Helen Mikuska is a certified yoga instructor and yoga therapist having completed over 1,000 hours in yoga teacher training and attended over 800 hours at various yoga workshops. Educational studies include:
  • American Institute of Vedic Studies

    American Institute of Vedic Studies
    Currently enrolled to complete training to become a “Yoga and Ayurvedic Wellness Consultant” and an “Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant”. The institute focuses on Ayurveda, Yoga-Vedanta, Vedic astrology, and their interconnections. It provides examin-ations of Veda and Tantra along with the background system of Hinduism or
    ‘Sanatana Dharma’. It emphasizes bringing together the greater Yoga tradition in an integral manner with regard to its Vedic origins. It holds a special regard for the teachings of Ramana Maharshi, Kavyakantha Ganapati Muni, and Sri Aurobindo.

  • Yoga Therapist (trained with Aadil Palkhivala with Purna Yoga Therapeutics in Seattle)

    Yoga Therapist
    As a yoga teacher, your ability to support your students’ healing process requires two things: an understanding of yoga therapeutics and inner wisdom. Knowing the therapeutic applications of yoga gives you the technical knowledge of how to use asana for healing. The deepening of your inner wisdom, by opening the heart chakra, allows you to apply the knowledge so it affects the deepest healing in the student.

  • IYTA (International Yoga Teachers Association)

    IYTA
    Certified to teach internationally. IYTA promotes the growth of the understanding and practice of the principles and philosophy of yoga throughout the world. Increases understanding of the underlying philosophy and mythology of yoga. Ensures yoga is available to all persons regardless of age, sex, ability or disability, ethnicity or religion.

  • E-RYT500 Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance

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    Yoga Alliance exists to support yoga teachers in their professional development and to promote quality yoga instruction for the practicing public. As a registered yoga teacher, I agree to conduct myself in a professional and conscientious manner, living up to any commitments I make to my students or to the public, ensuring that my practices and behavior conform to the represent-ations I make about myself in holding myself out as a yoga practitioner who adheres to certain precepts by respecting the rights, dignity and privacy of all students and adhering to the traditional yoga principles as written in the yamas and niyamas.

  • SOYA (South Okanagan Yoga Academy)

    SOYA (South Okanagan Yoga Academy)
    Completed 500 hours of yoga teacher training and specialized in prenatal yoga. The Teacher Training is inclusive of many styles of Hatha Yoga and incorporates thorough study of Yoga Philosophy (Hatha Pradipika, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads). This outstanding aspect of the SOYA Teacher Training embraces unity in all yogis, regardless of their paths and styles of yoga (“The paths are many but the Truth is One.” Swami Sivananda).

  • Stott Pilates

    Stott Pilates
    Completed Stott Pilates Intensive-Plus and Advanced Matwork courses. The Stott Pilates method has exercises designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints. The exercises focus on the following five basic principles: breathing, pelvic
    placement, rib cage placement, scapular movement and stabilization, head and cervical spine placement. Assists students to learn neutral body align-ment and proper breathing techniques. These principles provide a tension-free and safe position so that all exercises work effectively.

  • SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology)

    SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology)
    Food and Nutrition Management; graduated with Honours. Studies included Human Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition, Infection Control & Safety, Health Care Communications, Food Preparation Labs, Food Service Management, Nutrition Application. Graduates have nutrition knowledge and skills to plan menus and instruct Individuals who are concerned about eating for health and skills that can be applied in health care (hospital, nursing homes and community health).

  • AFLCA (Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association)

    AFLCA
    Currently has taught 35 years in the fitness industry (land and water) and is certified as a Group Exercise Specialty Leader with Mind/Body Designation, Older Adult, Aquatic Exercise and completed training in Joint Works/Water Works. Dedicated to the promotion of physical activity, active living and the dynamics of the wellness concept (physical, emotional, social, mental and spiritual health) by offering a holistic approach to fitness. AFLCA members are committed to act with integrity, to honour the rights and dignity of all individuals, to recognize their responsibility to society and to pursue a quest for excellence in fitness leadership activities.