Helen Duquette has creatively combined her experiences in the Kripalu and Iyengar methods with the approach to Yoga taught by Vanda Scaravelli. Her eclectic background in Yoga allows her to bring a curiosity and a respect to her practice that opens the door for her students to experience the same joy and delight that she has found on her path. Helen began her Yoga studies in 1969. The knowledge that she has gained in Canada, the United States and Europe has provided a dynamic and exciting experience in her Hatha Yoga practice. Her understanding of, and relationship to the work has been strengthened through her studies of the modalities of Syntonics and Authentic Movement. She also has studied Tai Chi and continues to work in the Feldenkrais method of movement. Helen has been teaching for approximately 40 years, has owned/operated her own Studio for many years and designed a two year Yoga Teacher’s Course which she taught for 12 years providing a solid foundation for those interested in sharing their Yoga knowledge with others. She has become a mentor to many yoga teachers and works with them on a one-on-one basis and takes pleasure in continuing to teach at Creating Space Yoga Studio. She teaches a gentle yet demanding form of Hatha yoga, which concentrates on developing core strength through releasing tension and creating length in the spine. It is a seemingly soft but powerful yoga, which uses the breath and gravity to allow the spine to unfold, allowing an opening and energizing of the whole body. It asks that one pay attention, to be mindful and alive. It asks that that both teacher and student work with integrity. It is with the understanding that “our bodies are willing to change if invited to do so with an affectionate, affirmative approach” that provides the grounding theme of her work. It is this philosophy that Helen brings to each class and shares with each student.