HK Yoga Teacher Series: Meet Hersha Harilela Chellaram

How did yoga enter your life?

In 2002, Swami Satchidananda (my Guru since childhood), suggested I spend a few weeks at his ashram to take a break from my stressed and confused life to sort my mind out. I took a yoga teacher training and never looked back.

Where and what type of yoga do you teach?

I run Integral Yoga teacher trainings: 200-hour, 500-hour, Prenatal, Accessible and Continuing Education and I manage YAMA Foundation, a non-profit that makes yoga, art and meditation accessible to Hong Kong’s underserved communities at Platform in Sai Ying Pun. 

What yoga mat do you use every day?

I love Jade Yoga mats because they are eco-friendly and have great grip.

GQ: Find them at The Iyengar Yoga Centre of Hong Kong and at Colorpilla.

What yoga accessory do you swear by?

The yoga accessory that I use most frequently and am extremely fond of is my Sun & Moon Originals buckwheat meditation cushion.

What is your favorite yogawear brand?

I’m old school, I teach in all whites. There used to be a tiny shop in Tsim Sha Tsui called Yoga View that had great whites but it closed. I now shop online to find good whites…unless you can help me Green Queen!

GQ: We are on it!

What is your daily mantra? 

My daily mantra is a secret one given to me by my Guru, but I have a life motto of sorts:Easeful body, peaceful mind, useful life. Click To Tweet

What yoga studio do you enjoy practicing at?

Yoga Bam Bam is a great studio with a fun vibe and an authentic owner who loves life. 

Where do you go to eat?

Love True Food creates gourmet Ayurvedic and Yogic food made by a chef who’s a true foodie: she loves and respects all food!  

What’s your favorite thing about Green Queen?

When I’m looking for good, reliable information, Green Queen is the place.

Hersha Chellaram runs Hersha Yoga, registered school of yoga teacher training,  and is an Accessible Yoga ambassador. She offers teacher trainings and specialized programs for children and adults of all ages and abilities. She is a co-founder of YAMA Foundation, a unique non-profit that makes yoga, arts and meditation accessible to Hong Kong’s under-served communities, including those with disabilities, special needs and chronic illness. 

Image courtesy of Hersha Chellaram.


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