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Homestead High School, University of California, Santa Barbara, The dhyana center
Natural foods chef, massage therapist, yoga teacher, cookbook author
Hey, I'm Talya!
Santa Cruz, California, United States · Member since November 2012

I live in a charming, cozy studio apartment in beautiful Santa Cruz, California. I love where I live - my place is right in town but feels a little like being in the country because of its private and natural location.
I love to travel and almost never leave for less than one month at a time. One of my favorite destinations is India (where it's easy to move about on a budget) but this winter I'm doing something different and visiting eastern Europe, an old high school friend in England and a place I've always dreamed of going in France. When I travel, I like to find great places to practice yoga - even if it's in the living room of the place where I'm staying - and inexpensive "holes in the wall" with amazing local food.
In Santa Cruz, I maintain my livelihood as a chef, holistic health practitioner, massage therapist and yoga teacher, and spend most of my free time hanging out with friends and my dog, Spanky.
I love to backpack, meet new people and spend as much time as possible in nature. I also love fashion and art and culture. I love going on adventures by myself, and with new friends, but prefer my at-home life to be solo.
My life motto is something like, "Just trust yourself. Then you will know how to live."

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