Awaken your wisdom with intuitive guidance, Ayurveda, and yoga.
A glimpse at who I am –
My name is Sonja (root meaning: wisdom). I am a wisdom guide, writer, and mama, not in any particular order.
I have been a storyteller since I could hold a pen, and a healer for many lifetimes. These two passions have led me through a range of careers, from professional pie baker, crisis counselor for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, communications and marketing director for several high-impact nonprofit organizations, and ghostwriter for renowned Ayurvedic practitioners and yoga teachers. In all of these experiences, I have followed my calling to make the world a little sweeter than I found it.
I first began studying healing in 2001 as personal passion. In a year of monthly pilgrimages to the mountains of Idaho, I immersed myself in study with several powerful teachers of intuitive energy healing (Vessa Rhinehart, Tamara Wells, Lee Gilbert, and Bob Whilhite). I was awakened to the core by this education and promptly moved to New York City to test my tools in a place where intuitives earn hazard pay.
It was in those hard streets that I fell in love with the softness of yoga. Yet it wasn’t until after a decade of practice on my mat — when I found myself shattered by diagnosed infertility and a failed marriage — that I opened my heart to its deeper teachings. Once yoga had tenderized me, I was ready to meet Ayurveda, with whom I began a passionate affair that continues to this day. Together we naturally conceived my daughter — and little guru — Leonie. With my partner, Robin, our little family has ventured from Colorado, to Kaua’i, to Mexico, to settle in our current home amongst the tall trees of Vancouver Island.
I’ve been influenced by many great teachers of yoga, Ayurveda, plant medicine, and love. Some of my teachers taught me skills, some of them shared wisdom. All of them cracked me open in their own way and reminded me of the infinite beauty and challenges of being human.
Some of my primary teachers include Myra Lewin (under whom I worked and apprenticed for four years and received my 200-hour yoga teacher certification and 600-hour Ayurvedic counselor certification), Shelley Torgove (from whom I received 750-hour certification as an herbalist specializing in women’s health), Kaya Mindlin (who taught me the softer side of yoga, including yoga nidra), Regena Thomasaur aka Mama Gena (who reminded me how to have fun while doing all this seeking), Kasia Urbanik, Robert Svoboda, Maya Tiwari, and so many more.
Above all, my greatest foundation for the work I do comes from my spiritual teacher, Santi Devi, a woman who has taught me how to care dearly for the things I most dislike. Her ongoing guidance has helped me write a different version of my story, one that embraces all experience as divinely given. It is what we do with the gift that matters.
With gratitude for all of these gifts that I have received, I offer my seva (service) to support anyone in transition, crisis, illness, change, seeking growth, or in need of sense making of their lives.
I have been blessed to live and work on many different lands amongst many different people. Currently I call home the unceded land of the Snuneymuxw First Nation on Vancouver Island. I humbly acknoweldge the ancestors and their descendents here and everywhere I’ve lived. I am eternally grateful for their incredible labor of holding the wisdom of the land intact despite centuries of efforts to separate us from its teachings.
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I am a wisdom guide, combining intuitive healing, Ayurveda, and the deeper teachings of yoga.
I teach Ayurveda , but not as a list of rules.
Through my membership program, you’ll learn how to access an inner knowing about your body. Break free from perfectionism and live in true health.
I teach yoga , but not only as a physical experience.
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In Your Words
“BodyStory was a truly transformative experience. Sonja beautifully weaves Ayurvedic wisdom with her own intuition in a way that creates profound connection to the ancient teachings.”
“Taking part in Sonja’s BodyStory class and sharing with her and others allowed my body and heart to have a more clear voice about its wants, needs and desires. Sonja created a sacred safe container for us to share openly and spontaneously.”
“I have participated in several SevaMama online courses and each has enriched my life in a different way. With each course, I gain new insights and build my Ayurvedic toolbox.”
“On this path effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure.”
The Bhagavad Gita 2:40