Helena Monica is the owner of True You Hot Yoga in Stockton and Lodi, California. Helena’s passion for yoga is infectious. When she teaches yoga, the room radiates with her vivaciousness. Helena’s energy brings out the best in people and her teaching encourages her students to go beyond their perceived limitations.
Helena has been practicing and studying the physical culture of yoga since 2002. But she has been on a healing and poignant path of self-discovery through physical fitness and spiritual work since the age of 24. In her 20s, Helena was an avid runner and a weight lifter working closely with a personal trainer on a consistent training regime. In her 30s, Helena was in pain and felt out of balance, so she decided to try practicing yoga at home. She started traveling to studios in Los Angeles to practice Vinyasa and learn the art of yoga. In 2002, Helena was introduced to Bikram Yoga and instantly knew it was the path for her. After four years of practicing Bikram Yoga, she attended Bikram Teacher Training in 2006.
In 2008, Helena opened her first studio, Bikram Yoga Stockton. She opened her second studio in the nearby city of Lodi in 2013. As a studio owner and yoga teacher, Helena’s passion for teaching and developing teachers has evolved over the years. She designed several different continuing education programs for her teachers so that the communities of her two studios would receive superb instruction from a broad point of view. As a result, both her teachers and students are stronger, wiser, and more motivated.
Since 2002, Helena’s consistent yoga regime has helped her to manage and heal her scoliosis, candida, and anxiety. As such, she is a firm believer in the therapeutic value of yoga. She has attended countless workshops and events to continue her yoga education and to deepen her understanding of the medical and spiritual value of yoga. Helena has worked under the strict guidance of a yoga guru since 2008. She is also currently training under another teacher to further her education in anatomy and physiology while continuing her own path of health and healing.
Helena’s passion for and understanding of yoga is comprehensive. Helena is trained and certified in Bikram Yoga (her passion and area of deepest understanding), Vinyasa, and Yin Yoga. She has coached a number of nationally and internationally ranked yoga competitors and has hosted two successful regional yoga competitions for Northern California.
Helena has two children, 10 brothers and sisters, a little dog, and has lived in Lodi for the past 15 years.