Curriculum Vitae with  Osteopathic; Chiropractic Cardiologist Physician Endorsements:  American Academy of Osteopathy;  Dr.  Ken DeSure, D.C. ;Dean Ornish,MD

Curriculum Vitae

Nirmala Heriza BA, CYT, CMFT, CaC

MedicalYoga-Myofascial-Acupressure Therapist/Medical Assistant (Orthopedic) /MedicalHistorian/Scribe (Orthopedics; Neurology). Fundraising expert; event organizer and Producer; (Published)/Expert Medical Consultant.  Published Author (PenguinTarcher)
Santa Monica, Ca 90405
Tele: 310.452.5815 Mobile: 310.927.6311   Email:

Professional Profile – Website: Profiled on Googe under Nirmala Heriza and DrYoga
Authorized to work in the US for any employer

WORK EXPERIENCE. Medical Director/Therapist

Dr Yoga Health and Wellness Center Website:
Santa Monica, CA
-August 1990 to Present

I conduct a licensed private therapy practice in Santa Monica, Ca on an onsite and concierge basis specializing in Cardiac/Stress Mgt medical Yoga Therapy; Myofascial Osteopathic Therapy and Medical Acupressure. I continue to serve as a referral therapist for Cedars Sinai Physicians and other medical dignitaries. In addition, I conduct Yoga Stress Mgt seminars based on the clinical program I created for Cedars Sinai Medical Center throughout the US and abroad.

Integral Yoga Center of Los Angeles:
Santa Monica, Ca. tele: 310.452.5815
Director/President/Yoga Instructor/Yoga Therapist
August 1980 to present

I oversee all administrative activities for the Integral Yoga Center of Los Angeles, a non profit Yoga organization, including program development, media and marketing.  As a fundraising dignitary I have organized and produced many celebrity fundraising events for its Official Hdq the world renowned Integral Yoga International Organization raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to help in development and support of its infrastructure and for causes related to the Spiritual Charitable work of its Fdr and Spiritual Leader renowned Spiritual Guru and Yoga Master HH Sri Swami Satchidananda.                                    

As a certified Yoga Instructor and Therapist I provide Yoga instruction on a private and group basis for beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. In addition, as a certified Yoga and holistic medical practitioner I provide Yoga Therapy for patients with diverse medical conditions.   
 Yoga Cardiac/StressMgt Specialist
Cedars Sinai Medical Center -Los Angeles, CA-August 1993 to March 2010 

I created and implemented the Yoga Stress Mgt Program for Cedars Sinai Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center designed for pre and post op patients and for patients at risk of heart disease. The hour long sessions were conducted three times a week. The Program also served as a tutorial in Yoga Stress Mgt for visiting physicians and medical dignitaries worldwide. I also served as referral therapist for private patients on both an inpatient and housecall basis.
Acupressure and myofascial Therapist
Dr David Kearney OMD 

-Santa Monica, CA

-October 1985 to August 1990

I provided acupressure and myofascial therapy for Dr Kearney’s patients. When he was out of town I managed the office and treated his patients in his absence.

Expert Yoga/StressMgt Consultant

Jane Fonda WorkOut 

-Beverly Hills, CA

-October 1986 to April 1990


Designed and implemented the exclusive Clinical Yoga Stress Management Program for Jane Fonda’s legendary Fitness Studio.  

I was the exclusive Yoga Consultant with very successful classes.  

Skills Used 
My expertise as a medical Professional informed the instruchon I provided helping to offset strain from the rigorous Workout regimines.

Orthopedic Assistant/Technician Medical Historian and Medical Scribe
Dr Patrick Zaccalini 

-West Los Angeles, CA

-September 1982 to October 1985

I took patient history, performed initial exam, wrapped sprains, applied and removed casts. In addition I both transcribed and composed medical reports.


BA in Theater Arts
Immaculate Heart College 

-Los Angeles, CA

1966 to 1980

SKILLS – Technology

Microsoft Word (10+ years)

Nautilis Award
October 2004

Nautilus Literary Award for my book DrYoga(PenguinGroup) Recognized in category with Deepak Chopra


Yoga Instructor/Therapist
March 1975 to Present

Teacher Certification in beginning intermediate and advance levels of traditional Yoga – Method: Integral Yoga. Published by Penguin Books in my Specialty of Yoga Cardiac/StressMgt Therapy.

