The First Yoga Studio to. . .
In 2008, Lake Tahoe Yoga opened as Svadhyaya Yoga (have fun pronouncing that one). Svadhyaya (svah-dee-yah-yah) means Self study and this is the focus of everything that happens at Lake Tahoe Yoga. Studio owner Jenay is consistently learning, growing and creating . . .and failing.
In 2008, there was only one other studio in Tahoe South located out in the Tahoe Keys. There was no place to practice Yoga in the Stateline area. When she opened Svadhyaya Yoga, it was the first studio available for Nevada-side practitioners to join in and learn the practice.
In 2009, Jenay brought the practice outdoors, combining two of her favorite things: Yoga and the beach! Svadhyaya Yoga Studio became the first Yoga Studio in Tahoe South to offer both studio and beach classes.
From late May/Early June through October, you can join Beach Asana classes that are held both in the mornings and evenings. The instructors, trained by Jenay are skilled at varying the practices and know all the tricks for making movement on the beach accessible or challenging.
You can find our practice spot by turning right at the end of the Nevada Beach driveway and heading to the North End of the beach. Then, keep your eyes open for our rainbow-colored flags.
Introducing New Practices
In 2010, one of the practitioners at LTY brought a news article into the studio about Paddle Yoga in San Diego. This sparked an idea and Jenay did the footwork to find a location with which LTY could collaborate and offer the practice.
A little experimentation, a lot of practice, and years of devotion & consistency has resulted in the best Paddle Yoga classes on Lake Tahoe. South Tahoe Stand Up Paddle is the best connection LTY could ever have. Not only is it easy to access the water from their boathouse, they store, maintain and provide boards for use. In addition, we get to use Riviera Paddle Boards every season. The lack of boat traffic results in crystal clear, calm waters that create incredible images in the photos that are taken during every single class.
Focusing Upon Authenticity of Practice
You can't be everything for everyone. Jenay is a Rajahatha Yoga Teacher which means that every class includes a focus upon traditional Yoga philosophy and practices. She does her best to adapt these practices to our modern times and make them accessible for all.
Her team includes instructors whom she has trained and continues to guide and support as they learn to meld the practices that they enjoy with their training in Rajahatha. LTY offers a variety of practices that vary from gentle to active. It is important to read the class descriptions or speak with one of the instructors prior to attending.
No two classes are ever the same as our teachers are adept at varying the sequencing and the practice in order to make sure everyone joining gets what they need. Raja is the practice of internal awareness and mindfulness while Hatha is the practice of effort. Every class includes both.
We believe that we are the Best Yoga Studio because we are the best at doing what we do. Jenay and the team at LTY will continue to learn, to grow, to create. . .and to fail. While we do so, we hope that you will join us for the practice.
Pioneering Paddle Yoga
Lake Tahoe Yoga is now listing their classes on Airbnb. Our experiences are unique to our studio. In 2010 we pioneered the practice of Paddle Yoga on Lake Tahoe. After successfully building our Beach Yoga classes and many hours of gazing upon the beauty of the lake, it just made sense to find a way to take the practice out onto the water. Luckily, a local Paddle Shop had just opened and was willing to take a chance on us.
Our Experience Shows
We have simplified the process of booking and joining our Paddle Yoga Practices. We take care of everything prior to the session to make sure that when you arrive, we are ready to focus upon guiding you as paddlers and yogis.
Upon requesting a booking at Airbnb you will receive a confirmation email with our waiver forms that can be completed prior to the session. We'll keep track of all of the necessary details leading up to the session and contact you in the case of any changes.
Beginner Paddlers are Welcome
The #1 question we get asked is, "How many people fall in?" Our answer, "Few." Most of the practitioners who fall in do so because they want to, or they aren't paying attention. We do everything we can to help you feel comfortable stepping from the shore onto your board and while moving through Asana.
From the moment we meet up our intention is to help you to feel welcome, comfortable and ready to have a Yoga Adventure. Our experience of over 8 years of guiding these practices and deepening our knowledge of Yoga is expressed in everything we do.
When do most people fall in? On the way back to shore. After the practice they feel so relaxed that they forget the basics and let go of control while paddling back.
Practice In The Sand
If you still feel uncomfortable with the idea of balancing on a board while moving through Asana perhaps a Beach Asana practice sounds more accessible. You may book these on Airbnb, as well. Check out our schedule for additional classes not listed.