MH Yoga began as a yoga practice led by Mary Helen Richards. Classes were held in the loft space over the Parish Hall at The Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Dothan, Alabama. Mary Helen began with a few students and the practice grew to 5 classes per week.
As she saw the interest in yoga increase, Mary Helen began looking for a new location to hold classes. Mary Helen knew that 2312 West Main was the perfect place by the energy of the space and it's central location. Her vision was to recreate it into a yoga center for Dothan.
After an extensive project renovating the home built in the 1940's, Mary Helen and Danny opened MH Yoga Health Studio in January, 2014. In addition to offering yoga to the Dothan area, it was also their intention to provide a place where health and fitness could become a lifestyle. Massage therapy, health coaching and Spinning® are now included at the studio as well as a boutique.
Mary Helen has 25 years experience in the health and fitness industry as a trainer, teacher, and nutrition counselor. She is also a former marathon and triathlon competitor. She has extensive experience in bodybuilding with titles including Ms. Dothan and placing first in both the Alabama and Florida Open Lightweight Division Competitions. A hamstring injury led Mary Helen to yoga. In looking back, she is now grateful for that injury that began her yoga journey. It has changed her life and perspective by transforming a body-builder fitness, athlete into a passionate yogini.
Mary Helen is certified in Hatha yoga with an emphasis on the Iyengar method. Hatha is a term that encompasses all physical forms of yoga including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa and Anusara. The Iyengar tradition of Yoga focuses on precision of alignment paying attention to individual strengths, limitation, and progress. Props are sometimes used in order to experience the full benefits of Yoga postures. Mary Helen also completed extensive training at Balance Studio in Seagrove, Florida for her 200 hr. Yoga Alliance Certification in Vinyasa flow. Vinyasa flow is an active and health enriching style of yoga that links movement with the breath. Mary Helen believes that being a teacher is finding your way to knowledge by sharing with other people. As a teacher, Mary Helen challenges her students to quiet the chatter of the mind and go with the flow of body wisdom and freedom.