Expert medical consultant: Lifescript HuffPostSPYGHANANEWS Fitness Mag Glamour Mag

Integral Yoga International
August 1974 to Present
I’m President and Director of the Integral Yoga Center of Los Angeles, a satellite Center of Integral Yoga International Buckingham Va


Dr Yoga:,Medical Benefits of Yoga (Penguin Tarcher)

US August 2004 China: 2009 In prep for 2ndEdition

DR YOGA documents the Yoga Cardiac Program I created and implemented for Cedars Sinai Cardiac Rehab Center with additional programs for prevention and treatment of other diverse acute and chronic medical conditions. It’s a how-to book that includes a narrative and clinical trials involving Yoga as the treatment intervention. Prepping for 2nd edition.
Fitness Magazine
April 2004

I created a 10 minute Therapeutic Yoga Stress Program for their Fitness Magazine based on a Stress Program I created for my book, Dr Yoga, that has gone into syndication and continues to recycle.

August 2016   


I’m published along with dignitaries from Harvard and other distinguished medical organizations in my therapeutic Yoga specialty for cardiac healthOsteoporosis and Diabetes. 
Other Publications: Huffington Post 2015 Spyghana News 2015

From 2004: Chairman of the United Council on Yoga Strategic members of the President’s Council on Fitness. United Council on Yoga Initiative for the Presidents Council on Fitness – FitnessGovPresidents Challenge – Program in transition.
PRESS RELEASES: (Newswise) Ref: Presskit

Medical Endorsements

Osteopathic Academy of America

Medical endorsement: – Dr. Michael Seffinger D.O. FAAFP; PRESIDENT: THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OSTEOPATHY. (Ret)

Physician endorsement: Myofascial Manipulation


I observed the professional work of Nirmala Heriza, B.A. CAc, certified acupressure and myofascial therapist, for well over three years. We (had) been involved in the care of a mutual patient. Ms. Heriza’s form of Myofascial therapy was more safe and effective than medication which would only numb the pain for a few hours, but fail to correct the source of the problem, and put the patient at risk for systemic problems over the long term. Her treatment of our patient’s myofascial trigger points was more effective than physical therapy visits in which (the patient) would be given range of motion exercises that she could not accomplish due to pain. Nirmala Heriza has maintained a highly professional and responsible relationship, and achieved a high level of patient satisfaction. She is a clinician to whom I would not hesitate to refer my patients who are in the need of an adept and well-trained, high quality professional to manually treat myofascial trigger points.

Michael A. Seffinger, D.O, F.A.A.F.P., C.S.P.O.M.M. (Certification of Special Proficiency in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine)

                                                               Cardiology – Therapeutic Yoga Stress Management.                                                        PK Shah, MD. Director of Cardiology Cedars Sinai Medical Center.                            “Heriza’s remarkable book on the medical benefits of Yoga helps reaffirm the role of Yoga as a serious therapeutic modality”—-                                                                       —                                                                       Dean Ornish, MD, Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute.

“Nirmala Heriza is one of the country’s leading practitioner for Yoga for heart disease. I have been referring my patients to her for more than 20 years. I highly recommend her and her unique approach to Yoga.”
Chiropractic – Myofascial Therapy 


Kenneth M. DeSure, D.C.
To Whom It May Concern,

In my practice I place special emphasis on the deleterious effects of myofascial dysfunction relative to the type of conditions I as a chiropractor encounter. In such cases I have been working professionally with Nirmala Heriza for the past 6 years and find the results of her therapy to be highly effective. In addition to being an excellent thera¬pist she possesses outstanding personal qualities that en¬hance her therapist/patient interaction.

Ms. Heriza has excellent credentials in the field of health and stress management including, certification in yoga ther¬apy, acupressure, trigger point therapy and experience as an
orthopedic assistant.

If you recognize the importance of soft tissue derangements and would like to provide more service to your patients then I recommend with out reservations the work that Nirmala provides.

Kenneth M. DeSure, D.C.


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