Yogacharya Petra Helwig was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 1989. She met Gurudev Baba Hariharananda in 1991 in the USA. He gave blessing for her to marry Frans and they traveled to India to be with Baba. She worked as a modern dancer, choreographer, and danceteacher until 1990. She has two children. Yogacharya Petra Helwig was then authorized to teach Kriya Yoga in May 2007.