Donation Class for June, July and August


In the months of June, July and August, the Shala's donation based classes will benefit Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association.  TAMBA is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that builds, maintains, and advocates for multi-use trails in Tahoe while providing education to all trail users and hosting fun community events. TAMBA works in partnership with land managers such as the U.S. Forest Service, Nevada State Parks, California State Parks, and the City of South Lake Tahoe. In addition, TAMBA helps maintain more than 100 miles of trail per year.

TAMBA Mission: TAMBA is dedicated to the stewardship of sustainable, multiple-use trails and to preserving access for mountain bikers through advocacy, education and promotion of responsible trail use.

Find more information on their website at

Attend our weekly by donation (cash or check only please) class to support this resource in our community...

Ashtanga Improv: All-Levels on Sunday at 5:30 with Laura


Donation Classes for April and May


In the months of and April and May the Shala's donation based classes will benefit Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center .  Their mission is to provide quality avalanche and snowpack information to local and visiting backcountry users in theEastern Sierra Nevada with the goal of helping them make better decisions while travelling in avalanche terrain.

More information on their website at

Attend one of two weekly by donation (cash or check only please) classes to support this resource in our community...

1). Chanting on Monday at 3:00 p.m. with Kacey

2). Ashtanga Improv: All-Levels on Sunday at 5:30 with Laura

The Shala is proud to announce that in the months of February and March $450 was raised for local organization, Lake Valley Firefighters Foundation, through our community's attendance in the above by donation classes. Namaste.

Donation Classes to benefit LVFF


In the months of and February & March the Shala's donation based classes will benefit local organization, Lake Valley Firefighters Foundation. LVFF service programs include complimentary CPR certification, elementary school fire safety education, rescue programs and the purchase of specialized equipment for the support of the department and the community at large. Last winter LVFF hosted a "avalanche beacon basin" for community members to come and practice location and digging up lost beacons to mimic the emergency rescue of a partner trapped in an avalanche. Along with this program the department now fills avalanche backpack compressed air cylinders for free. 

Attend one of two weekly by donation (cash or check only please) classes to support this resource in our community...

1). Chanting on Monday at 3:00 p.m. with Kacey

2). Ashtanga Improv: All-Levels on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. with Laura

The Shala is proud to announce that in the months of December & January $535 was raised for local organization, Christmas Cheer, through our community's attendance in the above by donation classes. Namaste.

Navaratri: The Nine Nights of the Goddess


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.


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.

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.

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.


Donation Based Yoga Classes

For Immediate Release

South Lake Tahoe, California - The Tahoe Yoga Shala is raising donations to support the South Lake Tahoe community. In September 2016, Tahoe Yoga Shala (the Shala) began offering two weekly donation based yoga classes to support local organizations.

"We strive to be a home place where both residents and visitors gather and explore the body-mind connection,” says Laura Josephy, owner of Tahoe Yoga Shala. “I envision the Shala making connections throughout the community in acknowledgement and support of the unique way each organization makes an important difference in our town.”  

Donation classes currently meet on Monday from 3-3:45pm and on Wednesday from 9:30-11am. All are welcome and no one is turned away for lack of donation. The Monday class with Kacey Davy is focused on yoga philosophy giving students a unique opportunity to connect with Sanskrit’s timeless sounds through the chanting of the Bhagavad Gita and other selected texts. The Wednesday Ashtanga Level 1 class explores basic yoga postures and breath practices with the Shala owner, Laura Josephy.

100% of the donations made in place of Shala membership fees benefit a rotating organization. To date the Shala has collected over $2500 in donations that have benefited the League to Save Lake Tahoe, Mitch Underhill Mountain Fund, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless, and Sierra Avalanche Center. During the months of April and May, the Shala will be raising awareness and funds for Firefly Yoga International, a non-profit whose mission is to develop the first international network of yoga teachers trained to provide yoga to trauma survivors at the point of care.

Tahoe Yoga Shala is located at 585 Tahoe Keys Boulevard, Suite F1A. To learn more about donation classes offered at the Shala, please visit