Chaya~Sharon Heller, BA, CAP, C-IAYT, E-RYT-500, LMT #MA59117
Chaya brings over 25 years of experience as a Holistic Health Educator and Practitioner, Performing Artist and Spiritual Teacher, with her unique approach to health care. The ChayaVeda™ method of Yoga and Ayurveda is a mindful approach and holistic immersion into natural healing that transforms health and unlocks human and creative potential.
Health and well being result from modifiable lifestyle factors such as our food, environment, movement, rest, thoughts, emotions, and relationships, that contribute to either disease or health and the overall quality of our lives. Chaya distills truths from the Yogic and Ayurvedic medicine called Kayakalpa, and translates them into purposeful information and experiences for her clients to achieve optimum health and radiant well being.
Chaya develops and presents the ChayaVeda Method, a transformative wellness program, and Ayurvedic approach to healthcare and wellness. She is the creator of The ChayaVeda Integrative Healing Arts Studio, founder and director of The Chaya for Life Center, is an Integrative Medicine Practitioner and Wellness Educator at UF Health Shands Hospital, and has worked in therapeutic recovery settings such as the John Dewey Academy and in and out patient services at UF Health Shands Hospital.
Chaya holds a BA in Home Economics, with a specialization in food science, 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 certified Yoga Therapist, Health Coach and Licensed Massage Therapist, with advanced education and certifications from Jiva Ayurvedic Institute, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Integrative Yoga Therapy, and Ayurvedic Health Services, LLC with Hilary Garivaltis, Anusha Sehgal Parivallal BAMS, MD (Ayu) and Dr. Gerard Buffo. As part of her education, Chaya studied with world-renowned educators in her field, including Doctors Vasant Lad, Partap Chauhan, John Doulliard, Sunil Joshi, Shekar Annambotala, Jay Apte, Robert Svaboda, and many more, and has been inspired by spiritual teachers Jiddu Krishnamurti, Swami Kripalu, Dr. Satyanarayana Das, Yogi Amrit Desai and Michael (Mickey) Singer.
Chaya authored "Yoga of Action; Holistic Lifestyle and Adaptive Yoga for People with Multiple Sclerosis and Similar Conditions" while leading adaptive yoga classes and wellness educational programs for the National MS Society in New England and South Florida for over 10 years. She is featured in "Kripalu Yoga; A Guide to Practice On and Off the Mat" and Yoga International Magazine.
Chaya, garnered testimonials for her life changing work, and helps people purify and rejuvenate and with conditions such as vertigo, high blood sugar, back pain, headaches, skin conditions, weight loss, allergies, digestive disorders, IBS, gerd, auto-immune conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and arthritis, as well as chronic pain, addiction, anxiety, depression, & more.
"We Have to do our best, and live in a way that alleviates human suffering"
Chaya's mission is to empower as many people as possible, with her unique approach to healthcare and providing education that demonstrates the nature of things through the study and practice of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Massage, to find inner balance, health and vitality resulting in self-realization and experiencing a life well lived.
Chaya's vision of Ayurvedic Healthcare is the return to wholeness, our natural state of being, and this is accomplished through the understanding, consideration and implementation of appropriate diet and lifestyle according to each person's unique constitution or genetic composition, and their current situation or imbalance or epigenetic factors. This results in greater health and wellness by "re-learning" to live according to nature's rhythms, to access our highest intuition and deepest truth, unlocking the human healing and creative potential.
Thank you for visiting and your commitment to a life of balance. Your success as a practitioner is Chaya's deepest joy. Chaya lives in gratitude for the opportunity to witness the unfolding and continued successes of her students, as they refine their skills, deepen their understanding and go on to help others find more peace, energy and ease of well being.