Helen found her love for Ashtanga yoga 10 years ago whilst living in Thailand. She is currently a yoga instructor at FX Plus – shared services for the University of Exeter and Falmouth University in Cornwall. Her classes are energetic, lively and strong.
Helen originally worked in Cornwall’s marine industry, but had to take a year recovery for a broken leg. Just before her injury, Helen was holding down two jobs and working on her personal trainer diploma from home. She felt it was a sign from the universe to slow down and reflect; enabling her to focus on nurturing her spiritual side.
Helen then went Thailand tolearn Thai Yoga Massage. This experience opened her eyes to a whole new world, externally and internally. Every morning she practisedyoga and meditated in the beautiful surroundings, and soon she was able to find complete mental stillness in her meditation. Whilst on the course, Helen was introduced to Ashtanga yoga.
On her return to Cornwall, Helen struggled to find a single Ashtanga yoga practice in the county, but nothing came close to the moving meditation which integrated her mind and body. She therefore decided to train to become an instructor herself. Helen continued her career in the fitness industry becoming the Deputy Manager of the Fitness Centre Team at FX Plus (Falmouth University and University of Exeter).
Helen takes huge pleasure in helping her yogi’s progress in their own personal journeys. She has a wide range of clients from new students to professional athletes and yoga instructors, and has taught at local surf festivals and run day retreats in the beautiful Cornish landscape.
In the future, Helen would like to teach yoga to children and their parents to encourage fun, trust, mindfulness, physical awareness and strengthen maternal bonds. Helen’s classes are held at the Penryn Campus Fitness Centre, for the University of Exeter and Falmouth University, Cornwall.
Photography: Leo SharpStyling: Kirsty Smith
Retouching: Clare Ball
Helen’s outfit designed by Falmouth University Performance Sportswear Design graduate, Yasmina Morrow.