Hersha Chellaram is a pioneer in bringing accessible wellbeing services to Hong Kong. As a long-time yoga therapist and teacher trainer (CIYT & E-RYT 500) she is the director of Hersha Yoga School of Teacher Training, offering certification in 200-hour, 500-hour, prenatal, children’s, and accessible yoga. She focuses on the complete and integrative practice of yoga, going beyond the physical fitness aspect of yoga and embracing the full practice of the Eight Limbs of Yoga and Six Branches of Yoga. Hersha’s style of yoga is inclusive for children and adults with disability and special needs, empowering for women going through pregnancy and parenthood, and supportive for those with mental health challenges.
In 2016, Hersha founded YAMA Foundation, a Hong Kong based charity that provides equitable access to yoga, art, and meditation to vulnerable communities with disabilities, with poor mental health, living in care homes, in poverty and in prison. She has developed numerous programmes across Hong Kong, bringing yoga into five special educational schools. She regularly trains and presents around the world. Her work has been recommended by Dr. Wing Fung, head of Neurometabolic Diseases at Hong Kong Children’s Hospital. Hersha made the list of 20 Yoga Teachers of Colour to Watch in 2020, and the 2014 Women of Hope Award as Children’s Advocate, presented by the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital Foundation.
Website: YAMA Foundation
Facebook: Hersha Yoga
LinkedIn: Hersha Harilela Chellaram