Friday, December 30, 2011

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Weekend at Yoga Life in Jacksonville with Krista Shirley

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Recharge Your Yoga Practice with Krista Shirley

This spring, Krista Shirley of the Yoga Shala Orlando joins Yoga Life for a weekend workshop. Come study with her in the mornings for a Mysore-style practice, followed by afternoon lectures.

April 28-29, 2012

10:00am - Noon: Mysore Practice
1:30pm - 4:30pm: Deconstruction before Reconstruction
Intended for students with a daily practice. In this workshop we will learn how to deal with the discomfort we face in our yoga asana practice. Muscles and bones and nerves, emotional scares and fears and hurts… They all come to the surface with daily asana practice. Join Krista in a discussion about deconstruction before reconstruction.

10:00am - Noon: Mysore Practice
1:30pm - 4:30pm: Leave Your Expectations at the Door
Suitable for all levels. Let go of what you think you know and allow yourself put faith and trust in your teacher and your daily yoga practice. Guruji always told us to practice, practice, practice and all will come. Let’s explore this concept, this truth! If we can find safety on our yoga mat, with our yoga teacher, and ourselves, the benefits can spill into all areas of our lives.

Krista's Bio: Krista has been teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga since 2004. Krista spent a week studying with Manju Jois in 2004 but primarily kept her daily practice up on her own for several years before embarking on her first trip to Mysore in 2006 to study with Shri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji), Sharath Rangaswamy, and Saraswati Rangaswamy at the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Insti-tute. She travels back to Mysore every year to spend several months under the guidance of her teachers. In February of 2009 Krista was given authorization to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga by the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute.

Learn more about Krista at her studio’s website:


Entire Weekend (after March 26th): $165
Mysore sessions: $40 each
Lecture sessions: $45 each

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Weekend Workshop with Krista Shirley at The Yoga Shala, Winter Park, Florida

A few weeks after I return from Mysore, India please join me at The Yoga Shala for a weekend of Ashtanga Yoga classes Mysore style, along with lectures on the practice.

Krista Shirley Weekend Workshop
March 23-25, 2012

Friday, March 23
6:30-8:30pm Guided Primary Series Practice

Saturday, March 24
10 AM - 12 PM Mysore
1:30 - 4 PM BBDO
Let’s explore the use of breath, bandhas, dristhi and opposition of force in our practice. In order to successfully progress in our practice, we must have full control of all four concepts. But how? Spend the afternoon with Krista exploring these concepts in depth, and learning how to apply them in each and every asana in the primary series. Serious work, and some serious fun! Suitable for all levels. Will begin and end with Chanting.

Sunday, March 25
10-12 PM Mysore
2-4:30 PM: Deconstruction before Reconstruction
Intended for students with a daily practice. We go through phases in our practice…In the beginning it feels good, and we feel good for doing the practice. But as you get deeper into your practice the honeymoon phase ends as you start to uncover deep seated physical and emotional blockages. These blockages must be dealt with in order for us to let go of that baggage we hold deep within our bodies and minds. This can be extremely uncomfortable both physically and mentally and this is often the point where people either choose to face themselves and dig deep, keep practicing but on a very surface level, or walk away from yoga altogether. In this workshop we will learn how to deal with the discomfort we face in our yoga asana practice. Muscles and bones and nerves, emotional scares and fears and hurts….They all come to the surface with daily asana practice. Join Krista in a discussion about deconstruction before reconstruction. We will begin and end with chanting.

ENTIRE WORKSHOP by February 23, 2012: $170; $200 thereafter. For more information and registration contact

Workshop Cancellation Policy/Refunds:
All cancellations must be made 10 days prior to the start of the workshop. Refunds will be given in the form of studio credit only (less a $15 processing fee). No credits will be given within 10 days of the start of workshop.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Kino MacGregor returns to The Yoga Shala, Orlando, Florida in February 2012

Kino MacGregor will be returning to The Yoga Shala February 25-26, 2012. She is an inspirational yogini with a wealth of knowledge to share with the Orlando Ashtanga Yoga Community.

Be sure to register as soon as possible because Kino's workshops always sell out.

Kino MacGregor Weekend Workshop
February 25-26, 2012

Saturday, February 25
10 AM - 12 PM Guided
2 - 4 PM Arm Balances for Everyone
Break a sweat while learning to safely balance on your hands, have fun while challenging yourself and gain access to your own inner strength. The magic of the arm balance is demystified and made approachable so that every practitioner who is not afraid to put in the work can feel the beauty of flight. When done correctly arm balances can build self-esteem, increase energy flow and heal old injuries. Every student will leave with proven techniques to safely build the structural support necessary for stability in all strength based postures.

Sunday, February 26
8 AM - 10 AM Mysore
12 - 2 PM: The Spiritual Journey of Asana
Yoga is a daily practice that demands our full devotion before we can begin to even scratch the surface of its deeper meaning as a lifelong spiritual path. Kino leads you through a discussion of key elements of the sacred, foundational text of yoga, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Rather than a historical account Kino integrates yoga philosophy with daily asana practice and modern life. Written more than 2,000 years ago the teaching of Patanjali is composed of 195 Sutras organized in four books and holds the essence of the eight-limbed path of Asthanga Yoga. By exploring the basis of physical yoga postures and methodology for spiritual learning in the Yoga Sutras you will delve deeper into the process of self-realization, the true intention of all hatha yoga.

ENTIRE WORKSHOP by January 5: $150; $170 thereafter. For more information and registration contact

Workshop Cancellation Policy/Refunds:
All cancellations must be made 10 days prior to the start of the workshop. Refunds will be given in the form of studio credit only (less a $15 processing fee). No credits will be given within 10 days of the start of workshop.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Beginner Yoga at The Yoga Shala in Winter Park, Florida (in the Orlando area)

The Yoga Shala's 2012 Four Week Beginner Yoga Course dates are up! Be sure to register for your spot today!

