The Shala Welcomes Candice Connolly

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As a Tahoe native, I grew up with a deep connection to nature and a desire to be active year round. When I was an adolescent I found solace while meditating in the woods. I often felt a strong spiritual connection that only became more profound as time went on. In the winter of 2008 I began working at Squaw Valley as a lift-operator, which gave me the opportunity to work hard, snowboard, and be active and outdoors almost every day of the week. During this time, waking early and eating well became a much bigger part of my life. The job was not only fun but also physically demanding and at the time I was going through some big life changes. A new friend suggested I explore yoga, crystals, and other holistic modalities to assist in my personal healing.

I began practicing yoga and flow arts in 2009 and was instantly hooked. I quickly developed a passion for the arts and discovering my unique flow. After becoming a mother in 2012, my desire to cultivate a deeper connection with the practice grew. In the spring of 2013 my studies slowly began when I participated in my first beginner yoga workshop series in South Lake Tahoe, CA with Jennifer Ann Fuller at Mountain Yoga. In May 2015, I completed my first 200hour training with Melissa Martinez-Chauvin from We Are One Flow Yoga Teacher Trainings in Reno, NV.

After completing my training I continued to cultivate and deepen my personal practice. About a year later, I felt ready to share with others so I started teaching donation-based classes at a friends Tae Kwon Do Studio. Soon after I transitioned into teaching at my teacher's yoga studio where I gratefully found my teaching voice. One of things I find to be so beautiful about this practice is that each time I teach, I learn. It's truly inspiring to me how much we all have to offer and share with one another.

In May 2016 I participated in a weekend workshop for kid's yoga, receiving a certificate from KAY providing me with lots of fun tools for creating amazing kids classes. That fall I also completed another 100hr training with Melissa through We Are One Flow..., providing me with many opportunities to step out of my comfort zone; bringing me more confidence and wisdom.

I personally practice yoga to connect with myself; body, mind, and spirit. I also practice to connect with others and ultimately with the Divine that is within each and every one of us. My classes are all levels and I enjoy encouraging my students to find a deeper sense of self-love. My trainings are rooted in a blend of Ashtanga Bhakti Vinyasa Flow. I try to always connect breath with movement moving in and out of postures, blending one breath one movement flow along with holding postures for longer. My classes tend to be both playful and relaxing. I like to bring focus on self-awareness by encouraging each student to allow their unique expression to come through their practice flowing with their own breath. I also like to blend in some pranayama exercises and silent mediation sometimes. I enjoy sharing the things that I love; therefore I often share essential oils in my classes, mantras, and at times oracle cards to name a few. This September 2017 I begin massage school at The Bodhi Tree Healing Center and I am so looking forward to the many things that I will be able to incorporate and share with my yoga classes.

I believe that yoga has helped me become more patient and loving on all levels. Ultimately allowing me to live with more presence, awareness and compassion. My hope is that through sharing the practice with others I can ripple out more LOVE and acceptance into the world and assist in the Healing of the whole.

Navaratri: The Nine Nights of the Goddess

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NAVARATRI: The Celebration of the Goddess
Monday, September 25th from 3-345pm with Kacey Davy

Donation class benefitting Sierra Child & Family Services.

Join us for Sanskrit chanting and storytelling…

This class will honor the Goddess with chanting of mantras, flowers, and offerings of food. All are welcome to join in this celebration of the Goddess. 

FREE! Bring a snack and something special for the altar.

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Navaratri is widely celebrated throughout India and symbolizes a time for internal reflection and purification. “Nava” means nine and “ratri” is night. The first three days are devoted to the Goddess Durgā who symbolizes the destructive and protective aspect of ourselves. Durgā represents the destruction of our inner demons by acknowledging our shortcomings and emotions such as fear, selfishness, desire, and anger. The next three days we honor the aspect of Lakṣhmī who represents our seeking of prosperity in the form of positivity, courage, generosity, and devotion. During the last three days we celebrate the Goddess Sarasvāti who represents spiritual knowledge, wisdom, creativity, and the ability to know our true Self.

