Our Team of
Teachers & Healers
We are here to provide you with the highest quality learning environment focused on transformation and self-discovery. With decades of experience, our Core Team of international teachers and healers led by Joel, are guaranteed to guide and inspire you.
Current Teachers and Healers
Founder & Head Teacher
Mystic, Polyglot, Yogi, Vegan Chef, Poet, Classical Musician, Jeweler and Lover of Life… Joel 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. He has dedicated his life to living and sharing the Dharma.
Starting his ”adult-life’ as a chef in the UK, Braeden eventually moved to Australia, where he spent 5 successful years as a Sales and Business Development Executive in the technology industry. Braeden is an unlikely candidate for manager of a ‘yoga and meditation retreat’, but after 3 years of travelling, he came on retreat during the Covid-19 pandemic, and experienced the magic of Yoga and Meditation first hand. Since then, Hariharalaya has become his Home.
Shamanic Healer and Spiritual Mentor
Hani will help you communicate with the deepest parts of who you are providing personalized spiritual mentoring and life guidance to overcome obstacles or blocks, and to form strong connections.
Providing you with inspiration and the guidance you need to make positive changes in life and help you recover your lost personal power, emotional and physical well-being.
Videographer and Maestro
What I was and where I was are just memories.
Moment to moment I am here and now.
Social Media Manager
Tina was studying psychology at University, since that time she has always been curious about exploring the invisible and magical world of The Human Soul.
7 years ago she left Russia for a vacation in Asia that opened her eyes and heart. Since then she has been exploring this beautiful part of the World and discovering her True-self through different tools and practices she has discovered on the way.
Past Teachers and Healers
Head Yoga and Philosophy Teacher
Shiva started practicing yoga in his childhood, and for the past 6 years he has dedicated his life to the study through various ashrams in India. Not only is he a 500YTT, he has been running teacher trainings for the last year and believes Yoga is a complete lifestyle which he personally lives day to day!
Senior Teacher and Anatomy
Passionate about yoga therapy and anatomy, Michaela is a 500YTT, and has been fascinated with the spiritual, ancient wisdom and modern scientific understanding of Yoga for many years. For Michaela Yoga is “Happiness” and since 2015 she has been investigating the relationship between these two paths, Spirituality and Science!
Psychotherapist, life coach and healer.
Working as a trained Psychotherapist and Internationally Certified Coach, specialising in Transpersonal Coaching, Yusef has been on the path of Self Discovery for many years, and also offers Pranic Energy Healing to help you reach your full potential!
Senior Yoga Teacher
My first experience with yoga was a sunrise Ashtanga class on a rooftop in India back in 2005. I was instantly hooked and returned every day for three weeks, before taking the practice back to Ireland where I maintained a strong self-practice of yoga and meditation for the next ten years.
In 2015 I returned to India to train as a teacher, where I was introduced to traditional Hatha yoga. Since then I have been passionate about teaching it, as well as Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation, as well as various other workshops, such as yoga anatomy, alignment, philosophy and mindfulness.
Mary is an International Yoga Teacher, Retreat Leader and Mentor. She spent over a year serving as Head Yoga Teacher at Hariharalaya. She has completed extensive training and certifications in vinyasa, restorative yoga, meditation, trauma-informed yoga and yoga for 12-step (addiction) recovery. Mary is acknowledged by her students for making her teaching as accessible as possible,and encourages all who practice with her to simply “come as you are”.
‘Life is magic when you know how to focus on the right things in life and release what doesn’t serve you’.
During her healing and self-discovery journey she noticed most people giving away their power instead of looking inward to find their own truth. That’s why in her coaching she guides people to become aware of their beliefs, behaviors, and fears and help them release those to reconnect back to their true self, their heart, and bring the fun, magic and curiosity back into life.
Dr Gene Healy
Dr. Gene Healy is an acupuncture physician and doctor of oriental medicine. He has treated over fifty thousand patients.
Dr. Healy is the owner of Root Healing Wellness, providing acupuncture in Dunedin, near Palm Harbor, Clearwater, and other Pinellas County communities. He is also proud to be working with Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute where he offers community-style acupuncture at two sites in Clearwater and Largo.
Dr. Healy has practiced yoga and meditation since 1995 and currently teaches yoga and meditation at various places in Dunedin along with Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute.
