Chaya~Sharon Heller, BA, IYT, AYC, LMT, E-RYT-500 and Sr. Kripalu Teacher, is the founder and director of The Chaya for Life Center, an Ayurvedic, Massage, Yoga and Healing Arts Studio. With over 25 years of experience as a Holistic Health Educator, Performing Artist and Spiritual Teacher specializing in Ayurvedic Medicine, Yoga Therapy, Nutrition, Massage, and Panchakarma, Chaya works with groups and individuals to facilitate transformational health and well-being. She leads Panchakarma and purifying respite, wellness retreats, and transformational and educational yoga programs at Kripalu Center, Omega Institute, Canyon Ranch, The Ayurveda Health Retreat, and Integrative Yoga Therapy, and is the onsite Ayurvedic Practitioner at the Amrit Yoga and Ayurveda Institute.
Chaya holds a BA in Food and Nutrition from Queen’s College and is a former dietitian at St. Vincent’s Hospital in NYC. She has certifications from The Kripalu School of Ayurveda, Professional Level Yoga, Holistic Health Education, Panchakarma Therapy, and Massage and Bodywork, and is a Licensed Massage Therapist, with advanced education at Jiva Ayurvedic Institute, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, and Integrative Yoga Therapy. She has studied with world-renowned educators in her field, including Doctors Vasant Lad and Pratap Chohan, and has been guided by spiritual teachers Swami Kripalu, Satya Nara(i)yana Das, Amrit Desai and Mickey Singer.
Chaya is the author of “Yoga of Action: Holistic Lifestyle and Adaptive Yoga for People with Multiple Sclerosis and Similar Conditions”, and has been featured in “Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On and Off the Mat” and Yoga International Magazine.
Her mission is to educate and empower people through the healing power of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Massage, and to enable them to reach their highest potential by unlocking their healing capabilities through a life of harmony, balance, and an enlivening of the human spirit.
Ayurveda, the world’s oldest comprehensive health care system, is the Science of Life or Pure Wisdom of Daily Living that has been practiced in India for over 5,000 years. It is the “sister science” to Yoga and is one of … More
In this session, learn the specific Ayurvedic applications of the energetics of postures and breathing techniques, including langhana (yin) and brahmana (yang), and the relationship between the nervous system, breathing techniques and yoga postures. Students will learn how to choose … More
Ayurveda, the Wisdom and Science of Daily Living, originated in India over 6,000 years ago, making it the oldest known medical system still in use. This practical knowledge of self-healing is one that everyone can learn. The basis of Ayurveda … More