Today we’d like to introduce you to Aida Bielkus.
Aida, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Health Yoga Life is a yoga and wellness company I co-founded with my sisters. On 11.11.11 we opened our first yoga studio in Boston’s Beacon Hill and in the spring of 2017, we opened our Cambridge studio near Kendall Square. The studios offer classes from 6:30am in the morning to 7:30pm at night 7 days a week. There you will find me teaching yoga and meditation classes, doing workshops, and mentoring yoga teachers. Most of our teachers are graduates of the Health Yoga Life yoga teacher trainings held in Boston year-round and our summer intensive program in Vermont. It is the way we are with each other and the values we expound, not just the physical practice of yoga that have created an amazing community. Of course, getting a complete work out that allows you to land at home with yourself, in your body, no matter what shape you are in, is in and of itself transformative.
Health Yoga Life is expanding rapidly beyond the studio walls. Corporations are seeking us out for on-site learning seminars, a variety of yoga and meditation training programs, classes and executive and leadership coaching. Multiple university led research projects now provide the much-needed proof of what the yogis have known for hundreds of years, that yoga and meditation change brain patterns that then ultimately reduce stress, support anti-aging and promote empathy. This facilitates authentic leadership. The catch is that you must do it, and not just every now and then but every day. It is a practice. Luckily, we at Health Yoga Life have produced a practical approach to all this, as we are able to draw from our personal and professional direct experience.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Inevitably when you are running your own business, there are those moments when you jump without quite knowing how things will turn out. One of the lessons I give in my yoga classes is about discomfort and struggle. These feelings often come with growth, as we are stretching into new territory of ourselves. The key is being present and seeing what you can learn, to facilitate positive change. My personal challenges arise when my work life priorities are out of balance, and judging myself, when I have not provided enough attention to one or the other. Luckily, this is just a signal to me to get some coaching. I am then able to recognize this self-judgment is just an old belief that no longer serves me, and I can choose a new way forward. When you have the practices of coaching, yoga and meditation, in your toolkit, moving through challenges is easier and more rewarding.
Health Yoga Life – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
For me and all of us at Health Yoga life it is not just about the practice of yoga and meditation although those are critical components. As the oldest of four daughters and a mother of two teenagers I was well acquainted with the caregiving gene. As a young mother I had become fascinated with psychology and knew I wanted to help people. I received my Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology. However, working with my sisters and my mom, who had in the early nineties produced a Health Coach Training program based in integrative medicine and integral health principles, I became a coach as I knew that when you address the whole person, transformation happens. We quickly realized that coaching set us apart from other yoga studios. We then developed the all virtual Health Yoga Life Coach Training. Many HYL yoga teachers are HYL Coaches. This is a winning combination because people develop self-awareness through yoga and meditation and then grow through clarifying coaching conversations. When a quick shift is needed from a negative reaction to resilience we incorporate The HYL Emotional Responsibility Method™. People cannot always commit to a lengthy coaching relationship, but when they need to switch back to wholeness fast, this method works every time. HYL coaches work by phone and at the workplace.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
For me success is working with my family. We work hard and still go back to playing just as we did when we were kids. We have combined family trips and yoga retreats in Costa Rica and Tulum having a great time with each other with tons of laughs and love. I also am getting a thrill changing out of date standard wellness programs in corporations which are a bit like the standard American diet, no longer suited for these times. It’s exciting to see mediation and coaching finding their place in leadership development programs. In a more micro level the moments that I feel the most successful in my career are the moments when my personal coaching client’s energy opens. I am privileged to hold the space for their growth, their “ah-ha” moments. There is really nothing better than witnessing someone realize that they are whole!
- Address: Two Locations:
Health Yoga Life Boston is at 12 Temple Street, Boston, MA (corner of Cambridge St. and Temple St.)
Health Yoga Life Cambridge is at 181 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA (corner of Albany St. an Mass Ave)
- Website: www.healthyogalife.com
- Phone: 857-350-4124
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @HealthYogaLife
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/healthyogalife
- Twitter: @HYLTweets
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