About

Hi, I’m Helena and until recently I was based in London, freelancing in creative museum education and teaching yoga. Now based on a small island in the West Indies I will be working as an Education and Outreach Coordinator for a marine conservation NGO.

What I write aboutshot26

My blog documents my personal mindful wanders into yoga, meditation, art, food, nature and the environment. In the future I hope to explore and write about yoga and meditation in the Caribbean region.

A bit more about me

Yoga and meditation play a big part of my life. I try to approach life with curiosity, positivity and an open-mind. I have found that yoga complements this attitude. I trained as a yoga teacher in India intitially just out of personal interest and due to a fascination with Eastern philosophy. I then went on to train further in London as I discovered from my first course that teaching and passing on the practice is important to me. I truly believe in the benefits of yoga and it’s potential to transform. For me it is a lifestyle that brings me clarity and deeper connections. My favourite definition of yoga so far came from a previous teacher who translated it as ‘a radical change in one’s perception’.

I have worked for the last few years in museum and art gallery education. I have been lucky enough to work with some wonderful institutions in London and the surrounding areas, developing and delivering art and history-based workshops for all ages. Most rewarding was my time working in prisons and rehabilitation groups as an Arts Award Advisor. Travelling has always been important to me and I have lived in the Netherlands, travelled in South America and Asia and worked on archaeological digs (having studied archaeology) in the Middle East, the Caribbean and the UK.

What I love and believe in

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I am fascinated with the capabilities of the mind and how it is a tool to utilise well rather than to be controlled by. I believe at the very least it is useful to be aware of our thoughts and notice how they shape our worlds. I love learning about spirituality and science, reading about Eastern philosophy and discussing life in general. 

The mind is everything. What you think, you become’ (the Buddha)

Qualifications

Yoga Teacher Trainings

Yoga London, Ashtanga Vinyassa Flow, 500 hours  (Yoga Alliance), 2018

Rishikesh Yog Peeth, Hatha 200 hours (Yoga Alliance), 2016

TriYoga London, Children’s Yoga 40 hour (Yoga Professionals), 2017

Yoga Intensive Courses and Workshops

Vipassana Silent Meditation

Intergrating Pregnant Students into Your Yoga at Yoga London

Mindfulness and Zen Meditation at Yoga London

Heritage Qualifications

MA Museum Studies and Heritage Management, First Class Hons equivalent (Leiden University)

BA Archaeology, First Class Hons (Reading University)

Bronze and Silver Arts Award Adviser

I have Public Liability Insurance of up to £1m with Hiscox and hold an Enhanced DBS.