NEW STUDENTS AT THE YOGA SHALA

 





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Two Week Introductory Special:
Enjoy the two week intro offer (cost of two drop in classes) but get to enjoy two weeks of unlimited yoga to see what Ashtanga Yoga and The Yoga Shala are all about. If you come consistently during these first two weeks you will progressively learn the beginning sequence of Ashtanga Yoga.

Membership after your two week intro offer expires:
Near the end of your two week intro, let your teacher know if you would like information on membership options so you can continue to practice with us at The Yoga Shala.

Yoga Mats:
You are free to bring your own mat, or you can rent a mat for $1.00 New mats are also available for purchase.

Please let your teacher know before class if you have any new/reoccurring injuries, serious illness, if you are pregnant or have recently had a baby.

Registration
New Student Registration is encouraged prior to the first class but not necessary. Additionally, booking in advance, via our app, is recommended as places are limited.

Early Morning Beginners Class
Any new students planning on attending a class between 6:30am and 7:30am should contact Krista Shirley at krista@theyogashala.org or (407) 506 4626 for a code to unlock the door. 

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2 weeks for $40

 

 

Moon Days

 

We do not have classes on New and Full Moon days. This is how our Teachers taught us to do yoga, so it is a practice we choose to uphold. Ashtanga Yoga is about building energy, and being a part of the earth the energy of the planets have an effect on us. During the time of the new and full moon the ebb and flow of this moon directed energy reaches peaks, so we take a break on these days. What to learn more?

What are Moon days?

 

 


 

Things you should know about Yoga & Practicing at The Yoga Shala

 

  • Inform instructor if you are pregnant, or have any conditions or injuries.

  • Practice on an empty stomach.

  • Hydrate before and after practice, but we do not drink water during practice (no water in the shala).

  • When the room gets busy please be kind and move your mat over to make space for other students.

  • If you have questions stand at the front of your mat and your teacher will come to you.

  • Your teacher is there to help you, remind you of postures and give you new postures. If they are busy, please wait patiently for them to come to you.

  • No need to stretch before or after practice; you will get all you need during practice.

  • Please wait until after practice to connect with other like minded yogi’s. When in the practice room try to remain quiet and focused on your yoga practice.

  • There is no need to get off your mat for certain postures. The entire practice can and should be done on your mat.

  • Come to class with clean, light clothing suitable for indoor physical activity.

  • Patabi Jois recommended to not use a towel during yoga. When you first start practicing you may sweat a lot more than usual as your body is adjusting to the practice. Don’t be afraid to sweat. It is part of the cleansing and purifying process. If you sweat a lot you may want to bring a towel with you. Towels can be purchased at the Shala if you forget yours. Over time you will sweat less as your body gets more into a state of balance.

  • Please avoid wearing the following: jewelry/watches, perfume, creams or oils. We like to keep it “au natural”

  • Try to practice even if you are low on energy or don’t have time to complete the whole sequence. Even if you can’t make it to the Shala, a little practice is better than none.

  • If your time is limited, feel free to cut your practice shorter. This way you wont have to rush and will have time to do the whole finishing sequence.

  • Don’t be afraid to sweat. It is part of the cleansing and purifying process.

  • Don’t get discouraged if you feel tired and experience difficulties, you’re not aiming for external perfection. Observe the movements of the mind without implication or judgment, ask yourself how it feels and smile often.





 

What Is Mysore?

1. One of two methods used to teach Ashtanga Yoga: Led format and Mysore format

a. Led format is the more popular way/method for teaching because you can fit more bodies into a room and fit more classes onto a schedule in the led format
b. Mysore method teaches each Student individually based on their needs. In contrast Led classes teach to an entire class, often ostracizing and intimidating students not as fit or flexible as others in a large class.

2. A city in southern India, Karnataka State, where the Ashtanga style of yoga originated.

The Mysore method of Ashtanga yoga is a way of teaching yoga within the tradition as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, South India.
There are some differences in this method from the usual Western way yoga is taught, but the general idea is the same. The class is not "led" as a whole but rather all instruction is one-on-one within a group class setting. Students learn the practice by memory and practice what's been taught to them at their own pace. The teacher assists each student individually by giving physical adjustments, verbal instruction and by helping them refine their technique and form.
The deep sound of breathing, a warm and energetic room, and the abundance of sweat are all things you can expect to greet you upon first entering a Mysore style yoga class. Whether here in Orlando, or in any number of other cities around the world; seeing a Mysore style class in progress for the first time definitely leaves an impression! But once you try it out for yourself, you may find it an amazing forum for cultivating a transformative yoga practice.

For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

<< Schedule for Fri May 6, 2016 - Sun May 8, 2016 >>




Fri May 6, 2016
Class
Instructor
New Moon - No Mysore Classes Today

Sat May 7, 2016
Class
Instructor
9:30 am - 10:30 am Beginners Yoga

Sun May 8, 2016
Class
Instructor
7:30 am - 8:30 am Beginners Yoga
8:30 am - 9:30 am Beginners Yoga
9:30 am - 10:30 am Beginners Yoga

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STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

 

“If you have ever taken a yoga class and couldn’t figure out what you were suppose to do with your body or keep up with everyone else, then The Yoga Shala is for you. You get great individual attention as you learn the proper technique of postures and at your own pace. What could be simpler!”

- Donna K

 

“The Yoga Shala’s beginner course is unique in that the instructors really care that you are learning the correct posture and the reasons behind necessary modifications. Most other courses show you a pose, say “okay try it and if you can’t just do something close” and that doesn’t help me at all. It teaches you a lot about patience, which I think a lot of people in society are lacking and need to practice.”

“I have developed (am developing) an attitude of progress at the Shala. It’s a beautiful and unique place that I am proud to be a a part of… I grow (mature, develop) as a person every time I am there, even if I don’t notice it at first or all the time or even most of the time (It’s those moments where you realize that keeps you going). I need the Shala in my life, I felt that way after (during) my beginners course and even if I have had my moments of doubt, I know deep down that being a part of the Shala has changed me, in a very very positive way.”


- Whitney R 

About the owner of The Yoga Shala, Krista Shirley:
"You amaze and inspire me. And I'm thanking the universe for bringing us together! So grateful to have you as my teacher. Cant tell you what it means to me to have someone like you involved in my life in such a powerful way. I'm pulling from all my strengths these days and know youve opened up all kinds of access points for me to tap into it.  Thank you for being you and helping me...” 

-Deinna W

"Krista, is one of those teachers that you can't see just one time, once you get to know her you'll Always come back to her. When I met Krista I was beginning my yoga journey, I was fascinated instantly, it was like love at first sight. Since then I go to all her Immersions here in Panama.  She transmits love, humbleness and she is always willing to help on anything that you need.  She will inspire you to be grounded, humble and push yourself to the best of your abilities; not only you'll see how much your practice is going to improve , but you'll also gain a friend, she is the first to tell you to keep in contact if you have any doubts or anything that she can help with."

-Gilbert Ho


"Krista Shirley is my teacher and I agree completely with this statement about her. If you are lucky enough to have her come to your area of the world - I do hope you go see her! I miss her everyday."

-Lisa Moore