Meet Helena Vestergaard

by Laura Thrum
Meraki Mats - Mantra Collection

Meet Helena Vestergaard

We sat down with the beautifully elegant Helena Vestergaard to chat about all things yoga, being a mother of two and mastering the art of balance. 

Meraki Mats - Mantra Collection

In the theme of launching our Mantra Collection, do you have a mantra you tend to live by or use as a grounding reminder? 

I have my personal meditation mantra but a good one I use in my everyday life is just "this too shall pass"

When did you start practising yoga and why? 

I started practicing when I was 19 years old. I actually started because I just wanted to keep flexible after I had stopped dancing full time but it was only until I was about 22 years old that I actually understood yoga and everything it offered. Now I look at my practice in a totally different way and realise that it's more of a mental than physical practise for me now.

Meraki Mats - Mantra Collection
Meraki Mats - Mantra Collection
Meraki Mats - Mantra Collection

What is it about yoga that you are drawn to that motivates you to continue showing up to your mat? 

The way it makes me feel. When something feels that good you crave it more and more.

Do you find you take your learnings from practising yoga into living your day to day life as a working Mum, and if so how? 

Definitely, the patience and mental strength you practice in yoga can relate to any situation and help keep one level headed. Also just being in an agile physical body makes playing games with the kids a lot easier ;)

Has having kids impacted your practice or ability too and how do you work around it for other mothers out there trying to find balance? 

Its really hard. most the time when you have a moment to yourself you just want to totally chill and lay on the couch so I don't push myself. Im lucky that I'm pretty in touch with my body so i know when I can day a couple days off exercise and when I really need to pull up my socks (or roll out the mat ;)

Meraki Mats - Mantra Collection
Meraki Mats - Mantra Collection
Meraki Mats - Mantra Collection

If you had one favourite pose, what would it be and why? 

I'm going to keep it real but boring. Adho Mukha Svanasana, otherwise known as downward facing dog. I just love it because it opens up so many parts of the body in one pose, it also feels grounding which is something i regularly need.

When you lose your groove or get out of your movement routine, what do you find helps to get back into it or where do you find the motivation to keep up your practice? 

I just start to feel guilty like most of us. I feel stiff in my muscles or like I'm Vata deranged and really need to take myself to a studio. Im lucky to have a really good studio near by that I love to go to so i just try to remember the feeling of walking into that space and leaving all my head nose at the door and that usually motivates me.

Outside of your yoga practice, where else and how do you find stillness in life? 

When I'm sleeping. haha no I surf or go for ocean swims and even just at night reading books for the kids is really nice way to wind down.. and then sleep :)

Meraki Mats - Mantra Collection

Finally, what is your favourite Yoga Mat from the Mantra Collection? 

Its actually really hard to choose but Id have to go with the chocolate and green just as I love those grounding earthy colours at the moment.