As per the latest provincial Public Health Order (PHO), indoor low intensity group exercise are permitted (ie. Yoga). Low intensity group exercise does not cause a sustained and accelerated rate of breathing.
Virtual Livestream classes (PST) will occur simultaneously
with in-person group classes.
New practitioners are welcome!
Please send a message in advance to register your practice time.
The practice and its ability to be a powerful healing tool takes time and patience---Sharmila Desai
The Ashtanga practice has the ability to be a powerful healing tool for both the mind and body. The teaching approach at the Shala is focused on different aspects of healing so each individual can build and experience a yoga practice that is sustainable to meet their needs in each chapter of life as well as in their journey with the practice.
Teachers have three loves: the love of learning, the love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together---Scott Hayden
The yoga Shala honours the lineage and teachings rooted in Mysore, India and Vancouver, Canada. My pursuits to deepen my study and satisfy my curiosity for the practice is never ending. Both are supported by annual trips to India and by continually sharing knowledge with Fiona Stang (KPJAYI/SYC Authorized Level II). The teachings offered here are influenced by both tradition and by the evolution of the practice.
Never underestimate the empowering effect of human connection...---Drishti Bablani
When we feel supported in our pursuit for health, healing and joy it can give rise to incredible things. I am dedicated to providing a safe space for each individual to have the opportunity to learn, exchange, and feel inspired from one another. All cultures and life experiences are welcomed here.
All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today---Ancient Proverb
Every individual has their own unique yoga journey and at the Shala all practitioners, of any level and at any stage in life, are always welcomed. When we are able to show up consistently and meet ourselves on our mat we are nurturing seeds of awareness and possibility. When we are able to be the change we aspire to be we inevitably inspire others along the way.
The yoga Shala is a sacred space that is welcome to everyone at any point in their yoga journey. The space embraces both individuals and families from all cultures and is dedicated to ensuring the Ashtanga practice is accessible to communities of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
The yoga Shala is located in the Pacific Northwest of Canada, in the beautiful city of Victoria, British Columbia. Victoria is located on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island and is accessible by air (Victoria International Airport, YYJ) or by ferry (BC Ferries).
Nestled within Hillside-Quadra village, the yoga Shala is easily accessible by public transit, bicycle, or car.
Free parking is located at the rear building parking lot (entrance off of Wark Street). There is also free 1 Hour parking along Wark Street.
Secure and undercover bicycle parking is located beside the rear building entrance via the parking lot.
Enter from the front lower level building entrance (facing Hillside Avenue) or by the rear parking lot entrance (via Wark Street).
The yoga Shala is on the 2nd floor, accessible by elevator or by the rear stairwell.
I would like to acknowledge that we are on the unceded traditional territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. I am grateful to the Lkwungen (Songhees) and Kwsepsum (Esquimalt) Nations for sharing their land with our growing yoga community.