~ HELENE TAITO-JENSEN ~
Training Certificates or Qualifications: 500 hr RYT, Dip Yoga, Somatics Level 1, prenatal Yoga Teacher, and certified BODYBALANCE® Instructor.
Yoga Influences: Satyananda yoga, Iyengar yoga and Vinyasa flow.
Inspirational teachers: There are many. So many. My main inspirations are DRs Pooja & Shridar, Caitlin Casey, Yogi Nora and Troy Hadeed.
Background: I was first introduced to meditation as a young child. In my teens I found Satyananda yoga and discovered martial arts. As a young adult I forgot all about eastern discipline and spiritual practises as I went on a more worldly and indulgent path. While working as a journalist in Copenhagen I hit a wall and experienced both anxiety and depression. My life was full of material things, but I was spiritually bereft and unhappy. Then yoga found me. Scraped me off of the floor. Got me back on my feet, and I have not looked back.
Why I practice: I practise to attain a deeper connection to all that is. To understand the mysteries of life. For my physical and mental health. And in order to keep peeling away the layers, and become a better person.
Why I teach: Through yoga practise (both asana and the spiritual practises as outlined by Patanjali) I have received greater wealth than I could ever have imagined. I am so thankful. The very least I can do is pay it forward.
“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.” – Sanskrit Prayer (Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu)
“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don't go back to sleep.” – Rumi