Yoga center offers a twist on body health
July 24, 2003
As a chiropractor in the Bay Area several years ago, Walter Lightner often recommended yoga to his customers to help with many of the things he was treating them for. Now with his new business, Tahoe Yoga and Wellness Center, he has combined a chiropractic practice and yoga center into one studio.
Along with these two healing arts, he’s added acupuncture, massage, and meditation, dance and Pilates classes.
“The idea of teaching people to learn to listen to their own bodies is something that I’ve know intuitively for years (is beneficial), and I felt classes with proper guidelines would be a great place for that to happen,” Lightner said.
With 50 different classes offered per week, he seeks to cater to all different abilities and experience. People can choose between levels one through three, as well as the different types of yoga and Pilates.
For those who only have time during their lunch break, the studio gives “community” classes Monday through Friday during the lunch hour, which are shorter and half the price of regular classes.
“There’s something for everyone,” Lightner said. “What we need at one time may evolved into something different.”
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Yoga is based on a 5,000-year-old eastern tradition and focuses on a combination of the body, mind and breath or spirit. While some types are meant to build strength and heat, like ashtanga, others are gentle.
“[Yoga] slows things down,” Lightner said. “We can become more sensitive, not only to our bodies, but to our minds.”
The 14-15 independently contracting instructors use a blend of the more traditional yoga, hatha, with their own influences, depending on where they’ve studied. But a common thread in their teaching is the emphasis on safety and balance, Lightner said.
“It should be fun; it should feel good,” he said. “We try to encourage kind of a playful curiosity in our classes.”
Lightner moved to Truckee about three years ago from San Rafael, Calif. Construction of the Tahoe Yoga and Wellness Center began over a year ago, and he spent the time attending classes and finding instructors whose techniques he liked. He and his two employees opened July 14 with their first meditation class.
Monthly passes and packages, as well as drop-ins are available. Special opening rates offer two classes for the regular drop-in rate, or discounts on regular package prices.
Lightner hopes that along with the healing benefits of his center, it will also be a gathering place for the community.
“The idea of this place is nice, but it’s really about people coming together,” he said.
Tahoe Yoga Center is located at 10770 Donner Pass Road. For more information, call 550-8333.