About Working With Kaya 

Healing should not be another form of pushing, striving or forcing.

Maybe you are fatigued, depleted or stuck in a cycle of pain. Perhaps your mind can’t stop worrying, overreacting, multi-tasking or strategizing Or you’ve burned the candle at both ends and your body, work or relationships are paying the price. You recognize you can’t push and force your way into nourishing and calming your system.

Together we work deep, not hard. There’s a difference.

The yogic tools and teachings I emphasize reach and resolve the root of pain, trauma and stress. The approach is gentle, joyful, replenishing, compassionate, blissful, and deeply transformative. We go directly into the deepest blockages and tensions, to coax letting go. We resolve the inner-gunk, permanently. The experience is healing and even cathartic.

Reflections From A Teacher


Kaya is a true and skillful teacher. She has an amazing breadth and depth of knowledge that she brings into her work and she is also very grounded in reality.” 

Barbara, SRY Teacher

Thoughts On Kaya's Philosophy


I have loved yoga and yoga philosophy for many years.  What I immediately noticed with Kaya presence was her state. So much mainstream yoga is exercise devoid of yogic tradition. This is not the case with Kaya. It is apparent that she has studied the eastern philosophy that celebrates the divinity in all, she lives it and it shines through her.” 

Kimberly, Social Worker and Poet

How Kaya Inspires


Kaya is an exemplary teacher and role model who encourages discovery and transformation. She applies her intellect and wisdom purposefully and directly to your growth and healing. Her warmth, compassion and humor are sincere and she has an uncanny ability to respond spontaneously and wholeheartedly to what arises. While Kaya’s business acumen and technical expertise are exceptional, she lives what she teaches, which makes her an inspiration..” 

Bonnie, SRY Yoga Teacher

Kaya’s Professional Bio & Experience

Encountering yogic teachings in 1999, I abandoned academia and launched over a decade of retreat, tutelage and formal training in Vedic tradition.

As an accredited Yoga Therapist and Teachers’ Teacher, I’ve logged over 10,000 hours of credentialed study and teaching with work that integrates full spectrum of Vedic therapies – Yoga and Yoga Therapy, Pregnancy Yoga , Clinical Ayurveda, Vedic Psychology, Vedanta Philosophy, and Vedic Astrology. Long-time seekers, healing professionals, experienced yogis and teachers tend to resonate with my approach – a technical, direct, personalized and gentle system that emphasizes release as a means to transformation.

I have benefited from deep and direct study with brilliant teachers, including Dr. Sarita Shrestha, Rama Berch, Hart deFouw, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, and Swami Tattvavidananda. I am in private practice at my yoga therapy center in Northern California, where I live with my husband, a Vedic Astrologer, and our children.

Vedic Training and Accreditation

Vedic Training and Accreditation

  •  Accredited Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT {highest National recognition)
  •  Accredited IAYT Yoga Therapy Training Faculty
  •  Accredited YACEP {Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider}
  •   Accredited ERYT500 {Experienced Yoga Teacher}, Yoga Alliance
  •   Accredited RPYT {Pregnancy Yoga Teacher}, Yoga Alliance
  •   Soma, Nectar of Rejuvenation Course, Dr. David Frawley, 2016
  •   Two month Vedanta and Sanskrit Immersion, with Swami Tattvavidananda and Pujya Swami Dayananda Arsha Vidya Gurukula, 2011
  •   Advanced Certification in Jyotisha {Vedic Astrology}, Vedic Vidya Institute and Hart deFouw, 2010
  •   Intermediate Certification in Vastu {Vedic Design}, Vedic Vidya Institute and Hart deFouw, 2009
  •   Advanced Certification Hasta Samudrika {Vedic Hand Analysis}, 2009
  •    Advanced Course in Ayurveda for Women’s Health, Dr. Sarita Shreshtha, 2009
  •   Training and Apprenticeship for Teaching Teachers, Master Yoga Teaching Institute, 2008-2009
  •   Yoga Business Certification, Master Yoga Teaching Institute 2008
  •   Advanced Deeper Yoga Certification, Yoga for Your Back Certification, and Pregnancy Yoga Training, Master Yoga Teaching Institute, 2007-2009
  •  Yoga Therapy Certifications, Master Yoga Teaching Institute, 2007-2009
  •   Ayurvedic Practitioner and Classical Yoga Therapy Program, Mount Madonna, 2009 with honors. Areas of expertise include – digestion and nutrition, botanical medicine, women and children’s health, classical yoga therapy, sanskrit, pulse analysis, western anatomy and physiology, ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, lifestyle counseling, ayurvedic psychology, disease process, clinical assessment, disease treatment, cleansing therapies, rejuvenation therapies.
  •   Ayurvedic Health Counselor Degree, Mount Madonna Institute, 2006
  •   Teaching Yoga Workshops Certification, Master Yoga Teaching Institute 2006
  •   Private Jyotisha Tutelage, Col Puri, Rishikesh India, 2005
  •   Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher {750 hours}, Master Yoga Teaching Institute 2004
  •   Certified Embodyment® Yoga Therapist, Master Yoga Teaching Institute, 2001

Professional Experience

Professional Experience

  •  Logged 10,000 hours combined training and in-the-field work with over 1,000  yoga therapy students and clients
  •  Mentoring Yoga Teachers, private practice 2014-present
  •   Master Faculty of Yoga Therapy Trainings at the Stress Management Center of Marin, 2013-present
  •   Co-Founder + Director of Emeryville Yoga Therapy Center, 2013-present
  •   Training Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists, 2010-present
  •   Chief Marketing Writer and Editor, Banyan Botanicals Ayurvedic Company, 2010-2011
  •   Ayurvedic Practitioner, private practice 2009-present
  •   Chief Marketing and Fundraising Writer and Editor, Master Yoga Foundation, 2006-2010
  •   Board Member, Master Yoga Foundation, 2006-2009
  •   Yoga Therapist, private practice 2004-present
  •    Yoga Teacher, private practice 2001-present

Ways We Can Work Together



Train to help others heal deeply with a therapeutic yoga rooted in Vedic wisdom. 


Heal and transform your whole being by gently resolving tensions at their root.

– Transform your life through deep healing and learning. –