Integral Yoga is a holistic and classical system of Yoga, focusing on the ability of the student. The goal of Integral Yoga is to develop an easeful body, a peaceful mind and a useful life. Integral Yoga incorporates six branches of Yoga, which cover all aspects of a human’s life: physical, psychological, emotional, ethical, intellectual and spiritual. It is the ideal practice for the healthy as well as the differently-abled.
— Hersha

About Hersha

I was blessed to learn yoga under the loving guidance of Sri Swami Satchidananda (Sri Gurudev) since I was a child. My father was a disciple of Sri Gurudev and my first Hatha Yoga teacher. Yoga has been a part of my life as long as I can remember.

I became a certified Integral Yoga instructor in my early twenties. This was back in 2002. I spent most of 2003 living at Integral Yoga's South Indian Institute studying and teaching and learning and growing. I'm completely dedicated to this lineage as it's brought me so much peace in the midst of everything that life brings.

Each year I invest in my continuing education and personal development and have studied with some of the most authentic teachers including: Sonia Sumar (Yoga for the Special Child), Rev. Jivana Heyman (Accessible Yoga), and Matthew Sanford (Opening Yoga). I've also  studied with Integral Yoga's senior teachers and Swamis including Swami Asokananda, Swami Karunananda, Swami Ramananda, Nalanie Chellaram and many others. One of the most fun trainings I took was with Haris Lender and her system of Kidding Around Yoga (also inspired by Integral Yoga). She completely changed the game for me sharing yoga with my own kids.

Today, I'm an authorised Integral Yoga teacher trainer, Accessible Yoga ambassador and trainer, Kidding Around Yoga trainer, and Yoga for the Special Child practitioner. This basically means that I believe anyone can practice yoga and it is not just for the body, but for every aspect of an individual. I also believe that dedicated individuals can teach others to benefit from yoga, no matter how inflexible you are.

I'm dedicated in helping adults and children with different abilities or health conditions discover the benefits of yoga from the inside out. I started in 2009 and it was hard work to introduce yoga as a valid form of therapy for children with special needs and adults with disabilities. The media portrays yoga as something so different from what it was. I volunteered and gave so much away for free to prove how wonderful this practice was. That definitely paid off because now you can find yoga for children with special needs all around Hong Kong. 

Of course no one is an island and I couldn't accommodate everyone's request for free classes. Inspired by my beautiful niece Talia who has a rare metabolic disease, my husband Shaman and I founded the YAMA Foundation: a unique non-profit organisation that makes Yoga, Art, Meditation Accessible to all people including those with special needs, disabilities and chronic illness, as well as disadvantage or vulnerability of any kind.  

My journey has taken me around the world, where I have had the honour to teach numerous classes, yoga therapy sessions, special programs, tailored workshops and trainings in Hong Kong, New York, India, Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar. I'm just one person... so have found a beautiful community and together we have brought Yoga to communities with special needs, disabilities and the under-served in Hong Kong at schools, non-profit organisations, NGOs, hospitals and charities and corporations.

Quality is of utmost importance to me. I'm a member of the Yoga Alliance and hold credentials as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level (E-RYT 500), a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) and Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT). I'm also accredited as a Certified International Yoga Therapist (C-IYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. My school is an affiliate school of Integral Yoga and a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance.

I'm grateful to my Guru, parents and all my teachers, mentors and friends who have enriched this path and made it so colourful and rewarding.