Six years ago my dear friend, Helen, did her 200 Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Space here in Toronto. It transformed her. I saw a woman who had been anxious and a bit wayward, gain confidence, and focus, and demonstrate deep passion. At the time I was doing a lot of Pilates and was really interested in how it all worked. Seeing Helen post-YTT was the push and the inspiration I needed to take the plunge and sign up for my Pilates teacher training and I have not once regretted that decision. I remember, so clearly, thinking if this is the certainty a training can bring- thats it’s so tangible I can see it’s effects on my friend, then I really have nothing to lose. Those years ago (and the habit lingers as I am sure it does for many of us) I was so ready to dismiss my desires because they did not fall into some idea of what I thought my life ‘should’ look like. But seeing Helen’s growth fuelled my desire so much I could no longer ignore it. Once I made that decision the Universe opened up for me. I experienced real synchronicity, all signs pointed to ‘this is the right and best decision.’ And it was, as any one who sees how excited I get when I teach can attest to.  That summer, after Helen finished her training and just before I did mine,  we  had a blast.  We would meet every day in the park, with other friends and we were just so happy being and hanging and giggling, and there was plenty of yoga in the park, especially airplanes, we loved airplanes. We still do. 

Helen took her life in a different direction and decided not to teach and actually ended up as a reality television producer. We’ll save that story for another time. But her path brought her back and she recently completed her second YTT, this time in Costa Rica. This time around Helen is ready and excited to teach. And I am so delighted to announce that she will be joining the MuseMovement team. Again, it feels like the Universe is lining up. The woman who inspired me and encouraged me to dive in, do my training and become a teacher is now teaching at my studio. I feel blessed, so incredibly blessed. 

I tell this story as a prelude to an introduction to Helen but also as a reminder to do what it is you are passionate about. If you put out there in the world what it is you want from it, from life, it will come back to you- it may be unrecognizable and not what you expected, but it will come back to you and you should grasp it if you are ready and not force it if you aren’t.  Movement will help you do this. Movement brings clarity and helps make our dreams palpable. I don’t want to preach or sound like I am reading lines from an Eckhart Tolle classic, but just remember that when you move your body, you move your mind and your heart opens right up- as do possibilities.

Helen believes this as strongly as I do and her enthusiasm shows in her teaching. You can check out her gentle, yet challenging, Yoga Deep Karma classes (drop ins only $10)  Wednesday at 7:45 and Sundays at 4:30. Without further ado:

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Helen Manley
Having completed two 200hr teacher training programs Helen can’t wait to finally start teaching. In 2004, anxious and barely able to touch her toes, Helen walked into her first yoga class and a love affair began. Ten years later she’s found strength, flexibility and peace through her practice and believes wholeheartedly in the healing power of yoga. As a result of her own physical and emotional journey, she is an approachable and compassionate teacher.  Having studied under the guidance of Kathryn Beet, Patricia White and most recently Paula Tursi of Reflections Yoga NYC. Helen’s classes promote stability, acceptance and strength on and off of the mat. Through her slow yet challenging style her classes are designed to encourage expansion and release in body and mind.

Welcome to the team Helen. We look forward to meeting you on the mat.