our virtual shala
- Book as usual through our schedule page any time before the class starts
- Download the latest version of ZOOM
- Click on the meeting ZOOM link to join the class – you will receive this by email at least 30 minutes before the class
- You will be taken in to the “Waiting Room” and will be let in to the class a couple of minutes before the start time
If you do not receive the email link, please check your spam for an email from email@example.com. Any issues you can also try emailing the Admin Team.
thank you for your patience & support!
Please note that we appreciate your patience with any technical hitches that may occur. Our teachers are as you can imagine, relatively new to live streaming classes so please be supportive of our teachers and small team who are doing their best to continue to offer classes in this new format. Please also bear in mind that teachers occasionally lose connection their end. We are open to all suggestions/ ideas and feedback while we all find our way in this new virtual world. Thank you for your support.
new student advice
We have students of all ages and all walks of life and we strive to make the Shala a safe, nurturing and positive space for everyone who visits. We are a small independent centre, owned, run and staffed by yogis and our mission is to facilitate physical, emotional and spiritual well-being through mind-body practices. One of our priorities has always been to make the Shala a personal, rather than an anonymous, experience. Our class numbers are small relative to commercial centres, and there is a genuine sense of community that has always blossomed in our space. Find out more here about the styles of classes we offer, the benefits of yoga and the Shala ethos.
registering & booking
We welcome new students to stop by and see our space, have a chat and get advice about our classes, workshops, courses and teacher training. It is best to come when classes are not in progress; either 15 minutes before a class or during the week days when we are sometimes at the centre keeping up with admin. Please buzz the Shala intercom (to the right of the door) and come up if you are passing or better still email before visiting to check someone is at the centre. Alternatively if you would like to get some advice by email or phone please get in touch.
We request that all classes are booked and paid for before you come for a class. Our website is fully responsive so you can easily book from your mobile phone – even on your way to the studio! We prefer not to have drop in visitors because we require a complete list of everyone coming in to the building for health and safety reasons and also for studio allocation. If you are having issues with our booking system please let us know and we can book a class for you or help with technical hitches. Our front of house area functions more as a hang-out lounge area than a formal reception with most administrative matters being dealt with online or by email.
If you have an account query, please log in to your Shala account where you can track your schedule, visit history, purchases and account details. If you are unable to resolve it online, please email us.
We have a waiting list for up to five people per class; classes can get fully booked during peak times but it is unusual for someone not to get a place in the class they would like. If a class is full, add your name to the wait list and an email or text will be sent to you if a space comes free (and you are opted in for notifications on our system); if you are then unable to attend, email us and we will cancel your booking (our 6-hour cancellation policy does not apply to the wait list) or respond to the text to say whether you would like the place or not. We also have text message notifications so if you would like to opt in for those just let us know.
Please note our cancellation window is 6 hours for classes. For workshops, the cancellation window is 72 hours (sometimes longer) please check the terms and conditions on the relevant workshop page. While we do fully appreciate that late cancellations often happen for reasons beyond your control – illness, weather, British Rail (!), childcare, family or other valid reasons – it is impossible for us to administrate and arbitrate late cancellations or to reallocate spaces, so all late cancellations are automatically charged without exception – thank you for understanding. If you have missed the cancellation deadline, please still “late cancel” so that the teacher knows not to expect you. Note that we do not accept cancellations by phone or email; all cancellations must be made via your online account.
finding the shala
The front of our building is marked by our vibrant pink and orange banners on Norwood Road, but our entrance is round the corner at 1 Chestnut Road – look for our orange street sign and the single door on the left of the Harry Day Mews building (pictured left). When you book a class you will receive a confirmation email with essential access information. If for any reason you so not have this, please buzz our intercom to the right of the door. Come up to the third (top) floor. Please note that there is no lift in the building so if you have any mobility issues please ring us to discuss. The centre opens 15 minutes before scheduled classes (ie 6 or 6.15pm in the evenings).
For a location map and information on transport, please see our contact page.
arriving at the shala
When you arrive, please check with a member of staff. If it is your first visit, please contact our team before your first class so that we can show you around virtually or answer questions and ensure you feel welcome.
Please NOTE: we do not always have someone at the front desk, but your teacher will be always be able to assist should you need an orientation or help.
