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vyda_headshot_4Vyda Bielkus , E-RYT 500

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

A champion of self-transformation and an accomplished entrepreneur, Vyda works on projects that bridge the gap between business and wellness. In addition to teaching regular yoga classes and frequent workshops and trainings, Vyda co-leads “Train the Trainer” programs. The cornerstone of her work is The Emotional Responsibility Method™ a change-management coaching technique she co-created. To give clients around the world virtual access to unique yoga, wellness and personal development tools, she is currently launching a series of online products and tools. Vyda’s past professional successes have included executive leadership of prominent yoga organizations, including the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute, where she was Chief Operating Officer and oversaw triple earnings growth. A featured speaker at Yoga Hub’s virtual conference and the Yoga Alliance Leadership Conferences, she is a passionate spokesperson for the emerging market of self-care as a better business practice. Her singular professional goal is to empower others to transform themselves—and the world—through practices such as yoga, meditation, and coaching. Vyda graduated from Wellesley College in Economics, and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500 hour yoga teacher. In 2012, Improper Bostonian named her Power ’n Flow class the “Best Mind Body Class in Boston,”  and in 2013 she was named one of Boston’s top bachelorettes.  She writes for many publications including Elephant Journal, Do You Yoga, The Examiner, The Huffington Post and more.

 

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 1Ryma Bielkus

Ryma’s tune: “Magnificat”  J.S. Bach

Ryma is an executive consultant and coach, strategist and business developer, dedicated to expanding lifestyle medicine into conventional environs. In her work as an orthopedic healthcare business owner and restaurateur, Ryma had direct experience with the impact of lifestyle choices on health. Aiming to nationally expand healthy lifestyle choices, she applied her business expertise towards the development of numerous integrative medicine centers: In Boston, her vision for the Marino Center for Integrative Health led to 20 years of successful growth; in Rockford, IL, her management expertise helped launch the CHIP lifestyle program that graduated over 6,000 people; and in various centers she pioneered health coaching.  As a member of the C-Suite in inner city hospitals–like Greater Southeast Community Hospital/United Medical Center, Washington, DC–she applied her fiscal and quality turnaround management expertise in addressing health challenges in populations where lifestyle choices were impacted by socio-economic conditions. Globally, Ryma worked with nurse leaders to successfully partner the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development with Lawrence Memorial Regis College, Medford, MA, to start a nursing program with a western-style curriculum in El Gouna, Egypt. Ryma develops and is faculty for HYL educational programs and is active in HYL international health consortium projects. Her leadership, facilitation, and executive coaching skills create success, growth, and sustainability.

 

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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