teacher highlight: meet your yoga studio tahoe teachers
february : shaelah morris, owner
- what is in your yoga bag?
A: I roll light to practice. A yoga mat, and lipgloss of course.
- what is your favorite…?
activity: Skiing is my passion. I love getting in the flow on my skis and playing high up in the mountains with the fresh breeze and sunshine or snow on my face.
asana: I really don’t have a favorite Asana. I love them all. Just like life, yoga practice evolves and it is forever changing. Right now I love chatterunga, or yoga push-up position.
food: Jumping Jack Flash from The Mill Juice Shop -a cold pressured juice of pure pleasure: Cucumber, lemon, ginger and cayenne.
- what is your favorite yoga book &/or online yoga resource?
A: I have so many favorite yoga books but right now I’m learning so much from, Mantra Sacred Words of Power by Thomas Ashley-Farrand
- How do you challenge your personal yoga practice &/or how do you keep a consistent yoga practice?
A: Right now I am recovering from 2 left knee surgeries in 2014 so just arriving on my mat is a challenge. Each day I’m on my mat, I feel more connected whether my knee feels good or not. It’s challenging to show up with an injury, but ultimately everything else in my life flows and feels better because of it. It’s all about modifying poses so I can safely more through the practice and heal. I’m confident I will be healthier and stronger then ever soon. To me it’s all about showing up. I commit to a daily practice, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Sometimes, 10 minutes is all I have so I return to the mat and make it happen. I always feel better when I do. Yoga is not just about sweating and sculpting the physical body, to me, it runs much deeper. The physical Asana practice is what brought me to the mat yet, meditation, mantra, pranayama, chanting and the devotional aspects of the practice are what keep me coming back.
- What is your favorite thing to do off the mat?
A: Living in Tahoe offers so many amazing ways to connect with nature. Skiing is by far my fave, yet anything outside is amazing. I love being on Lake Tahoe, surfing the wake, hanging with friends, laying on the beach, dancing, trail running, hiking, exploring, mountain biking, shopping, Burning Man, traveling and celebrating this beautiful life we live.
- What is your personal teaching motto &/or teaching model? Or a favorite yoga quote?
A: I am an eternal student forever learning, growing and evolving. Teaching yoga is my passion and my life. I offer what I can each day and in a humble way. I am here to serve and help others shine. May the passion of what we love be what we do. (my personal quote)
- Please briefly describe your most fantastic & amazing teaching moment.
A: I have been teaching full time, an average 10 classes a week for 15 years, so this is a tough question. I have truly had so many amazing experiences. Teaching at Wanderlust with DJ Hyfi was probably the highlight of my teaching thus far. Truly each day I am blessed to be given the opportunity to teach and share my passion with others and watch them grow and transform before my eyes.
- What song is currently #1 on your yoga playlist?
A: It’s a toss-up for me between “only love is real” MC YOGI and “Royal Krishna” Marti Nikko & DJ Drez
Don’t miss out on Shaelah’s unique and inspiring classes! Catch up with this talented teacher during her Apres’ Ski Flow and Bhakti Flow classes Wednesday evenings and Bhakti Flow on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday mornings! Also, in March she will be leading a 200-HR YA certified Teacher Training. Check out her schedule, as well as, the rest of our teachers, classes, and class descriptions at yogastudiotahoe.com.
About: Kellee Rich. A poet and writer, full-time yoga teacher and devout mom, in her hometown of Truckee CA, Kellee enjoys spending her time outside the studio with her family and friends by paddleboarding, kayaking, snowboarding, and anything athletic and outdoors. She holds a BA in English Literature from SNC (Sierra Nevada College, a 4-year Liberal Arts School in Incline Village NV.) Kellee is a Lyme Disease and Stroke survivor, and is currently working on a memoir about living with and surviving Lyme, focusing specifically on how yoga saved her life. Poetry and yoga go hand-in-hand in Kellee’s world, and she brings this eclectic mix of inspiration and empowerment to her students and in her yoga and meditation classes.