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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.

Jennifer Marcaccini is a yoga teacher and certified in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga, and Hatha Yoga. She craves learning and evolving to bigger and better versions of herself and has studied with world-renowned teachers in both the United States and India.  She has been teaching yoga, leading retreats and offering workshops since 2009.
Jennifer’s classes are designed for everyBODY.  Her women’s only class helps women strengthen and trust their inner wisdom, as well as open their bodies and heart to all that is possible.  Her prenatal classes include movement and meditation designed specifically for the pregnant mama.  Jennifer also offers monthly workshops and bi-annual retreats on various topics that resonate with all members of the modern family. 
When not in the studio you can find her exploring the natural beauty of Ojai with her family, cooking vegetarian food in her kitchen, gabbing with girlfriends or simply enjoying Libbey park with her daughters.

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 Preet is a Kundalini Yoga teacher, Sound Healer and Manifestation Mentor.  Her passion is playing the Gong. She is a certified Gong Therapist and plays in different sound healing groups throughout the community.

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.

Jennifer Elizabeth Masters is a Soul Sculptor who breaks the mold. For over a decade Jennifer has empowered thousands of women to overcome trauma, find love, passion and happiness in their lives and relationships helping them heal co-dependency, addictions, depression, anxiety, suicidal tendencies, fears and suffering. Some of her clients have been, movie producers, famous spiritual leaders and authors. Wayne Dyer was not only a client but also a friend.

Overcoming her own trauma has allowed Jennifer great compassion and understanding for others who struggle with issues around love, money and feeling lost. Jennifer healed herself of an auto-immune disease, tumors, breast cancer, depression, anxiety, Fibromyalgia and financial issues.

Jennifer is the healers healer. She is a modern day Mystic, an International Best-Selling author, Channel, love and happiness coach, Hypnotherapist,  Neurolinguistic Programming Practitioner, reads the Akashic Records is a Master Energy Healer, ordained minister and mother of three spiritually grounded awake adults.

Jennifer’s personal healing journey has taken her all around the world from the UK, Europe, India, Bali and across the United States and Canada. From Master Gardener; owning her own landscape design company, For Heaven Scapes, Ltd. for eleven years shifting to a thriving healing practice full-time Jennifer is as flexible as she is authentic. She is a fearless woman who radiates compassion with an ability to laugh at herself that sets her clients at ease. Manifesting a magical life, for herself and clients she helps women and men live their dream life, attract love and manifest wealth.

What her clients like best about her is that she listens without judgment, is completely present and is highly tuned into the Divine and Universal which profoundly assists her get to the root of your issue quickly.

Melanie Larkins

I started practicing yoga almost 25 years ago in high school in Ojai. It helped bring more calm to my life after being a competitive gymnast and figure skater. With yoga, I was finally able to have deep sleep at night which had not been possible for many years at that point. After high school, I did a lot of intense solo practice and some intermittent training while in the Bay Area. During a study abroad program in Spain, I had a spiritual awakening in the mountains of Montserrat. When I returned to the U.S., I went more fully into meditation and yoga. I continued this spiritual practice and exploration consistently over the years, studying with various teachers and gurus throughout the U.S., Canada, France, and Brazil.

While in a rigorous global MBA program in 2012, I decided I wanted to guide others through the practice which has given me so much over the years. This practice is so important to bring us into who we are and into who we are meant to be. I completed 200 hour teacher training with Bethany Vaughn in Atlanta, GA., then completed Thai Yoga training in 2016 with Phoebe Diftler. My goal is to help others let go, to see themselves more fully and in doing so, help people connect more fully with Prana. I like to sing to my students to facilitate this process especially while in sivasana in classes and during Thai Yoga sessions. I believe that these individual internal shifts bring about global shifts of consciousness.

Kokoro is a word that connects Mind, body, and spirit; Restore and rebalance your kokoro through gentle postures and flow.