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There are lots of chances to practice together each week. We have regular practices at SHALA on East Short Street in Lexington and frequent pop-up in beautiful outdoor spaces. EVERYBODY is welcome and the best way to stay in-the-know is to sign up for emails.

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a few thoughts about yoga...

to help you find ease

We come to yoga for many reasons, to improve balance, strength and flexibility, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, or lose weight. And all of those things will happen. 

Sometimes people are hesitant about yoga because they aren't sure exactly what to expect or what is expected of them. Often people say to me, "I’m not flexible enough to do yoga."  Good news: yoga isn't a competitive sport; there are no tournaments or races; there is no gold medal. 

So you can let go of the idea that you have to look or be any certain way. I know yoga can be intimidating. When you make your goal this fixed idea of the ultimate pose with in an idealized form and you decide there is a way it should look, it is really stressful. Then this practice you do to reduce stress, increase flexibility, etc. just creates more stress. 

But if, instead of making the way a pose looks the goal, you make feeling good the goal, healing will start to happen in your body.

And then your life. One of my teachers and the founder of Strala, Tara Stiles says, “We practice yoga not to get good at yoga but to get good at being ourselves.” This notion is what drew me to this particular practice of natural movement combined with yoga forms. 

I like the idea of feeling good while I do anything. And if that sounds a little daunting. Don’t worry. All you have to do is practice slowing down, breathing deeply and feeling.

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  • Friday Morning Yoga: Special Price
    Friday Morning Yoga: Special Price
    Fri, May 24
    SHALA
    May 24, 2024, 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    SHALA, 333 E Short St, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    May 24, 2024, 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    SHALA, 333 E Short St, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    Practices at 7:30 + 8:30. And we are offering your first 3 Fridays at a greatly reduced price!
  • Spring Yoga Series
    Spring Yoga Series
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, May 28
    SHALA Yoga Lexington
    May 28, 2024, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SHALA Yoga Lexington, 333 E Short St, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    May 28, 2024, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SHALA Yoga Lexington, 333 E Short St, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    Spring 6-Week STRONG | RELAX + HEAL Yoga Series at SHALA
  • May SHALA Unbound + The Lexington Writer's Room Book Club
    May SHALA Unbound + The Lexington Writer's Room Book Club
    Wed, May 29
    Lexington Writer's Room
    May 29, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Lexington Writer's Room, 343 E High St #1, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    May 29, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Lexington Writer's Room, 343 E High St #1, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    This month we are reading Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher
  • Friday Morning Yoga with Colleen
    Friday Morning Yoga with Colleen
    Fri, May 31
    SHALA
    May 31, 2024, 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    SHALA, 333 E Short St, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    May 31, 2024, 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    SHALA, 333 E Short St, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    Practices at 7:30 + 8:30. And we are offering your first 3 Fridays at a greatly reduced price!
  • Friday Morning Yoga  X2
    Friday Morning Yoga  X2
    Fri, Jun 07
    SHALA
    Jun 07, 2024, 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    SHALA, 333 E Short St, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    Jun 07, 2024, 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    SHALA, 333 E Short St, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    Practices at 7:30 + 8:30. And we are offering your first 3 Fridays at a greatly reduced price!
  • First Week of Yoga at Ashland  Summer Series
    First Week of Yoga at Ashland  Summer Series
    Sun, Jun 16
    Ashland - The Henry Clay Estate
    Jun 16, 2024, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Ashland - The Henry Clay Estate, 120 Sycamore Rd, Lexington, KY 40502, USA
    Jun 16, 2024, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Ashland - The Henry Clay Estate, 120 Sycamore Rd, Lexington, KY 40502, USA
    Find Ease under the trees
  • Yoga Nidra + Sound Bathing for Summer
    Yoga Nidra + Sound Bathing for Summer
    Thu, Jun 20
    SHALA
    Jun 20, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    SHALA , 333 E Short St, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    Jun 20, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    SHALA , 333 E Short St, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    Join Lissa Sims for a guided meditation and singing bowls to help you move from spring to summer, from the season of renewal to the season of bounty.
  • Reiki for Yoga Teachers: Learn to Hold Powerful Energetic Space for Maximum Impact
    Reiki for Yoga Teachers: Learn to Hold Powerful Energetic Space for Maximum Impact
    Sat, Jul 13
    SHALA
    Jul 13, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    SHALA, 333 E Short St, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    Jul 13, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    SHALA, 333 E Short St, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    Learn the art of crafting transformational spaces where your students can feel safe, supported, and empowered to heal themselves from the inside out through their practice
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