FOUNDERS


vyda_headshot_4Vyda Bielkus , E-RYT 500

Vyda’s tune:  “Hey Hey Hey” by Michael Franti

Vyda is a visionary and entrepreneur in the arena of wellness, yoga, health, and lifestyle management.  Her humanistic acumen inspires her teaching, coaching, and writing.  She is a recognized consultant, presenter and spokesperson for this burgeoning industry.  Drawing from personal and professional experiences she co-founded Health Yoga Life to provide easy solutions for people on their way to optimal living!  After graduating from WellesleyCollege, building businesses by bringing out the best in others and developing new strategies for old problems became her calling. She brought these skills to the exploding market of yoga to help develop, as Chief Operating Officer, the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute (BPYI).  During her tenure at BPYI, she facilitated and co-developed “train the trainer/teacher” programs, studios, and yoga retreats.  Vyda is a Yoga Alliance 500-hour certified yoga teacher and trainer. She has been a featured speaker at the Yoga Hub’s Virtual Conference and Yoga Alliance Leadership Conferences. She also is a founder of Independent Yogi, a consulting company for yoga teachers, musicians, and other wellness practitioners. As a yoga teacher and facilitator she merges the Emotional Responsibility Method™ and yoga to help others see that it is only through self-transformation that the world around us will change.

 

Aida Bielkus PhD, E-RYT 200

Aida’s tune: “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley

Aida is a dedicated Master Health Yoga Life Coach, Coach Training Program faculty, and yoga teacher.  Aida helps individuals create effective change in their lives by trusting in and maintaining continual advocacy for their whole authentic self.  She co-created The Emotional Responsibility Method™ which guides her work with personal clients and students as a HYL Coach and within HYL Coach Trainings.  After receiving her MFA from Boston University she pursued a career in the “healing arts”.  This led her to complete a PhD of Psychology from California Southern University.  Aida’s degree thesis aimed to support mind-body-spirit integration and confirmed her hypothesis that older adults who maintain spiritual well-being enjoy a healthier physical well-being.  Her commitment to expanding Health Yoga Life Coach education to homecare workers is bringing much needed change to the quality of care for the elders in our communities.  Multidimensional projects she leads include coaching, consulting and training to companies that provide nurse and caregiver home services. Aida feels fortunate to have co-founded Health Yoga Life with a group of women who share a joint vision.  Aida believes honoring work and home life balance is fundamental.  Her two children fill her home with joy and laughter.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Ryma_2Ryma Bielkus

Ryma’s tune: “Mere Gurudev ” by Krishna Das

Ryma is a natural strategist, facilitator, trainer and coach. She trained in and practices self-refection, meditation, yoga and the art of coaching conversations. Her coaching process is remarkable in its broad -range of expertise. Her ability to listen, repeat back, and provide insight allows her clients to see reality clearly and continuously clarify their purpose. Since lifestyle choices and health affect performance she adds health coaching to her work with others.  In the 90ties with a team of integrative medicine pioneers she produced a Certified Health Coach Training program. The program influenced major university Health Coach teaching programs and is the basis of the HYL Certified Coach Training. Her consulting in integrative medicine resulted in the development of numerous integrative medicine centers nationally including the Marino Center for Integrative Medicine in Cambridge, MA, Olive Leaf Wholeness Center in NY, and centers for the Swedish American and the Mercy Health Systems. Ryma has brought her coaching and facilitation expertise to fiscal and quality turnaround management executive teams in major city and rural hospitals. Her ability to deal with change in a rapid pace, build trust and deal honestly with all stakeholders produces fiscal and operational success. She co-founded Health Yoga Life with her daughters to share processes for change that work i.e. the Emotional Responsibility Method™ and to  help others develop a conscious and creative approach to living.

 

Siga Bielkus, MA

Siga’s tune: “Sat Siri Siri Akal” Gurunam Singh

Siga is the Studio Director of Health Yoga Life in Boston and a presenter, teacher, facilitator and program coordinator of HYL’s Weekend Workshops and Weeklong Retreats. Her sharp artistic eye brings brand continuity to all HYL products and her business acumen guides marketing, social media and networking initiatives. While completing a Bachelor of Business Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, DC,  Siga traveled around the world in a “Semester at Sea” program. This cultural experience helped her deeply understand that we are more alike than we are different.  She believes that the key to change is meeting people as they are in the present moment and honoring their beliefs.   Her professional career progressed quickly in the wellness industry and she became the Program Director for the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute.  The role included managing and expanding international retreat programs.  This momentum in international venues brought her to attain her Masters degree in International Business at Vilnius University.   Recognizing and valuing the importance of personal experience in human development, Siga embraces multiple self-directed programs in the four quadrants of health, rest, activity, nourishing and cleansing. She first adopts a change in her own life and then helps others incorporate new health strategies into their daily routines. Her commitment to personal growth through meditation, yoga and HYL Coaching enable her to be present and help others in their journey.

 

Zara Bielkus, MPhil OXON

Zara’s tune:  “Pride (In the Name of Love)”  U2

After graduating fromBostonUniversitywith a degree in International Relations she was soon named a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar.  With this scholarship Zara received a Masters degree fromOxfordUniversity.  She continued her academic pursuits as a Fulbright Scholar, the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world. With this high level of achievement and demands on her time, Zara brings balance into her life through practices of meditation, yoga and coaching. She has actively identified and brings to Health Yoga Life’s Coach Trainings numerous health routines from ancient healing practices found in Chinese Traditional Medicine and other integrative medicine disciplines. As administrative executive she implements strategy, content development and writing for Health Yoga Life business pursuits.

 

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