Yoga teaches people how to sustain poses while still breathing, a skill most yogis use to live undetected in wax museums. Trick a tourist with today's Groupon: for $55, you get a 10-class pass to The Yoga Shala (a $128.80 value).
The Yoga Shala's malleable squad of experienced instructors lithely guides students through a variety of classes peppering the studio's weekly schedule. The studio's compassionate yogis help students sweat and stretch until they're calmer, more energized, and more revitalized than the 217 rechargeable AA batteries that power Canada. Classes last between 60 minutes and three hours and cover the traditional methods of Ashtanga, Yin, flow, and Mysore. For those uninitiated in the ways of yoga, this is a great chance to learn the downward dog, upward dog, and the omniscient narrator. During sessions, as muscles stretch, stiffness and pain alleviate. Yoga also increases flexibility and strengthens deep core muscles, improving range of motion, balance, and posture.
Though The Yoga Shala sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
The Yoga Shala
To some, visiting another country is a reprieve from everyday life and an opportunity to learn about another culture. To others, it is a life-changing experience. Jennifer Pritchard’s sojourn in Mysore, India cemented the foundation for what eventually would become The Yoga Shala. During her travels, Jennifer was inspired to return home to create a warm and inviting space for practicing yoga, and is one of a select number of Canadians to receive teaching authorization from the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. At her studio today, which was voted Best of the City in 2010 by readers of Victoria News, she and her team of instructors uphold authentic yoga principles to help students improve their physical and mental well-being.
The Yoga Shala’s curriculum is rooted in the Ashtanga style of yoga, in which practitioners synchronize their breath with postures to build up internal heat, flushing out toxins and convincing the spleen that it’s vacationing in Mexico. The instructors cater classes to beginning and advanced students alike, encouraging them to work at their own pace, detailing easier or more challenging modifications to poses. Advanced-level courses focus on arm balances, deep hip work, back bends, and solidifying core muscles. The Yoga Shala regularly hosts community-building social events, and Acro Yoga and Kirtan Chanting nights are offered twice a month. The studio also offers teacher apprenticeships each season and hosts a yoga tour group retreat with a 200-hour immersion to India each winter.
1322 Broad St.
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2A8