Akiva, a meditation and yoga teacher, a business transformational coach dedicated to exploring human consciousness and the science of self-transformation, guides with his mastery of Tantric Numerology, and kabbalistic-Astrology, individuals and businesses to foster clarity of purpose, toward fulfilled happy living. He is a teacher trainer of Naam Yoga therapies, with many years of experience in mindfulness meditation, sound work, yoga therapy and yogic and Kabbalistic philosophy. Certified in a variety of healing modalities, such as Harmonyum, Yoga therapy and self awareness meditation.
Akiva facilitates workshops and purpose coaching programs on a regular basis with business and private sectors in Europe, New York, California and Mexico.
Dhyana is NAMA certified as an Ayurvedic Practitioner, and is a Certified Nutritionist. She brings over 30 years experience working in the field of therapeutic bodywork, holistic nutrition, and subtle energy healing to her practice. She specializes in integrative cancer support, as well as gentle detoxification and rejuvenation programs, utilizing healing foods, herbs, and special daily/seasonal routines to renew your life.
Dhyana graduated from the dhyana Center in 2011, and is a founding member of the team of practitioners offering Ayurvedic consultations at the Forestville Wellness Center. She currently offers netra basti treatments and individualized pulse consultations at the dhyana Center.
Hari Darshan Kaur
“Our bodies are holders of the sacred life”
Hari Darshan Kaur is well versed with eleven years of experience and over fifteen hundred hours of education. She is a N.A.M.A certified ayurvedic practitioner, yoga instructor, and certified body worker.
Her modalities include mind/body balancing,sound, movement, and breath practices, shirodhara, pancha karma, consultation, swedish and neuromuscular bodywork, ayurvedic lymphatic massage, psoas unwinding, subtle energy, and nourishing treatments. Hari Darshan also has interest in working with groups to support wellness within the dynamic, as well as ayurveda and the natural world. Hari Darshan has an innate ability to support harmonious flow. she supports, educates, and empowers her clients through deep listening, experience, and application.
She facilitates ceremonial space that connects mind, body, spirit through presence and grace. sat naam
Jenny Rinne is a certified yoga teacher, yoga therapist, massage therapist, and Ayurvedic practitioner. In 2009, she began teaching yoga and began practicing massage. In this journey, she discovered how much she loves taking time with people to discover what is underneath the surface. She blends styles to personalize a client’s need. With clients, she works with breath and heart, knowledge and intuition, to find the best possible solutions. She has her own massage practice in Pleasant Hill, however she comes to the dhyana Center once a week because she loves it and believe it’s the among the best of the best.
Kathy moved to Sebastopol three years ago with the sole notion of doing absolutely nothing.
But of course, being Pitta, that didn’t last long. She was always interested in Ayurveda through her yoga practice and discovered there was a school right here in town! She finished the dhyana Center intensive in 2013, obtained her 250 hour massage license also in 2013, and has been accumulating donation clinic, Pancha Karma and massage hours ever since.
Lisa has studied and utilized many forms of natural self-care. She is a Reiki practitioner as well as an instructor of yoga, body awareness and rebalancing. She has a pleasant and relaxing demeanor. Her sessions consist of hands-on touch, guided meditation, breathwork and/or directed exercises to bring one’s focus into the body while supporting rejuvenation, relaxation and self-awareness.
Matthew began his journey into the healing arts with NHI’s massage therapy program in 2015. With an open heart and a natural touch, he was gratefully accepted as an intern, and now a practitioner at the dhyana Center. His passion for massage stems from an urge to reconnect to people and community. He believes in our power to heal and grow through the natural means of herbs, nutrition, and touch. His style as a bodyworker lives where East meets West. He blends modalities to customize a massage for each client, from specific, targeted work in deep tissue and myofascial therapies, to the Eastern energy work styles of Zen Shiatsu, and Thai Yoga.
