About


the shala


Welcome to Monterey Yoga!

Monterey Yoga is directed by Adarsh Williams and Heleen Zondag-Williams. Adarsh is registered at the highest level in the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500) and was directly Authorized by Sri K Pattabhi Jois as a teacher of Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, India. (Authorized Level 1, 2004) (Authorized Level 2, 2009).

We are a traditional Ashtanga yoga studio with further offerings like Kids Yoga, Capoeira, Mindfulness and Mobility. Our programs are designed to empower students through their own personal practice. Ashtanga is deeply therapeutic and transformational. It is most potent when adapted to the individual body type and constitution (prakriti).

Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient system of Yoga that was taught by Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta. This text was imparted to Sri T. Krishnamacharya in the early 1900’s by his Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari, and was later passed down to Pattabhi Jois during the duration of his studies with Krishnamacharya, beginning in 1927.

The format of the practice always remains the same; one always begins practice with Surya Namaskar, concludes with Padmasana and rest, and the various asanas gradually fill the space between these two poles. Learning yoga in this traditional manner benefits the student on many levels. It is possible for one to gain independence and confidence in their sadhana (spiritual practice), as well, something truly becomes one’s own when they learn it by heart. It is through the daily practice of Ashtanga Yoga that we draw it into ourselves, understand it, and become proficient in its methods, thereby reaping its wide range of benefits. For this to be accomplished, a slow, dedicated and patient approach is best.

Our classes are precise, yet rigorous moving from posture to posture into a seamless blend of breath and movement (vinyasa). By conditioning the body and breath, the mind begins to settle into its natural state of equanimity. This is the process of yoga meditation, “chitta vritti nirodhaha”.

The practice is strong & inspirational. It is not easy. The reward is greater because of this.

Yoga requires grit and determination which it simultaneously builds in the practitioner. The mental strength garnered through physical practice grounds the meditative experience in the present moment. Physically, this sequence of “warrior yoga” builds strength, mobility, endurance and body awareness. The biggest takeaway is that by learning yoga correctly, you will always have a personal practice that can be performed at home, on the road, or here at the shala.

Our daily program consists of traditional Mysore & Led Classes. Mysore means you will be guided one-to-one within the group class. This class focuses on assisted self practice and hands on adjustments. Led Classes are group guided classes which present key techniques and the rhythm of the vinyasa practice.

In addition to daily group classes, we offer private yoga, mobility & bodywork by appointment.

Workshops & our Teacher Intensive are designed to present the full spectrum of yoga discourse and practice in an immersive environment.

COMMUNITY

  • It's not easy to find a traditional Ashtanga program and this studio is legit. My practice takes a leap forward and I feel welcome every time I visit this warm studio. Adarsh has helped me to personalize my practice and adapt to my limitations and has given me tons of practical tips to implement in my home practice. So happy I found the Monterey Yoga Shala!

    Ralph Turner

  • If you're looking for the real deal in yoga then Monterey Yoga is the place. Heleen and Adarsh help all levels whether you've dropped in for the first time or are a dedicated Ashtanga yogini. Great studio space in Monterery. Been doing yoga steadily for 17 years and I feel I'm finally learning to do it right. I highly recommend Monterey Yoga.

    Vivienne Riggio

  • My favorite yoga studio! This style of yoga is really awesome! Challenging and rewarding!!! Highly recommended!

    Slobodan Djukic

  • The Monterey Yoga Shala is a wonderful yoga studio! It's owners, Adarsh and Heleen, are outstanding yoga teachers who provide precise alignment cues that are modified for all levels! Their knowledge of anatomy, history, and philosophy is vast. You will learn something new in every class!

    Jodi Amaditz

  • "Adarsh has so much passion and experience to share. He is humble and real and makes you feel positive about your journey".

    Deb Sandweiss

  • "I continually look forward to my yoga practice time in this quiet and focused space. The teachers are authentic, highly knowledgeable and caring. What a nurturing way to build a stronger and more flexible body, step by step. Thank you Adarsh and Heleen for what you have created!”

    Marilet Pretorius

  • What I always take with me from Adarsh's class is the feeling of 'Yes I can do this'. The feeling I carry on knowing that every hardship can be tackled one yoga pose at the time. That is why I always come back to renew and re-energize myself.

    Angelynn Dang

  • The Monterey Yoga Shala was one of my greatest discoveries after moving to Monterey! The instructors are welcoming, inclusive, and very dedicated to helping yogis get the most out of their practice!

    Marc Elliott

  • My experience at the Monterey Yoga Shala was wonderful, eventful, and a memorable one. I've been practicing yoga for three years and taken several teacher training programs as well as workshops and conferences. The Ashtanga yoga teacher training program at the Shala is exceptional. The knowledge shared with the students was extensive. One of the best parts of the training is the facility. If you love yoga and find yourself on the Monterey Peninsula, stop by the Shala for a class. The kindness of Adarsh, Heleen, the instructors as well as the clientele are unparalleled.

    Kathryn Henderson

  • Thank you for the excellent experience you've given Mina. She has truly benefitted from yoga, she is a more happy and peaceful girl after class. Thank you!

    Nicole Jyh

  • It's nice to be confident that my teacher (Adarsh) knows what he's talking about. I learned so many useful tools and especially like his mobility stuff.

    Elizabeth Mathisen

  • The Monterey Yoga Shala is amazing! A very talented staff and great community of yogis.

    Leslie Wukstich

  • Ralph Turner
  • Vivienne Riggio
  • Slobodan Djukic
  • Jodi Amaditz
  • Deb Sandweiss
  • Marilet Pretorius
  • Angelynn Dang
  • Marc Elliott
  • Kathryn Henderson
  • Nicole Jyh
  • Elizabeth Mathisen
  • Leslie Wukstich