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.

JESS

Retreat Manager and Core Yoga Teacher

Jess is a lover of sunshine, good company and belly laughs. Her mission is quite simple: to share the tools and practices that have helped her to find love and aliveness within herself. Her first yoga class was challenging, awkward and uncomfortable but it ignited something within her that has led her to practice every day since. She knew that regardless of the challenges, if she kept showing up, the practice would take care of itself, which it did, and it continues to do so today. 

 It didn’t take long for her to realize that the practice of yoga extends far beyond what happens on the mat. She realized that yogic practices have the ability to positively impact all areas of one’s life: physical, emotional, intellectual, occupational and spiritual. As she deepened into her practice, she fell in love with breathwork and began to dive into a personal meditation practice as well. 

 She’s completed a multitude of trainings in India, the United States and Australia. She’s assisted in 200 hour teacher trainings and finds much inspiration from her teachers and just generally learning from life. She infuses her classes with lightheartedness and humor while maintaining safe alignment, power and strength. 

DERYA

Core Yoga Teacher

Derya's passion for lifelong learning and her curiosity about different cultures, different bodies and energy work brought her to Southeast Asia 3 years ago. She started her yoga and Thai yoga massage journey in Turkey and has been sharing her love for these two abroad in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Cambodia. Once she found "home" within herself, all countries became her home.

Derya’s goal is to show the strength, gracefulness and beauty of being in a body when it is aligned inwardly and supported by a steady breath. She wants to inspire her students with the possibility of waking up every morning with an enthusiasm and thirst for learning new things.

Derya has a special connection with Angkor Wat and she thinks it is what brought her back to Cambodia for the 3rd time. Exploring Angkor Wat by bicycle for sunset, studying yogic texts, or practicing Jiu Jitsu are only some of her favorite things to do when she is not teaching or practicing yoga.

 

MARIA

Core Yoga Teacher

Maria has always been a people person. She loves travelling and spending time in nature. She started practicing yoga when she was a teenager without assuming and having even a small hint how it will change her life. Maria loves being in service and her most important aim is to help others feel comfortable in their practice, learn essential postures, breathing and meditation techniques and ensure a safe practice.

Maria used to work in a kindergarten which helped her to keep her inner child alive and find the playfulness in everything. She also practices and teaches laughter yoga, restorative yoga and works with the elderly teaching chair yoga. Maria speaks several languages but her favorite language of all is the universal language of laughter. By teaching and sharing her knowledge she hopes to help more people to feel alive, joyful and in harmony.

 

RACHEL

Core Yoga Teacher

Rachel is as passionate about Hariharalaya as she is about yoga! Since she first came as a guest in 2015, she knew she wanted to one day serve the place that had such a profound impact on her life. It is her dream come true to now be living, laughing, sharing and playing in this beautiful space, so you’ll often find her floating around the centre with a big smile!

Rachel began practicing yoga after a life-changing meditation retreat. After years of combining her passions for travel and yoga at intensive retreats across Europe and Asia, Rachel headed to India for her first YTTC and fell deeply in love with teaching. She has since attended trainings in mindfulness, anatomy and Yoga Therapy, with the intention of continuing down the path toward becoming a certified Yoga Therapist.

After the adventures of holding retreats in Portugal, managing a Yoga Studio in Vietnam and writing for Yogapedia, Rachel’s path finally led her home to Hariharalaya – a place incredibly dear to her heart. Rachel takes a holistic and therapeutic approach to yoga, teaching skills which can be employed both on and off the mat - always balanced with a splash of playfulness! She sees yoga as a way of life; a practical tool which can help people to live mindfully and with purpose.

 

CHRIS

Karma Yogi & Videographer

Chris has spent the last decade working in the TV and film industry in the UK. His yogic journey started as a guest at Hariharalaya almost 5 years ago. A complete beginner, the conscious living program here sent him on a path of self-discovery and gave him the tools to manage the stresses and strains of a fast paced work place.

After travelling the world producing animal documentaries he has developed a deep connection with nature and is passionate about documenting the beautiful detail of the natural world. He now finds himself back here as part of the team trying to capture some of the magic unfolding here every moment, creating online resources for guests to revisit.

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