Talya Lutzker is a certified ayurvedic practitioner, nutritionist, and professional chef, as well as the founder of Talya’s Kitchen Catering Company and the author of two cookbooks. She also teaches yoga and cooking classes, and is a certified ayurvedic masseuse. Talya’s passion for holistic medicine and innovative, healthy food sparkles through in her intelligent, warm, fun, and inspiring teaching style. Through cleansing programs, cooking classes, and one-on-one consultations, Talya helps people learn to love cooking, self-care, and eating well.
Talya’s first loves, yoga and ayurveda, are the foundations of her many skills and offerings. In the Bay Area, Talya offers Iyengar-inspired yoga classes that focus on anatomical alignment, deep muscular engagement, pranayama, and the use of props that protect and deepen the yoga practice. She studied Iyengar Yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India, and has practiced under the tutelage of senior and master Iyengar teachers, Kofi Busia and Maya Lev, for the past 10 years. Talya holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Physical Activities from the University of California in Santa Barbara and is a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute’s Leadership Program.
Talya offers ayurvedic pulse readings, nutrition consultations, food-based cleansing programs, traditional ayurvedic bodywork, and personal chef services, as well as catering and cooking classes that transform food and eating into delicious awakening adventures. She co-runs the Santa Cruz Aushadi Health Foundation, an Ayurveda-By-Donation clinic that originated in her teacher’s panchakarma treatment center, the Dhyana Center.
In addition to wearing her many professional hats, Talya loves dancing, writing, cooking, camping, traveling, riding her bike, spending time with loved ones, everything Indian, and laughing with her dog, Spanky.