About Kaya

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.

Yoga is meant to be deep, not hard.

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

What Past Students Say

An amazing breadth and depth of knowledge


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

Celebrates the divinity in all


I have loved Yoga and Yoga philosophy for many years.  What I immediately noticed with Kaya’s 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


An exemplary teacher and role model


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

Kaya has been teaching Yoga for 18 years, and training and mentoring Yoga teachers for nine. She encountered yogic teachings in 1998, and abandoned academia to delve into thousands of hours of direct tutelage and formal training with generous teachers in Vedic tradition.

An accredited Yoga Therapist and Teachers’ Teacher, Kaya’s approach integrates full spectrum of Vedic therapies – Yoga and Yoga therapy, women’s health, clinical Ayurveda, Vedic Counseling, Vedanta philosophy, Vastu and Vedic Astrology. Long-time seekers, healing professionals, dedicated yogis and teachers resonate with Kaya’s loving method, technical acumen and her mothering bhava.

Kaya is committed to resolving misleading messages and distortions of teachings in the popular Yoga world, thanks to the benefit of her authentic direct training with brilliant teachers, including Dr. Sarita Shrestha, Rama Berch, Hart deFouw, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, and Swami Tattvavidananda. She works with dedicated yogis and teachers both in person and online and lives with her  husband, Vedic Astrologer Michael Manzella and their 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
  • Creator of multiple programs for yoga teachers including: Agni & Soma, The Nectar of Nidra, The Essential Gīta, Supreme Release, Supreme Twists, Supreme Transformation and others.
  •  Mentoring Yoga Teachers, private practice 2014-present
  • Guest Master Faculty of Yoga Programs at Stress Management Center of Marin, Wee Yogis and the Center for Vital Living, 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

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