The Hariharalaya Team


 

JOEL

Founder

Mystic, Polyglot, Yogi, Vegan Chef, Poet, Classical Musician, Jeweler and Lover of Life… Joel has drowned himself in the ocean of Yoga and never came back. He was first initiated in a traditional Kriya Yoga path in 2000, which sparked a period of 10 years of intensive Sadhana, Self inquiry and Self discovery.

Joel met his gurus, Sri Karunamayi, Sri Shivabalayogi and Sri Amritanandamayi Ma around 2005 and spent years studying Integral Yoga and absorbing the wisdom of Being from the presence of many great saints, sages and enlightened masters. Since 2010 Joel has dedicated his time and energy to maintaining a sacred space to explore and experience this great Joy and Freedom of Awakening through Integral Yoga, conscious living, community and creativity.

Joel advocates simple and healthy living, coming back into harmony with the natural cycles of Life, and integrating the Body, Heart and Mind as a conscious wholeness. He has great respect for traditional culture and integrated living, which is one of the reasons that he set up his center for Integral Yoga and Awakening in Siem Reap, Cambodia near the ancient temples of Angkor.

Joel is present and teaching during almost all of the retreats and is available for questions. One book of dharma talks, The Foundations of Stillness, was published in 2013. There are currently two more books of talks from early 2014, Seeds of Dharma, which will be released later this year.

CAYBIN

Retreat Manager

From a small beach town in Australia, Caybin had always been raised with a connection to nature. From a young age he was fortunate enough to be instilled with this balancing lifestyle. His first yoga experience was with the rising sun on the beach. Serendipitously Yoga became the bridge for deeper connection to the true nature of being through every sunrise and sunset.

This practice became daily medicine for breaking the virus of seriousness that can manifest within the mind. Integral yoga rapidly became a way of life which led to a more simple lifestyle experiencing self-sustainable communities, vegan life, living with yoga teachers and healers.

The yogic path led him to Hariharalaya as a guest where he wished to continue deepening his personal practice. This experience inspired Caybin to further his passion in the art of yoga and mindful living through India and Nepal. After, completing his 200 hour YTT in Hatha and Ashtanga at Chandra International Yoga School in Rishikesh, India he began teaching in the Himachal Pradesh, India. With an unexpected pirouette in this cosmic dance of life Caybin was graciously called back to Hariharalaya. This time with the intention to share, learn, grow and create a space for other like minded souls to experience the peace and beauty that lies within the stillness.

AMANDA

Senior Yoga Teacher

Amanda is an eager yoga student, a grounded, compassionate teacher, a former perfectionist, a wannabe vegan chef, and a fan of big questions and long flights.  Her endless curiosity about the science of yoga led her to teacher training in 2009 and has continued to guide her to become certified as an E-RYT 500, specialize in prenatal yoga, and study in a traditional lineage of Vedic chanting.

She sees yoga as a way of being and an inward pathway home.  As a teacher, she wholeheartedly holds space and patiently serves as an alarm clock - waking students up to what's happening right now.  Her aim is to use the specific alignment of postures, mantras, and breath as a vehicle for cultivating natural awareness.

After six years of teaching yoga and leading teacher trainings in Los Angeles, she bought a one-way ticket to India to delve back into student-mode.  A three-month plan quickly turned into two years of travel and immersion in Sanskrit, philosophy, mantras, and meditation.  Since then she's been fortunate to teach at seaside retreats in Goa, on a tiny island in Greece, and now at Hariharalaya, where she oversees the yoga program, drinks a lot of coconuts, and is grateful to live in a community that embodies the practice far beyond the edges of the mat.

RACHEL

Assistant Teacher

Over a decade deep into her nomadic lifestyle, Rachel has found that taking the time to breathe, smile and connect with others facilitates an understanding of both stability and flexibility throughout changes in place and time.

Since her yoga teacher training in 2012, she has lived, played, learned and taught in small communities in Guatemala, Colombia and Northern California, all of which she considers home. She believes that we all have the ability to create our own realities, and that if we continue to live true to our values and practice the things that bring us joy, everything else will fall into place.

Rachel’s tendency to follow both intuition and sunshine has led her to Hariharalaya where - when she’s not guiding classes and workshops - you’ll likely find her painting rainbows, pondering flavors, textures and aromas or trying to start sing-alongs from inside of a hula hoop.

BRE

Office Admin

Bre strives to flow through this whimsical path of human life by making people smile and laugh. Fueled by chocolate, silent boogies and sweaty hugs, growing up as a dancer from a young age meant yoga was always a general part of her lifestyle, but it wasn’t until she left her hometown to get lost in this big world that she found the real home within.

Influenced by the yogic path, Bre has traveled through several areas of the world stumbling across conscious communities, retreat spaces, villages and many human connections knowing everything around her is a teacher in some way. Born with a natural curiosity for the world, she hopes to inspire others around her to ask the simple questions of why they do what they do and what makes the true happiness appear within them.

After arriving at Hariharalaya as a guest for the first time in 2016, something about this magical land kept calling her back. Now present as the Office Admin, Bre supports each retreat from behind the scenes while also being a strong presence within the community.  She intends to help deepen the practices of those around her while continuously contemplating the wonders of the universe.

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