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.
Nikki Nicoletto teaches Kundalini and Gong Meditation. Kundalini Yoga classes are a dynamic blend of yoga postures, dynamic movement, breathing techniques, mantra, music and meditation which teach you the art of relaxation, self-healing & elevation.
Nikki has been on her Yoga journey for 11 years, teaching Yoga for the past 6. She is trained in Hatha and Kundalini yoga. Her approach to Yoga is inspiring, spiritual, uplifting, and decidedly unique. She offers a powerful combination of movement, sound healing, & meditation.
Shiva is a high vibe-ing Ojai native. She sees the 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.
She is inspired by creative cooking, making pottery and exploring the world with her partner Brenton.
Vanessa Seva Sadhana is a natural born teacher, life/spiritual coach and a yogi at heart.
She began her yogic journey in this life at 17. Practicing Hatha, kundalini, power, bikram and iyengar, she became certified in Power yoga with Bryan Kest because it began to heal her on a deep level. After teaching 13 years of Power yoga around the world, the secret technology of Kundalini Yoga chose her to heal herself and her students on the deepest level.
A lifelong student herself, she shares all aspects of her authentic self, her heart, her spirit, her lifelong knowledge and her intuitive gift to bring healing and safety for growth to her students.
Gabe Mellein attended his first Kundalini Yoga class in 2010 and has been hooked ever since. He started teaching Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan in 2018, when he graduated as a KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) Certified Instructor from Yoga West in Los Angeles. He has had a long-standing career in real estate as a Broker, investor, and business owner. He has found his personal practice of Kundalini Yoga, with the teachings and meditations it provides, to have helped him deal with the daily stressors of life and create a mindset of prosperity. He is excited to share this powerful practice with you as it has been truly transformational in his own life.
Melanie Larkins has practiced yoga for more than 20 years and taught for nearly 10 years. Yoga is at the core of who she is in this life. Originally from Los Angeles, Melanie has lived all over the world and, after years in the Southeast, recently re-planted roots in Ojai, CA.
In the words of Nikola Tesla, “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” Melanie has focused her life on learning more about energy, frequency, and vibration to apply to her own life and to help elevate clients to their higher selves. She offers private yoga and Thai Yoga bodywork sessions which infuse Reiki, Sound Healing, and crystal energy to enable clients to relax, release, and restore.
Melanie wants to share what she has learned along the way to change the world one yogi at a time.
Rachel Santa Olalla had practiced yoga for 10 years, and her practice deepened when she found “Chakra Yoga” at a festival in 2016. Her first Kundalini awakening shifted her from a student to a teacher in training. Kundalini technology became pure magic to her, and even more so as she realized the powerful role that community plays in the transformation process. All of this stoked the need to share Kundalini after completing teacher training in 2018.
She works full time in landscape construction and design. Her love for plants grew from time spent in nature and transpired into incredible plant knowledge. Rachel is a creator of space both physically and energetically. She finds her healing in jewelry making, abstract art, athletics, coaching volleyball, dancing, and music – especially the gong!
Rev. Dr. Myra Miller PhD is the Spiritual Director and Heart-Consciousness Teacher at My Living Sanctuary.
As the Sanctuary’s founder, Dr. Myra Miller provides educational and support services for whole life healing and revitalization. She has a doctorate degree in Transpersonal (spiritual) Psychology with post-doctoral training in Ayurveda/Yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and numerous health, wellness, and fitness certifications.
For more than 15 years, Dr. Miller has provided spiritual-consciousness services (counseling, guidance/mentoring, and development) as well as whole life therapies for health and wellbeing (lifestyle, injury/surgery recovery, and chronic/terminal conditions). Her areas of expertise also include: emotional-mental health and wellbeing; mind-body modalities and depth-work; trauma resolution (personal, family/historical-transgenerational, and community); relationship development; and sustainable culture.