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.
How about a vibrational sound bath along with a guided meditation? A perfect opportunity to experience a deep state of relaxation.
What are Tibetan Singing Bowls?
For hundreds of years, Tibetans have practiced a form of sound healing and spiritual transformation leveraging a hand-made musical instrument known today as Tibetan Singing bowls. Traditionally, monks and Buddhists practitioners have used the bowls in rituals, prayers, and meditation, and their sounds and vibrations have been described as the “sound of the void” or “sound of the universe manifesting.” Made of a special seven-metal alloy of gold, silver, iron, mercury, tin, copper, and lead, each metal represents one of the seven chakras. They are made by monks who use a traditional process of shaping them with a hammer, while singing a series of sacred chants and mantras to infuse the bowls with healing intention.
What are the benefits of Tibetan Singing Bowl sound baths?
While western medicine is still catching up to the ancient wisdom of our ancestors around the world, sound healing with Tibetan Singing Bowls has been known to provide the following benefits:
- Reduction in tension, anxiety, and depression
- Balance of the chakras. According to many traditions, chakras are our energy centers, and it’s believed that physical and emotional challenges are the result of one or more chakras being blocked or unbalanced. The notes of the bowls correspond with each of the significant chakras. Keeping these facilities in harmony causes wellness and harmony.
- Immune system stimulation. “Sound can actually change our immune system,” explains Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, Director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine at Cornell Cancer Prevention Center, author of “The Healing Power of Sound,” who used singing bowl therapy with his cancer patients.
- Lower Blood Pressure. A study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion found that singing bowl treatment resulted in a greater reduction in systolic blood pressure and heart rate. Others have found a reduction in cardiac complications among patients who have recently suffered heart attacks.
- Pain Management. The medical director of the Deepak Chopra Center in California, Dr. David Simon, found that “the sounds from Tibetan Singing Bowls, as well as chanting, are chemically metabolized into ‘endogenous opiates’, which act on the body as internal painkillers and healing agents.”
- Get “in the zone.” Move your brainwave frequencies into the theta zone to induce deep meditative and peaceful states, clarity of mind, and intuition. This positively affects our nervous system and engages our relaxation reflex while also inhibiting the pain or stress response. The upper end of the theta brainwave range is what is considered vital to the healing of the body, mind, and spirit.
Helen is intuitively skilled at bringing the mind and body into a sense of peace and well being. She has studied Vedic & Tantric mantras with Russell Paul, ‘The Yoga of Sound’ at Kripalu Center for Yoga and with David Newman, Kirtan College at Yogaville in Buckingham, VA. Helen is also certified by Margie Sanders and trained to administer a sound bath in a guided chakra meditation or yoga nidra session.
Helen is also trained to administer MBSR meditation, breath work and subtle body movement.
Contact Helen at 603-960-1470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a sound bath session.
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
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. Yoga is endorsed by health care professions as a mind-body practice at an affordable price.
WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS on ZOOM, Morning Movement 9:00-10:15am
SUNDAYS on ZOOM, Morning Movement, 9:30-10:45am
All classes are dynamic and lighthearted as we cultivate a strong mental and physical practice.
Contact Helen (603-960-1470) for Pilates Reformer Sessions, Thai Yoga Bodywork, Private Yoga or Group Yoga Classes.
ENERGIZING SOFT VINYASA – Focus with inspiration to ground, uplift and resonate body, mind and breath. This flow class is suitable for everyone – including those 55 years and up.
SATYA (Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement) is Prajna Yoga’s therapeutic, “yin” style practice. – SATYA will no doubt add depth and somatic sophistication to your practice… and it is so healing. Helen uses the somatic movements usually at the beginning of class before moving into Vinyasa. The exercises are non-weight bearing and involve sliding, gliding, and circular movements to reduce myo-fascial holding in the body. Ideal for aging populations, SATYA is a simple yet highly effective system to help safely mobilize and repair the connective tissues.
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 Bodywork but do teach Vinyasa flow and prop-based restorative classes.
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.
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.
Individual Pilates Reformer and Group Yoga Available by Appointment603-960-1470 or Helenyoga@roadrunner.comFinding Joy in Waterville Valley by Walking the Path Aimlessly.
Testimony “Helen is fantastic. I attend both her yoga classes and work with her on the reformer in her studio. I highly recommend Helen. She is patient and passionate about her work. She can cater to any level of fitness.”