Shaelah Morris

LizHs3Qt3QGGC72irQ7I8qu0f7dra8tEAmlVW7cVX5I,Fv1vLEYZg8AyiKTa6nTtAinmv_uoSu3JHE76sJdtH9E,swovRvPteVKPvlE-OCkT1s1-ET0YGUt7sDX6agsf-2o,36BgThQGUApPN-x8inr6xDBkFKurfOXZEBweG0CYrPkShaelah Morris discovered her passion for yoga after traveling the world as a professional big mountain skier and former alpine ski racer. Yoga not only healed her injuries, but took her on a journey far beyond anything she could have imagined. Shaelah is the founder of Yoga Studio Tahoe and now brings her passion for the mountains on to the mat. Known for her asansa kickin’, music flowin’ fun classes, Shaelah’s deep devotion to yoga is evident and uplifting to all. Teaching since 2000, Shaelah has owned 4 studios in Lake Tahoe and is humbled to offer the gifts and knowledge she has received from her great teachers: Janet Stone, Rusty Wells and Baron Baptiste, to name a few. Shaelah is certified through theYoga Alliance and leads 200 hour teacher trainings and retreats around the world.  Her classes are designed to open your heart and lift you to your edge. Shaelah’s vigorous, energetic, and playful style will have you sweating, smiling and falling in love with yoga the way she has.


Meghan Ruiz

Meghan’s practice began with a summer course in college during the summer of 2001. She completed her 200 hour teacher training with Kim Orenstein of Yoga Loka Reno and has been teaching since 2009. After her family relocated to Truckee she and her husband began practicing at Yoga Studio Tahoe and studying the heart-centered teaching of Bhakti yoga with Shaelah Morris.  She has been teaching at Studio Tahoe since 2010 and feels so blessed to be part of the amazing Tahoe yoga community. Meghan draws inspiration from breath-movement dance of vinyasa flow and loves the challenge of arm balancing and inversion poses. She seeks to share her knowledge in the safe, supportive, loving space of her classes and workshops.


Deanna Neu

Deanna is a long time Tahoe Truckee local, loving the practice of yoga for the last 15 years. She is a mother, a local business owner, a ski instructor and now devoted Bhakti Yoga Instructor.  Her passions include her two beautiful daughters, skiing, dancing, the outdoors, and yoga.  Her yoga journey has evolved from prenatal yoga, to Bikram yoga, and then to finding her true passion of Vinyasa flow yoga.  She has had the pleasure of studying with Shaelah Morris locally for over 12 years. She recently decided to give back and share with others all the wonderful physical, spiritual, and mental benefits yoga has brought to her life.  Deanna became a certified Bhakti Instructor with one of her favorite and inspiring teachers Rusty Wells in San Fransisco in 2008 . She loves to integrate her positive attitude, playful, motivated, and loving spirit into her classes.  Her passion for life, music, and yoga will elevate you to new levels as you explore your edge together.

Kristin Englund

Kristin Englund believes yoga is the key ingredient to happiness, healing & peace. She feels most at home within a yoga community & hopes to unite the world by introducing everyone she meets to the joys of living a life of yoga. IMG_9449Kristin began her yoga teaching journey with Janet Stone and continues to add to her yoga practice with influences from powerful teachers like Saul David Raye, Ashley Turner, Stephanie Snyder, Rusty Wells & Shaelah Morris- offering Bhakti (Devotional) Flow with twists of dance rhythms, love, light & happy smiles.  She is excited to share her love of yoga, dance & life with the Tahoe/Truckee community.



kellee rich

Practicing yoga as a means  of cross-training for competitive snow sports from as early as 1994, Kellee has always held a love and knowledge of what yoga can do for the mind, body and soul.  It wasn’t until she suffered a stroke in August of 2013 that paralyzed her right-side, that yoga became a means for survival.  When several doctors became puzzled as to the cause of the stroke, at such the young age of 32, she again turned to yoga.  By this time she was in and out of a wheelchair. Within weeks Kellee graduated from wheelchair to cane, all by going to Bikram yoga on a daily basis.  Soon after receiving her diagnosis and treatment for Lyme Disease, she re-discovered Vinyasa Flow and Bhakti yoga.  Since this time of healing,  Kellee  has dedicated her practice to the teachings of  beauty,  grace and  patience  that make Bhakti the yoga of love and  devotion.  Cured  of Lyme Disease and  feeling better  than  ever, Kellee  finally fulfilled her  dreams of becoming a yoga teacher when she  completed Shaelah Morris’ first ever 200-HR Yoga Teacher Training, in Truckee, CA. Kellee’s home town.  “It’s a choice to be a survivor, to choose life over suffering …  ” K.Rich, July 2014. Kellee fuses music, poetry and fun into her classes!  Everyone at every level welcome, especially those new to yoga as a practice.  She encourages and inspires her students to find self-empowerment, peace, love and  light.  Her  classes offer a comprehensive introduction to Bhakti yoga and Vinyasa Flow basics that establish the essential building blocks of the tradition: conscious awareness, proper alignment, and individual intention, all to the beat of a creative flow sequence. These stepping-stones lead to what lies beyond….transformation. Nothing is impossible!


