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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Alli originally discovered the practice of yoga in high school, but grew into her practice with her teachers right here in Tahoe. As an avid athlete, she found the mind-body discipline of yoga challenging, yet beneficial and balancing to her other endeavors.
She has studied and completed teacher trainings in a wide array of yogic styles including Iyengar, Tibetan Heart Yoga, Ashtanga, and Prana Vinyasa Flow. Her root teachers, Shiva Rea and Tim Miller have taught her differing elements such as discipline, practice, and intuitive movement that she combines into her own personal flowing style.
Alli began teaching officially in 2006 and her love of sharing the art of yoga comes through in her teaching style. An outdoor aficionado, she weaves her down to earth style and real world experience into her classes. A forever student herself, she engages her students with warmth and a commitment to their growth. Alli offers a unique perspective, gathered through her own diverse experiences, that honors the unique path of each individual.
Andrea Snyder. E-RYT 500
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.
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.
Candace started her yoga journey in 2003 and fell in love with how yoga can improve so many aspects of life from mental to physical and spiritual. Candace has practiced Vinyasa Flow for 15 years and has since discovered another huge passion; the healing power of Hatha Yoga. This lead her to train and study with Johann Kotze in Muizenberg, Cape Town South Africa. The benefits of Hatha Yoga allowed Candace to improve in her own practice, gain strength, heal injuries and discover a calmness and clarity that she loves to share in her classes. Candace completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Cape Town before emigrating back to the United States where she was born. South Lake Tahoe was her top choice as a new home base, as she loves taking part in outdoor activities such as hiking with her husband and their 3 dogs, Stand Up Paddling and generally being active. Candace also has an extensive dance and fitness background allowing her to adapt her experience to teach group classes and private sessions that ensure that have the correct technique and movement. Candace started teaching in 2016 and has since qualified with additional Restorative, Hatha and Flow Yoga training.
Crystal Woodward. E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP
Crystal has been part of the South Lake Tahoe yoga community for several years, both as a student and as a teacher. Crystal believes in a daily practice and has a foundation in Ashtanga, Hatha and restorative yoga. In the recent years Crystal has fallen in love with the Prana Vinyasa and has been actively pursuing her education in this style. Crystal teaches creative flow classes that incorporate the five elements and the chakra energy centers to explore peak asanas, or postures. Crystal believes every student can find a place to practice and with this in mind, offers classes to every level of student. To balance out the solar classes Crystal offers lunar yin practices to heal and restore the body. When Crystal began her yoga journey she was drawn to the depth and healing qualities of the practice. She was intrigued and wanted to learn how to stay with a single point of focus through breath and movement. As a teacher Crystal has love for her students and hopes to help them ease the stress of their daily lives. In her classes Crystal creates an open and compassionate space where students are encouraged to leave worries and self-judgements behind in order to fully participate in their personal vinyasa, movement experience. Crystals classes begin with warming creative flow sequences and end with long, luscious yin holds. Crystal hopes to guide students to a place of increased happiness, awareness, flexibility, self-love in order to open to their personal creative flow and strength. Crystal loves yoga and puts her heart into each and every class she offers.
Gina Quincy. E-RYT 500
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!
Kacey Davy. E-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 E-RYT-500, YACEP and teaches Ashtanga and Sanskrit classes at the Tahoe Yoga Shala in South Lake Tahoe.
Laura Josephy, Owner/Director. E-RYT 200, YACEP
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 2014-2018 she completed an additional 200+ hours of study with Tim Miller in his Primary, Intermediate and Advanced Series Trainings. In 2016 she made her first pilgrimage to Mysore, India to practice with Saraswathi Jois. In 2019 the Shala became a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School and hosted its inaugural 200-hour RYT Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series Teacher Training with Laura as one of its lead teachers. 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 three Australian Shepherds, experimenting in the kitchen, chanting and playing the harmonium.
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.