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Truckee Is Fast Becoming A Mecca For Wellness

has long been known as a health-conscious community as locals and visitors passionately embrace recreational pursuits. Truckee boasts an abundance of opportunities to practice living a clean, fit, healthy, relaxed and spiritual lifestyle. With Truckee’s Olympic roots, it’s not surprising that some businesses have high performance Olympic and World Cup Ski Team connections. From yoga and Pilates studios to sustainably sourced food events and cooking classes, there’s no shortage of wellness activities to enjoy. This translates to a multitude of offerings for this mountain community’s demographic which is firmly interested in staying well.

Studio Tahoe’s certified yoga instructors are devoted to inspiring others to live from a powerful and passionate place. A heated workout room helps to detoxify, melting tension and stress. Classes include power Vinyasa flow, a spicy Radiant Bhakti Flow class, Mellow Flow, and Yin Flow Yoga, perfect for beginners, among others. For more info visit or call (530) 587-1891.

Rebel Fitness Academy touts itself as a fully equipped training performance facility offering cutting-edge fitness classes and topnotch trainers. They coach, guide and teach strength and conditioning with precision, and also publish a helpful free newsletter. Located at 12277 Soaring Way by the Truckee Tahoe Airport, check out this newest addition to Truckee on the web at or call (530) 550-7777.

The Bar Effect
provides a total body workout utilizing the bar in a fast, effective, yet non-invasive work out set to music that yields results. Owner and instructor Michelle Rahlves has worked as an emergency medical technician (EMT) and traveled the world with the U.S. Ski Team on the World Cup Circuit. Those who follow the professional skiing circuit will recognize the Rahlves name, as Michelle is married to World Champion, 12-time World Cup winner and four-time Olympic skier Daron Rahlves. For more info stop by Michelle’s studio at the foot of Tahoe Donner on the corner of Northwoods Blvd. and Donner Pass Rd. (11890 Donner Pass Rd.). For additional information visit, or call (530) 386-3635.

Truckee Pilates
offers all the specialized equipment that Pilates seekers require: Reformers, Cadillacs, Towers, Half Barrels and more, along with a variety of extra props such as Bosu balls, balance boards and rotating disks. Their instructors recommend starting with a three-pack of private lessons. They also offer pre- and post-natal Pilates classes, ski conditioning, golfing Pilates, and Tai Chi instruction. For more info peruse or call (530) 584-1717.

Namaste , a holistic healing and yoga center located in the historic Brickelltown section of downtown Truckee, offers yoga, massage, sacred stone healings, acupuncture, biofeedback, traditional naturopathy and herbalism along with continual education classes such as craniosacral workshops. For more info visit

Performance Training Center by Julia Mancuso is attracting new members since former Olympian and current World Cup downhill ski racer Julia Mancuso bought the place last summer. Outfitted with all the latest fitness equipment and touting itself as Truckee’s community gym, PTC is located at 10775 Pioneer Trail, #107. Visit or call (530) 587-9977 for more info.

Other gyms in Truckee include the Tahoe Forest Hospital System’s Center for Health & Sports Performance located at 10710 Donner Pass Rd. Call (530) 587-3769 for more information or visit or head to Truckee Donner Recreation & Parks District’s Community Recreation Center located at 8924 Donner Pass Rd. where locals and visitors can scale two indoor climbing walls or make use of basketball courts, exercise equipment and an elevated indoor track for a nominal fee. Call (530) 582-7720 or visit for additional information.

Bikram Yoga Sierra, located at 11090 Trails End Rd. ( visit or call (530) 582-4111) and Tahoe Yoga Wellness Center on Donner Pass Rd. near Tahoe Forest Hospital round out Truckee’s extensive yoga offerings, making it easy to find a class.

For Goodness Sake
just celebrated their fifth year in operation at their historic downtown Truckee building. This non-profit, non-denominational spirituality center provides a comfortable gathering place for people to explore the world from a spiritual perspective, serving all ages, children to seniors. In addition to a robust weekly schedule of classes including meditation, mindful parenting, Tai chi and wisdom circles, For Goodness Sake hosts a variety of speakers that are free and open to the public. For more info, visit or call (530) 550-8981.

If it’s a massage you are craving, many skilled massage therapists await your call in Truckee. Let the experts at Glow Salon ease your tense muscles. Glow is located upstairs at 10320 Donner Pass Rd., visit or call (530) 587-9985. Another excellent option can be found at Sierra Cosmetic Laser , a one-stop, full-service day spa providing high quality services that can fit any budget, which is housed in a beautifully restored building that sits at the far western end of downtown Truckee, just above Burger Me. For appointments and further information check out or call (530) 587-0198.

The Cedar House Sport Hotel is a Euro-chic eco hotel and a Truckee gem. It’s also one of the few, if not only, sites in town growing veggies for diners who visit their signature restaurant Stella. The Cedar House serves as a launching pad for year round wellness retreats and unsurpassed adventures. The boutique hotel’s newly launched online event calendar provides up-to-date information on outdoor and culinary adventures that feed the body, mind and spirit. Visit or or call (530) 582-5655 for more information.

Slow Food Lake Tahoe’s
mission is to reconnect people to the enjoyment of local, seasonal and sustainable food and to educate the community about their vital role as participants in our food system. This group hosts events throughout the year. For more info visit

In addition to action adventure sporting events for the ultra-fit such as the Donner Lake Triathlon, Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, Tahoe Sierra Century Ride, Tough Mudder premier obstacle course series, and the Lake Tahoe Trail 100K mountain bike race (which serves as a qualifier for the 2012 Leadville Trail 100), the Truckee area also hosts Wanderlust , a one-of-a-kind festival bringing together the world’s leading yoga teachers, big name musical acts, renowned speakers, top chefs and winemakers, all in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty – this event provides fun in the sun and dancing under the stars.

Truckee is just 40 miles from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento, and three hours from San Francisco with easy access off of Interstate-80. Contact the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at (530) 587-2757 or visit for more information.