Tahoe Yoga Shala Teaching Staff
As South Lake Tahoe's premier yoga studio, Tahoe Yoga Shala aspires to be a home where students of all levels can direct their attention inward. At the Shala we cater to a wide range of experience with therapeutic classes accessible to beginners and athletic classes for veterans seeking to advance their practice. Be it stress reduction, fitness, self-awareness or like-minded community - the Shala’s 35 weekly classes offers something for everyone. Our teaching staff is here to guide your yoga practice. Each teacher has a unique approach; try a class with several to find the best fit for you.
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Andrea was born and raised in Northern Nevada. She now lives and teaches in South Lake Tahoe CA and Stateline NV. Her long journey to yoga started almost 20 years ago. As an avid runner since the age of 12, Andrea struggled for years with injuries caused by the constant impact to her bones and joints. After several years of no yoga, or stretching of any kind, she finally "found" yoga again and hasn't looked back since. Andrea believes yoga is a valuable tool that can heal the mind and the body. With her practice, she has developed an awareness of her own body that she believes is essential to living a long and healthy life.
Andrea graduated from her first 200hr teacher training in the summer of 2014 and began teaching the day she graduated. Since then she has also completed her RYT500 and several smaller trainings.
Andrea likes her teaching to represent many styles of yoga. She teaches anything from gentle and restorative, to beginners, to several types of flow. She likes to stay open and learn from all styles of Yoga.
Audrey embodies the spirit of Tahoe community: her passions include many fun outdoor activities, family time with her two children, and combining both is especially high on her list of priorities. Audrey began practicing yoga in 2004. In October, 2009, she received her teacher training from the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA. Using an adaptive teaching style, Audrey conveys how yoga can help unite body, mind and spirit through breath and awareness, discover a place of serenity, and empower the individual. She loves to inspire confidence in those who might otherwise be intimidated by the yoga experience. Audrey welcomes students of all levels. She encourages the use of props and incorporates the component of playfulness into her classes, making yoga safe and fun! Audrey finds empowerment and inspiration in the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, customs of Native Americans, writings of Eckhart Tolle, her White Lotus teachers Ganga White and Tracey Rich and on the top of her list her two children.
Since he was young, Brent has felt that there is more to this world. More to what he sees, hears, feels and more to the people in it. Yoga, it seems, agrees. Brent’s classes will reflect these sentiments as he encourages anyone and everyone to be present, smile, make your practice your own and to breath. Whether enjoying a restorative class, playing in AcroYoga or practicing Ashtanga he feels a true connection that cannot be ignored.
YogaMama Gina is a 500 hour Yoga Teacher specializing in Family Yoga, Magical Yoga Pregnancy, Yoga for Birth, and Family Relations Yoga Educator. She is also a LifeLong Happiness Coach and Master Transformational Chakra Energy Healer. YogaMama Gina lives with her four beautiful children and loving husband in Tahoe six months of the year and six months of the year in Bahia de Caraquez, Manabi, Ecuador where she is Founder and Lead Instructor for Sukasana.org: Family Friendly Yoga and Surf Retreats. YogaMama Gina also has a great love for herbs and other natural remedies such as Young Living essential oils and Juice Plus supplements. She has been meditating since birth with the Little Angel: Reverend Lillian Angeline and practicing Yoga since 1998. Some of her most notable teachers are Yogananda, Sai Baba, Ama, JOY Ravelli of Purusha Yoga, Jane Austin of San Francisco, and His Holiness the 13th Dali Lama. YogaMama Gina thanks her students for being her students and her masters for being her masters. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge of ancient Vedic Technology for living an amazingly magical life where you are an amazing manifester of your True intentions with unconditional love attention! Please feel free to contact her to book privates or find out what her weekly class offerings might be. Much unconditional love and rainbow butterflies!
Crystal moved to South Lake Tahoe six years ago for the amazing alpine skiing, stayed for the awesome summers and was pleased to discover a diverse community of yogis and friends in this beautiful mountain town. Crystal has an adventurous nature and loves activities that bring out her playful spirit: AcroYoga, dancing, swimming and mountain biking. When Crystal started on her yoga path in 2008, she quickly acknowledged the depth and living history of the discipline. She was intrigued and wanted to learn how to attain a single point of focus through breath and movement. Yoga has since become a daily practice to maintain her metal, spiritual and physical well-being. Crystal has worked with several talented teachers to develop a unique style with a foundation in Ashtanga, Hatha and Restorative Yoga. As a teacher Crystal creates an open and compassionate space where students are encouraged to leave worries and judgements behind and to fully participate in their personal present moment experience. Crystal hopes to guide students to a place of increased happiness, flexibility, strength and peace.