Sephira El Lyon (Anne Dale)
Sephira graduated from the dhyana Center’s Ayurvedic Clinical Program in 2012, is a NAMA Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and has studied bodywork and energetic healing therapies since 2002. Her training includes three forms of shamanism, Ho’oponopono, Medical Qigong, Reiki Mastership, Angel Healings, Light and Sound Therapies, Ayurvedic Yoga, High Tantra Yoga and more. Sephira applies a synthesis of her wisdom and expertise to customize each individual healing journey.
“I love working with all modalities. My specialties include Marma Point Therapy, Pulse, Lymphatic, Cranial-Sacral, Shirodara and Vibrational therapies. I enjoy meeting my client’s needs wherever he or she is at, facilitating a safe and profound space for healing.”
“The longest journey you will ever make is the one from your head to your heart.” ~Sioux Legend
Shannon Elsom completed the dhyana Center Clinical Ayurvedic Practitioner program in 2012. She is a Certified Massage Therapist, Shamanic Healer, Reiki Practitioner, and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor listed on the National Directory with 20 years of experience working in the field of rehabilitative massage.
Shannon specializes in deep tissue, sports massage, lymphatic work, and neuromuscular retraining. She has developed effective protocols in treating carpal tunnel syndrome, sports injuries, neck trauma, sciatica, and chronic pain conditions resulting from repetitive motion. She strives to support clients in connecting with the wisdom of their bodies.
Stacey Lee Pfeifer
Stacey came to Ayurveda by first falling in love with an herb called Grindelia. She had met this bright yellow, gummy & resinous flower at the coast and kept one in her pocket- taking it out until it crumbled to pieces-to inhale its odd fragrance that made her heart so happy. She then studied herbalism at the California School of Herbal Studies and discovered that Grindelia is a powerful lymphatic herb. The lymphatic system was a mystery to her, as it is generally disregarded in Western Medicine. But it drew her attention with its slow, fluid and sweet qualities- quietly nourishing, cleansing and keeping us juicy. Ayurveda became her next step to learning more about the lymph called Rasa.
She graduated from The dhyana Center’s Ayurvedic Program in 2012 and has been practicing lymphatic massage & Ayurvedic treatments in Sebastopol and Cobb Mountain ever since. She is focusing her work on Phenakam – detailed lymphatic bodywork, psoas release, specialty treatments and Pancha Karma retreats. Stacey also makes her own herbal medicines, oils, salves, creams and potions and delights in finding ways to let the plant people touch the humans.
With Ayurveda, she has found a beautiful, rich mandala of concepts and forms which offer her a way to bring the heart itself into service to others through touch. Every session is a joy to Stacey and she is honored to work with you.
Susan Melina Sykes
Susan is a member of NAMA and has certifications in massage therapy, Pilates, yoga, meditation, Reiki, Harmonyum and Ayurveda.
She is an intuitive healer, specializing in Pulse consultations, menopause, breast health, tongue analysis, body alignment and the use of Ayurvedic tools such as Guasha & Cupping therapy. On the table she practices Swedish, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, Reiki, Lymphatic, and Nourishing Massage. She pays particular attention to the neck and shoulders and often finishes with a face & scalp massage to elevate one’s vibration.
An Ayurvedic consultation with Susan will give you the opportunity to understand your body type (dosha) and how to best support this through lifestyle, nutrition and self-care. If you are out of balance, Susan can help you find out why and get you back to your center where love resides and heals all.
Nastya is a massage therapist, reiki practitioner, current student of Kinesiology and a proud graduate of the dhyana Center’s Ayurvedic Clinical program. She has always felt a calling toward healing others and educating people about health and wellness. Her interest in the human body can be attributed to many years of ballet and other styles of dance training. Being a very curious person herself, Nastya feels she will always seek more knowledge, especially in the field of holistic health. It brings her great joy to share valuable information and tools with her clients and to help empower and encourage a higher degree of balance, confidence and self-healing.