Helen received her yoga certification in 1995, but her in-depth study of body mechanics began well before that when she attended the Potomac Horse Center (PHC). Founded in the 1950’s by the late
PHC was a world renowned premiere international equestrian center, the first world-class equestrian center for training professional horsemen in the United States.
After earning her Horsemaster’s in 1978, Helen stayed on at PHC as an instructor, further honing her skills, focusing on body language, and isolating micro body movements to influence the horse’s carriage. Her lesson programs were based on the PHC model and later enhanced by her yoga training.
Using her knowledge and understanding of body mechanics and breath work---their effects on state of mind, energy level, balance---Helen teaches that form follows function in her Yoga Unfettered® program. She developed this program to meet student’s individual needs, and promote a deeper, seamless yoga practice off the mat, out of the studio, and into everyday life for a more comfortable way of living and moving.
She has taught and set up programs for corporations, universities, the military, adult education, schools, hospitals, and those with special needs, including athletes, seniors, recovering addicts, veterans, and the blind. She takes pride in the programs she has developed for equestrian centers, festivals, conventions, seminars, and other large groups as well as her own intimate outdoor yoga programs.
Helen is the author of Yoga Unfettered®, Functional Yoga For Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime, the Yoga Unfettered® Yoga to Go flash cards, that are the companion to the book, and Minute Meditations©. She has written monthly yoga columns for several newspapers on short transitional yoga postures for relieving stress throughout the day. She is currently working on producing a DVD of her program.
Helen also received a U.S. Patent on a jewelry stand and is an award winning silversmith. She and her husband, Jim, own the artisans boutique Squirrel-Eze & Friends. They travel the country selling their handmade jewelry and live on 24 acres in Massachusetts. Helen has several non-fiction books in progress, is working on a line of textiles, and paints landscapes to relax. To view their line of jewelry and purchase Helen’s yoga products visit her e-commerce site: www.squirreleze.com.