Helen Tye Talkin
The lovely Helen has been a part of the studio for years, and having her adventurous spirit in the practice room is something we cherish! Check out that smile in Virabhadrasana 2... pure joy!
We recently sat down with Helen to chat about her yoga journey, and the role yoga plays in her life. Here is what she had to say:
How would you describe yourself as a yogi?
A somewhat easily distracted, busy yogi!
How did you find yoga? What was the inspiration?
I found yoga when I was pregnant with my eldest child, Ella, who is now 25. I attended yoga for pregnancy classes in North London, where we lived then, and remember that the classes were held in the teacher's home. It was hard to find, and the first time I went was on a dark and rainy evening. I was so stressed out by the time I got there, I was in the early stages of pregnancy, feeling sick, and I actually threw up in her bathroom during the first class. Not a great start!
Describe an interesting fact about yourself. The wackier the better!
I am a homeopath. I trained at The College of Homeopathy in London from 1988 - 1992, and at The Dynamis School for Advanced Homeopathic Studies in London from 1992 - 1993. Then I got really busy with my three children, Ella was born in 1992, Felix in 1993, and Lili in 1997. All three were born at home with the help of a midwife, a homeopath, and a birthing pool!
If you were a yoga pose, which one would you be?
Setu Bandhasana (Bridge).
What is your FAVORITE yoga pose? Why?
Virabhadrasana II. (Although she did say she also loved headstand. "Because I have never been able to do it, but with the help of two class members and a chair in one of Virginia's recent classes, I was able to do a version of headstand for the first time ever!")
How does your practice fit into your everyday life?
I am happy to say that I am at last beginning to get the mat out and do my own yoga practice several days per week (not yet daily...)
What's your favorite aspect of Yoga Vie?
The community. The camaraderie is amazing! Members are so supportive and encouraging. It's a lovely place to meet wonderful people on a regular basis. It is an oasis in our busy lives, and the studio environment is so peaceful and beautiful.
What advice would you offer to a yoga novice?
Keep coming. Find a class that's the right pace for you now, and put it on your calendar. Then try another class. Each teacher is very different, and it's so fascinating to experience another facet of who you are, and what your challenges are, with another teacher. You learn so much about yourself!