I just wanted to tell you how much I have been enjoying yoga! I think I told you that I had maybe been to 5 yoga sessions before moving to Tahoe, and before that first Gong and Yoga session over a month ago had not even thought about making it a part of my life. I’ve tried to work out regularly on multiple occasions in my life but have never been able to be consistent at it, however yoga somehow just works for me. I think that of all the things that I have done since moving here to try and get adjusted and settled in it is your studio that has had the greatest impact on me, and I can see yoga being in my life for the rest of my life thanks to it! I was talking with my sister the other day about how we idealize the places we are not but when we actually go to those places we realize they weren’t as great as we remembered. She was trying to encourage me not to miss NY so much. And I started thinking about what I would miss about Tahoe if I were to move back home and I instantly knew that the thing I’d miss the most is this yoga studio. I don’t really know much about business but I can imagine that at times it can be hard or discouraging, and yet I am blown away by how calm and encouraging you always are, and I just wanted to acknowledge that and say thank-you so much for having this studio, and working to keep it open, and I hope that it is successful now and for a very very long time to come!
I am not a yoga person, I never have been. I enjoy moving at quick speeds, on my feet or on a bike. I have always known the benefits of yoga and have tried a few times, and was not impressed.
While visiting Lake Tahoe, my amazing friend took me to Svadhyaya Yoga Studio and I cannot find one thing about this studio, the instructor, or the sessions that were anything less then amazing. I have never known an instructor of any type of fitness or lifestyle that is like the gal that owns this studio. Jenay was not only an amazing instructor, but she was hands on in helping me correct my 'beginner form' and lack of knowledge to where I felt at ease in the class and never felt like a novice. I am now a complete fan of yoga and upon returning to Arizona, I have found a studio (not as good as she is, but it will do until my next visit).
I just took my first class here and I absolutely loved it. Jenay is a fantastic teacher, and the space feels warm and welcoming. I took her flow class which was pleasantly challenging, and she was extremely helpful in making adjustments so I got the poses right. Also, she has an amazing voice and did some beautiful chanting at the end of savasana.
Locals, you should make this spot a regular part of your routine. Visitors -- you're on holiday, so you might as well give your body a treat and come here!
I started training at Svadhyaya Yoga in January 2010 to address back, neck, and jaw pain and daily low grade yet debilitating headaches. This self study style of Yoga in concert with neuromuscular dentistry (Dr. Dan Mannikko - Reno/Carson City) has all but eliminated my physical ailments while improving general quality of life through increased levels of mental, emotional and physical energy. Jenay's style of teaching allows students from various yoga backgrounds and physical abilities to train safely in our studio. Although I have taken yoga classes off and on over the years, my experience at Svadhyaya is the first where I have been truly integrated into a yoga class, offered adjustments and modifications towards proper alignment, and taught how to bring the foundations of Yoga into daily life.
Jenay's yoga classes are great! I've taken a number of classes in San Francisco and Boston, and am yet to find one that I enjoy as much as Jenay's. From a physical and spirtual perspective, her classes are really rewarding.
Jenay starts every session with a yoga topic, which is a short story to serve as food for thought throughout the practice. It sets a tone for her class and connects to life actions. Her topics are relevant and meaningful, and she tells them with a practical, and sometimes humorous style. It eases one into the practice, which is a pleasant change from other in-and-out yoga classes.
While each session touches all parts of the body, the practice tends to concentrate on one area for a given week or month (e.g., hips, legs, core). Jenay has a very gentle style, tailored to each individual's level. She increases difficulty for people with more experience and also will hold the hand of a newcomer. She's been able to tailor her class to all four members of my family (from aged 20 to 50, flexible to inflexible and weak to strong). It's personable, fun, and enjoyable, while also being challenging.
Every class ends with 10-15 minutes of relaxation. Jenay connects the time to the early yoga topic, brining the session full circle.
It's clear she's well-trained, but that she has also adapated the practice to those in her classes' level. I'd highly recommend her to anyone looking for a great yoga class. Can't wait for my next one!
For the better part of nearly a year, I suffered from a tempermental strain in my hip flexor (right in the front of my leg near my groin. I think it might be called the psoas but I have no idea how to spell it.) Anyway, I would get pain in that area and it would radiate towards the outer portion of my left hip, through the buttocks and down the side of my left leg especially at night. It was pretty obnoxious. Oh, and also, when I would stand up from a seated position, the muscle in the groin area would pull and I would get a sharp stab. Fun. So I decided to take a private yoga lesson from Jenay and told her about my ailment. We did stretches and poses that helped strengthen my weaker areas and she gave me a bunch of stretches to do after each workout and I try very hard to do them religiously. They have made a significant difference! The best $ I have spent in a long time. Thanks Jenay! -Nancy C.
Yoga is not a religion, but rather, for me, the perfect way to achieve health and a feeling of well being…mental, physical, and emotional. Since beginning yoga 2 ½ years ago, I have personally seen many positive changes, including increased strength, flexibility, and balance. In addition, I am more aware of my body and doing what is good for it and have gradually been shifting away from unhealthy eating patterns – not even intentionally, but just sensing it’s what I want to do.
I had a bicycle accident a year ago, which probably would have caused me numerous physical difficulties, if it weren’t for yoga and the balance and flexibility I had gained through practice. I had no muscle/pain issues and merely had to endure the physical trauma to the top of my foot, nothing more. I am still in awe of how I came away from that jarring accident so unscathed, but I attribute that to yoga.
I have taken yoga from an assortment of yoga teachers in Tahoe, in the US, and internationally. I think Jenay is the best, because she is smart, tuned in to body alignment, hands-on with her students, diligent, patient, an effective communicator and interested in the good of the practice. She is always thinking of creative ways to give back to the community and/or introduce yoga to new demographics. -Liz N.