Shala is a word in Sanskrit meaning ‘home’. A yoga shala, is a home where yoga is shared and experienced
We're offering you a simple space to develop a sincere Yoga practice. Our shala really is just one room, it's open + light with lot's of plants and quality mats + props. Classes are small in size so that we can create a more personal environment, we want you to feel your best after your practice!
We are Mark and Jessica, practitioners and students of Yoga! Husband, wife and Yoga teachers! We met in India in 2016 and have been together ever since. We strive to live by the values of simplicity, sustainability, spiritual awareness, service and community. We decided to open Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Shala out of the desire to be together, to work together and to have more balance in our daily lives; to maintain a healthy daily Yoga practice and routine
''PRACTICE AND ALL IS COMING''
- Sri K Pattabhi Jois
At Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Shala we aspire to keep our classes non-dogmatic and traditional. Based on the teachings of Krishnamacharya (the father of modern day Yoga) we aspire to teach what is appropriate for the individual. We prefer to stick to relatively small groups (max. 12 students per class) as we believe students deserve personal attention in order to establish a solid foundation upon which to build up on. Personal attention is something which is difficult to give in larger groups and we want everyone to get it! Our mission is to provide a comfortable environment in which to give you the tools to create an effective and lasting approach to improvement and maintenance of the mind and body
We truly love and believe in the Ashtanga Yoga practice. We teach it with respect to the teachings and tradition as well as with respect to the physical body, mindset and capabilities of the student. We believe a healthy asana practice is a balance between flexibility, alignment and strength, your asana practice should make your mind clear and stable. The traditional way of practicing Ashtanga Yoga is six days a week in a class setting called 'Mysore Style' This gives you the chance to practice the sequence at your own pace, with the assistance and guidance of a teacher who can help each student individually. Our Mysore program (led by Mark) is small, light and intimate. We offer the full primary series led on Sundays at 09.30, usually followed with enough time for discussion and tea! Our other led classes (taught by Jessica and some of our students) are intended to familiarize you with the sequence and the basics of the practice. You'll find Yoga Nidra and other classes on our schedule too!
owner & founder
E-RYT 500, YACEP
With Israel - Ukraine roots and based in Amsterdam since 2017, Mark is a true teacher and philosopher at heart who wholeheartedly believes in all his students. Mark has the skills and knowledge essential for the correct and professional instruction of yoga asana, pranayama, meditation and philosophy. He has a rich experience in the yoga practice itself and in the teachings of Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa (Flow) and the Ashtanga primary and intermediate series. Besides studying Yoga for several years, Mark completed his BA in Philosophy
Mark teaches Ashtanga Mysore Monday - Friday at 06.00 - 10.00 and Ashtanga Full Primary Sunday at 09.30 - 11.00
owner & founder
Kenyan - Swiss background, originally from Diani Beach, Kenya and based in Amsterdam since 2011. Yoga and spirituality has been a theme throughout my childhood and naturally I found my way back to the Yoga practice upon moving to The Netherlands. I teach from my own experience and I consider my daily practice to be one of my greatest teachers. My classes reflect largely upon discipline, understanding, and balance; themes that have run constant in my life, as well as my practice. Yoga is the ability to direct the mind without distraction, I find that the easiest way for me to do that is to connect to my body. Certifications & Trainings
New to Ashtanga Yoga
Menstrual Cycle Consultations
Assisting, Mysore room
over-friendly studio host
Sweet little miss Perla was found abandoned by her previous owners in Lithuania, we believe just shortly after the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Abandoning your pet and leaving it out to die is the absolute worst thing you can do! Thankfully Perla was found and rescued. Now, she's responsible for welcoming students into the shala and ensuring everyone leaves with a smile!
Ramune and Julija from Rescue Dogs and Cats NL are doing a great job working in collaboration with animal shelters in Lithuania, helping to adopt and rehome rescue dogs and cats to The Netherlands and allowing them to experience the love, kindness and safety that they deserve!
Belly Rubs Receivable
You can get to know the other teachers on Eversports,
a photo and short description is provided under the class they are teaching
''GRATITUDE IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF YOGA''
- YOGI BHAJAN
We are grateful for our family and friends. To our teachers in The Netherlands, Israel and India. Thank you for your support and for believing in us!
A big thank you to Yogi Kamal Singh, and his team (Sunil Sharma, Deepak Nautiyal and co.) at Tattvaa Yoga Shala Rishikesh (where it all began) and to Montserrat G. Mukherjee, and her team at The Yoga Therapy Institute Amstelveen (where it all came together)
Thank you to Claudia Pradella, Eva Ugolini, Lidewij Severins and Ingrid Notten from Delight Yoga; Maya Gross from Ashtanga Yoga Tel Aviv; Satver Rana and his wife, Om Yoga Academy Rishikesh; Swami Sudhir Anand, Shiva Yoga Peeth; and Giyangiri, Mountain Yoga Beijing; thank you Gibran Gonzales Madrid, Mauricio Victorica and Lucia Andrade. Thank you to all our teachers for your guidance and support.
Without our students we wouldn’t be teaching! Thank you for making it possible, for your interest, efforts, dedication and presence in our classes!
We are so grateful for and to the teachers who have shared their knowledge at our shala, thank you for your dedication, enthusiasm, hard work and energy!
An immense amount of love and gratitude to all ♡