As per the latest COVID provincial guidelines, indoor group classes (low intensity included, ie. Yoga) are not permitted until further notice on April 19th 2021.
Online classes will resume!
Please send a message in advance to register your practice time.
Online classes are Pacific Standard time (PST)
The 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 name Sudanti comes from the Sanskrit word meaning elephant of the Northwest. Elephants are symbolic across all cultures and are known for their patience, wisdom, and strength both in the mind and body. The Shala is located in the Pacific Northwest of Canada and embodies all the characteristics of this majestic creature.
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
We value the teachings that have been passed down from the strong lineage of teachers in the Ashtanga method, both in Mysore, India and Vancouver, Canada. The pursuit of deepening our study and curiosity for the practice is supported by annual trips to study under the guidance of Sharath Jois and continuous sharing of knowledge with Fiona Stang (KPJAYI/SYC Authorized Level II)
Never underestimate the empoweringeffect of human connection...---Drishti Bablani
When we feel supported in our pursuit for health, healing and joy it can give rise to incredible things. We are dedicated to providing a safe space for each individual to have the opportunity to learn, exchange, and feel inspired from one another.
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 our Shala all practitioners, of any level, 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.
We would like to acknowledge that we are on the unceded traditional territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. We are grateful to the Lkwungen (Songhees) and Kwsepsum (Esquimalt) Nations for sharing their land with our growing yoga community.