About Kaya

About Kaya

Sought-after Yoga Educator, Kaya Mindlin has been teaching yoga for 24 years, teaching teachers for 14 years. Dedicated students, teachers and seekers from around the world resonate with her technical acumen, mothering bhāva and ability to thread transformational teachings and healing practices in a meaningful and personal way for modern practitioners.

With thousands of hours of tutelage with masters in the Yoga tradition and the blessing of her teachers to teach others, Kaya integrates the full-spectrum of the Vedic tradition in her work. A steward of vedic teachings, Kaya breathes her own mothering bhāva and vibrant and illuminative storytelling gifts into her work. 

Her gift in understanding scripture and the deeper meanings behind traditional stories began emerging after the birth of her children. In her programs she generously threads her Supreme Release Yoga practices, Vedanta, Tantra, Storytelling, Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology, Vastu {Vedic Design} and Sanskrit. She offers teachings and practices that reveal the body and life itself as a vehicle for spiritual awakening. 

Kaya’s primary gurus are Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati & Sri Krishan Mantriji both of whom she was lucky to study with and receive blessings from directly from in the later stages of their lives. Her additional primary teachers and mentors include Dr. Sarita Shrestha, Hart deFouw, Rama Berch and Swami Tattvavidananda. She lives in the Pacific Northwest of the US with her husband, Vedic Astrologer Michael Manzella and their children.

 

Students come to Kaya’s multilayered approach to have their lives gently transformed in every way. Programs with Kaya are intricately organized for depth and meaning, yet she remains responsive to individual needs of her students moment to moment. 

Her wish is that yoga’s revelatory promise shines through ever aspect of her teaching. 

Vedic Study and Teachers

  • Collaboration & Study with Vedic Astrology Master, Michael Manzella
  • Vedic Mantra, Shantala Sriramaiah, ongoing
  • Personal Study with Gitte Bechsgaard, 2019-2023
  • Soma, Nectar of Rejuvenation, Dr. David Frawley, 2016
  • Vedanta and Sanskrit Immersion, with Swami Tattvavidananda and Pujya Swami Dayananda, Arsha Vidya Gurukula, 2011-2012
  • Year long immersion in the Ganapati Upanishad with Hart deFouw, 2010-2011
  • Year long private study with Hart deFouw, 2010-2011
  • 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
  • Vedanta teachings & darshan with Krishan Mantri, Toronto CA, 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, MYTI, 2008-2009
  • Yoga Business Certification, MYTI 2008
  • Advanced Deeper Yoga Certification, Yoga for Your Back Certification, and Pregnancy Yoga Training, MYTI, 2007-2009
  • Yoga Therapy Certifications, MYTI, 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}, MYTI & Rama Berch {Now Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati} 2004
  • Certified Embodyment® Yoga Therapist, Master Yoga Teaching Institute, 2001 

Professional Experience

  • Logged over 10,000 hours combined training and in-the-field yoga therapy and teaching
  • Accredited Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT 
  • Accredited IAYT APD {Cont Ed Provider} for Yoga Therapists
  • Registered YACEP {Continuing Education Provider for yoga teachers}
  • Accredited Pregnancy Yoga Teacher
  • Established online membership portal for yoga student home practice combining live & recorded content
  • Online membership sangha for yoga teachers to explore pedagogy, practice and philosophy
  • Created & established multiple in-depth programs for dedicated seekers and yoga teachers in yoga, yoga therapy, yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, yoga nidra, bhakti, the doctrine of Karma, SRY YTT and more. 
  • Private practice Mentoring Yoga Teachers, private practice 2014-present
  • Private practice of Vedic Counseling 2017-present
  • Master Faculty of Yoga Programs at IAMYoga, Stress Management Center of Marin, Wee Yogis and the Center for Vital Living, and others 2013-Present
  • Co-Founder + Director of Emeryville Yoga Therapy Center, 2013-2019
  • Training Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists, 2010-present
  • Ayurvedic Practitioner, private practice 2009-2018
  • Chief Content Writer, Banyan Botanicals, 2010-2011
  • Chief Content Writer and Editor, Master Yoga Foundation, 2006-2010
  • Board Member, Master Yoga Foundation, 2006-2009
  • Yoga Therapist, 2004-present
  • Yoga Teacher, 2001-present

You are whole and complete as you are.

Mainstream approaches to Yoga are rooted in a mindset of lack and striving to gain or fix something. True Yoga however, is a discovery of your own wholeness. The truth is you lack nothing and Yoga can not give you anything. Yet, the practice and perspective of Yoga allows you to discover everything, by nourishing your body, mind and heart back to the discovery of your own self-satisfied Self.

True Yoga is a process of resolution. We resolve tension, obstacles, misperception, distortion until what remains is the nectar of the self-satisfied Self.

As my teacher Swami Dayananda once said, “Yoga teaches you to love your Self, starting with the body.” In a nourishing practice and perspective, obstacles to experiencing your own wholeness resolve into that love.

Deep and hard are not the same. Yoga is meant to be deeply within, not hard work on the periphery.

Here is a replenishing, compassionate, blissful, healing, transformative approach. At the level of the body, we directly release tensions in the core muscles along the spine. At the level of the subtle body we gather the inner nectar of soma and increase the flow of prāna and agni.  At the level of the mind, we resolve distortions and trauma. At the level of the intellect, we reveal the in-built wise viewpoint on all of life. Through all of this we merge into the bliss of being and integrate it all into life and the world with purpose, that we may live yoga in every moment, sharing that nectar in our relationships, our work and with the world.

Join me on this journey of discovery of the nectar within. ~ Kaya

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