We are Gainesville's pioneer and premier Ayurveda, Massage and Yoga educator and service provider. Our core values guide our mission and keep us in alignment with our purpose to provide personalized and profound wellness experiences that inspire our clients to attain a healthy and purposeful life.
Our vision is to accomplish this mission through educating, rejuvenating and supporting our clients to leverage their inner technology and unlock their healing and creative potential to find freedom and live purpose.
Ayurvedic health principles and practices contain the benefit of thousands of years of experience in understanding how we are integrated into the world around us, with a view of "wholism" as compared to the view of "reductionism" that is provided within our modern medical system.
The ancients didn't know of molecules, atoms, cells, microbiomes and the like in those terms, because they did not have microscopes. However, they developed their personal internal technology through which they observed the same relationships and referred to them by different names.
Chaya's personal wellness consultation and coaching sessions, group classes and health promoting retreats, educate, inspire and support people to their best selves and her professional courses are world renown, credible and valuable tools for anyone interested in an immersion for personal or professional goals.
Chaya began looking at life from a holistic and artistic perspective at an early age, valuing her freedom and ability to live her purpose above all odds and against her circumstances.
She completed her BA from Queen’s College, making the Dean’s List, with a degree in Home Economics, specializing in food science and went to work at St. John’s Hospital and shortly after promoted to St. Vincent’s Hospital in NYC.
She was continually devoted to health and teaching fitness classes, transitioning out of the hospital work to return to dance classes, working as a professional dancer in NYC for over 10 years, traveling the world performing, and teaching dance at NYU and NYC dance studios, until overwhelmed by family stress and physical limitations she made her way to yoga for healing physically, mentally and emotionally.
Around 1995, she had a meditation experience where she realized she was more than her name and started using her other given name Chaya, meaning life. About a year later, she found Integrative Yoga Therapy and Kripalu Center where she immersed herself in the culture, and absorbed herself in yoga, Ayurveda and massage and worked at Kripalu for 10 years.
While living at Kripalu, Chaya had the opportunity to study and work with leaders in the field of yoga therapy, holistic health education and Ayurveda and also became a licensed massage therapist, and a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, and presented programs at Kripalu, Canyon Ranch and Omega Institute, in between working at a therapeutic boarding school as a house parent and yoga and health educator and traveling to India 3 times.
She taught yoga and wellness education for the National MS Society for over 10 years and authored the book Yoga of Action; Holistic Lifestyle and Adaptive Yoga for People with MS and Similar Conditions, as well as being featured in Kripalu Yoga On and Off The Mat and Yoga International Magazine.
Outgrowing the constrains of corporate yoga and cold weather, Chaya moved to Florida and opened The Chaya For Life Center in Delray Beach, and a few years later, upon visiting Gainesville, decided to make it her home.
After working for 6 years at The Ayurveda Health Retreat, 2 years at The Amrit Yoga Institute and 4 years for UF Health Shands Hospital's Integrative Medicine Department, she was once again trailblazing, finding freedom, living purpose and advocating for health and wellness, further developing her services and programs to the community and health professionals, and opened ChayaVeda™ Integrative Healing Arts, consisting of a studio, transformative wellness programs, professional trainings and community outreach.
Chaya received her certifications from Integrative Yoga Therapy in 1999, Professional Kripalu Yoga 500 hour in 2000, Krishnamacharya's Yoga in 2001, and is a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has been a member of yoga alliance since 2000 and is a YACEP CEU provider as well as a Yoga Alliance approved affiliate school for Integrative Yoga Therapy.
She completed 3 Ayurvedic Certification programs from Kripalu Center, Jiva Institute and Ayurveda Health Education, LLC and is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, where she is also a required mentor for their Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy designation and a PACE CEU provider.
While at Kripalu Chaya also completed the Massage & Bodywork program and has been a licensed massage therapist since 2004 and is licensed in both MA and FL and is a certified CEU provider for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, NCBTMB for massage therapy.
Chaya is passionate about her advocacy for Women’s health and well being, and partners with Comprehensive Women's Health, is affiliated with the UF Women’s Collaborative and graduated from their EWITS program. She is a program presenter and former board member of the Woman’s Connection, a member of the Gainesville Area Woman's Network (GAWN) and contributes to various centers serving woman and girls.
Chaya is on the planning committee of the Interfaith Encounters Association in Gainesville. Based in Jerusalem, IEA brings people together from different traditional and cultural backgrounds and faiths to foster respect and friendship, modeling for inter-communal relations of appreciation and care as vehicles to peace, and she leads a Yoga-Nish class once a month at B’Nai Israel.
She is active with the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, where she volunteers as a Diplomat, and serves in her local community, where she participates to continue to grow, be of service and be part of the tapestry of life in a purposeful way, fostering good will, calm and health through contemplative practice and an open heart.
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