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Yin Yoga


This class is taught by:

Helena Hatlevig

Helena spent many years as a stay-at-home mom, practicing yoga at home. Her first formal classes were in 2010 at Toby Wells YMCA. She was fortunate to have excellent teachers who encouraged her to deepen her practice and pursue teaching.
She completed Yoga Teacher Training in 2015 with Manjulali Dasi of San Diego College of Ayurveda and Yin Yoga Teacher Training in 2016 with Sylvi Harwin of Star Song Yoga. Her focus has always been on a greater understanding of the spiritual connection. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of and experiences with yoga and all aspects of life.
Helena enjoys running and hiking, gardening, long days at the beach, thrift stores and coffee shops. She and her Navy husband are blessed to have four awesome kids and live in Tierrasanta.

Adriana Ruane

When I was 18 after graduating from high school, I was not sure what field I wanted to enter. However, I knew I was looking for something deeper and more meaningful. That summer I had a job offer in Laguna Beach to work in journalismfor a local paper - The Indian Head. That was during the height of the progressive movement in the United States. Moving to Laguna Beach opened many pathways for me. The city was alive with art and music and the people were very open to new ideals and new ways of thinking.What really caught my interest was a meditation group that met weekly. Meditation was a new concept for me. However, I knew about Self Realization, the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda and the Self Realization Fellowship.I had read a book on meditation called “ The Secret of the Golden Flower.” I also became familiar with spiritual movements like TM and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Buddhism, and Zen meditation. At age 18 I joined a spiritual meditation group closely related to Indian Hindu tradition. Although mediation was difficult at first, the peace and contentment I gained was immeasurable! Soon someone in our group had gone to India to study yoga. He show us some yoga postures which he held for 3 to 4 minutes as he practiced a breathing technique. When I was firstintroduce to yoga all our poses were held for longer periods of time like Yin Yoga.We practice yoga with the goal of spirituality. We began with meditation, keeping that in mind, as we went through our practice using our inner self and breath to guide us. That was over 30 years ago! I have always kept yoga and meditation close to my heart and part of my life. Even though my life took the path of a mother of 4 children and a dental professional. The time I had taken to read the Vedas and Upanishads in those early days help to guide me through my life. Those teachings have stayed with me through the years.Today I embrace all my teachers and experiences life have given me. I have studied many styles of yoga and received my RYT 200 hours in Hatha. I started practicing a style of yoga called Yin Yoga about four years ago. Although new to some circles, Yin yoga is quite old. It is part of the original Hatha yoga tradition which combines Indian Yoga with Chinese Daoist practice. I was reading and studying all the information that was out there. I came across a website of world educator and author Bernie Clark. After learning so much from his website and his books I decided that I needed to take his certification program. The experience was life changing which brought me to a new level as a Yin yoga teacher. I am so grateful that the universe provided me with this opportunity!!
I am especially thankful for the teaching’s Thich Nhat Hanh. Enjoying each moment and bringing your meditation to whatever you are doing. I want to share with my students the profound experience of body, mind and spirit that yoga has given me. I teach my classes to fit what the student needs, focusing on the alignment, breath and posture. I feel it is important to offer modifications and props for students who need it. I also like to offer some challenging poses for those who want to improve and deepen their practice. Yoga can provide insight to all of us no matter where you are in your practice. My favorite cue to my students is cultivate Sukam (happiness comfortable) Sthira(calm, steady) in your postures. Listening to your body will ensure a safe and beneficial practice.Teaching yoga is my ultimate love and passion and to share it with others brings me great joy! I am so honor to be part of Mt Yoga.
 
“Our goal in life is not to become perfect: but to become whole.” Bernie Clark
Yin Yoga has it’s roots as part of the original Hatha Yoga tradition. Yin Yoga combines the influences of Indian Yoga with Chinese Daoist practices and Western sciences to improve our health on many levels.Most forms of yoga today are dynamic, active practices designed to work only half of our body; the muscular half of our body. Yin Yoga allows us to work the other half; The deeper Yin tissues of our ligaments, joints and even our bones. Yin Yoga mobilizes and strengthens the joints, facia and connective tissue. The emphasis is on long-held poses.Yin Yoga is very supportive. Props are an important part of the Yin practice; therefore we use blankets, bolsters and straps. Props help the practitioner surrender to long held poses.After a Yin practice the body feels deeply relaxed as if the practitioner just experienced a message. Yin yoga will also help in finding a deeper expression in the vinyassa practice. The practitioner may also be able to experience have an ability to achieve a deeper expression of the poses

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Jul 24 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Helena Hatlevig
  • Wed Jul 26 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Adriana Ruane
  • Mon Jul 31 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Helena Hatlevig
  • Wed Aug 02 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Helena Hatlevig
  • Mon Aug 07 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Helena Hatlevig
  • Wed Aug 09 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Helena Hatlevig
  • Mon Aug 14 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Helena Hatlevig
  • Wed Aug 16 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Helena Hatlevig
  • Mon Aug 21 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Helena Hatlevig
  • Wed Aug 23 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Helena Hatlevig
  • Mon Aug 28 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Helena Hatlevig
  • Wed Aug 30 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Helena Hatlevig
  • Mon Sep 04 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Helena Hatlevig
  • Wed Sep 06 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Helena Hatlevig
  • Mon Sep 11 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Helena Hatlevig
  • Wed Sep 13 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Helena Hatlevig
  • Mon Sep 18 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Helena Hatlevig
  • Wed Sep 20 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Helena Hatlevig
  • Mon Sep 25 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Helena Hatlevig
  • Wed Sep 27 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Helena Hatlevig