About Soma


Irina Petrova

Irina migrated to the USA from the Ukraine in the mid 1980s. She left behind a beautiful childhood and home nestled in a quiet orchard with berry bushes and countless patches of fresh fruits and vegetables, surrounded by green forests, clean rivers, and endless fields and meadows of wild grass and flowers. In this pristine environment, she developed a great love for Nature’s restorative powers. Trained as a classical musician from a young age, her love for beauty, aesthetics, and the healing power of Nature and plants found deeper fulfillment through Ayurveda. Before embarking upon her ayurvedic journey full-time, Irina taught classical piano and ran a successful real estate career. She holds a Master’s degree in Ayurveda from MUM (Fairfield, Iowa) 2001. In addition, she has studied SV Ayurveda with Vaidya Ramakant Mishra. She also recently completed an advanced cosmetology course at the Santa Barbara Cosmetology Academy in 2017 and is now a fully licensed aesthetician. She is certified in Vaidya Mishra’s Blissful Beauty Marma Facial System, as well as advanced SVA Marma protocols.

Irina is also trained in Usui / Holy Fire III Reiki Ryoho, with a certification for First and Second Degree Reiki, a healing energy modality that can add immense value to any skin care or wellness sessions, in person or remote. 
Irina is currently undergoing Yoga Teacher Training at Soma Yoga Institute, and will soon offer individual and group restorative yoga therapy sessions. 

Soma and Prana

Soma (lunar energy), Agni (transformative fire energy), and Marut (etheric circulating energy) are the three components of Prana, the universal ‘life force’ pervading the entire cosmos. These three cosmic energies are the raw material for the five fundamental elements of creation, which become the three doshas spoken of in Ayurveda: Vata governs all movement in body, Pitta governs digestion and all transformations, and Kapha governs stability and gives structure. When these three principles are in proper balance, good health and longevity ensues. Our physiology uses a network of delivery channels called Nadis to deliver Soma, Agni, and Marut to Marma (subtle energy points) on the face and body. All three pranic vibrational energies work together to create and maintain proper functions.

Replenishing Soma has many positive implications for our health on all levels: spiritually, mentally, emotionally, sensually, and physically. Soma helps maintain the skin’s protective barrier of friendly bacteria, the proper pH of the skin, and robust immunity. Soma also keeps our skin moist looking, supple, and structurally firm through the production of collagen, unifying the seven layers of the skin. When Soma decreases, the index of Agni and Marut increase, causing less oxygenation to the skin, a buildup of acidic toxins, and the separation of the skin layers. Stress and unhealthy emotions will in time wreak havoc on our skin. This is yet another reason why most of us need more Soma in our lives.

Soma Skin Spa is not just a name. We understand the vital role of Soma – nature’s cooling, nurturing, stabilizing energy. Depleted soma results in physical imbalances, emotional and mental stress, and prematurely aged skin. At Soma Skin Spa we harness soma for beautification and skincare and to counter the stress and burden of hot emotions, acidifying foods, impure water, poor sleep, and electromagnetic radiation. We use only 100% natural products and methods that restore soma, detoxify and nurture the skin, open the heart, and enliven marma (subtle energy points) for whole-body restoration and rejuvenation. Our holistic, compassionate products and services provide long-term solutions to maintain or restore youthful looking skin and to help you better enjoy life in mind, body, and spirit.

Shaka Vansya Ayurveda

Vaidya R K Mishra was a renowned healer and teacher of Shaka Vansya Ayurveda, a healing art passed down to him from his familial lineage dating back millennia. His post-graduate degrees in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery and in Sanskrit helped him translate the ancient medical texts and apply this ancient wisdom for the health challenges of modern times. Vaidya Mishra trained his students in traditional methods of compassionate healing to protect their clients from poor diets and lifestyles, stress, and the ever-increasing burden of modern technology. His decades of research and experience helped him create all-natural herbal products and healing regimens that nurture body, mind, and spirit. Soma Skin Spa uses his divinely inspired products and protocols to soothe the body, relieve mental and emotional stress, rejuvenate the skin, and to reveal your inner glow to the outer world.

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