The Shala

The Shala was one of the capital’s first dedicated yoga centres and it has a long-standing reputation for offering high quality authentic yoga. Set up in 1997 by Californian-turned-Londoner Gingi Lee, the centre moved from Clapham in 2014 and expanded into a newly refurbished Victorian warehouse in West Norwood. The beautiful purpose-built centre has the luxuries of a big yoga centre (showers, under floor heating, wooden floors), whilst retaining the charm and character of a small independent studio. In the middle of a South London urban neighbourhood, the Shala is a welcoming oasis away from the everyday hustle.

A sanctuary for self-nurture, growth and healing, the Shala is known for exceptional teaching. For nearly 20-years, their focus has been on enhancing wellbeing through yoga, Pilates, mind- body workshops and complimentary therapies. They have a team of immensely talented and experienced teachers, all of whom share a deep love and respect for the practices and a passion for sharing their knowledge. The schedule of 45+ classes a week offers a range of yoga styles from Ashtanga to dharma, vinyasa ow and yin, in addition to Pilates classes, mindfulness and breath work classes and a variety of other workshops. Additionally, there are specialised classes for pregnant women, mums and babies, classes for teenagers and children and daily Mysore practice for committed Ashtangis.

The majority of newcomers to the Shala start with the introductory o er, which allows access to all regular classes in the first month for just £45. Included in this o er is the option to bene t from a half price massage or therapy.

One student says of her experience of The Shala “The teachers are wonderful, so supportive and positive, accepting of all of our different ‘places’ and directions of travel. It’s such a commendable achievement to have set up a place where this is possible – for everyone. I feel like finally I am myself again, it’s such a powerful thing!” BK

1 Chestnut Rd West Norwood London SE27 9EZ 020 8670 7711 [email protected]
Photos By Richard Pilnick