My classes are grounded in the hatha tradition. Depending on the day they may vary between a slightly more heated hatha flow, a cool meditative yin practice or a balanced yin-yang journey, combining both standing flows and long, static poses on the ground.
I will often weave in breathing techniques and short meditations.
Training and Self-Practice
- My training (540 hours) is in hatha, ashtanga vinyassa flow and children’s yoga (Yoga London, Rishikesh Yog Peeth and TriYoga.).
- I am currently training in yin yoga with the Eckhart Yoga Academy. Further details about the practice of yin yoga and what to expect will be available here soon.
- My daily self-practice consists of meditation and an un-sequenced flow of movement.
One-to-one sessions allow you to discover your own yoga that is right for you as an individual. They enable you to find the asana or pose in your own time, the alignment that is right for your body and to move at your own pace. My sessions provide the opportunity to go deeper into yourself and to develop a mindful, sustainable, practice.
If you are a beginner, then sessions can be a wonderful way to learn at your own pace and to find your own path. If you already have experience or an established practice then a session can help you deepen this, grow in your practice and bring new insights.
My children’s classes are calming, creative and fun. I believe that yoga can be a wonderful influence on children and benefit them in many different ways.
To name just a few, yoga can:
- Build self-confidence and self-esteem
- Build strength both physically and mentally
- Increase self-awareness and a feeling of ease in their own body
- Enhance focus and concentration
- Help a child to create their own happiness
- Help them make the choices that are right for them
- Increase social skills
I provide a safe, supportive and friendly environment that allows children the opportunity to express themselves openly.
My classes in schools and after school clubs combine both yoga poses, games and creative elements. I focus on tuning into the breath, which can help with the anxiety and stress that so often pops up when growing up. My work as a Creative Museum Educator and my years working in primary schools before this mean that I understand the different learning and social needs of children. I am passionate about children learning in creative, informal ways and my background in arts and crafts means that I sometimes incorporate art techniques into my classes. I have an empathetic and patient attitude, providing a warm and happy space for children to discover and grow.
“I am fairly new to yoga and was looking for an instructor who could teach me yoga fundations in both physical and spiritual terms. I am truly delighted to have experienced Helena as my first teacher.
It was also important to me that the yoga instructor took the time during the sessions to explain the technics, meanings and effects on body of each pose and salutation flow we practiced. Helena could combine all this perfectly during her lessons. She always had the right words at the right time so I could really understand, embrace and even challenge myself through the poses and the salutations flow.” – Eric Montagne, one-to-one yoga client
I’ve had a few one to one yoga sessions with Helena and absolutely loved them. She’s an intuitive, knowledgeable and caring teacher who made me feel at ease but also challenged me. My sessions were carefully thought out and sequenced, engaging, and made me feel so much better afterwards. Helena is an incredible yoga teacher who teaches from the heart and with good music which is an added bonus. I can’t recommend her enough. – Clare Hudson. one-to-one yoga client
We’ve found Heli fantastic at introducing two absolute beginners to Yoga. She plans our classes carefully and gives clear instruction that displays a real understanding of the practices and techniques she’s teaching. She patiently explains areas of uncertainty and corrects posture when necessary. Above all she has the knack of pitching her classes at just the right level – Andrew, one-to-one yoga client