ABOUT US

“Do Your Practice and All is Coming” ―Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois

THE SHALA

WELCOME TO MONTEREY YOGA!

Monterey Yoga Shala was founded by Adarsh and Heleen Williams, who brought the Ashtanga lineage to the Bay Area and the Monterey Peninsula in 2004. Adarsh was directly Authorized by Sri k Pattabhi Jois as a Level 1 and 2 teacher of the Ashtanga method. Adarsh and Heleen now teach globally, and return to their home shala several times a year for our teacher intensives. The shala was passed on to their long-time student and teacher, Amy Wright, who now directs and oversees our amazing community of dedicated students and teachers.

ASHTANGA YOGA

THERAPEUTIC & TRANSFORMATIONAL

Ashtanga refers to the eight limbs (Ashta=8 Anga= limbs) of the classical yoga system as systemized and taught by the sage Patanjali in his text, the Yoga Sutras. The 8 limbs include Yama (restraints), Niyama (observances), Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath control), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (spriritual awakening).

Ashtanga Vinyasa is a physical and progressive series of postures practice that challenges us physically, teaching us about our inner selves along the way. Ashtanga is “99% practice, and 1% theory”, meaning it is the practice itself that shows us the way, regardless of what we may have previously read, understood, believed, or perceived.

THE PRACTICE

STRONG & INSPIRATIONAL

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”.

YOGA IS FOR EVERYONE

MONTEREY YOGA IS ON THE LIST OF TOP 10 ASHTANGA YOGA STUDIOS IN THE USA!