meet the Teachers
 

 
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Mike Richardson 

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
to come.

 
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Abby Jacob 

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.

 
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Morgan Levay

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.

 
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Mekala Burkhart

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.

 
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Kelsey Welch

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.

 
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Pia Newman

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…?

 
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Karina Winker

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.