slow Flow with Helen, 9:00-10:15, Town Square
THURSDAYS, Open Levels with Helen, 2:00-3:15, Town Square
FRIDAYS, Slow Flow with Helen, 9:00-10:15, Town Square
SUNDAYS, Open Levels with Helen, 9:00-10:15, WMAC
 
All group classes at Town Square and WMAC are $15 per class. Adult Fitness passes accepted at either location. Freedom pass holders get $2 off. 

Call Helen for a Theraputic Thai Yoga appointment or Private Yoga Class – 603-960-1470

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Yoga Class Descriptions

MIND-BODY MOVEMENT   –   Explore the richness of the relationship between your mind and your body.  This class, based on Somatic principals, uses simple, gentle exercises to help restore optimal resting length and function to muscles that have become painfully tight due to stress, trauma, repetitive motions and/or unconscious habits.  Movements will be guided along with the opportunity to find your own movement vocabulary through basic structured patterns.   Awakening the senses and restore sensory motor awareness to the brain and muscular system.  Asanas will also be incorporated to further enhance flexibility, strength and balance for overall well-being.  This class beginner friendly and suitable for all.

RESTORATIVE – A perfect opportunity to experience a deep state of relaxation where the body can release and heal. Experience prop supported postures with long holds that reduce stress and bring flexibility and balance to the mind and body. Simply let go and surrender. Give your body the natural gift of rejuvenation. Blocks, blankets, bolsters, and straps are optional, and you’ll receive personal assistance for set-up in restorative postures.  This class inspires all levels and adults.  

Helen is a Waterville Valley resident and specializes in Therapeutic Thai Yoga but do teach Vinyasa flow and prop-based restorative classes. She is yoga teacher certified through Sun & Moon Yoga Studio, Arlington VA and has many hours of additional specialized training. She studied under Tias Little, Prajna Yoga, Todd Norian with Ashaya Yoga and other international eclectic renowned teachers. She studied yoga in the US and internationally in India, Guatemala, Mexico, and Canada. She has a Thai Yoga Essentials Certification through Lotus Palm School, Montreal, Quebec. She also has an Assessment-Based Certificate for Power Pilates Mat Teacher Training.

Any physical exercise done with breath awareness becomes yoga; anything done without the breath is just a physical practice.
~Rajan Narayaran

About the Instructor

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Helen is a professionally trained and certified yoga teacher, Thai Yoga Massage practitioner, and Pilates mat trainer.  She has taught yoga for seven years and studied the practice in the US and internationally in India, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, and Canada. Since she retired from the computer software development field five years ago and moved to Waterville Valley, Helen has dedicated herself to improving her yoga practice and helping others to enjoy the mental and physical benefits deeply imbedded in the practice. Helen has taught at several venues, and currently teaches at the Waterville Valley Athletic Club and at Waterville Valley Town Square Yoga, which she established two years ago.  She also conducts private lessons.  Helen is certified to teach yoga through the Yoga Alliance and Sun & Moon Yoga Studio in Arlington, VA.  Helen also is certified as a Thai Yoga Massage practitioner through Lotus Palm Thai Yoga Massage School of Montreal, Canada.

Helen completed five classes at Kripalu.  Thai Yoga Massage, Level I & II with Lotus Palm Thai Yoga Massage  followed by Assisted Yoga with Adjustments also by Lotus Palm.  She attended Kripalu’s annual teachers conference, ‘The Power of Yoga Therapy.’  Other training at Kripalu is ‘Yoga Adjustments, Guiding  Practice for Each Unique Student’ with Mark Stephens.

Helen  completed the 200 hour in-depth yoga teacher training through Sun & Moon Yoga Studio, Arlington, VA in 2012.  She is currently registered with Yoga Alliance and has been practicing yoga since 1996.  She also completed Power Pilates Beginner Mat Training, and received an Assessment-Based Certificate, awarded June 2013.

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