Spread the Bhakti Kirtan

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Sunday, October 1st I 7:15 - 8:15 p.m. I Donation Only

Join Laura and friends for a casual evening of devotional music and song.  Our voices are healing instruments of connection, joy and transformation. YOU ARE WELCOME - whether you're a professional singer or prefer to save your vocals for the privacy of the shower!  Chanting is an authentic expression of the heart that helps us wake up to who we are. This is a donation only event.  No one turned away for lack of donation.  Come sing your favorite bhajans!!

100% cash or check donations benefit Sierra Child & Family Services.  

Fall 2017 Schedule Changes

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DOWNLOAD THE MINDBODY APP - View the Shala's Fall Schedule online and stay up-to-date on class cancellations, changes and teacher substitutions. 

Namaste literally means "I bow to you."  Every moment we are together – from the street outside, to class, to back outside again – we have the opportunity to respect and appreciate one another. Here are some wise and gracious yogi etiquette guidelines:

Signing-In:

  • Please sign-in before every class and print LEGIBLY.
  • Signing-in for every class is essential for payment purposes and so that we can compensate our teachers according to class attendance.
  • While reservations/advanced payment are not required, they streamline the registration process leaving you with more time to relax and enjoy your yoga experience.  For your convenience, reservations can be made via the MindBody App. Please review our reservation and cancellations policies

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Respect for the Studio:

  • Turn OFF or put all cell phones in AIRPLANE MODE. Vibrate mode is a distraction. Leave cell phones in storage cubby.
  • Remove shoes before entering the studio.
  • Roll mats out quietly.

Class Etiquette:

  • Please arrive at least 5 minutes before class begins.
  • If you are taking a class from a teacher who is new to you, arrive early to inform him/her of any injuries or conditions.
  • When you’re waiting outside, please be quiet as there may be a class in progress.
  • If you are late for unavoidable reasons, enter quietly and wait in back until after opening chanting/meditation –  this is NOT the time to find your spot -  then please join the class.  If the class is full, be prepared to move your mat and allow the teacher to make a space for latecomers.

Respect for Teachers and Students:

  • Please observe basic hygiene when attending yoga class: clean body, clean clothes and clean mat.
  • Out of respect for your fellow yogis and teachers, if you are feeling immune compromised or flat out sick, the Shala requests that you take rest or practice at home until you have recovered.
  • Refrain from perfumes and oils as many people are allergic.
  • Consider bringing your own yoga mat; it is more hygienic.
  • Spray and wipe studio mats with provided spray and towels after use.
  • Stack props neatly. Place cotton blankets with fringes facing back.
  • Reduce skin-to-skin contact with our props by wearing a shirt. This also makes it easier for teachers to make adjustments.
  • If you tend to sweat, bring a towel to class.
  • Please do not use our blankets to wipe sweat from the floor or your body.

Tibetan Bowl & Gong Sound Healing

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September 27th I 7:30 - 8:45pm I $25 Advance 

Nationally known Sounds True recording artist, educator and author, Diáne Mandle performs an intense transformational sound immersion with ancient Tibetan bowls, gongs and percussion to soothe, inspire and awaken the body, mind and spirit. The concert is designed to relieve stress, enlighten the mind and bring people into a transcendent state of being. Come prepared to lie in shavasana (final resting pose) throughout the majority of class while experiencing the sound healing and meditation. 

Advance Online Registration Highly Recommended - Register Online HERE

Diáne Mandle is an internationally known Sound Healer, Teacher, Recording Artist with Sounds True and Author based in San Diego. A frequent presenter at the Deepak Chopra Center, the Golden Door and Rancho la Puerta, she has been part of the Integrative Therapy Team at San Diego Cancer Center, has presented workshops for cancer patients and oncologists at Sharp and Scripps hospitals and developed and conducted a sound meditation program for incarcerated veterans with PTSD. Diane offers workshops and concerts internationally and operates the Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing School in southern California. She is featured in the upcoming film: Tao: Living in Balance along with healers such as Dr. Wayne Dyer and John Gray.

