meet our yoga tribe
Shaelah Morris discovered her passion for yoga after traveling the world as a professional big mountain skier and former alpine ski racer. Yoga not only healed her injuries, but took her on a journey far beyond anything she could have imagined. Shaelah is the founder of Yoga Studio Tahoe and now brings her passion for the mountains on to the mat. Known for her asansa kickin, music flowin, fun classes, Shaelah’s deep devotion to yoga is evident and uplifting to all. Teaching since 2000, Shaelah has owned 4 studios in Lake Tahoe and is humbled to offer the gifts and knowledge she has received from her great teachers: Janet Stone, Rusty Wells and Baron Baptiste, to name a few. Shaelah is certified through theYoga Alliance and leads 200 hour teacher trainings and retreats around the world. Her classes are designed to open your heart and lift you to your edge. Shaelah’s vigorous, energetic, and playful style will have you sweating, smiling and falling in love with yoga the way she has.
I began practicing yoga in 2003 as a way to relieve pain and tension in my body from years of board sports injuries. My partner at the time begged me to come to yoga class for over 3 years before I finally went. After that first yoga class, I realized I had finally found what I had been looking for all along. I began a consistent yoga practice. What unfolded during that process became something much deeper, and redefined my life, in every possible way. Since then, I have dedicated myself to the deeper understandings of yoga; through practice, study and teaching. The classes I teach are Bhakti Flow, Vinyasa based, focused on breath, and movement. Each class ranges from mild to vigorous, the choice is always yours. Teaching yoga was a natural transition for me to share the practice of yoga with others. I truly believe that there is a place for yoga in everyone’s life, regardless your of age, size, strength, flexibility or beliefs.
My philosophy is simple; show up. Not just on the mat, but in life. Be present, be humble, practice yoga, honor yourself, and see what unfolds. My greatest teachers are the students that dedicate themselves to the practice of yoga and are open to the process. I am always truly humbled by the individuals that climb onto the mat and open themselves to anything. It is a constant reminder that we are all students in this life, together. I continue my studies with many teachers, but predominantly with Rusty Wells, Stephanie Snyder, Shaelah Morris and Janet Stone. I always offer deep gratitude to all my teachers past, present, and those yet
I am Abby Jacob and I love yoga. I love to practice and I love to teach. This practice has been a path of self-actualization, ultimately uniting me to source love. Yoga has allowed me to see myself from a higher perspective and a clear lens. Before yoga, I went about my days operating from my unconscious mind and emotions. As I showed up, practiced, sweated, cried, inverted and chanted the light began to shine, true illumination came forth. What was once a cruel world was now a place of endless possibilities. What was once self-limiting beliefs is now self-love. What was once struggle is now eased. Thank you yoga, I am forever grateful and transformed. I am endlessly inspired by my favorite teachers Rusty Wells, Janet Stone, Shaelah Morris, Mike Richardson and Melissa Martinez. I earned my YTT 200 hours with Shaelah Morris at Studio Tahoe in 2014 and have been spreading the Bhakti love ever since. I teach a devotional practice through chanting, pranayama, and asana. I challenge my students to their edge while holding a safe space for their exploration. Join me on the journey of self-discovery and mastery through this magical gift of yoga.
Kate began her yoga journey ten years ago, and ever since it has been a key component to discovering truth and living a healthy and fulfilled life. Kate believes yoga allows us to truly look within and break down the barriers we build up for ourselves leading us to understand our true essence and giving us the strength and confidence to achieve our dreams. Kate is passionate about the physical, emotional, energetic, and spiritual benefits of yoga and is eager to share that with each of her students. Kate’s teaching style is gentle and fun with subtle challenging variations and always consciously paced so the students have time to get into and understand the pose. From a majority of Kate’s classes you can expect influences from Kundalini yoga, a combination of powerful and transformational breath-work, meditation, a rhythmic and subtly challenging flow, and deep stretching. Kate received her certification in the Himalayas of Northern India and is 200-hr Yoga Alliance Certified in Ashtanga Vinyasa.
Karina Winker has practiced yoga and wellness for eight years and recently truly discovered it's transformative power. Through her teacher training and the gift of guiding others through their yoga and wellness journey she realized how fundamental yoga is to create balance, acceptance, patience, and peace not only with oneself but with others.
