Welcome to Yoga with Helen Rita

Om blur bhuvah suvah.  Om. Earth, Sky, Space.  Open, engage, align and expand.  Om. Peace. Peace. Peace. Om Santih Santih Santih Om.

Have you had a long lapse from yoga and want to get back in yoga shape?  Are you an active person feeling restricted with common limitations and feelings of stiffness?  Are you stiff, restless, and need some self care? Are you a person that feels intimidated to come to yoga class because you think you’re not flexible enough?  Sound familiar?  

I help people like you feel better in their body, mind and life. Depending on what is required for each person, I work with individualized yoga, group classes, Thai yoga bodywork or mindfulness-based meditation.

The invitation is to exercise the body to access the innate wisdom within yourself, that can lead to more vitality and greater freedom on and off the mat.  

It’s all in the experience ………     

Yoga Tools

Allow your breath to support you 
Allow props to support you
Allow your great regulator do it’s good works
Bringing in more space in mind & body is just the beginning

Yoga Offerings

  • Yoga Classes in Waterville Valley Town Square, apres ski designed class at 4:30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
  • Restorative Yoga Therapy Fridays at 4:30pm
  • Sunday Yoga at White Mountain Athletic Club at 9am.
  • Private Offerings: Thai Yoga Bodywork, Partner Yoga, Yoga Therapy or Group Yoga Classes

When we are engaged in the joy and challenge of building ourselves, we automatically serve the world rather than steal from it.

Our mind connects with breath.  Breath connects to the body.  Body communicates back to the body through breath.  Focus on breath for internal focus.  

Yoga classes at Town Square is a mindfulness movement flow.   ‘Open-Levels’ Vinyasa or Hatha styles.  Experience what’s it’s like to open, engage, align and expand.  At the end, relax in Savasana (rest pose) with Tibetan singing bowl and therapeutic sound.  All classes are beginner friendly.  For more information on Waterville Valley Town Square Yoga click here –> Waterville Valley Blog


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Rest and Restore Yoga for Stress Management

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 4:30-5:45, $15 Drop-in

Experience relieving stress and soothing the nervous system.  This mind and body class will train our breath, movement, gazing (drsti), sensing, and intuition.  We start off with a short meditation.  Blocks, blankets, bolsters, and straps are optional, and you’ll receive personal assistance for set-up in restorative postures.  At the end we do a deep Savasana with Yoga Nidra.  The session lasts approximately an hour and 15 minutes.  You’ll lose track of time without doubt!

It is held in a fully equipped yoga studio located in Waterville Valley Town Square.  The studio is located on the 2nd floor above The Bookmonger, and is conducive for yoga with natural sunlight. 

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Helen also offers evening YOGA classes, TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS and SATURDAYS, 4:30 pm at Waterville Valley Town Square.  

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 February

SUNDAYS, Open Level Yoga, 9:00-10:15, WMAC 
TUESDAYS, Slow is Strong, 4:30-5:45, Town Square 
THURSDAYS, Slow is Strong, 4:30-5:45, Town Square
FRIDAYS, Restorative, 4:30-5:45, Town Square  
SATURDAYS, Slow is Strong, 4:30-5:45, Town Square 

All group classes at Town Square and WMAC are $15 per class. Adult Fitness passesaccepted 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 gentle flow and Yin classes. She is yoga teacher certified and has additional specialized training. She studied under Tias Little, Prajna 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 studied yoga in the US and internationally in India, Guatemala, Mexico, and Canada.  She is a Yoga Alliance, E-RYT200.  She deepens her yoga practice by home practice daily and attends yoga workshops on a regular basis.  Helen is a certified Thai Yoga Bodyworker and her most recent course is ‘Hands-On Adjustments and the Art of Sequencing’ by Tias & Surya Little with Prajna Yoga.

Helen completed five classes at Kripalu just recently.  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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