I have tried several, if not every, yoga studio in the Orlando/Winter park area... This studio is by far the most unique. Krista is the best teacher I have ever had. Ashtanga yoga is different than most styles of yoga and I have found that it is now the only yoga I practice. Krista has so much knowledge and cares so much for her students to truly learn that it was extremely easy for me to stay at the Yoga Shala permanently. Could not recommend the shala enough!
- Victoria Quintero
No matter how one begins a Yoga practice, when it starts to really work you will inquire into a deeper understanding of what is Yoga. There are very few places that set the context for a daily practice where this inner inquiry can naturally flourish. I’m very thankful to find such a sacred space in The Yoga Shala, directed by Krista Shirley, where my practice feels supported by her guidance and its community.
- Rei Nghard
I've been practicing yoga for about 10 years, have about 300 hours of training completed, and have practiced at studios all over the country. The Yoga Shala is a traditional studio - it's the real deal if you are looking for authentic Ashtanga Yoga. I love practicing the Mysore style because it is tailored to each individual student so you can work on your practice at your own pace - which is how yoga should be! This way you are taking care of yourself if you have any injuries or getting challenged at your own level when you are ready to take it to the next step. I felt very welcomed to the studio by all of the instructors - they are all very experienced and knowledgeable. I also felt honored to be studying under the guidance of the owner, Krista Shirley, who continues to study in Mysore, India and who has dedicated her time to achieving a very high level of certification that not many teachers have. I was moving across the country (from CA) to Florida, and I was honestly on the fence about it until I learned about these teachers and this studio! It is pretty rare to find a studio like this - you can't find them anywhere - so if you are lucky enough to live in the area at least check it out! (I commute over an hour each way to practice here, but it's worth it!)
- Katie Borowski
Krista Shirley and her staff at The Yoga Shala are by far the best around. Their studio is great! The knowledge you will get and the confidence you will gain is priceless. I am a new student at their studio but I already feel like I am part of their community. I have learned so much about Ashtanga Yoga and about myself and I am forever grateful to this studio for all of it. Please do yourself a favor and visit The Yoga Shala, you will be glad you did.
- Marliluz Rivera
Heaven on Earth. You won't find a better, more calming, yoga studio. It's like a warm hug from a close friend every time you arrive. The classes are challenging enough to be exciting but you're also encouraged to take everything at your own pace. Krista is hands down my most favorite yoga teacher ever. If I could fly back to FL 3x a week to take classes from her, I totally would!!