My name is Hélène Duval and I am a yoga teacher and the founder of YUJ – Yoga With Style, first French yoga apparel and accessories brand.
I have an extensive background in the Press industry where I have worked at Biba, Libération and Vogue for 10 years. I made the decision to leave the industry and take on teaching yoga full time when I realized that I wanted to be useful, to give a purpose to my life and start doing things for others and for myself.
Can you define a direct correlation between fashion and yoga?
Because every discipline has its dress code, yoga deserved its own. Practicing yoga with style while being comfortable is the brand's promise. YUJ - Yoga With Style leads a new fashion trend: daily well-being.
Your recent collaboration with Buddha Bar Paris provides an excellent ambiance and mood for a fulfilling yoga practice. What was your favorite part of the collaboration?
My favorite part of the collaboration was definitely the combination of yoga and food for a healthy moment! It was a great way to start the weekend with a lot of energy
What is the most extreme place you have done a headstand?
At Place de la Concorde in Paris in the middle of the day. I enjoyed seeing the city agitation upside down.
Favorite yoga position?
My favorite yoga position is “Hanumanasana”, because it liberates the heart.
What is the biggest challenge for you when you stand in front of a class of many yogis who are relying on your guidance?
It is not really a “challenge” but as a yoga teacher, I am very sensitive to the energy of the people who come to my classes. When I stand in front of a large class my goal is to make sure everyone is focused on themselves, on their breathing and position- as if it was a one-to-one class. At the end of the class, I want my students to feel what happened inside them- the changes that occurred and the relaxation.