MEET YOUR TEACHERS


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Ida Taghavi

 

Ida’s journey into yoga began when she entered college. At the time, she was transitioning out of her hometown into new cities including San Francisco, London, and New York, where she discovered new perspectives and ways of being. Over the years, yoga taught her about awareness, acceptance, compassion, balance, strength, flexibility, patience, and impermanence -- both on and off the mat. Her passion for the process of healing and self-discovery integrated her yoga practice with her studies in psychology. Currently pursuing her PhD in clinical psychology at University of California, Santa Barbara, her goal is to integrate yoga and psychology to help others cultivate a compassionate and accepting relationship with their authentic selves. 

Ida received her 200-hr teacher training through YogaWorks, and she enjoys teaching for all levels at Yoga Isla Vista.

 

Chelsea Leopardi 

 

Chelsea’s passion for yoga began 10 years ago in San Francisco.  She found the intense heat and highly regimental aspects of Bikram yoga to be one of the only outlets that could help quench the anxiety and nervous energy that came with being a college student in a crowded new city. Over the years, Yoga became her moving meditation, creating a synergy between the body and mind that she continues to strive for on and off the mat.

In January of 2016, Chelsea moved to Santa Barbara and completed a 200-hr YogaWorks teacher training with Natalie Sampila at Better Days Yoga. She enjoys teaching classes which balance challenging asanas and strong vinyasa flow with relaxing postures to strengthen and create flexibility; helping to rid the body of anxiety and tension, creating space for inner peace and growth.

 

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Ellie Hollinshead

 

 

I am a third year student studying environmental studies at UCSB. I am a new teacher eager to share the gift of yoga with the Isla Vista community! I started practicing almost a year ago and have realized a profound shift in my life since then. I have been filled with joy in my practice. My purpose as a teacher is to hold a safe space for students and share this joy so that students may leave each class feeling rejuvenated and content wherever they are in their own practice and life. 

-Ellie

 

Dollianne Lipman

 

Growing up in Santa Barbara, Dollianne was blessed to live down the street from Santa Barbara Yoga Center where she began taking classes at the age of 14. Since then she has pursued her passion for yoga and Buddhist Studies by completing her degree from UCSB in South East Asian Religions, taking two trips to Asia studying with inspirational teachers in meditation and yoga, and completed her 200 hour Anusara Yoga teacher training in 2011.

Yoga has been a constant in her life through its ups and downs including her battle with cancer. Her classes infuse the many teachings into a creative and fun space for the students to slow down, observe, and feel safe to explore their inner landscape.