HelenHot Bikram Yoga Senior Teacher, BYC hot yoga Owner & Yoga Nidra Teacher

    Helen was advised to do the yoga because she had years of back pain and damaged knees, caused by horse riding accidents.

    She was amazed at how quickly her back pain reduced and how the flexibility in her knees and hamstrings improved, having been so stiff for so long.

    She practised for 2 years in her own living room, with electric heaters, to get the room as hot as possible, as there were no Bikram studios in those days. “So great was my determination to do the yoga, that each week I would move all the furniture out of my living room to make space for a small group of people to practice”. Helen went to LA to study with Bikram Choudhury to become a teacher in 1998.

    Helen met Sydney Saboonchian at the training. They have been friends ever since. Sydney now teaches at Chiswick also.

    Helen then taught for a number of years for Michele Pernetta in Chalk Farm and Queens Park. “It was fantastic when Michele opened her first studio. To be able to practice and teach in a hot and humid Bikram studio was brilliant. I met other Bikram teachers and I learnt so much.”. After 5 years of regular teaching (including Boston, USA), Helen opened Bikram Yoga Chiswick, in November 2002. The studio has been flourishing ever since. Helen is a mother of 3, two of which were born during the first three years of opening the studio: she has been very busy! She loves the yoga and you can tell that from taking her class. She will make you work hard and you will learn lots about the postures and your own body. Her classes are always inspiring and fun. She likes to keep a sense of humour when she teaches, it helps to get you through the class!

    The studio, for many students, feels like a second home. The yoga is challenging in a way that brings confidence and joy into your life, as well as health and energy. “I am very lucky to run a studio and teach the yoga, I am inspired by people everyday. “Embrace the yoga, make it part of your life, it works!”.



    As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?


    Zooologist. (So she’s half way there!)

    What’s your favourite/ least favourite Bikram Posture?
    Least favourite – oh I have more then one – do I have to pick just one? Well, actually, I love them all because they all challenge me… sometimes I forget they are challenging in a good way but they really are! Stretching pose is my nemesis. My favourite is standing bow pulling… It clears my mind, gives me a beautiful burst of energy and it stretches my naughty hamstrings.
    Whats your idea of a perfect day?
    Hot sweaty, challenging yoga class, followed by a delicious cold coconut water, lunch with friends at the River Cafe, an afternoon with my three kids, and round off the day with a good movie with my hubby, wine and cake!
    Describe yourself in 3 words? 
    I can’t. (so we took the liberty: Absolutely. Fabulous. Boss.)
    Favourite Food?
    If you could have a Super Power – What would you choose?
    Most embarrassing moment while teaching?
    There are so many… But to pick one…  When i was teaching for another studio, I will not reveal wich one, a man came in naked with only a towel and a smile…. I will leave the rest to your imaginations…
    Whats your guiltiest pleasure?
    Tons of dark chocolate.
    Best Bikram moment to date – personal or professional?
    One of my favourite Bikram moments is meeting my friend, colleague and BYC teacher Syd, on our teacher training.



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