I'm a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 500 with Yoga Alliance. I completed my training at the Inner Power Yoga Studio in Sterling, Virginia with Ursula Cox in 2017. I was trained by wonderful teachers and mentors who graciously shared their wisdom and practice; as a result, I will forever be the student of the practice.
Yoga has been part of my life for 9 years, helping me to find inner strength, teaching me to be present and mindful both on the mat and throughout my life. My journey as a yogi began after recovering from childbirth. I went back to the gym with the intention of strengthening my core and losing weight. I landed in a yoga class and immediately realized I had arrived where I belong.
In my studio I teach 75-minute power Vinyasa, Yin, and Yoga Nidra classes, focusing on breath, alignment, and mindfulness. My classes include a community of students ranging from young adulthood to seniors.
As a teacher I focus on the whole person, meeting students where they are in their journey through wellness, as beginners or advanced yogis. As a community we celebrate small accomplishments, honoring and living the “Om” to create harmony and unity to support each other through our practice.
As a yoga teacher, I love to see my students thrive and feel complete. I teach to connect the body with the mind and the breath, providing a calming effect, positioning each student to use the strength of their body to improve their balance in yoga and in life.
Hella, Your class is more of a shared practice with you as our mentor than a group of people who work out together. Many of my other yoga teachers and classes rush through the poses-focusing on the physical side of yoga. My practice with you is more than that. You understand where I am today and help me there while showing me where I am trying to go. There is no pressure to move faster than I am ready for but you give a nudge if I become complacent in a pose. I feel you are more of a mentor than a teacher.
Joys Sue Black
Since taking yoga classes with Hella, I have learned how to manage stress, not only in class but through all areas of my life. As a working-mother of three, I truly feel like this is something for me that makes me a better person for my family and my colleagues. The bonus is what it’s done for my physique; I’ve shaped and toned areas that I thought were a lost cause!
I come to Hella's class in October 2019 in poor physical condition. Year before I had opened heart surgery. To improve my physical condition I was looking for restorative yoga teacher in the area and find at Terra Natural Wellness. Even doing one class a week, Hella helped me to restore my strenght and restored my posture. She always addresses everybody's concerns in her classes. It's always a pleasure to come in to her class.
Taking yoga with Hella has made such a difference in my life. I have been an avid exerciser for many years but with all of the changes in our world, I was forced to find a new routine. Prior to all gyms closing, I took some drop in classes with Hella at Majest Martial Arts and I enjoyed those very much. I didn't commit to a schedule as I also had my Golds Gym membership, but my favorite yoga practice has always been with Hella. Since the Covid 19 pandemic took over our world, I have been practicing yoga only with Hella, on zoom at first and now outside, under our big, beautiful sky. This practice has really saved me, both mentally and physically. My joints no longer ache, I feel calmer and more connected to the world and I find myself yearning for her classes.
I'm completely hooked! Hella's kindness and consideration to all her students is second to none. She is an amazing, knowledgeable, instructor who meets the needs of and challenges all students at their personal level. Instructors like Hella are hard to find. I highly recommend Terra Natural Wellness and Hella. It's the whole package:)