Jane left the United States military in 2004, after finally realizing that her career path to becoming an Army officer was starkly in misalignment with her values, and here, disillusionment came down on her hard… deep depression laden with alcoholism, substance abuse, and a nihilistic view of life followed. Through this period, however, her study of Classical Western philosophy took a redemptive turn, and led her down the rabbit hole of Eastern metaphysics. This led her to the study and practice of Chinese Martial Arts, and ultimately to Zen and Nei Gong—Internal Alchemy of the Daoist Internal Arts.
While living in San Francisco, a Kung Fu brother invited her to practice Hatha Yoga, and the platform so deeply resonated with her that she’s been studying and practicing the Yogic sciences intensively now for over a decade. Her extended studies of Vedic Philosophy, eventually led her to Jyotish, or Vedic Astrology, and through studying with respected Jyotishi, Sadasiva (Sam Geppi), she earned her certification and has been practicing now for nearly 6 years. In 2012, she lived in India continuing her studies, and earned her ERYT 200 from the Sri Ramakrishna lineage. She remained serving as an instructor in the ashram, and had the privilege of studying Mantra with a teacher who carries on the authentic oral tradition of the Brahmins.
While serving as a lecturer, healer, Yoga and Tai Chi instructor in Southern California, she found herself feeling that her practice was still somehow incomplete. This prompted her to search down alternative routes, ultimately bringing her to the study and practice of shamanic medicines from the Amazon. She especially resonated with Kambo for its ability to restore her beyond her previous levels of health and clarity—allowing her to continue on her journey with renewed vigor and joy. And inspired by the immense healing she experienced with Kambo, she began apprenticing under Simon Scott, and has now been practicing the medicine for 3 years, supporting the processes of over one hundred people.
And it was here, in the world of Amazonian medicine, and through the Shipibo lineage of Peru, that she was given the name, Oka Kaya, “Crow Spirit.” Through her own personal process, Jane has come to understand that we are always on our path… and through our unfolding, we can discover and cultivate the medicine we carry, and eventually, we cannot help but share it with the world.