Welcoming you back to class
What is Holistic Yoga Therapy HYT?
"dealing with or treating the whole of someone and not just a part"
"a set of physical and mental exercises intended to give control over the body and mind"
"a treatment that helps someone feel better and grow stronger"
Hello, I'm Helen, welcome to my website.
I believe by connecting body, mind and soul using holistic yoga therapy HYT you feel and live a better life, both physically and mentally.
Whether your goal is peace of mind, improved physicality or the secret of enlightenment, your journey starts here.
I am based in the UK and also offer classes online if you are further afield. What I offer is ideal for beginners:
Holistic Yoga Therapy focuses on helping you with:
Thoughts, beliefs and emotions
Behaviour and habits
Body and movement
"Yoga is not a workout, it is a work in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and BE who we already are." Rolf Gates
What I offer
Helen Johnstone is a yoga teacher, clinical hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner, reiki healer, massage therapist, anxiety and trauma specialist based in Cornwall.
With a varied mixture of qualifications and training Helen has the wisdom to guide you from your mind into your body and beyond.
Helen offers online private, individual holistic yoga classes that are suitable for complete beginners. Classes are designed for your needs; some are more therapeutic, some are more physical.
Each class, whether in person or online runs for 90 minutes and includes meditation, breathwork and yoga asana.
Holistic Yoga Therapy provides online Step by Step Tutorials for breathing, flow, meditation and chanting.
HYT events and retreats are offered throughout the year to bring you wellness, connection and the joy of sharing an experience with others.
Private yoga class
Modern day yoga classes often focus purely on posture for exercise and miss out the feedback that yoga provides for the body-breath-mind. My classes are designed with this in mind. I provide a therapeutic space that is private and safe in which we can explore how I can guide you to feel holistically better.
Following my Indian Hatha Vinyassa yoga training and my experience as a therapist I follow the whole that is yoga; the physical, mental, energetic and emotional body.
Classes are spiritual, therapeutic, inclusive of asana (posture), kundalini meditation, mantra, locks (bandha), sound and chanting, chakras, mudra, breathwork (pranayama), Do-In and Qi Gong.
Plus all my classes end with a Savasana to relax the whole psycho-physiological system.
There is also an option for a pure Yoga Nidra Class for presence, being and equanimity.
My classes consider the eight limbs of yoga:
Asana - posture, movement, physical
Pranayama - breath control
Dhyana - meditation
Niyama - observances
Yama - restraints
Pratyahara - withdrawl of the senses
Dharana - concentration
Samadhi - pure contemplation
In the Yoga Sutras Patanjali defines yogasana as "Sthiram sukham aasanam" meaning 'that position which is comfortable and steady.' Asanas are practicised to develop the ability to sit comfortably in one position for an extended time for meditation.
Hatha yogis found that certain specific body positions, asanas, open the energy channels and psychic centres. They found developing control of the body through these practices enabled them to control the mind and energy.
Yogasanas became tools for higher awareness, providing the foundation necessary for the exploration of the body, mind and higher states. Asana integrates and harmonises body and mind, releasing knots and mental tension.