Cher Joy and Jiya Julia

About The Teacher

Cher and Jiya are deeply connected leaders whose teachings are rooted in the healing energy of nature.  Their teaching invites students to explore their own unique unfolding, through profound awareness and trust in the wisdom of the Self. Cher and Jiya have been facilitating Yoga Courses and Retreats together in Bali, Thailand, Peru, Guatemala, and Hawaii. The Synergy of Creation between these two is often describes as “Magic”.

A life full of wild adventures and many injuries lead Cher to the physical practice of Yoga in 2007. After many doctors and healers and therapists tried to “fix” her spine, knees, and shoulders… the practice of yoga quickly became a self-healing path which lead her to an intimate connection with her body, allowing freedom from physical pain, and opened her mind to understand the interconnectedness of everything and the ever-present bliss inside. After her first year of private one-to-one classes on Maui with Ted Surman, student of Desikichar, she was moved to dedicate her life to continuous study and sharing of this ancient tradition. Cher completed various yoga teacher trainings around the Hawaiian Islands ,on a quest to understand the many different “styles” of yoga being offered.  She found her teachers at Maya Yoga on Maui, HI where she completed a 500-hr teacher training course. Here she developed through practice and application, an ability to “see and understand bodies” and here she realized the power of vibration (chanting). Cher spent the last few years traveling, studying, and teaching Yoga in Hawaii, India, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Peru, Guatemala, and Mexico. After 10 years of dedication to sharing the teachings of Yoga around the globe, she felt a strong need to find a place to ground and be still while diving deeper into her purpose, continuing to study and share, and create space for others to come to and experience the magic of “BEing”. That’s when she found Kura Kura. Upon arriving at Kura Kura Cher had an instant feeling that she had arrived in the right place at the right time. Soon after, she met Geri and a partnership/ new adventure of life began…


Through her studies with teachers and shamans across the world, Jiya has developed a powerful sense of energetic connection and a strong set of philosophical and intuitive teachings, which she shares through creative hatha and yin yoga, sacred fire and medicine ceremonies, and healing therapies.  Jiya is also a talented musician and sound healer, who seeks out native chants and medicine songs from around the world to complement her work.

Jiya is YA-certified at the ERYT-500 level and has facilitated both intensive and module-format teacher trainings at RYT-200 and RYT-300 levels for several years, through Kula Collective, Holistic Yoga School, International and SchoolYoga Institute.  Following her degree in Physics at Imperial College, London, Julia worked as an Energy Consultant and part time writer in London, UK, before moving to Central America in 2009 to pursue a life centered on yoga and holistic health.  British by birth, Jiya is now based in Guatemala and teaches in Thailand, Australia, Mexico, Greece, USA, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Peru.

Julia’s powerful connection to nature, passion for music, writing and creative expression, deep connection to the natural healing arts and scientific background have given her a thoroughly holistic understanding of yoga and its philosophy.  Her colorful experience of the world comes through in her unique metaphors, powerful visual meditations and shamanic journeys.  Her passion for sound is felt as she shares medicine songs in sivasana, heals with sound tools in the deepest poses, and enlivens hearts through vibrant Kirtan circles.  Her compassionate teaching style invites students to explore their own experience and understand the process of healing from a personal, unique standpoint, calling on many rich and varied techniques to bring the entire Being back into balance.  In all her offerings, alongside yoga, Julia specializes in holistic health, bringing in a range of practices including energy healing; shiatzu, massage and aromatherapy; sound healing; shamanic healing, fire and cacao ceremony; pre- and post-natal care; nutrition and herbalism; and personal coaching.

Jiya is a DONA-certified doula (birthing assistant) and offers private coaching for holistic wellness, yoga teaching and personal career/life planning. Away from her teaching life she is also a writer and is currently creating a novel based on her own spiritual journey. The pursuit of wellness is ultimately the work of finding harmony and balance with all the components of What Is.  A strong element of Jiya Julia’s intention is to empower her students to understand healing as a personal creative process, intertwined with self-development and opportunity. Yoga not only develops bodily awareness but also reaches into the mental and deeply into the energetic, helping people to delve inside and explore their own, unique unfolding.

Yoga is so much about awareness – from the pressure of your baby toes on the ground, to the last few molecules of air leaving your nostrils, to the sensation of openness as the deepest emotions release. Extending this type of awareness to the world around me has given me an intimate relationship with my surroundings, which I seek to share as I step along my path as seeker and guide of holistic health. When learning to teach yoga, awareness of energetic space and the subtleties of healing are essential to offering a class with depth, and this forms the center of my intention in all my offerings.” 


~ WE look forward to Meeting YOU  ~


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