by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Soul of Photography

Light, Love, & Energy

student_levine2Taylor Levine first tried yoga at age 12. But it wasn’t until a few years later that she committed to the practice and training. “I was a cheerleader and a dancer all the way to the end of my freshman year of high school,” Taylor shared. “When I moved from Cathedral Catholic High School to Torrey Pines High School, it dawned on me that those activities weren’t going to fit my lifestyle anymore.” Today, Taylor is a senior at Torrey Pines High School and a certified yoga instructor.

Taylor was inspired to begin yoga by her mother and a family friend who is an instructor at CorePower Yoga. “They are two of the most influential women in my life that inspired me to take this path,” she said. In 2015, Taylor completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program and a 100-hour extension program. She began teaching at Fletcher’s Cove in Solana Beach and is now an instructor at If I Was A Bird, a children’s yoga studio in Del Mar. She also teaches a weekly teen class at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. “I enjoy teaching yoga because I carry on the light, love, and energy in my heart and make an impact on other people’s lives,” she explained.

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MEET TAYLOR

Name: Taylor Levine
School: Torrey Pines High School
Hobbies & Interests: Yoga, paddle boarding, hanging with friends
Favorite Local Spot: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe


student_levine5At Torrey Pines High School, Taylor’s favorite class is Peer Tutoring, where she works with special needs students on life skills, social skills, and academics. “I also provide a fun yoga and dance class with accommodations for all students,” she shared. Taylor plans to attend college and major in special education.

This summer, Taylor is completing another 200-hour yoga teacher training. As the youngest person to train as an instructor at CorePower Yoga, Taylor finds the practice a perfect complement to the stress and anxiety of teenage life. “My goal is to inspire young girls with powerful meaning that can make them strong enough to handle whatever life throws their way,” Taylor acknowledged. “If I can instill strength in others to have compassion when someone is unkind or to think positive things of themselves instead of feeling insecure, that makes the biggest impact I could possibly ever imagine.”

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