The Story of Yoga Shala Sacramento & the Ownership Team of Tyler Langdale, Josh Pane, Annie Fox, Biffy Cotter
Tyler was a somatic practitioner & had his own bodywork & private yoga studio (Sept 2006-Nov 2009) and that's how he met Josh- they became good friends and started practicing yoga together regularly. One day during a session, Josh suggested the idea of "traveling to the SOURCE" to which Tyler responded, "INDIA?! Let's go!" so Josh & Tyler took their first trip to Asia which changed everything from then on. It was this trip to India & China (Nov 2009) which influenced & inspired them to return to Sacramento to open a yoga "Shala". After months of searching for the right spot, Yoga Shala Sacramento opened on July 7, 2010 inside the beautiful YWCA building on L @ 17th in midtown.
Soon after this, Annie & Biffy (sisters) joined the Shala teaching team (Josh & Tyler had met Biffy practicing yoga at Yoga Loka, and then Tyler and Biffy taught together at Zuda Yoga together 2008-2010). At this time Annie had her own private yoga & embodiment studio working as a somatic & energetic practitioner (2007-2011). Tyler and Annie had met 2 years earlier, and Tyler had felt a deeper connection to Annie right away, so when she & Biffy joined Shala, it was also the beginning of Annie & Tyler's life partnership.
At their 1 year anniversary, Shala moved to new location, the former DEEP Yoga & Art studio which had been directed by Sukhbir Kaur (2004-2011), who besides being a mutual friend & respected leader in the community, was at the dinner party the night Annie & Tyler met. In September of the following year Annie & Tyler got married (Sept 2012) with Josh as best man. To further the excitement, Biffy joined in the ownership team as well in Jan 2013, because having a studio was always part of her dreams. In fact when Biffy & Annie first met Tyler, they had begun envisioning a studio in Carmichael where they were from originally. This idea kept expanding, and in Jan 2014, with Biffy & Annie leading the way, Yoga Shala Arden opened. Today Annie, Biffy, Josh and Tyler are still expanding their visions and horizons of leading from their hearts and creating a life of passion and service. Yoga Shala Sacramento is an expression of this. The story is just beginning... Happy 4th Birthday, Yoga Shala!
Here is a quick recap of some of the awesome Shala projects over the last 4 years:
- 6 International Retreats/tours: India (2012 & 2013) Mexico (2013)Southeast Asia (2014) Bali (2013 & 2014)
- 3 Domestic Retreats: Santa Cruz (2012 & 2013) Colorado (2013)
- Hosted Many Internationally Renown Yogis: Jason Crandell, Jai Jagdeesh Kaur, Wade Morissette, Steve Gold, Girish, Jonas Westring, Stephanie Snyder, Simrit, Julia Tindall
- Co-Produced 3 Yoga & Music Conferences: Give Thanks Festival (2010) California Spirit Festival (2013 & 2014)