Kate Leist

kateKate began her yoga journey ten years ago, and ever since it has been a key component to discovering truth and living a healthy and fulfilled life. Kate believes yoga allows us to truly look within and break down the barriers we build up for ourselves leading us to understand our true essence and giving us the strength and confidence to achieve our dreams. Kate is passionate about the physical, emotional, energetic, and spiritual benefits of yoga and is eager to share that with each of her students. Kate’s teaching style is gentle and fun with subtle challenging variations and always consciously paced so the students have time to get into and understand the pose. From a majority of Kate’s classes you can expect influences from Kundalini yoga, a combination of powerful and transformational breathwork, meditation, a rhythmic and subtly challenging flow, and deep stretching. Kate received her certification in the Himalayas of Northern India and is 200-hr Yoga Alliance Certified in Ashtanga Vinyasa.

pia newman

In her search for improved strength, flexibility and balance, Pia found yoga in 2011. She began to practice Hatha yoga every now and then and tried the Bikram method and Yin yoga a few times, but it wasn’t until she experienced Bhakti that she truly fell in love with the yoga practice and philosophy. In May 2014 she was invited to participate in a six week intensive Yoga Alliance RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training in Truckee California, the place she’s called home for the past 10 years. In searching for a more meaningful and consistent practice, she claims yoga found her and has given her the opportunity to share her love for yoga with others. Alongside her dear teacher, Shaelah Morris, and each teacher around her, she keeps finding expansion and new horizons in her own practice while sharing her yoga experiences with others in her grounding and calming offerings. Pia enjoys the endless learning opportunities that yoga offers on the mat as well as away from it. She finds peace in meditation and breathing practices and strives to stay connected with the foundation and alignment of asana. She feels blessed to be in this path of self discovery and intimate connection with the divine inside and for the chance to create and hold an inviting and loving space for others, new and experienced practitioners. She strongly believes in opening her heart to new possibilities and perspectives for a better understanding of the world by constantly proclaiming: Why Not…?

Abby Jacob

YOGA picAbby’s love for yoga developed instantaneously during her first class in 2009.  Literally.  While living in San Francisco, there was so much stimulation all around and her life was in a whirlwind.  On the verge of a breakdown she needed a change, a big one.  Understanding finally that late nights and happy hours were no way to revive one’s self from the rat race, she explored a new avenue.  She went to her first yoga class at Urban Flow with Rusty Wells, reluctant and unmotivated.  She came into the hot studio space, immediately debated leaving and catching a martini at a cozy dimly lit bar around the corner,  but she stayed, in the light and in the heat.  She practiced.  As sweat gushed from every pore and lactic acid released from every muscle, something great shifted within her mind, body and soul.  For the first time inner peace was not just a theory but an experienced reality.  Her heart was full.  As pain and stress released from her, love and flexibility filled her.  A healthy, self-respectful path had started to pave the way.  No longer feeling connected to SF a move to the mountains was on the horizon, but only if she could find a place where the yoga was hot and full of love.  Yoga had become her happiness, her peace, her inspiration, her life.  Already familiar and fond of the Tahoe area, Studio Tahoe and Shaleah Morris seemed to draw her right in.  Looking no further, she moved to Truckee in 2012 and found home.  Abby continues to practice strong and devoted at Studio Tahoe.  She has completed her 200 YTT with Shaleah Morris in June 2014.  She looks forward to opening others to the magic and transformative powers of yoga through a vigorous practice, devotion and chanting.

ashley dien

2015_AD_Yoga-9488Ashley discovered the life long journey of Yoga at a young age along the shoreline of San Diego, where she grew up. In 2009 she embarked on a new adventure to Lake Tahoe where she fell in love with the exhilarating outdoor lifestyle and well-rounded down to earth community. Ashley’s involvement with yoga became more focused while studying with teachers of the Tahoe area; Suzy Hudst, Naomi Friedus, and Shaelah Morris who nurtured her abilities to become more comfortable and confident in life. She completed RYT 200 hour teaching certification with Shaelah Morris at Yoga Studio Tahoe. Through this guidance she realized that yoga would enhance her awareness and emphasis the importance of this practice, each asana infused with a lesson to be taken off the mat. It is her hope to continue to evolve in her awareness and to share this new found enlightenment.

Hawley Kobayashi

100000126_mobileI always wanted to love yoga. I tried different styles over the last 15 years but there was just something some thing missing. My life changed 3 years ago when I took my first class at Studio Tahoe. I’d finally found my perfect match, Bhakti Flow! A practice that fulfills my physical, psychological and spiritual needs, AMAZING!! Unless I am sick or out of town, I’m here everyday. Even traveling, I find a studio to get my daily fix.

Mother of three and life long avid equestrian, I have my share of ailments, the biggest resulting in hip surgery 4 years ago and hip replacement looming in my future. My daily practice has brought great healing and tremendous strength to my entire body and has nearly eliminated my hip discomfort. Bhakti yoga is not only a physical practice, the yoga of love and devotion has helped me through a very difficult time, losing my Mom to Alzheimer’s. During this time my yoga practice brought me great comfort, eased my anxiety and anger and helped me to navigate through my grief. Bhakti yoga came into my life for a reason, at the exact right time.
Now, at 43, yoga is an integral part of the rest of my life. I completed my 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Teaching at Studio Tahoe with my dear friend and teacher, Shaelah Morris. Wow, life changing for sure. I loved it and after the first day of training I knew, I WANT TO TEACH YOGA! Sharing my deep passion for yoga with others is such a gift, I feel very fortunate to teach what I love. I look so forward to continuing this awesome journey of yoga and sharing it with you.


Jess Kaulback

FullSizeRenderJess Kaulback is a budding artist and dedicated yogini based in the Lake Tahoe area. She relocated her young family from Washington, DC to plant roots in Truckee, CA for the sole purpose of finding a happier, healthier more nature-driven lifestyle. Jess has been a student for many years, beginning with Bikram yoga on the East Coast and continuing with Bhakti Flow under Shaelah Morris since moving to Truckee in 2013. Since loving her experience with the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training course at Studio Tahoe, Jess is excited to expand her journey through inspired instruction and continued education to share and evolve her practice.