Lisa Zahiya travels nationally and internationally as a life coach, event facilitator, coach, and speaker.


Lisa Zahiya is a life and small business coach who guides female entrepreneurs to build the business and lives of their dreams. She travels nationally and internationally coaching and speaking. Previously a dancer and performer, she is based in Asheville, NC where she is the founder & owner of Studio Zahiya, five time winner of "Best Place to Take a Dance Class.”  She also owns Zahiya Bellydance, a comprehensive Bellydance program, Asheville Bachelorette Parties, and Lisa Zahiya Coaching, a coaching program for entrepreneurs.

Lisa holds an MBA from the Robert H Smith School of Business at University of Maryland. After graduation, she worked as a director of internet marketing for Sylvan Learning Centers. After leaving her job to follow her passion of dance, she moved to Asheville, where she founded Studio Zahiya and toured internationally as a dance instructor.



Lisa is an in-demand speaker. In 2018 she was the keynote speaker at Creative Mornings Asheville and did a popular TEDx talk, Let’s Have a Party. She has spoken to groups and audiences across the US. She has taught workshops on body image and self-love, as well as entrepreneurship. She is known as a dynamic and engaging speaker



At home, she has taught at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, Warren Wilson College and Western Carolina University. She serves as an Ambassador for lululemon Athletica, Asheville. She lives in downtown Asheville and strives to make her businesses as interesting and dynamic as the city around her. 

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Meet the Zahiya Online Team

Heather Compton

Manager, Zahiya Online

Heather was born in Chicago, but has deep roots in Western North Carolina where she has resided most of her life. Heather is an artist, marathoner, fitness enthusiast, and herbalist. She has published a book on Herbal Body Care with Sterling Press. She is the Assistant Director of the national non-profit member organization, the American Herbalists Guild. At Zahiya Online, Heather specializes in customer experience with dance clients and manages the day to day operations. She enjoys being outdoors, hiking, dancing, yoga, gardening. 

Megan Leypoldt

Manager, Lisa Zahiya Coaching

Megan grew up in California but has spent a majority of her adult life on the east coast. She moved to Asheville, NC 2012 and has happily made this town her home. Megan has a background in customer experience and management and has a passion for assisting small businesses in these two areas. At Zahiya Online, Megan specializes in customer experience with both dance and coaching clients and fine tunes operations on the backend. She enjoys traveling, HIIT workouts, dancing, reading, making bread and spending time with friends outdoors.

Silvia Martínez

Client Concierge, Virtual Assistant

Zahiya Online, Lisa Zahiya Coaching

At Zahiya Online, Silvia specializes in assisting Lisa, Megan and Heather with both dance and coaching clients, managing social media, and creating and editing posts and videos. She enjoys dancing, learning languages and spending time with her family.

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Equity + Inclusion at Zahiya Online

At Zahiya Online, our vision and mission reflect our fundamental belief that all people belong at Zahiya Online and all people have the right to move, dance, better themselves, and enjoy caring for their body.
We celebrate the visible and invisible qualities that make each person unique, including race, gender identity, size, age, sexuality, class, ability, religion, national origin, and other identities.
Longtime Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion educator, Verna Myers, said: “Diversity is being asked to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” It is our goal at Zahiya Online to ask everyone to dance.
We commit to aligning our business culture and business practices to be a beacon of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for all people. At Zahiya Online, a diverse, inclusive, and equitable business is one where all staff and members, whatever their class, size, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected.
 We strive to:
  • Provide culturally sensitive education regarding the history of dance and dance styles.
  • Incorporate diversity, inclusion, and equity principles, or our organization’s action and business plans.
  • See diversity, inclusion, and equity as critical to ensure the well-being of our business and world wide communities we serve.
  • Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, programs, and services, and continually work to update, grow, and change.
  • Explore potential underlying, unquestioned assumptions that interfere with our inclusiveness.
  • Commit to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and membership at Zahiya Online.
  • Donate a portion of our profits to a scholarship program to ensure underserved communities and all people have access to our services.
At Zahiya Online, we believe black lives matter, love is love, women’s rights are human rights, no person is illegal, and all bodies are beautiful.