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YOGA'S GOT HOT
I was a professional Dancer/Singer/Actor and worked in Musical Theatre for twelve years.
During my career, injuries were inevitable and reoccurring. I spent some time in physio, like most dancers. Fortunately I was recommended to try Hot Yoga by my physio. Immediately i felt effect on my body.
Whilst working away on UK tours, I would seek out hot yoga in each city to keep injuries at bay. I found my strength and muscle tone improved and found it very beneficial for calming my mind.
In 2012 i returned home, after many inspiring years in London. I quickly realised Hot Yoga classes in Edinburgh were limited and wanted to share this specialised yoga with the city.
During my comprehensive training i was truly amazed and touched by recovery stories. To learn just how powerful yoga practise is, has made me certain that i can help and improve lives.
I opened YGH in 2013 and can honestly say it's the best decision I have ever made. I get my own practise in plus I have the pleasure of sharing my knowledge with others. Watching them grow and improve fills my heart.
By 2014 I felt the hunger for learning a completely different style- “Hot Power Yoga”. Soon after qualifying I introduced this class to YGH as Yoga’s Got Power. It was an intensive course working on different muscle groups. I found this style very enjoyable yet very athletic and challenging.
You can cure/improve/change your body/self through hard work and determination. There is no easy, quick fix in life, we must earn our success and therefore be proud of our achievements. Become a yogi and enhance your life.
I started teaching BodyBalance in 2007 whilst working as a full-time Personal Trainer as well as teaching high-intensity classes. I was amazed at how difficult but enjoyable the classes were combining Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates. I developed my practice further when, in 2013, having had surgery after fracturing my Collarbone, I began attending Yoga’s Got Hot to improve my shoulder flexibility. I was instantly hooked! The gentle but powerful postures, the heat, the teachers and the lovely people that attend the classes left me with a buzz!
I joined the YGH team in November 2014 and have loved every minute of it. I look forward to keep developing my own practice and there are always old and new postures to learn and experience.
Yoga is a relationship between you and your mat. It is about body, mind and breath. It is about creating a space free from unwanted thoughts and feelings. It is a place to call yours.
I qualified as a yoga instructor in August 2015 after practicing many types of yoga over the last ten years.
My personal practise really took off when I was introduced to Hot Bikram yoga two years ago and I was instantly hooked, I was living and working in London at the time in a very stressful career and found yoga helped calm my mind and I loved seeing and feeling the changes in my body, my strength and muscle tone improved dramatically.
During my practice I would look at the yoga teachers and think to myself how rewarding it would be to do both something you loved and that would help others feel good about themselves, after working for a decade in the fashion industry in the big smoke I decided to quit the rat race and become a full time yoga teacher and holistic practitioner.
I returned home in May of this year, and in August I travelled to Malta to do my yoga teacher programme.
I am also a certified level two reiki energy healer and I'm currently undertaking my anatomy and Swedish massage diploma which I will complete next year.
I strongly believe in empowering those in my classes and privates to feel calm, centred, fit and healthy, and I particularly welcome those trying out yoga for the first time.
I practised yoga intermittently for several years however; it was only in my last year of university that I became more frequently drawn to the mat as a way to combat stresses of both academic and placement work. When I started my first nursing post my yoga practised intensified as I found it the best way to connect with myself and recharge.
I chose to undertake my yoga teacher training to deepen my own practice during a transitional time in work and personal life in Nov 2015. I began teaching classes in Edinburgh in January and am delighted to now be able to help bring yoga into others lives.
Yoga holds the potential to deepen your connection with yourself and the world around you. I strive to encourage my students to connect with themselves starting always with the breath.
My classes are inspired by my own practice and seek to challenge, engage and restore. Having sustained injuries myself from incorrect technique I try to strip asana down its core gradually building it up as students gain experience and strength.
No experience, flexibility or fancy leggings are needed to start your yoga journey, just an open mind and a willingness to learn. I am always learning from my teachers, students and my own practice. I look forward to learning with you.
Yoga is her way of life. Yoga has not only allowed Helen to become a more well-balanced, healthy and peaceful person but she has also been lucky enough to have enriched the lives of others through teaching. Since becoming a yoga teacher, she has been fortunate enough to teach in beautiful New Zealand, where she has been living for the past five years. Helen has also had some incredible experiences teaching yoga in India and Uganda. She has now settled in Edinburgh where she continues to teach what she enjoys most! Through a variety of poses, and conscious sequencing, she aims to build strength, flexibility, and balance to help you undercover for yourself the benefits of yoga.
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