About Kaya

About Kaya


Sought-after Yoga Educator, Kaya Mindlin has taught yoga for 21 years and taught and mentored teachers for 10. Dedicated students, seekers and teachers from around the world resonate with her technical acumen, mothering bhava and ability to thread transformational teaching and gentle practice together in a meaningful and personal way.


With thousands of hours of tutelage with masters in the Yoga tradition and the explicit blessing of her teachers to teach others, Kaya integrates the full-spectrum of the Vedic tradition in her work. This includes Supreme Release Yoga, Vedanta, Tantra, Storytelling, Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology, Vastu {Vedic Design} and Sanskrit. Her work is accessed through her Online Supreme Release Yoga Studio, Teacher Sangha, Private Vedic Counseling, Therapeutic Yoga Modules, Sanskrit Classes, Nectar of the Gita Program and Yoga Nidra training.



Kaya’s committed to upholding yoga from its own viewpoint, thanks to the benefit of her studies with brilliant teachers. Her primary two lineages extend from her dear teachers Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati and Krishan Mantri with whom she was lucky to study directly. Additional teachers Dr. Sarita Shrestha, Gitte Beschaard, 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.


Vedic Training and Teachers

  • 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
  • Private Studies of the Devi and Mantra, Gitte Beschaard, 2019-present
  • Soma, Nectar of Rejuvenation, 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
  • 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, 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 & 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 work with 1,000s of students and clients
  • 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
  • Creator of multiple in-depth programs for dedicated yogis 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, Ajna Yoga, 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-present
  • Yoga Therapist, 2004-present
  • Yoga Teacher, 2001-present
  • Chief Content Writer and Editor, Master Yoga Foundation, 2006-2010
  • Board Member, Master Yoga Foundation, 2006-2009
  • Chief Content Writer, Banyan Botanicals, 2010-2011

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