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.
Helena instructs the following:
“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
Yoga4Youth 6-10 yrs
Mt. Yoga for Kids 6-10
This one hour class aims to Improve strength, flexibility, and coordination through the practice of fun and basic yoga poses. Children will gain self-awareness through simple breathing techniques as well as learn respect, acceptance, cooperation, and gratitude through the simple partner poses and fun yoga games. Yoga is a great practice for self-calming as well as bridging the gap between mindfulness and athletic performance for those who play sports.