More on Diáne's Work at: https://vimeo.com/195824528

View a Concert Video: http://youtu.be/jgClpZpFboM 

NPR Interview: http://www.kpbs.org/search/?q=tibetan+bowls&x=0&y=0\

Visit Diáne's Website: www.soundenergyhealing.com

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The Road to Bliss with Kali Om

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Maha Sadhana means “The Great Practice,” and this amazing intensive will help you overcome imagined limitations, deepen your spiritual connection, and make rapid progress in your practice. We'll do plenty of hip, spine and shoulder-opening postures - some of which you may not have seen before - and focus on how they fit into the philosophy of yoga, including its ethical roots and scripture. We’ll also do mantra (chanting), pranayama (breathwork) and concentration – the goal of which is to settle the mind into silence so that we can experience our true, blissful nature. These practices were learned directly from Kali's spiritual preceptor, Sri Dharma Mittra. All levels with previous yoga experience are welcome; Ashtangis will find this to be a wonderful adjunct to their regular practice.

Kali Om has been teaching yoga since 1998 and is registered at the highest (E-RYT 500) level. She has completed 200-, 500-, and 800-hour trainings with her guru, Sri Dharma Mittra, and studied five times in India with Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She is also certified to teach pranayama (breathwork), meditation, Hormone Yoga Therapy for Menopause, Prenatal yoga, Yoga Nidra, Psychic Development, Gentle/Restorative yoga and yoga for seniors, as well as yoga therapeutics. She leads retreats locally and in Belize, and is a columnist and cartoonist for “Yoga Chicago” magazine. She’s a lead instructor for the Chicago School of Yoga’s teacher training program, and is co-chair of the Vivekenanda East-West International Yoga Festival. She teaches as an offering to her guru. More at wwwyogikaliom.com

Friday, November 10th I 5:30 - 8 p.m. I Shiva Namaskar: Intro to Asana & Pranayama

An introduction to Sri Dharma Mittra’s challenging-yet-meditative Shiva Namaskar vinyasa, which is designed to open the body quickly and efficiently; variations will offered for different levels. We’ll also explore how asana and pranayama fit into the larger yoga system.

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Saturday, November 11th I 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. I Raja Yoga Maha Sadhana

Our focus will be raja yoga, or the royal path of yoga (the yoga of mind control, from the Yoga Sutras). We’ll weave the Eight Limbs of Yoga into our practice - which will include asana, pranayama, chanting, philosophy and meditation. Sri Dharma Mittra says “Without Yama, there is no yoga.” REGISTER ONLINE

Saturday, November 11th I 4 - 6:30 p.m. I Chakras and Nadis: Divine Purification and Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is an active, lying down meditation that purifies, rejuvenates and energizes all of the body’s systems, bolstering its natural healing capacities and relieving depression, anxiety, headaches, and cravings. Divine Purification includes special breathing, chanting, visualization and concentration techniques to help open the nadis (subtle energy channels), calm the mind, and stimulate the chakras. REGISTER ONLINE

Sunday, November 12th I 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. I Bhakti Flow Maha Sadhana

Bhakti, or the yoga of devotion, will be the focus of our final practice, which will include asana, pranayama, chanting, philosophy and meditation. REGISTER ONLINE

TUITION:

Full Urban Retreat I $130 prior to October 1st - $160 thereafter

REGISTER ONLINE for FULL RETREAT prior to OCTOBER 1st

Individual Workshops I $50

Teacher Spotlight: Andrea Snyder

Tahoe Yoga Shala Teacher Spotlight

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Teacher Name: Andrea Snyder


Practicing Yoga Since: 1999 


1). Tell us about the first yoga class you took? My very first yoga class was through the University. The instructor was young and I think overwhelmed. We didn’t do much, but I remember the first class she had us sit back to back and do breathing exercises where we had to sink our breath and concentrate on drawing our navels towards each other. I remember being so sore the next day. I haven’t done anything like it in a class since. Unfortunately, the college class didn’t end up leaving a good impression on me and my experience with yoga for the next 10 years was spotty and inconsistent. I “refound” yoga in my early 30's and then I fell in love with it. I was looking for something to help replace the feeling of peace that I got from running. Yoga allowed me to shut off my “monkey mind” and allow my body and mind to completely connect in a way that was magical and powerful. Through my new found practice, I felt strong for the first time in my life. Both mentally and physically. I took that first class, and have been practicing almost daily since. Every time I get on my mat, I learn something new about myself and my body.

