Chava Aima is a psychotherapist who formally specialized in trauma treatment and addiction recovery. She is an ordained minister and founder of the nonprofit Enlightened Life Sanctuary in Austin Texas. She spent 14 years studying a wide variety of Eastern and Western esoteric traditions, including: Hermetic Kabbalah, Rosicrucian Alchemy, Kundalini Yoga and Tantra. Her upcoming book In the Shadow of the Guru: Spiritual Empowerment and the Dark Side is based on her years in India studying and getting to know many gurus. The book reveals techniques used by Eastern and Western gurus to recruit and keep followers. But she is not only a “guru-buster.” She is also a trusted teacher in the mind/body/spirit movement who has counseled both gurus and their followers to help them recover from trauma, addiction, and ego/power issues. In 2005 she created Alchemical Yoga® to help people apply practices of ancient spiritual systems to their busy lives today.