Our instructors are knowledgeable, experienced, and kind.
Adarsh Williams teaches a contemplative style of yoga that embraces both modern innovation and traditional wisdom. Since 1995, Adarsh has been engaged in the field of natural healing and has received certifications in therapeutic massage and active isolated stretching. He continues as a student of Ashtanga Yoga and it’s sister sciences of Sanskrit, Ayurveda, and Bhakti. Adarsh has continuously traveled to Asia since 2001 for study and pilgrimage and has received teaching Authorization by his late Guruji Shri. K Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. Adarsh directs the Monterey Yoga Shala in Monterey, CA specializing in progressive instruction for beginner through advanced levels.
Through in depth study of human anatomy and physiology and formal training as a massage therapist, Adarsh is highly regarded for his sensitive yet deep adjusting style. He has experience working with a wide variety of students of diverse abilities, ages, and backgrounds. With a deeply held belief that anyone can develop a personal yoga practice, Adarsh is an energetic teacher who infuses his enthusiasm for practice and hard work in his students.
THE TEACHER’S TEACHER
ASHTANGA YOGA LEVEL 1 & 2 AUTHORIZED TEACHER
Heleen started practicing yoga in 1992 during college in the Netherlands. For 8 years she practiced Sivananda Yoga and eventually completed the TT (teacher training) at the ashram in upstate New York. Shortly after, Heleen moved to London to pursue life as a yoga teacher, which in turn led her to a position of General Manager at one of London’s best known dance and holistic centres.
During this time, she studied Ashtanga Yoga with Liz Lark and John Scott. John inspired her to go to Mysore and study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. After meeting Guruji on his world tour in 2001 she traveled to India the following year to study at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute and returned there every year until she became pregnant with her first child in 2007. Heleen is now the mother of two children, Evan and Maya, teaches Yoga and is co-owner of the Monterey Yoga Shala in California. Heleen has also created a Kids Yoga curriculum for Kids in schools that is being taught at elementary and middle schools around the Monterey Peninsula.
THE INSPIRING ENERGY
Amy has been practicing and teaching yoga since discovering Ashtanga in 1999 and completing her first teacher training with Larry Schultz at It’s Yoga, San Francisco. She has practiced and taught up and down the California coast, sharing her love of the practice with people of all ages, abilities and intentions. Amy and her family happily settled on the Monterey Peninsula in 2009, where she found her teachers, Adarsh and Heleen Williams, and the wonderful community of yogis at Monterey Yoga Shala. Her experience as a social worker over the years has allowed her to integrate yoga into her work supporting adults with developmental, physical, neurological and cognitive challenges. Her experience as a mom inspired her to teach yoga to kids of all ages and abilities. Yoga is for everyone.
Always a student first, Amy’s daily practice not only informs her teaching, but supports, inspires and helps maintain a balance in her life off the mat. Yoga is a personal journey- what it truly is cannot be seen. Through the Ashtanga Vinyasa system, we learn to listen and connect with ourselves on a deeper level, and this gradually becomes an integral part of who we are and how we perceive and process the challenges and successes of every day life. Amy’s classes strive to offer an accessible and compassionate guide into this system, allowing students the space to find and connect with their own breath, their own practice, and their own unique way of being in the world.
THE FLYING YOGINI
Easy Does It
Angeles Moreno is a Yoga Inspired Artist and yoga practitioner since 2006. In 2008 she completed (RYT) the YTT Program at The College of Yoga at Mount Madonna Institute and started teaching at the Downtown Yoga Shala in San Jose, CA where her Yoga Inspired Art is on permanent exhibition.
In 2012 she completed the Bheemashakti Yoga Intensive at Ginseng Yoga, San Diego and, in 2013 she started practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Mysore style with Adarsh & Heleen Williams. She completed the Primary Series teacher training with Tim Miller at the Ashtanga Yoga Center in Encinitas, California.
All of the studio’s marketing materials, including our website have been designed by Angeles and you will find her beautiful art in our reception at the studio.
THE CREATIVE ENERGY
Yoga Inspired Art
WITH PRACTICE, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
THE MYSORE FORMAT
LEARN IT BY HEART
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.
THE BIGGEST TAKEAWAY
A PERSONAL PRACTICE
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.
831 264 3699
Cypress Plaza Center
724 Abrego Street, Suite F
Monterey, CA 93940