Helena means in ancient Greek 'Bringer of Light'
"My mission in life is to spread more happiness, inner peace and wellbeing
through Yoga, lifestyle, E.F.T, Meditation and Mindfulness"
I grew up in Clifton, Bristol, spent time living in Ecuador, Japan and Belgium, my main home town is Cheltenham where I have lived for 25 years.
Whilst living in Japan as a young woman teaching English and selling Antiques I was influenced by their traditional interiors, Buddhist and Shinto traditions.
I developed a love for spaces that are simple and beautiful, with a connection to the natural world.
Back in England, I trained as a Personal Trainer, Fitness and Aerobics Instructor. This leads to interest in how the mind affects the body and vice versa, and I became a Neuro-Linguistic Programming Therapist/Coach.
Following this, my wellbeing and happiness profoundly shifted when I then studied Nutritional Healing and Detoxing.
My regular Yoga practise progressed to my training in India as a teacher, and I am very grateful to my Yoga teachers in India for inspiring me to share my light, be authentic and live my life with purpose and service.
I love teaching Yoga, E.F.T and Meditation. For me Yoga is a lifestyle, I don’t just teach a set of stretches, I share ways of releasing the tension, connecting to ourselves, becoming more spiritual, mindful, confident, kind and compassionate.
For many years I was an Interior Designer so I love beautiful spaces. Creating the right atmosphere in the Yoga studio is very important to me. Beautiful Yoga mats, cushions, co-ordinating blocks, lighting, temperature, flowers, plants and essential oils are all part of creating a quality ambient atmosphere in the studio.
For me to be an excellent Yoga teacher, I believe it’s not just about giving and planning classes but about bringing myself to class in the right state.
I practice the Latihan of Subud, which is a Spiritual Movement begun in Indonesia, I also study Buddhist teaching and Yoga philosophy.
With Subud I have run over 20 Women's workshops
and helped organizes 7 retreats, in the U.K and Italy.
I believe we become more grounded in our happiness and fulfilment with greater capacity cope with modern life if we live holistically from Mind, Body and Spirit.
If you would like to know more or have any questions, do ask me after class.
I honour the light in you
Helena Rachel x