This will be short but very much in earnest. I made a decision to at least try yoga for a limited length of time, I’m 74 and have had a very active, physical life but of course my body was still progressively getting more ridged. Perhaps yoga would help this situation. I have been receiving weekly individual sessions with Jenay for about 6 weeks, I have not been able to really get into the very classical poses however, I have undergone substantial improvements in range of motion, more flexibility, ease of movement and of course now experience even better sleep and a profound relaxation I haven’t experienced in a long time.
This sounds like I’m patronizing, however, these are real changes that have taken place with all the promise of continued well being. I think the only challenge will be to have the discipline to do the work on my own at home or wherever but I’m quite motivated since I have already achieved some very profound results.
Chuck D. Genoa, NV
I was one LTY's first students. I only now realize after practicing all over the world that the best instructor and yoga studio is here in Tahoe. You get the whole yoga package without even knowing it. Practicing in India with an Indian yogi was great, but I had already learned much of what he was teaching me from Jenay without even realizing it! Yoga is more than exercise! Practice at LTY and get the whole yoga package mind, body, and spirit.
Sandra Breylinger Stateline, NV
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!
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