new to the shala

Welcome to the Shala! Here are some things to know before attending class. 

  • Our studio leans toward Ashtanga-style teaching, which means hands-on assists may be offered. If you would prefer not to be physically adjusted, please inform the teacher every time you attend class. If you are unfamiliar with the Ashtanga method, please see "Ashtanga At the Shala" under the "About Us" tab.
  • If you have any injuries or are working with specific physical conditions, be sure to let the teacher know. 
  • When you arrive at the studio, please print your name clearly on the sign-in sheet. If taking class in Union Square, check in with the front desk. If taking class in Fort Greene, check in with the teacher. 
  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes before class. If you are late, please sit quietly near the door until the teacher is done giving the opening chant/prayer/meditation/dharma talk. 
  • Please be respectful of the practice space, our teachers, and your fellow practitioners. Make sure to silence your cell phone at the beginning of class, and to clean up your practice space at the end of class (please do not leave any props, tissues, water bottles, towels, etc. behind).
  • When we gather together at the Shala, we strive to observe all eight limbs of the eight-limbed path. The first two limbs, yama and niyama, are meant to be applied socially and personally in everyday life and in formal practice. Please consider how you might implement these yamas and niyamas during your time here.
  • Yama
  • Ahimsa: Non-harming
  • Satya: Honesty
  • Asteya: Non-stealing
  • Brahmacharya: Intelligent use of sexual energy
  • Aparigraha: Non-grasping
  • Niyama
  • Santosha: Contentment
  • Saucha: Cleanliness
  • Tapas: Discipline
  • Svadhyaya: Self-study
  • Ishvarapranidhana: Offering our efforts to something greater