- avoid strong caffeine and heavy food at least 2 hours before a flow or dynamic oga class
- make sure you are well hydrated and that you rehydrate after class
- wear yoga/sports clothing and bring a small towel if you sweat
- bring your own yoga mat; if you don’t have a mat please see below for more on borrowing a studio mat and cleaning it after use
- rest from flow or dynamic yoga is recommended for women in the heaviest days of their menstrual cycle; if you do wish to practice, you should avoid inverted postures (shoulderstand, headstand etc)
- serious medical conditions or injuries should be discussed with us before booking
- minor medical condition or injuries should be discussed with your teacher before the class, please come 10 minutes early to your first class
- please leave large bags in the changing rooms but take valuables in to the studio with you
- the Shala does not accept liability for theft or damage to personal possessions at the centre
new student offer
For new students to the Shala, we have introductory passes (in studio or Virtual). We encourage you to try a number of classes and find the classes and teachers that suit you best. We also encourage you to establish a regular practice so you can feel the amazing benefits of yoga in a short space of time.
All pricing options can be viewed here. All purchases including intro offer passes, memberships and workshops are non-refundable and series expiration dates are firm.
choosing a class
We have a range of yoga classes to suit your mood, energy levels and abilities. Our teachers do their best to accommodate various abilities but we recommend trying out a beginners class first unless you have some experience of yoga. The level of the class does vary from teacher to teacher. Each teacher brings their own style to the class so to learn more about a specific class, check the teacher’s biography.
gentle yin and restorative classes focused on relaxation and releasing tension
flowing vinyasa based practices rooted in Ashtanga or Vinyasa flow. Suitable for beginners.
flowing vinyasa based practices rooted in Ashtanga or Vinyasa flow.
a flowing rhythmic practice with a strong focus on the breath and movement as a form of meditation.
a memorised sequence of postures where you work at your own pace and receive one-on-one tuition and hands-on adjustments
a class to support, inform and empower women through pregnancy.
We offer a diverse and exciting range of weekend workshops and courses. These sessions allow us an invaluable opportunity to go deeper into various yoga and mindbody practices. Our regular monthly workshops include:
three deliciously indulgent hours of relaxation and introspection
where we can experience healing and transformation through sound
an exhilarating and relaxing experiential aerial journey, where you will be guided through the foundations of aerial yoga.
a unique form of therapeutic bodywork which reorganises the mechanics of the body
an opportunity to explore techniques to master inversions
midwife-led hypnobirthing course giving you & your birthing partner the techniques to remain calm, alert and in control during childbirth
200 hour, 300-hour accredited yoga teacher training, run by the Shala School of Yoga
teacher trainings & cpds
Our affiliate organisation, the Shala School of Yoga runs a 200-hour (level 1), and 300- hour) yoga teacher training programme alongside numerous shorter courses and CPDs. The school brings together some of the UK’s most well respected and inspirational teachers with a commitment to high quality educational trainings. Courses are either HYBRID (in studio and livestream), VIRTUAL (livestream only) or IN STUDIO (in studio only) or BLENDED with any combination of the above!
- Reception/lounge area
- Mysore studio – capacity 25 mats
- Hampi studio – capacity 26 mats
- Pushkar studio – capacity 12 mats
- Changing room – gender neutral
- Toilets x 3 – gender neutral
- Showers x 2 (please note we do NOT provide towels &/or shower toiletries)
- Props: bolsters, blankets, blocks, bricks, straps, sand bags, aerial hammocks, eye bags
Help yourself to free filtered water and hot water! If you fancy a cuppa, teas are by donation (please leave a donation in the honesty jar).
If you would like a coffee (£2), please ask a member of staff (or a barista-trained student!) to make it for you.
*PLEASE NOTE USE OF OUR MATS IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED DUE TO OUR EFFORTS TO ENSURE A COVID-SAFER STUDIO*
It is common for people to sweat in our yoga classes and so for hygiene reasons, we request that you bring your own mat or yoga towel. Studio mats are available to borrow from racks in the hallway ONLY if you have a yoga towel to put over it. The only exception to this rule is for new students on an introductory pass, who may borrow a mat during their first month at the Shala. If you do borrow a studio mat, please always clean it after use (there are sprays and wipes to do this) and leave on the rail in the hallway to dry.
We have lightweight yoga mats and yoga towels (£25 each) for sale; if you wish to purchase one just ask a member of staff.