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About us

Happy Seal Yoga is based on the beautiful North Yorkshire Coast which also happens to be home to hundreds of Happy Grey Seals. Ask us nicely and we might just tell you where to find them. 

We are passionate about Yoga and our local coastline and look forward to sharing our passion for yoga with you.



Meet the team

Helen Peterson Happy Seal Yoga teacher and owner

Helen Peterson

Yoga Teacher & Owner

I have been practising yoga for over 15 years, I was drawn to yoga in order to improve my flexibility and more specifically to help with my surfing. Somewhere along the journey I found that as well as increasing my suppleness and strength, a calming of the mind and an inner stillness were a natural by-product of a regular yoga practise. 


Inspired to deepen my knowledge and share my love of yoga with others I travelled to India - the birthplace of Yoga, where I completed my 200hr Teacher Training at Sampoorna Yoga Village in Agonda Beach, Goa, specialising in Ashtanga & Vinyasa flow yoga.

As a beach lifeguard, of 30 years experience, I have natural affinity with the coast and love to be by and on the sea, I have been a beach lifeguard trainer assessor for over ten years and am a STA level 2 open water swim coach, ISA level 1 surf coach and WSA Stand up paddle board instructor. I completed my SUP (stand up paddle board) yoga teacher training in Malta during September 2019. 

I believe that as a yoga teacher you never stop learning and alongside reading as much as I can, I also regularly attend courses to further my understanding of yoga. I trained in Yin yoga with mindfulness with Paula Ahlberg of the yoga teaching academy in November 2019. During the first lockdown of 2020 I completed my children's yoga teacher training with Children's Yoga Tree. During 2022 I studied with Andrew McGonigle delving deeper into yoga anatomy.

I have a degree in Sport & Human movement studies, have always had a fascination with the human body and how it works, I love to see the benefits of Yoga both physical and mental in my students.

I look forward to seeing you on the mat or Paddleboard!

Helen Peterson Happy Seal Yoga teacher and owner sunrise warrior 2 Bempton Cliffs
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