Yoga is unique in that it is the only medieval physical-fitness art that does not involve firing crossbows at a grendel. Bend and stretch sans bloodshed with today's deal: for $40, you get one month of unlimited yoga classes at The Yoga Shala (a $95 value), located on Broad Street. The Yoga Shala has mats available for rental, but recommends that all classgoers bring their own if possible.
The Yoga Shala hosts an array of classes for stretching and strengthening in an open, airy studio. The 90-minute Ashtanga primary series, suitable for all levels, consists of a fast-paced flow designed to detoxify inner organs, purify subtle nerve channels, and activate telekinesis abilities. The Mysore program allows students to set their own pace while receiving individual adjustments and instruction. Myosin molecules creep up from muscular hideouts during the mellow Yin flow course, which incorporates gentle flowing movements, Yin poses, and Thai massage adjustments to achieve a state of relaxation paralleled only by an evening spent popping bubble wrap. Check out the class schedule for availability.
Wood floors, earthy-coloured walls, and sun-lit-filled studio space create an inviting, warm ambience. Whether you want to stand taller, bend over backward, or open a pickle jar taped to your back, The Yoga Shala's experienced instructors offer a suitable yoga style.
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.
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