Born in the Himalayas, to Swiss/Cypriot parents, Helena Lalita Protopapas is a multi-disciplinary visual and performance artist, musician, and teacher of art, music, and yoga. At 20, while working on an album and living in San Francisco and later Los Angeles, Helena was signed to Warner Bros as a recording and performing artist. After completing the album, she felt pulled to continue her education in the arts and fell in love with teaching, returning to rural Pennsylvania where she has developed a community of both yoga and violin students.
In the last few years, she has travelled throughout Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Denmark, Amsterdam, Belgium, France, Italy, and most recently studied in Switzerland. This past year, Helena and her husband Wyatt (Bré) lived off the northeastern coast of Japan where they explored the culture, music, and magic of such an ancient and mysterious culture.
While traveling, Helena collects and draws inspiration for musical compositions that she weaves into both lectures, performances, and shares in her yoga classes.
As a meditation and yoga teacher, and natural synesthete ( sonic and visual senses cross-over), Helena explores transcendence in her work. Fascinated with layering, mystery, memory, and the divine, Helena invites viewers, and listeners alike, to travel with her on an ethereal journey that connects both East and West, and reaches beyond into realms of the imagination. Since receiving her yoga teaching certification from Laughing Lotus Yoga in San Francisco in 2008, Helena has taught classes at Millersville University, Yoga on Orange (Lancaster), and her father John Protopapas’ yoga studio Yogahome (York), as well as at students’ homes offering full family and kid yoga.
“For thousands of years the practice of yoga has attracted/ and at times completely seduced people from all over the world. Whether the focus be on breath, alignment, kirtan, or athleticism, the heart of yoga, which derives from the sanskrit “yuj”( to join or yolk) is awareness. The linking of breath and body, heart and mind, a union of all our many strata. Yoga invites us to explore ourselves in our infinite state of fluidity and motion. It beckons us to play and rekindle simple childlike joy and laugh if we fall over. To become patient and compassionate with the beautiful vessel we’ve been blessed with. To cultivate and scatter, like ambrosial essence on those around us and with all living beings our forever abounding light and creativity.”