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Meet Our Yoga Teachers

Tara Matthews, L.Ac, Experienced 500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, is an accomplished Kundalini Yoga instructor trained at Golden Bridge of Santa Monica, California. A yoga teacher of over 20 years and current KRI Level 3 student, her background in the medical field gives her a unique and in depth understanding of physical and sacred anatomy. A teacher of teachers and enthusiastic trainer in gong sound therapy, Tara also maintains a full time Chinese Medical and Energy Work Practice in Ojai. She currently mentors with Mehtab Benton.

Shiva Preet is an Ojai Native, certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, Gong Yoga Nidra teacher, Gong Therapist,  sound bath and meditation facilitator. She is honored to work throughout the community teaching and Leading groups in Yoga and Sound. She sees Kundalini energy as a guiding light to bring each person closer to unlocking their infinite potential.  Her uplifted yoga classes drift between deep meditation and play, infusing sound currents to leave you buzzing with delight.
Shiva Preet sets herself on a path of bringing deep remembrance, joy and freedom to our lives through Sound, yoga and meditation.

Born and raised in India, Richa Badami grew up with yoga, mantra, chanting, and Vedic ceremony as part of her daily life. She began her journey in 1995 training in healing, energy and body work from teachers in India, and became a Reiki Master in 2002. She is a transformation guide, consciousness teacher, energy healer, and ICF certified trauma informed life coach. Richa created, and has been teaching an in depth course for personal transformation and spiritual growth called the I AM Consciousness Program since 2011. She is currently receiving mentorship from Krishna Kaur in Los Angeles as a Kundalini Yoga Teacher. Her Yoga classes combine breathwork, meditation, mantra, and Chakra healing. Richa lives in Ojai with her husband, three daughters, two dogs, and two bunnies! When not teaching classes on Zoom or in a studio, she directs musical theater at the Oak Grove School, and runs a startup that sells delicious Indian curries, & sauces! You can also join Richa for Havan – a Vedic, sacred fire ceremony every Full Moon.

Nina Barlow (she/they) is an accredited teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She has been acquiring and integrating tools over the years that support the body, nervous system, and spirit to restore a sense of ease, balance, joy, pleasure, and play.  Her classes intuitively flow, incorporating yoga, dance, breath work, visualisation, meditation, and community connection. 

Nina offers Akashic Record Readings and Reiki sessions.  She lives in Ojai and enjoys spending time in the natural world, reading, cooking, and dancing.

 

Lepeng Li is a certified Yoga teacher, a Reiki Master and a massage therapist with intuitive understanding of people’s emotions and energetic patterns. With all the tools, knowledge and her unique gift as a healing conduit and an empath, Lepeng provides personalized healing sessions to help her clients heal from physical, mental and emotional imbalance, blockages and trauma. The typical healing sessions include bodywork, Reiki energy healing and compassionate listening.
Lepeng’s healing journey started in 2002, when she fell in love with yoga and meditation practice. She studied Yoga with Donna Farhi, the world-renowned master teacher. She studied Reiki with William Lee Rand, the founder of the International Center of Reiki training. Inspired by her own healing experience with bodywork, Lepeng expanded her healing modalities with studying Shiatsu massage and traditional Chinese Integral healing system with master teacher John Hickey.
Lepeng is passionate about servicing the world through her healing gifts. She is here to help you relieve physical and emotional discomfort and pains so that you can return to your natural equilibrium and well-being.