Cali strives to embody good feelings and inspire smiles in all experiences. In her classes she gently guides students through an Ashtanga based practice in which fluidity of the mind, body and breath are emphasized. The true goal of every class is for everyone present to find themselves feeling positively relaxed and in tune with their own personal lesson.
Cali found her yoga practice through the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda and the Self Realization Fellowship of Encinitas as a teenager. Here she was introduced to the ideas of meditative movement focused on self discovery and betterment. Having studied contemporary dance and classical ballet, she found joy in dancing through her yoga practice. After finishing a kinesiology based teacher training in 2011, Cali went to Sumatra where she taught yoga at E-Bay surf resort. During this experience she focused her instruction on healing and strengthening highly athletic bodies. She maintains a keen awareness to body placement and adjustments and is glad to discuss healing poses or alternatives to any injury. Cali enjoys playing in the mountains which we are blessed to be surrounded by. Whether it be rock climbing, backpacking, skiing, or a nice afternoon by the lake; you’ll see her enjoying all the variants that our mountains have to offer. During winter, look for her out enjoying the slopes of Sierra-at-Tahoe where she teaches skiing to all ages.
Kacey Davy. E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP
Kacey Davy began her yoga journey in 2005 initially as a way to reduce stress, it has now become a way of life. She has been practicing Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga since 2007 with her teacher, Zoe Mai of Trishula Yoga, who is a student of Manju Jois and the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Kacey was immersed in an ongoing apprenticeship program with Zoe for several years and has been teaching since 2012. During the program she learned to teach traditional Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga, studied Yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, and a meditation practice rooted in the Yoga Sutras. Her training emphasized the awareness of subtle energy and alignment principles that vary with each student. Working with students on an individual basis from beginner to advanced she offers an approachable method for learning Ashtanga through repetition and encouraging a consistent practice. She believes that a consistent practice that incorporates more than just asana is the key to living a balanced, healthy lifestyle. During her years of apprenticeship she was given the opportunity to learn how to teach Sanskrit through the guidance and methods of the American Sanskrit Institute. Studying and teaching Sanskrit has been a transformative experience and she is honored to share her knowledge and the ASI method with others. Kacey is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an ERYT-200, RYT-500, YACEP and teaches Ashtanga and Sanskrit classes at the Tahoe Yoga Shala in South Lake Tahoe.
Laura Josephy, Owner. E-RYT 200, YACEP
Laura’s classes are best described as moving meditations. Her signature style marries precision and fluidity in a manner that encourages students to practice deeply; to listen, and to welcome the fullness of each moment just as it is.
Laura came to Yoga after 15 years of disciplined gymnastic training. In 2003, after completing her initial 200 hours of training with Pacific Yoga, she took her strong foundation in alignment principals and applied it to various styles of vinyasa yoga including Ashtanga, Tripsichore and Universal. In 2008 she dedicated herself wholeheartedly to the Ashtanga Yoga method under the guidance of Seattle based teacher, Troy Lucero. In 2012 she deepened her practice at Richard Freeman's 200-hour Teacher Intensive. In 2014 and 2015 she completed an additional 200 hours of study with Tim Miller in his Intermediate and Advance Series trainings. Complementing her strong vinyasa background is Laura's Level 1 and Level 2 iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher Training with Richard Miller. When outside the Shala, Laura enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two Australian Shepherds, experimenting in the kitchen, chanting and playing the harmonium.
Rachel passes on the knowledge taught to her by the world’s most renowned Ayurvedic doctors. An artist, yoga teacher, writer, health coach, and outdoor enthusiast, Rachel shares her passion for balanced living, cultivating her love of skiing, cycling, travel, and the arts through mountain living. After completing a master's degree in fine arts, she began her sincere yoga studies in 1998 and brings 20 years of teaching experience in multiple disciplines. Rachel is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor, and member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.
Learn more about Rachel and her South Lake Tahoe business Ocean Ayurveda www.oceanayurveda.com
Tara Hostnik moved to South Lake Tahoe in December 2016 after living and working in Sequoia National Park for 7 years. As a naturalist and outdoor educator, Tara was moved by the stunning backdrop of the Sierra, Giant Sequoia trees and the playful park community to grow her yoga practice. What started out as a means for exercise turned into a powerful tool to guide her spiritual development, strength, recovery from injuries and confidence. Nature is her inspiration and she strives to connect her students to the outdoors during her classes. She received her yoga teacher training from Peak Beings in 2014 on the Big Island of Hawaii and returns most years to assist the training. If not in the yoga studio, Tara is out playing in her new backyard whether skiing, hiking, running, biking, paddleboarding or soaking in a hot spring.