MEET YOUR TEACHERS


Emma Spencer

 

Emma has been practicing Yoga since 2000, taking her first 200hr teacher training in 2002 at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health after living in Bermuda for 7 years practicing Esthetics and Massage Therapy. Emma continued her journey, left the corporate spa world behind, and headed to Southern California, where she decided to immerse herself in Yoga and community.

 After taking that leap of faith, trusting in the Divine flow, Emma started teaching on a regular basis. “I blend my teaching style now. I took my second teacher training with YogaWorks, where I was inspired by Iyengar & Ashtanga, then studied with Siddhi’s Yoga, gaining her 200 hour Kundalini Certificate. This has become my personal practice alongside YogaWorks which teaches a blend of styles, creates a theme and stimulates the student with great alignment techniques. I create a similar environment, alignment is both important in Kripalu and YogaWorks, and I enjoy creating my own signature style connecting within the Divine Self. You will have a little fun in my class, you will feel empowered in my class and therefore very connected to your body and how it feels. It’s important to me that your experience is authentic and that you give yourself permission not to go beyond your limits, in that moment.”

“You were Born Divine, so, Be Divine” Jai Bhagwa www.borndivineyoga.com

 

Chelsea Leopardi 

 

Chelsea’s passion for yoga began 10 years ago in San Francisco, born from a need to quench the anxiety that came with being a first-year college student in a crowded new city. She found the intense heat and highly regimental aspects of Bikram yoga to be one of the only outlets that could drain her nervous energy and help provide mental clarity. 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.

 

Jane Lamp

 

Jane is a 3rd year student at UCSB, double-majoring in Communication and Psychology. She began her yoga practice one year ago and has fallen in love with it ever since. Her favorite part about teaching yoga is connecting with people and being part of a greater community.

 

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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.

 

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Mitra Dhar

 

Mitra began her practice of pranayama, meditation and hatha yoga years ago in India. With time, her practice grew deeper day by day. She completed her 200 hour yoga Teacher training at Yoga Now in Chicago. “I firmly believe that yoga is a complete science that works at the deepest levels to help us maintain fitness and well-being while bringing harmony to the body, mind and spirt.” Mitra is also a practitioner of Reiki an ancient Japanese method of healing.

Mitra has been teaching for years and tries her best to help others have a healthy body and mind. “My most favorite activity is Yoga, of course! Besides Yoga, I love to do Bollywood dance, swim, run and cook healthy meals!  

 
 

Peter McMaster


 

Hello :) I'm a third year UCSB student with a burning enthusiasm for life. I love dancing, surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, wrestling, cycling, acro yoga-ing, and just about anything that involves physical activity. For me, yoga is a healing practice. Yoga allows me to heal both the physical and emotional traumas that, if left unattended, inhibit me in all aspects of life. I have found a safe space in yoga classes where I can connect deeply with myself while strengthening my body and my mind. And this is what I strive bring to your table through my teaching. Let's show ourselves some Self-love and unblock our full potential!