ABOUT US

MISSION STATEMENT

Our yoga classes, coaching services, trainings, and wellness programs spark transformation on a monumental level-body and mind. Authentic choice is the seed for moving life powerfully and purposefully forward. Our work contributes to the health and vitality of our community. Consistent yoga practice, coaching conversations, and meditation are the trifecta of health and healing. As we change ourselves, we change the world.

OUR STORY

We are not your typical founding team.

But we are also not your typical family. Our company grew out of our own real struggles and triumphs. Everything we offer to our clients, we have done ourselves and practice ourselves. And although our company has grown and our team continues to expand, we maintain that everyone on their own journey of health and healing will always feel at home with us.

“Shhhhhh, Mama’s meditating!”

Was a common statement in our household when we were growing up (way back in the ’80s). We four girls would do everything in our power to help our mom, Ryma, catch her 20 minutes of inner peace.

She was a female business owner and single-divorced mom, and even as kids, we observed how meditation caused a shift in her. She suddenly went from cranky, stressed, and short to present and easeful. Needless to say, we had a role model in Ryma who was way ahead of her time.

There were many moments in family life, positive and negative, that were pivotal to shaping who we are. Embracing the positive is easy! However, you become who you are through rising up through the negatives. We met every challenge as a unit, seeking out whatever modality of health and healing would get us back on track. And what we found was that the typical solutions being offered by the traditionalists often fell short. We found that the “one size fits all” solutions they offered didn’t quite fit. This sparked a movement toward integrative medicine and coaching for assuring positive change in each of us—and in us as a family.

HYL COACHING HAS BEEN A CONSTANT ANCHOR IN OUR LIVES. IT IS THE SECRET TO OUR SUCCESS.

The Emotional Responsibility Method™ arose as a coaching tool for helping manage dynamic change that is inevitable in a meaningful life.

Coaching conversations were, and still are, the norm. We engage in coaching to shift our energy fast, because life is way too short to stay stuck.

Yoga became a staple way for all of us to connect with the self and keep our bodies humming. We use the practice as an opportunity for deep self-inquiry. We know that connecting breath and body empowers people to observe the self and to create momentum for health and transformation.

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do” – RUMI

Many separate paths and interests enriched each of our pursuits. From amazing educations earning everything from BAs, MBAs, to PHDs (MIT, Boston University, U Mass, Wellesley College, George Washington University, Vilnius University, Oxford University) to jobs at hi-tech startups and integrative medicine centers, our individual paths wove together on 11/11/11 when we opened our first yoga studio in Boston’s Beacon Hill.

During one of the worst economies the US had seen, and without much of a financial runway, we Bielkus women bet on ourselves. We decided to share the real tools we knew could help others discover greater meaning and purpose in their daily lives.

FUN FACTS ABOUT OUR FOUNDERS

Aida Bielkus

Favorite Tune:
Dancing Queen by Abba

Favorite Yoga Pose: Urdhva Dhanurasana, Wheel Pose

Last Heard Saying: “How can I help you?”

Fun Fact: Went to Space Camp and I’m still shooting for the stars!

AIDA

Siga Bielkus

Favorite Tune: Annie’s Song, sung by Gurunam Singh and his guitar in my living room

Favorite Yoga Pose: Viparita Karani, Legs-up-the-wall Pose

Last Heard Saying: “I’m the little sister!”

Fun Fact: 29 countries and counting…

SIGA

Ryma Bielkus

Favorite Tune: Bonfire Heart by James Blunt

Favorite Yoga Pose: Tadasana, Mountain pose

Last Heard Saying: “Time to meditate.”

Fun Fact: Learned compassion helping my mom live life fully alive to 99!

RYMA

Vyda Bielkus

Favorite Tune: Hey, Hey, Hey by Michael Franti

Favorite Yoga Pose: Ustrasana, Camel Pose

Last Heard Saying: “I have an idea!”

Fun Fact: Named One of Boston’s Top Bachelorettes by The Improper Bostonian!

VYDA

Zara Bielkus

Favorite Tune: Wildflowers Don’t Care Where They Grow by Dolly Parton

Favorite Yoga Pose: Matsyasana, Fish Pose

Last Heard Saying: “I have a question.”

Fun Fact: Went to Oxford for my mind (part of me never left!)

ZARA

SINCE OPENING, WE HAVE ADDED DYNAMIC TRAINING PROGRAMS, IN PERSON AND ONLINE,
TO TEACH OTHERS THESE TOOLS.

We are continuing to add company-owned and partnership yoga studios to the HYL family.

Every person who takes class with us, works with us, reads a blog we post,
or signs up for one of our trainings helps us write the next chapter of this
story. Together, we build healthy, vibrant, abundant, and sustainable
communities worldwide.

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