The practices at Lake Tahoe Yoga are designed to encourage health and induce healing. Every practice incorporates the traditions of Rajahatha Yoga and Ayurveda. Each session includes Yoga Philosophy, Energy Work, Directed Breathing and Conscious Movement.
Learn how to practice Yoga. We will begin anew every six weeks. Each series will begin with learning Sun Salutations from start to finish. As we progress, we will add in breath direction. You will be instructed in accuracy of alignment and movement in order to develop strong practices that will help you to feel comfortable in any class or studio.
VATA governs all movement in the mind and body. It controls blood flow, elimination of wastes, breathing and the movement of thoughts across the mind. Learn to direct your body's movement with intention through alignment-focused posturing. Develop control as you move with effort and intention through familiar postures.
SATTVA is the attribute or quality of equilibrium, balance, serenity, purity, tranquility, equanimity, or peace. It is the illuminating force or uplifting energy. Practice learning to balance your body, breath and mind through intentional movement within and between postures. Strengthen your ability to physically balance and learn to bring balance into the rest of your life.
PITTA governs all heat, metabolism and transformation in the mind and body. It controls how we digest foods, how we metabolize our sensory perceptions, and how we discriminate between right and wrong. Pitta governs the important digestive "agnis" or fires of the body. Learn to calm your inner fires and quiet your thoughts through slow and restorative posturing and deep breathing.
TAMAS is a state of darkness, inertia, inactivity and immateriality, it represents the darkening, stultifying, and inertial aspects of creation. Through deep, restorative posturing you will learn that nothing is ever still and everything is always changing. With the support of tools, explore the depth of postures that appear simple, yet create significant changes.
RAJAS is the activating element of nature and that which represents movement between the two opposing sides of duality. It manifests in the qualities of restlessness, activity, pushiness, and ambition. Rajas keeps a person involved outwardly. Focus your attention upon your Self through active movement that requires constant focus. Flow between poses with grace and intention.
KAPHA governs all structure and lubrication in the mind and body. It controls weight, growth, lubrication for the joints and lungs, and formation of all the seven tissues — nutritive fluids, blood, fat, muscles, bones, marrow and reproductive tissues. Lubricate your joints and engage muscularly through active movements and gracefully flow between postures. Heat your body and eliminate toxins.
YOGA NIDRA is the occurrence of focused thought while your body is in a resting state. This ancient practice has been used for thousands of years to provide much needed rest to the body while inducing a sense of sleepless sleep for the mind. Following this practice you will feel rejuvenated and renewed - as though you have taken a long nap.
TAPAS means "to burn." It evokes a sense of fire, discipline and passion. Our studio space will be warmed to approximately 80*. During the practice, the heat will help you to move more deeply into postures and release toxins. Please arrive prepared with water and a towel.
HATHA YOGA PHILOSOPHY dates back over 5000 years. Each month we will focus upon a different aspect of the practice. Learn the philosophies and practice of Hatha Yoga and how to apply them when you are in the studio and living your life.
YOGA AND HARP STRINGS combines movement and sound to encourage a deeper practice of physical awareness and mindful focus. These restorative practices will be accentuated through live harp music while Yoga Philosophy is woven throughout the session.