Shaelah 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 into 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 the Yoga 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.
I came to yoga through ski racing for physical training. In 2006 I suffered a career ending injury and near paralysis. My recovery was slow and my doctors assured me that my spine would never be what it once was, but little by little yoga has brought me back to a very healthy and happy place. Yoga has made such a difference in my emotional and physical health that I knew I wanted to be able to teach to share yoga with others. In September of 2010 I traveled to Rishikesh, India to receive my yoga teacher’s training. Now I’m back in Tahoe rock climbing, teaching yoga, shredding the gnar and loving life in general. I teach challenging classes that focus on strength and balance. I believe every day should be filled with laughter and something that challenges ourselves, so I try to bring that mentality to the mat.
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. Visit her website: www.hennalovetahoe
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 Bahkti 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 Bahkti Instructor with one of her favorite and inspiring teachers Rusty Wells. 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 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.
Kristin 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 of Studio Tahoe - 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.
Jenna’s playful alignment based Vinyasa classes have been inspired by the teachings of Ashtanga, Anusara, Vinyasa, Iyengar and Restorative Yoga. The utilization of appropriate adjustments is influenced by her extensive experience as a bodyworker, forming her classes into a balance of moving from the heart while honoring the physical container. Expect subtle integration of spiritual and self-growth concepts as well an offering of hands-on modifications. Jenna completed her training with Nikki Estrada through YogaWorks and continues to expand her knowledge with frequent workshops which currently includes studies in Ayurvedic Medicine.
Yoga has been a beacon in Jenny Kendrick’s life for more than 18 years. Her introduction to yoga was not a romantic one – it started in college at a Gold’s Gym and her practice developed over time as yoga became more accessible. Jenny completed her first teacher training with Rusty Wells at Urban Flow in San Francisco in December 2013. She decided to further her studies in her local yoga community and completed a 200-hour teacher training at Studio Tahoe with Shaelah Morris in June 2014. As a marketing professional (AKA slave to the desk) by day and also a lover of the great outdoors, yoga has helped Jenny to maintain an active and balanced lifestyle, both physically and mentally. Jenny has practiced with Shaelah Morris for more than 10 years and has been inspired by her teachers including Rusty Wells and Janet Stone. Although Jenny has practiced and enjoys a variety of styles of yoga, she has a special appreciation for Vinyasa yoga and feels the most connected with Bhakti yoga. She says, “There’s just something about that chanting that grows on you and keeps you coming back for more!” Jenny feels blessed to be along this journey exploring life as an eternal student of yoga and is honored to have the opportunity to share this incredible gift with others.
Hanni began her yoga journey in 2006 when she moved to Lake Tahoe. Her yoga experience includes Vinyasa Flow, Forrest, Anusara, Kripalu, Iyengar and Ashtanga techniques. Hanni enjoys incorporating aspects she has learned from each of her teachers to create a unique Vinyasa Flow. Her classes combine the breath, movement and music while also creating awareness of body alignment. Upon completion of her 300-hour yoga teacher training in Bali, Indonesia, in 2011, Hanni began teaching Vibrant Vinyasa flow classes in her hometown of Homer, Alaska. Now teaching regular Vibrant Vinyasa classes for almost 2 years she has developed a fun, well rounded class that accommodates all levels. Get ready to sweat, laugh, have fun and challenge yourself. Every day is an adventure with new opportunities; the yoga brings it all together.
Crystal found yoga in search of regaining flexibility and movement in her body after 25 years of being a competitive dancer. After a few years of no dance like movement and only active outdoors sports she found herself stiff, tight and mentally fatigued. Bhakti Vinyasa Flow helped Crystal find space, expansion and lightness in her body and focus, strength and clarity in her mind. Yoga also taught her how to use her breath off the mat which has helped her stamina and stability in her favorite outdoor sports. Crystal encourages students to make yoga a beautiful art, flowing like dancer, while gaining stability and strength. Riding the flow like a wave, she hopes to move you out of your head and into your body and the present moment, a meditation in motion. When Crystal’s not practicing yoga she is snowboarding, skiing, road biking, mtn. biking, scuba diving, stand up paddling, surfing or traveling the world. Crystal completed her training with Shaelah Morris at Studio Tahoe and achieved RYT 200 certification.
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!