For Kelsey, practicing yoga over the last ten years has been a transforming, meditative and guiding practice. Originally as a form of bonding between her and her mother, yoga grew to help her remain calm during her mathematical finance studies, and after as a form of centering during her travels. During two years of travel and volunteer work in South America, Kelsey learned that even though our personal and cultural differences there is a greater vibration that exists within all of us, reminding us we are all connected. Through this love of travel and learning, Kelsey embarked on a journey to northern India to study yogic philosophy and complete her YTT in the Himalayas. It was there that yoga began to spread into all aspects of her life. She believes letting the breath lead the movement on and off the mat allows us to dive deeper into our personal practice, release our ego and stay connected to our true self. Kelsey leads a variety of yoga styles allowing even the most vigorous classes to induce a sense of meditation and calm, so each practice can be a spiritual journey. As a surf and ski instructor, she enjoys bringing in a sense of flow and connecting the benefits of yoga into other aspects of life. By slowing down, bringing awareness and living in the now we are able to center and discover our true path, it’s waiting for us.
In her search for improved strength, flexibility and balance, Pia found yoga in 2011. She began to practice Hatha yoga every now and then and tried the Bikram method and Yin yoga a few times, but it wasn’t until she experienced Bhakti that she truly fell in love with the yoga practice and philosophy. In May 2014 she was invited to participate in a six week intensive Yoga Alliance RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training in Truckee California, the place she’s called home for the past 10 years. In searching for a more meaningful and consistent practice, she claims yoga found her and has given her the opportunity to share her love for yoga with others. Alongside her dear teacher, Shaelah Morris, and each teacher around her, she keeps finding expansion and new horizons in her own practice while sharing her yoga experiences with others in her grounding and calming offerings. Pia enjoys the endless learning opportunities that yoga offers on the mat as well as away from it. She finds peace in meditation and breathing practices and strives to stay connected with the foundation and alignment of asana. She feels blessed to be in this path of self discovery and intimate connection with the divine inside and for the chance to create and hold an inviting and loving space for others, new and experienced practitioners. She strongly believes in opening her heart to new possibilities and perspectives for a better understanding of the world by constantly proclaiming: Why Not…?
Former owner of Truckee Hot Yoga, Kim was certified in the traditional 500 hours Bikram Yoga Training in 2009 in Mexico and is still going strong. It's clear that Kim loves teaching and truly cares for each student that enters the room. Students rave about her humorous, straightforward approach to teaching and are continuously inspired by the knowledge, strength, commitment, and realness she brings to every class.
I first fell in love with yoga at Yoga Studio Tahoe when my sister dragged me to my first class about 7 years ago. Not being flexible it took me completely out of my comfort zones. Ever since then I have continued to pursue the practice in different yoga teacher training programs and workshops. I did my first 200-hour training in Reno with Angie Fraley. I love to teach a fun hard sweaty class to upbeat music. I like to provide a space for my students to push past their comfort zones and realize they are more capable then they think. Last year I did my Ashtanga primary teacher training with Tim Miller in Mexico. I teach primarily vinyasa flow with a hint of Ashtanga mixed in. Come find your breath, have some fun getting sweaty, and move slightly faster with me on the mat.
Morgan's classes are a unique composition of traditional elements mixed with fresh sequencing and playful transitions. Discover simple presence & movement for mental / physical freedom. Her all - level Vinyasa classes are strongly sequenced with extra space for the breath, and attentive instruction where thought and posture intertwine. Integrate core strength, cultivate open awareness, torch calories, and observe the architecture of thought. Morgan discovered yoga in 2005, when her adventurous outdoor lifestyle led her to a the complementary practice of centering and opening. It was love at first downward dog. She has been passionately teaching and sharing this love since 2010.
Ariel Poling has 20 years of Bellydance experience. In 2018 she moved to Tahoe from Kauai, where she spent the last 10 years teaching, performing and running her own Bellydance Company called Sudeeka, as well as a Bellydance Program called Sudeeka SEEDs. Prior to Kauai, Ariel began her Bellydance studies at the young age of 13, in Santa Fe NM. Ariel spent six years studying in Myra Krien’s school of Middle Eastern Dance, and working her way up in Myra’s Company. She then became a member of Masnavi Dance Collective in Santa Fe NM for another 3 years, and all the while Ariel attended numerous workshops and retreats from several talented bellydance stars, and has performed at Tribal Fest in CA, along with many other performances and productions across the South West and Hawaii. Ariel then received her teaching certificate from Myra in 2008 and began creating Sudeeka, the professional Bellydance Co, and Sudeeka SEEDs, a dance mentorship Program for teen girls and adult women. Now Ariel has moved to Tahoe and she is bringing Sudeeka Tribal Bellydance with her!! It brings Ariel so much joy to spread the knowledge and beauty of this dance form.