The practitioners at Marin Ayurveda are caring and loving women, with different specializations, like the digestive system, reproductive health, Ayurvedic body therapies, and yoga, and they all share an interest in supporting women in any stage of their lives.
Simone de Winter
MA, Certified Ayurvedic Specialist
has studied and practiced ancient Indian healing practices for almost twenty years.
She has been practicing Ayurveda in Marin County for fifteen of those. She is the founder and owner of Marin Ayurveda since 2007. Before that she was the
co-owner of Sammasati Ayurveda in Mill Valley and Pt. Reyes Station. In 2005 - 2006 she was closely involved with the development of Safronya Retreat in San Rafael, where she also worked as a practitioner. She has taught in the long-distance learning program from the California College of Ayurveda, teaches in the IAYT accredited 800 hr. Yoga Therapy Training at Stress Management Center, Marin County, has been a guest teacher at JFK University and CIIS in the SF Bay Area.
Simone holds a Master’s Degree in political science and international relations from the University of Amsterdam. She is a graduate from the California College of Ayurveda, and studied with Dr. Vasant Lad, Robert Svoboda, Jaisri Lambert, and in the private practices of doctors in India. Her training includes panchakarma (cleansing/purification) therapy, pulse assessment, herbology and Ayurvedic massage and rejuvenation therapies.
Simone also has taken a lot of pre-med classes to supplement her Ayurvedic education, adding to her understanding of the modern scientific approach to the physical body.
She also has an extensive background in yoga (as a certified yoga teacher) and was initiated by Sarah Powers, Georg Feuerstein and Richard Miller into the rich and formative science of yoga, and pranayama, which she uses a lot in her practice. She has had a meditation practice for almost 20 years, mostly in the Buddhist tradition, and is currently pursuing studies in Tantrik philosophy.
These disciplines come together in Marin Ayurveda, where a vision of integration of the ancient with the new, and of sustainability in health- and personal care, are held.
Simone has a very earthy and grounded approach to healing, and works with all that comes from the earth: food, herbs and oils.
Simone pays close, loving attention to each of her clients. Her caring and compassion are intrinsic to the healing power of her work.
Originally from the Netherlands, Simone has raised two children in Marin County, California.
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Maya was the lead Ayurvedic, pancha-karma and integrated massage therapist at New Leaf Ayurveda in Sacramento and prior to that worked at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram Well-Being Center in Grass Valley, CA. Maya is an Ayurvedic Health Educator (AHE) and Ayurvedic Body Therapist (ABT) through the California College of Ayurveda in Nevada City, and holds a Masters of Public Health in Global Environmental Health through Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
Maya first discovered her passion for spiritual philosophy and holistic healthcare practices in 2001, during a three-month pilgrimage to India and Nepal, and has since been committed to applying these principles and practices to her own personal transformation and to establishing a daily lifestyle that is in alignment with her true nature. Through her work and training in massage and Ayurveda, Maya has discovered her authentic purpose and passion, which is to honor and revive the sacred wisdom of ancient indigenous systems of healing and to carry and integrate these systems into the new paradigm of consciousness, pioneering the next generation of healthcare – preventative and pro-active self-care – and promoting sustainable living on this planet.
Devoted to guiding and supporting others on their holistic healing journey, Maya is currently studying with Dr. Paul Dugliss (New World Ayurveda, Gorham, ME) to become an Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle consultant, a certification she expects to achieve by July 2017.
Maya utilizes her years of specialized training and intensive work experience with Ayurvedic massage, pancha karma body therapies, energy work, and deep, therapeutic massage techniques to set specific protocols for each new bodywork session that are highly attuned both to the clients’ needs at the time of the session and to their long-term wellness goals.
She holds a deeply nurturing, loving and supportive space within which her clients receive deep nourishment and realignment on all planes of existence – body, mind and spirit. Maya is known for her sensitivity, patient nature, and professionalism.
Maya recently moved to Marin County with her fiancé and her three fuzzy, love-crazed cats and is looking forward to building a rich and meaningful bodywork practice with Marin Ayurveda.