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.
Did you know that the Power Pilates philosophy was developed by Joseph Pilates and that he discovered the The Universal Reformer? The reformer is a versatile place of equipment that is movement-based and emphasizes the core or powerhouse.
Helen now offers Pilates reformer workouts in her wellness studio in Waterville Valley Town Square. The reformer offers all the core-building tools plus more.. No muscle group is over trained or under trained. Using a simple wooden frame, a movable carriage, springs, a footbar and adjustable leather straps. From leg presses to abdominals to arm work to standing work. Wondering how to get started?
Contact Helen 603-960-1470, for an Introductory Session. Helen has completed the Reformer Instructor Training by Balanced Body Education.
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.