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Tahoe City Yogi Shaelah Morris reinvents her practice

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It’s sometimes said that everything old is new again, as is the case with Mountain Lotus Yoga. Tahoe City yogi Shaelah Morris reinvented the lakeside studio.

Six years ago, Morris brought the concept of Bikram-style yoga to Tahoe where she quickly developed a faithful following of locals who rolled their mats out daily. Within the studio’s mango-colored walls, people experienced a myriad of health benefits from the “hot” 90-minute classes. Later, Morris sold the business and did some traveling. Then, like many others, Morris was drawn back to Tahoe where she reopened her old studio, giving it a fresh new spin.

“I went back to my home state of Colorado, traveled to Costa Rica, Oregon and San Francisco,” explains Morris. “I realized I had become a California girl through and through. The energy of Lake Tahoe and our wonderful community drew me back to this amazing place.”

Mountain Lotus Yoga offers Power Vinyasa Flow, Yoga for Skiers and Riders, and the popular Bikram-style Yoga classes. Morris believes yoga is the perfect compliment to the active Tahoe lifestyle.

“When we are at our peak physically, which yoga brings, we are at our peak performance,” says Morris, a former competitive skier, who experienced first hand the healing benefits of yoga after a serious injury.

She says yoga reduces the risk of injury and builds flexibility and strength.

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“We become more solid athletes, and through yoga we enhance all aspects of our lives,” she adds. “You don’t need to be flexible to do yoga; yoga makes you flexible, one breath at a time.”

Morris emphasizes that all levels are welcome at Mountain Lotus Yoga. “All you need is your open mind, a smile and your breath,” Morris says.

Mountain Lotus Yoga offers classes seven days a week. A variety of pricing options are available. For more information visit http://www.mountainlotusyoga.com or call 583-7500. Stop in for a stretch at Mountain Lotus Yoga, 760 North Lake Blvd. at the Boatworks Mall (marina level), Tahoe City.