Teaching Yoga Since: 2013


2). What do you remember of the first yoga class you taught? I taught my first class to my boyfriend. He had done yoga regularly for years before we’d met and had decided eventually that it wasn’t for him. I knew this going into it. The class I attempted to teach him was way too advanced and the experience was awful. I could tell he was miserable and I asked several times if he wanted to stop. His response was “if you want to quit and give up, that’s up to you”. I kept going and got through the entire sequence and have pretty much considered him as my most difficult student.

3). Who/what are your teachers? Why? Every person who I have ever taken a class from has been my teacher. I love taking yoga to this day and I look at it as a constant opportunity to be a sponge and absorb everything that they have to teach me. My students are also very much my teachers. Because I teach so many level 1 classes, I am constantly faced with new faces and bodies who are trying this moving thing out for the first time. Every new body is a challenge for me. Every question they ask is an opportunity to look at movement in a whole new way.

4). In what ways has yoga supported or impacted your life? I have a degree in Archaeology. At the time that I made the choice to go to teacher training, I was in the process of getting my Masters in Public Health and Epidemiology and I was miserable. I was managing a yoga studio at the time and found myself wanting to be there and be on my mat all the time. School had always been fun to me, but it had become a duty. I was lying in bed one day feeling sorry for myself because I had a 25 page paper to write and the thought, “what if I could do yoga all day” popped into my head. It stuck there. I turned the idea over and over for weeks. I finally brought up the idea of teacher training with my boyfriend and his response was “I was wondering when you would finally do it”. I dropped out of school two days later and started teacher training within 2 weeks. I haven’t regretted my decision a day since. I am in love with teaching and my new life.

5). What does your current yoga practice include? Why? My current practice is a mixture of taking classes when I can, doing my own set sequence, and working through my classes for the week. I try to never teach anything that I haven’t done myself. Sometimes that means doing the class that I am teaching you five times in a row until I feel I’ve worked out what I need.

6). What currently inspires you? People who have passion. Passion for anything whether it’s yoga, or dance, or music. I love watching and being around people who are doing what they love.

7). What is your favorite season? Why? I’m weird. I like all seasons, but Spring. I love Summer because I like to hike, swim, canoe and just be outside in the sun. I love the Fall for the colors, for boots and comfy sweaters, and for the smell of fall. I love Winter because I love, love, love the snow. I learned to downhill ski for the first time this year and now I love winter even more!


8). What secret helps you to maintain balance and stay healthy? Yoga! Yoga keeps me balanced. I definitely can feel a change both mentally and physically when I don’t get to practice regularly. My dog also keeps me balanced. He keeps me in the present.

9). A fun fact most people don’t know about you? I was a line tech for the cable company for 10 years. I climbed telephone poles with nothing more than 2 inch spikes on my feet. I also lived in Peru off and on through my undergrad degree. That’s much more fun to talk about. It’s my favorite place on earth, other than Fallen Leaf Lake!


10). What do you want to share with the Shala community? I think that what I’d like to share is something that nobody ever told me when I first started yoga. At some point you might fall deeply in love with yoga. It might be what gets you through the day or helps you overcome a break-up or hardship. Like everything else, you might wake up one day and feel like yoga is no longer there for you. Like this thing that was there is no longer working. Just know, that the feelings will come back. It might mean that you take a break for a week or so. It might mean that you need to try a different teacher or style. Know that this practice of yours, wherever it’s at, will always be there for you waiting right where you left it.