Four Week Beginning Yoga Course
This four week beginner Yoga course is designed for students with little or no yoga experience. Students are introduced to Ashtanga yoga in a slow, safe and comprehensive manner. This beginner Yoga course is progressive, in order that each class will allow students to build from the previous. At the end this course, students will be equipped with the knowledge of the history of the Ashtanga Yoga method, a physical foundation of the sun salutations, standing postures and breath work required to advance in the Ashtanga practice, and the self-assurance to enter into the Mysore program. All classes are held at our Orlando Yoga Shala location. This course requires pre-registration, call 407-506-4626 for more information.

Beginner Course Dates - You must call to register

January 2-27

January 30 - February 24

February 27 - March 23

March 26 - April 20

April 23 - May 18

May 21 - June 15

June 18 - July 13

Please select the course time and dates you wish to enroll. You may come five days per week during the month beginner course (unless you register for the evening class, which is four nights per week); please keep in mind that it is most ideal to come four-five days per week but please be sure you can come at least three days per week in order to receive maximum benefit from the program.

Beginner Course Timings






Call Shanna 407-506-7735 or Krista 407-506-4626 to Register

The Yoga Shala is located at 927 North Pennsylvania Avenue, in the heart of downtown Winter Park, Florida. We are the only authentic Ashtanga Yoga School in Central Florida and we feel very honored to share this yoga practice with you. Ashtanga Yoga is suitable for everyone! Regardless of your fitness level, age, strength, or flexibility, we can help you achieve better physical and mental health one yoga practice at a time. Call us today.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Thanksgiving yoga with the family :)

Photos of The Yoga Shala's Second Anniversary

On October 12, 2011 The Yoga Shala celebrated its 2nd Anniversary! We are so grateful to be part of the Orlando, Florida landscape. A big thank you to all the students who have supported our humble little Ashtanga Yoga School.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

2012 - Make it the best it can be!

A Secret Scrolls message from Rhonda Byrne
Creator of The Secret and The Power

You can make 2012 the best year of your life! And you can do it very easily, right now.

All you have to do is set the most powerful intention you can ever set in your life, which is that you will focus only on what you want, think only about what you want, and talk only about what you want. Decide right now that anytime you find yourself thinking or talking about what you don't want, you will stop and demand of yourself, "What is it that I want?" And with all your might, with all your strength, with all your willpower - you will focus on what you want!

This one intention, repeated daily until the New Year and reinforced through 2012, will ensure that you make 2012 the year that your dreams came true, and the greatest year of your life!

May the joy be with you,

Rhonda Byrne
The Secret... bringing joy to billions

Saturday, December 10, 2011

New Year's Day Celebration at The Yoga Shala

Join us on New Year's Day for a traditional Ashtanga Yoga practice. Best way you can start the year.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Yoga for Cancer Patients

As hospitals continue to become more specialized their patients generally have multiple physicians in an fast paced hospital environment. Many of these patients find the opportunity to slow down a welcomed one. Because patients find that they often need a period of relaxation and peace of mind yoga is quickly becoming a major option for complementary treatment therapy for cancer patients.

New studies show that not only is yoga a great exercise and great way to stay in shape, but also a great tool in calming the nervous system. Combining different poses and breathing techniques as well as meditation, yoga is used to relieve symptoms of patients suffering from diseases like leukemia and mesothelioma. While yoga is not a cure for cancer the stretching and breathing techniques involved are serious aids that help improve issues with sleep and reduce the dependency on sedatives as well as relieve muscle pains associated with cancer.

Exploring the basic characteristics of a body under attack by cancer, it’s easy to see where yoga can aid in cancer treatments. While a cancerous body is highly acidic, lacks oxygen, contains a plethora of toxic substances, and has low immunity yoga can be used in the reduce many of these symptoms.

Yoga is particularly useful for removing harmful bodily acids using particular poses that stretch muscles, release lactic acids. The practice of yoga is also able to minimize acid flow working the vagus nerve. Furthermore stretching muscles through the use of Asanas aids the permeation of acids through the skin and the release of acid by process through the kidneys. These processes cause a patient’s heart rate and metabolism to increase and push the body to allow re-oxygenation through heavy breathing.

Oftentimes a major contribution that causes cancer is an extreme deficiency in the immune system. Many yoga poses that twist and compress organs are helpful in fighting cancer because they rejuvenate organs by stimulating the digestive system. This allows vitamins and nutrients to be carried throughout the entire body.

- Article by Trevor Bradshaw

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Krista Shirley weekend workshop at White Orchid in Tampa December 3-4th

A very big thank you to the White Orchid Yoga family. I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend in Tampa and look forward to returning to work with the yogi's out in Clearwater and Tampa!

Friday, December 02, 2011

Sunday Workshop in Ormond Beach, Florida

On Sunday, December 11, 2011 Om Away From Home is excited and very proud to bring the first authorized Ashtanga teacher to the area. Krista Shirley is the real deal, spending months in Mysore, India every year for the past 7 years honing her practice to share with everyone. She is one of the select few who has been authorized to teach this pure tradional method, the only one in all of Central and Northern Florida. A true Ashtangi. This workshop will consist of two parts. Fully led primary series from 10am-12pm, from 1pm-4pm the workshop will concentrate on detailed instruction of the asanas in the primiary series and their meanting as well as their benefit. All are welcome to take just oen part of the workshop or the full day. Pricing for the workshop is $35 for the led primary series, $40 for the instruction, meaning and benefits session and $65 for the full workshop. For more information or questions call Om Away From Home at (386) 265-1966 or Debra (386) 585-0711. Class size is limited so early regristration will more guarantee your spot.