Om! My name is Lexi. My journey with the Hariharalaya family began in 2017, where I began teaching as a yoga intern. I was totally touched and inspired by the sincerity and purity in this sacred space Joel has created. It was five words in particular from this man that would change my life forever… “Lexi, go be with the masters.” Joel inspired me to go meet the Great Saint, Mata Amritanandamayi, also known as Amma. I have now been living in India in Her holy presence. What started as a discipline of the body and mind, has transformed in deep inner blossoming and discoveries of devotion, joy and Love.
Aida graduated in musical studies in 2010 and right after had an urge for a more holistic living which she began approaching becoming a traveling yogini. First time visiting India she dived profoundly into yoga studies and practice and soon after began teaching. She kept the discovery of life sharing her practice. Aida is also a Shiatsu practitioner. She currently lives in Italy where she continues offering both yoga and shiatsu.
Having her first Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage Therapy training in Istanbul, Turkey; Derya traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2016 to deepen her knowledge of massage and yoga. Afterward, she decided to live in South East Asia and worked as a yoga teacher and massage therapist for nearly 4 years; mainly in Sri Lanka, Bali, Cambodia and Nepal. She was part of the Hariharalaya family in 2019 for 7 months.
Since my teenage years, I was fascinated by the supernatural. I knew there was much more to life than what meets the eye. I was eager to find out what lies beyond our ordinary perception so I started inquiring into the nature of our existence through yoga and meditation. This quest eventually led me to India where I studied with my gurus and enlightened masters for several years absorbing their infinite wisdom and compassion.
After deep transformation as a Guest at Hariharalaya, Bre came back as a Karma Yogi, then again as a Teacher. After almost a year in this beautiful community, the yogic practice became the truest constant within her life. Starting the day with ritual and morning intention, she finds true connection to her natural creativity which enables her to flourish through all aspects in this life.
Sam taught at Hariharalaya from 2016-17, bringing a rich attention to detail, along with a love of partner practices such as Thai Massage. He now lives in Canberra with Zoe (another Hariharalaya teacher!) and their two children Leon and Jaya. He offers distance Reiki sessions, as well as physical practice sessions to friends in Australia.
Matt’s yoga journey formally began at Hariharalaya in 2011. Upon his initiatory meditation with Joel, he began spontaneously laughing with the realization “I’m wandering Asia trying to find myself. I am myself!” Upon hearing the laughter, Joel encouraged Matt to travel to India and study laughing yoga which he did. He has since led groups all around the world including in India, Colorado, Portland, the Philippines, as well as 4 months at Hariharalaya.
Rachel recently found herself over a decade deep into a primarily-nomadic lifestyle, largely inspired by sharing creative energy, along with yogic and ecologically-minded values, with others. She’s been facilitating light-hearted classes and workshops related to yoga, meditation, self-exploration, and alternative ways of living since 2012, mostly in community and retreat-type settings in Latin America and Asia.
After years of combining her passions for travel and yoga at intensive retreats across Europe and Asia, Rachel headed to India for her first TTC and fell deeply in love with teaching. She has since attended trainings in mindfulness, anatomy and specialized Yoga Therapy, and is currently undertaking a diploma with the Minded Institute in London to become a certified Yoga Therapist.
Sylvie Le is a dedicated Yogi and Physiotherapist with a love for the healing arts and sciences. Sylvie blends together the traditional practices of Hatha and Medical Therapeutic Yoga to help people connect and restore their body and mind through movement, breath work, and meditation. Sylvie has lived and taught at Hariharalaya, where she experienced immense growth as an individual, teacher, and spiritual being. She currently lives, practices, and teaches in Rhode Island, USA.
A passionate and heart-lead teacher and student, Fran is committed to sharing the healing gift of yoga and conscious living, through her women’s circles and creative workshops. In her free time, she will be enjoying a coconut ice cream, reading, lending a listening ear or learning to play the ukulele.
Join our Yogic Living Student Program
A 3 – 6 months learning journey
Our approach to Integral Yoga is focused on cultivating presence and awareness in all aspects of daily life and suitable for all levels of experience. We offer the perfect balance of classes, creative workshops, communiy activities, inspiring talks and group discussions with ample time for relaxation self reflection and integration.By the end of the retreat course you will have the tools and experience to continue a daily practiceof yoga breathing and meditatin in order to live a happier healthier life.