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Day 32 Lake Tahoe-Tahoe Yoga-Bill & Mark

Old Town Truckee

Old Town Truckee

Passing the high altitude, old-town, down-town,  old west turned hip alpine community packed with happenin’ hot spots, groovy  places to grab a brew and “not for the light of wallet” boutiques; the YoYos were on their way to Tahoe’s premiere yoga studio – Tahoe Yoga and Wellness Center. This inspired, holistic space owned by Chiropractor and Yoga Instructor, Walter Lightner, draws on the talents of the most sought after teachers in the area and hosts a continual calendar of yogi superstar workshops and classes.

Tahoe Yoga and Wellness Center

Tahoe Yoga and Wellness Center

“Eye of the Tiger”…  curiosity on fire, the YoYo’s  had to know more about this popular, 6am, bi-monthly event  that draws new and repeat students from places far beyond the borders of its home in Truckee, California.

Bill Folkmann

Bill Folkmann

Super charming, polar opposites, Bill Folkmann and Mark Lundbeck, creators of this advanced practice casually began with a just a few welcoming words and 30+ sun salutations.  The YoYos have to admit, they wondered, during the magical meditative motion, how many times they were goin’ to welcome the sun in this captivating region that always seems to shine.

Mark Lundbeck

Mark Lundbeck

Alternately, these engaging talented teachers replaced the precise, demonstrated instruction with challenging asanas held until every yogi in that room became friends with their connective tissue.  Rotation and alignment focused, the YoYo’s learned things about their armpits and inner thighs… they will not soon forget.  Fun, focused, stimulating and intensely perfect, The YoYos walked away from this “good reason to live in Tahoe” class, feeling alive, strong, energized and ready to take their yoga off the mat and straight to that sparkling lake.

Kayak Heaven - Lake Tahoe

Kayak Heaven - Lake Tahoe

Cold clear water and bright hot sun; the paddle lovin’ YoYo’s took off on a most breathtaking glide through the cobalt waters of Lake Tahoe.  Explorin’ every massive volcanic rock while lookin’ for lost treasures 100’ feet below in the crystal clear water, our boats split the water in two as we said,  “hello” to our 30+ sun salutation shoulders and deep ujaiyi breath. Paddlin’ up to a secluded white sand beach, we discovered a most excellent driftwood “Love Shack” most likely built by an idle summer snowboarder ….The YoYo’s again recited the Tahoe mantra, “it’s all good”… at 7,000 feet!

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OM Sweet Power OM

Cha-Cha-Changes

Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes

Was it really only months ago that the roadtrippin’ YoYos found themselves in Seattle where the butt crack ‘o dawn appeared in the mid o’ night and was still shinin’ at the 10 pm happy hours? WTH… this brisk morn the sun didn’t crack its hidin’ head until way after the “Big Wheel” had already made a couple of laps and The Ru had gone for his “I’m back” walk in the ‘hood.

Seems this changin’ of the guard was most masterfully designed … givin’ us lucky yogis a gigantic excuse to take few moments to reflect while we ready ourselves for the vast possibilities that exist, if only we are wise enough to “chill” and notice what they are.  Just like summer and winter battle for victory in their day to day season changin’ combat… the urban to mountain dwellin’ YoYos, fight their habitual need for speed with the powerful weapon of tranquility.   Tappin’ into this peaceful internal refuge, YoYoYogiman discovers most appreciated space to put finishin’ touches on his class of the “most excellent” kind…“Power Om”.

Old Town Truckee

Old Town Truckee

Tonight, the YoYos head to celebrated Sierra studio, Tahoe Yoga and Wellness, home to zillions of top-notch yogi workshops.  It is here in Truckee, California, historic western town turned California cool, that world-class athletes mix it up with world traveled tourist and occasionally spotted, Paul Mc Cartney, who jams incognito at the super-hip, unpretentious bars.

Kinder-Gentler YoYoYogiman

Kinder-Gentler YoYoYogiman

Tonight‘s class turns to roadtrippin’ lessons learned from the great yogi sages of the west.  Leavin’ mere months ago as a full-out, body-burnin’, hot and super-steamy “Power” broker, and returnin’ as a kinder, gentler, more enlightened ass-kicker; YoYoYogiman’s tip-to-toe body releasin’ practice provided these mountain yogis with a deeper, slower pace and a virtual treasure map to uncover secret strength, undiscovered stretch and a stillness of mind that welcomes those creative, change o’ seasons juices to flow.

It’s good to be back in the Mountains… its’ good to look forward to the unwritten future… and wondrous to be living each “most excellent” moment in the present.

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