Chaya Leia is a practicing Registered Nurse in the western medical world, Reiki practitioner, belly dance instructor and Certified Practitioner and Teacher of the Arvigo techniques of Maya Abdominal TherapyTM. In her practice as a belly dancer, Chaya draws from a lifetime of dancing from childhood, more than 10 years of yoga study, contact improvisation and 6 years of studying belly dance.

Chaya Leia studied first with Felicia Malachite, learning a variety of styles including Egyptian, Cabaret and veil techniques. She then studied with Naraya, artistic director of Vadalna Tribal Dance Company, of which Chaya was a participating member. Here she learned American Tribal Style (ATS) and techniques of tribal fusion. In the realm of belly dance, stylistically, Tribal Fusion and ATS is where Chaya’s passions lie.

Chaya is also passionate about belly dance a mode of deep healing and transformation. She empowers her students to connect deeply with the belly, lovingly and compassionately, and move from a grounded center. Chaya also encourages students to connect with the fluid, serpentine nature of the spine. Connecting this way with the body, promotes deep rooted connection to the self as well as movement that is nurturing and healing for the body and spirit.


“I deeply believe that the natural state of the body is harmonious, but that physically and emotionally traumatic events, as well as patterned ways of holding our bodies and emotions, can disrupt that natural harmony.”

Chaya works with clients and students using abdominal massage work, belly dance movements, yoga, meditation, breathing and imagery techniques to discover the natural harmony that the body intuitive wants.

In her quest for personal health, she discovered the Arvigo techniques of Maya Abdominal TherapyTM. This practice restores the harmony we seek, by realigning the abdominal organs. This optimizes flow of blood and lymph, thus restoring health, vitality and joy.

“Allowing oneself to receive healing touch, in perhaps the most sensitive area of the body, opens us to great healing.”

Learn more about Chaya’s healing practice as a Maya Abdominal Massage practitioner.

Photo taken at Three Sisters Sanctuary


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