National Recovery Month

Trini Foundation Fundraiser

Ashtanga Yoga Full Primary I Open to All Levels

September 23rd I 9:30 -1100 a.m. 
100% Donations Benefit the Trini Foundation
Led by Laura Josephy & Kacey Davy
Free Sweet Spokes Popsicles after the Event!

September is National Recovery Month. In order to increase awareness and understanding surrounding substance abuse and to celebrate those in recovery the Shala is hosting a donation only fundraising event in support of the Trini Foundation. The Trini Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the life-changing practice of Ashtanga Yoga to those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. It's their mission to provide yoga as a tool to aide in the recovery process and help those who are suffering to maintain long-term sobriety. www.trinifoundation.org

Ashtanga yoga is a therapeutic system designed to purify the body, promote proper functioning of the digestive system, build strength, and restore range of motion to the body. The method of practice taught in Ashtanga yoga relies on linking postures with deep, even breathing and steady gazing. The system of linking the breath with movement is known as vinyasa and encourages the blood to circulate properly allowing the removal of unwanted toxins. The gazing point helps to facilitate a state of meditation, having a profound effect on the calmness of the mind. It is a transformative and healing practice. 

Trini is the Sanskrit word for three. In Ashtanga yoga, asana (which refers to the physical postures) is the third of eight limbs. We begin with asana as a technique to quiet our active minds. It offers an entry point into developing the other limbs of yoga which include guidelines for living peacefully, as well as meditation and breathing techniques.

In the summer months there is nothing quite like a cold treat after a sweaty morning yoga practice. The Shala is teaming up with local Sweet Spokes Pops to give you just that! Join Laura & Kacey for this all-levels fundraiser class, support the Trini Foundation and get a free organic, handcrafted, cold and delicious popsicle.

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Getting Out of the Norm: Discover the Anomalies of Vinyasa Yoga

by Hannah Greenstreet

Traditional yoga methods, whether Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikhram, etc., are founded on specifically designed techniques, poses, and sequences. These sequences are purposeful creations that offer a beacon to physical and energetic health and wellness. By utilizing the practice consistently with proper technique, we train our minds and bodies to find clarity, strength, and balance. So why explore the anomalies? Why venture outside the well-crafted poses of these long lineages of yoga? 

On August 12, Hannah will lead a workshop that will explore unusual variations rarely taught in a standard yoga class; unique and creative postures that challenge us to enhance our awareness of our bodies and reinvigorate our minds. So often today, it is easy to get comfortably stuck in routines, following systems that establish a safety net for our reality. There are many benefits to routines, often encouraged in the health and wellness world, as a gateway to ease and happiness. However, holding ourselves to a steadfast structure can also put limitations on our growth. We can get unconsciously caught in “autopilot” mode, often going through the motions with less and less intention and presence. When we lose grip of our experience in the present, we can get caught in expectations and norms that may not align with what we truly need and desire.

Therefore, this workshop will dive into anomaly (a.k.a. irregular) poses of yoga. Fun, interesting, out of the ordinary poses to mix up the orthodox and innovate some flare into your practice. By moving in new ways, we can access ideas and ways to get into our bodies further. This process allows us to step out of boxes and beliefs of ‘right and wrong’ and reinvent our asana practice to hopefully inspire and motivate.

Discover the Anomalies of Vinyasa Yoga Workshop with Hannah

Saturday, August 12th I 12-2 p.m. I $30

Register ONLINE prior to Friday August 11th to reserve your space!

Popsicles, Yoga & Community - OH MY!

The Tahoe Yoga Shala offers weekly donation based classes to support rotating local organizations each and every Monday at 3pm and Wednesday at 930am. In the month of July, 100% of donations benefit the Meyers Community Foundation

In the summer months there is nothing quite like a sweet treat after a sweaty morning yoga practice. The Shala is teaming up with local Sweet Spokes Pops to give you just that! Join Laura at her all-levels donation only class on Wednesday, July 19th & July 26th from 9:30am - 11:00 a.m., support Meyers Community Foundation and get a free organic, handcrafted and delicious pop!