Heleen started practicing yoga in 1992 during college in the Netherlands. For 8 years she practiced Sivananda Yoga and eventually completed the TT (teacher training) at the ashram in upstate New York. Shortly after, Heleen moved to London to pursue life as a yoga teacher, which in turn led her to a position of General Manager at one of London's best known dance and holistic centres.
During this time, she studied Ashtanga Yoga with Liz Lark and John Scott. John inspired her to go to Mysore and study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. After meeting Guruji on his world tour in 2001 she traveled to India the following year to study at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute and returned there every year until she became pregnant with her first child in 2007. Heleen is passionate about Ashtanga Yoga and has a fascination for thought patterns and how they can be changed from negative into positive. To her Yoga is a process of diving within, finding a way to connect with ones Self, being in the present moment and acknowledge where one is at. Heleen is now the mother of two children, Evan and Maya, teaches Yoga and is co-owner of the Monterey Yoga Shala in California.
Heleen has also created a Kids Yoga curriculum for Kids in schools that is being taught at elementary and middle schools around the Monterey Peninsula.