Do you suffer from stiffness and chronic conditions? You came to the right place.
Thai Yoga bodywork is the ‘metta touch’, the touch in yoga. Thai Yoga incorporates martial arts moves, rhythmic motion, palming and thumbing along energy lines, gentle stretching, and breath work. During the session, the receiver lies on the mat in comfortable clothing and relaxes. You will be guided through a series of Yoga postures, while body’s energy lines and pressure points are being assisted. It can provide amazing results to reduce stress and ease discomfort. It will improve circulation, help expedite metabolism, boost the immune system and tone the muscles. No yoga experience required.
Helen is certified as a Thai Yoga Massage practitioner through Lotus Palm Thai Yoga Massage School of Montreal, Canada. She has seven years of holistic bodywork experience.
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. ~Rajan Narayaran
Helen’s Pilates studio prioritize the individual client experience. The private setting provides a peaceful and intimate experience to ensure focus and connection to mind, body and soul. We prioritize alignment, so you gain postural awareness as you strengthen your body. The benefit of your Pilates experience starts on Day One.
The reformer offers all the core-building tools plus more. The reformer is a versatile place of equipment that is movement-based that emphasizes the core. 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. Helen completed the Reformer Instructor Training by Balanced Body Education and teaches privates for over three years.
“In 10 sessions you will feel different In 20 sessions you will look different In 30 sessions you will have a whole new body.” – Joseph Pilates
Helen practices trauma-informed yoga with many different teachers. Pursuing these studies enabled her to better face her own trauma and her recovery has inspired her to help others. The yoga classes will help you become more subtle, that involves concentration, deep listening and loving kindness to the self. Work as hard or as soft as you like. She’ll show you how to modify the poses using props and teach variations of the pose. Her practice and teachings are through studying with Tias Little, Prajna Yoga. She uses his poetry along with a mix of Asanas & Vinyasa from other eclectic & internationally renowned teachers.
Helen is a professionally trained and certified yoga teacher, Thai Yoga Massage practitioner, and Pilates mat trainer. She has taught yoga for over ten 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 eight 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 taught at the Waterville Valley Athletic Club and at Waterville Valley Town Square Yoga, which she established five 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.
Helen has completed the Reformer Instructor Training by Balanced Body Education in 2020. She also completed Power Pilates Beginner Mat Training, and received an Assessment-Based Certificate, awarded June 2013.