Helen is now taking appointments for personal training on Pilates reformer. Recover from injury or get in to shape by 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. Work on endurance, coordination, balance and strength. Wondering how to get started? Contact Helen 603-960-1470, for an Introductory Session. New client special is only $50. Helen has completed the Reformer Instructor Training Levels 1 & II and mat Pilates by Balanced Body Education.
Getting people out of their heads with listening to the Yoga of Sound in a guided meditation. With the thinking mind out of the way it’s now easier to witness the breath. Meld into the healing art of vibrational sound. Group and private healing sound meditation sessions available. Props and blankets available. Contact Helen at 603-960-1470 or email@example.com
Have you had a long lapse from yoga and want to get back in shape? Are you an active person feeling restricted with common limitations and feelings of stiffness? Are you recovering from an injury? Are you a person that feels intimidated to come to yoga class because you think you’re not flexible enough? Sound familiar?
Classes are Open-Levels’ Vinyasa or Hatha styles suitable for everyone including those 55 years and up. All classes are beginner friendly.
It’s all in the experience ………
- Yoga Classes In-Person and Zoom
- Personal & Customized Privates: Pilates Reformer, Thai Yoga Bodywork, One-On-One Yoga or Group Yoga Classes
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Experience the power of a yoga practice dedicated to slowing down, reconnecting, and discovering the healing benefits of mindful movement with awareness. Helen’s Yoga are suitable for everyone – including those 55 years and up! If you’re new, she offers private session to help you find the confidence you need to get you going. She also offers private Pilates apparatus assisted workouts for all abilities and fitness levels. She teaches Restorative or Yin style of yoga as well as in a Subtle flow which is endorsed by health care professions as a mind-body practice at an affordable price.
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Contact Helen (603-960-1470) for Pilates Reformer Sessions, Thai Yoga Bodywork, Private Yoga or Group Yoga Classes. Email Helen, Helenyoga@roadrunner.com
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 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 earned an Assessment-Based Certificate for Power Pilates Mat Teacher Training and the Reformer Instructor Training Levels 1 & II and mat Pilates by Balanced Body Education.
Any physical exercise done with breath awareness becomes yoga; anything done without the breath is just a physical practice.
Helen’s yoga will help you become more subtle, go inward, that involves concentration, non-striving, deep listening and loving kindness to the self. The first practice is for those who are dealing with tightness and pain in their knees, hips and back and the 2nd video is an all-levels flow.
Stillness + Movement Practice 2/13/2022
The first video was recorded three days before knee surgery. The demo is very limited due to injury but the practice is rich. MBSR meditation is weaved throughout practice. This will increase concentration so that you can surrender in postures while softening challenging areas. This is a combination of slow flow and static poses with prop modifications.
Start lying flat on your back with your legs spread out, and arms by your side, settle with your breath and listen to the video. Enjoy!
Spring 2021, Gentle Flow
Start in a cross-leg seat, watch, listen, practice and enjoy.
Text Helen 603-960-1470 if you have any questions on class.
I hope this next trip of the year around our sun bring more wonder into your world. The good news is that the days will grow long again. In the meantime, embodying joy will be a source of well-being. An underlying fear of joy and delight plagues much of the population. How can you be afraid of joy? So many of us have a history of being reprimanded and criticized for being creative and happy-go-lucky. I hope this blog is a refresh button for the body, mind and heart.
The sheath of joy (called the ananda-kosha or the Body of Bliss) is characterized by playfulness, laughter, humor, and a care-free attitude. The fun-loving spirit is put down for being too rambunctious, dreamy, or exuberant. Adults who hold strict to house rules and clergymen adhering to their doctrine deny the heart.
Rigidity snuffs out the flame of light-heartedness, joy, and play. Play is the very opposite of control. Impulse doesn’t follow rules. It is not possible to embody joy if one is shackled to control. In spiritual circles, people equate enlightenment with placidity. But the body of joy shows up as the silly, the non-sensical, the crazy. when the Spirit of Silly is let loose nothing is off limits. This is “crazy wisdom.”
Why am I not a certain way? We get caught in to the image of what we should be. This is why we need to come back to our breath. Our sense of our body is our image. Go underneath the radar of the image maker. Commune with our interior.
Any movement practice enable connection with our biorhythms. How about a sensory experience. A body is based on pulsations of the body. What kind of movement sequence appeals to your sensory world? Standing? Floor? Upside down? Upper body, chest, lungs, or shoulders? Irrigate blood in to my neck? Yoga, Pilates, Qigong, boot camp, dance, etc. Virtual, in-person or outdoors. Can we unlearn the fitness of all this. Anyone can do yoga, but not every pose is for everyone. There is always another way.
Why are we splitting ourselves from natural world? Dogma is moving away from the sensory world. Anti-hold. Fatigue is throwing us off of our baseline. Our changing body. You don’t have to conquer your body. Can’t we make peace with ourself? Our own restlessness, comparing one another. We neglect ourself. Can’t things gets easier with age? It does has a letting go quality. There is no pure anything. Our dharma is always changing. What’s the other part? Felt sense, right brain, left brain talk to us at the same time. Middle brain is memory relational. Forebrain, back brain. Unity of all is hard to get. Life sometimes don’t feel so good.
Cultural structure is built around distraction. It distract us from reality. Cravings, social media, how you look. How am I feeling about myself. Trying to prove myself. What am I on to? We fight with our past, fight with our future. Why not build another pattern and not make it hard. We can still release without figuring it out. Now I’ll try something different.
Helen is fully trained in SATYA (Sensory Awareness Training) that is a mindful movement practice done on the floor to balance the structure, open the body without force and to reduce fatigue. This is among other Yoga Practices such as Vinyasa Sequencing, Hands-On Restorative and Mediation Practices.
~A Poem by Mary Oliver
You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
SATURDAYS: Outdoor Yoga, 9-10:15am, Behind Snowy Owl Inn next to Brookside Terrace. Enjoy the sounds of a brook with a dam. In case of rain, meet us in the studio.
THURSDAYS: Outdoor Yoga, 9-10:15am, July 1-Sept 2, Packard Field, Register through Waterville Valley Recreation Department.
Enjoy the great outdoors. A low-key, open levels yoga class with the best Yoga ever! Great for injury recovery, strength, back health and stress levels with meditation at the end.