RENEE J. RIVERA RN, DAS, RYT

Yoga

Chitta Happens Ayurveda is an Ayurvedic clinic in San Francisco that offers health consultations and ayurvedic treatments.

San Francisco, CA

Recent Reviews

5.0 of 5 (6)
“I am so happy I found an excellent Ayurvedic Practitioner in San Francisco! Renee is a wealth of Ayurveda knowledge, a patient teacher and a gifted healer. I highly recommend Renee to anyone that wants to learn more about Ayurveda or is otherwise seeking improve to their health, prevent disease, better manage stress, live a more balanced life, etc. Renee offers a wide range of consultation services and treatments at Chitta Happens. In addition to her consultation services, I especially recommend the shirodhara treatment. Even if you have no interest in Ayurveda and could care less about improving your health or life – get the shirodhara treatment! Not only was the treatment absolutely wonderful, but I felt more relaxed and peaceful for days after than in as long as I can remember.”
“Back in February of 2010, I got really sick. I could not sleep nor eat much food or drink anything. It got even worse. I got nightmares and panic attacks. Overall, I was in really bad shape. Then I went to Renee, within a few weeks I got better. Everything that she said to do has helped me out a lot.”
“I have had a series of consultations with Renee, and have found working with her to be a highly enjoyable and informative Ayurvedic experience. A nascent student of Ayurveda myself, I have read numerous books on the subject, attended Ayurvedic conferences, and have been a patient of two other renown Ayurvedic doctors in California (including a couple of week-long panchakarmas with one of them). I find my consultations with Renee have been the most valuable yet. Perhaps her experiences as an RN, as well as the time she spent seeing hundreds of patients a day in India, are a reason for her reassuring manner and low-drama perspective on my “conditions” . Unlike numerous other health consultations I’ve had, Ayurvedic and not, she did not pressure me to buy copious amounts of expensive, very special herbs and potions that are available only through her special connections; the products she does have available are very high-quality and I have definitely benefited from using all of them. Her recommendations were not overly expensive or time-consuming, and she was forthcoming and well-informed about where to buy things online or in the Bay Area. I found that she listens intently and well, and was generous with her time and ideas; she even dropped by my home one day when I was on my way out of town and wanted to do a mini-consultation with her/get some oils and herbs, but was scrambling for time before my departure. After the consultations, she emailed me with a very useful, detailed set of recommendations for food selection, daily routines, and practices we had discussed in the consultation, and even included hyperlinks to illustrative videos on YouTube. I thought this follow-up was fantastic; its many pages were full of so much useful information that I am still referring to it and learning from it almost a year later. The recommendations included in it, also discussed in person, definitely helped some of the conditions bothering me, such as knee tendinitis and sluggish digestion (weight loss wasn’t a top priority for me, but improving my digestion and eating habits as well as being more consistent with yogic breathwork has allowed me to have lost over twenty pounds since I saw her last year). I look forward to furthering and maintaining a vibrant state of health for my mind and body, and feel that I have a good ally in my quest to do so with Ren�e as my Ayurvedic practitioner.”
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San Francisco
546 Fillmore St, San Francisco CA 94117, United States
Mon: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tue: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wed: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thu: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sun: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Renee Rivera Reviews

5.0 of 5 (6)
“I am so happy I found an excellent Ayurvedic Practitioner in San Francisco! Renee is a wealth of Ayurveda knowledge, a patient teacher and a gifted healer. I highly recommend Renee to anyone that wants to learn more about Ayurveda or is otherwise seeking improve to their health, prevent disease, better manage stress, live a more balanced life, etc. Renee offers a wide range of consultation services and treatments at Chitta Happens. In addition to her consultation services, I especially recommend the shirodhara treatment. Even if you have no interest in Ayurveda and could care less about improving your health or life – get the shirodhara treatment! Not only was the treatment absolutely wonderful, but I felt more relaxed and peaceful for days after than in as long as I can remember.”
“Back in February of 2010, I got really sick. I could not sleep nor eat much food or drink anything. It got even worse. I got nightmares and panic attacks. Overall, I was in really bad shape. Then I went to Renee, within a few weeks I got better. Everything that she said to do has helped me out a lot.”
“I have had a series of consultations with Renee, and have found working with her to be a highly enjoyable and informative Ayurvedic experience. A nascent student of Ayurveda myself, I have read numerous books on the subject, attended Ayurvedic conferences, and have been a patient of two other renown Ayurvedic doctors in California (including a couple of week-long panchakarmas with one of them). I find my consultations with Renee have been the most valuable yet. Perhaps her experiences as an RN, as well as the time she spent seeing hundreds of patients a day in India, are a reason for her reassuring manner and low-drama perspective on my “conditions” . Unlike numerous other health consultations I’ve had, Ayurvedic and not, she did not pressure me to buy copious amounts of expensive, very special herbs and potions that are available only through her special connections; the products she does have available are very high-quality and I have definitely benefited from using all of them. Her recommendations were not overly expensive or time-consuming, and she was forthcoming and well-informed about where to buy things online or in the Bay Area. I found that she listens intently and well, and was generous with her time and ideas; she even dropped by my home one day when I was on my way out of town and wanted to do a mini-consultation with her/get some oils and herbs, but was scrambling for time before my departure. After the consultations, she emailed me with a very useful, detailed set of recommendations for food selection, daily routines, and practices we had discussed in the consultation, and even included hyperlinks to illustrative videos on YouTube. I thought this follow-up was fantastic; its many pages were full of so much useful information that I am still referring to it and learning from it almost a year later. The recommendations included in it, also discussed in person, definitely helped some of the conditions bothering me, such as knee tendinitis and sluggish digestion (weight loss wasn’t a top priority for me, but improving my digestion and eating habits as well as being more consistent with yogic breathwork has allowed me to have lost over twenty pounds since I saw her last year). I look forward to furthering and maintaining a vibrant state of health for my mind and body, and feel that I have a good ally in my quest to do so with Ren�e as my Ayurvedic practitioner.”
“When I started seeing Renee I was having bad insomnia. Nothing I tried seemed to help much. The Ayurvedic herbs that she recommended helped immensely, as well as the shirodhara oil treatment. The oil treatment was like returning to the womb, and I slept like a baby afterwords (a good baby, that it). Since then, my sleep has been much better, and Renee has also succeeded in helping improve my digestion.”
“Renee has such a great energy and her massage is powerful! Abhyanga with the right amount of oil – a lot! Very comforting, relaxing and spiritual!”
“I have had digestive and arthritic issues for many many years. Being a skeptic, I wasn’t sure if this ayurvedic type of healing would really help me. I tried western allopathic medicine – vicodin, bioflex gel, cortisone shots and ice/heat treatments, however, it didn’t help over the long term. Even the medical marijuana gel and smoke made my joints worse. I was at my wit’s end and in a lot of pain when I walked so I was willing to try anything. I heard about Renee through the grapevine and decided to give it a try. The initial consultation was very informative about changing my daily routine and what I needed to do in order to feel better. I feel much better now after changing my diet and using some oils and herbs. I am so happy not to use narcotics which made me feel fuzzy-headed! Renee’s understanding of my condition, lifestyle and her experience as an RN made me feel more comfortable in following her recommendations. To this day, I am a believer in ayurveda now and so glad that I have found this way of healing. I would recommend her to anyone wanting a natural way of healing without all those side effects.”





RENEE J. RIVERA RN, DAS, RYT
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