Shala

Definition - What does Shala mean?

Shala is a Sanskrit word that means “house,” “abode,” “home” or certain other types of buildings. In the context of yoga, a shala is a yoga studio, or “house” of yoga. It's most often associated with the Ashtanga style of yoga.

A yoga shala is a place where the physical practice of yoga – asanas – is taught, but it also provides a nurturing and supportive environment for yogis to gather, share experiences and grow in their practice.

Yogapedia explains Shala

There are other types of shalas, as well. A dharmashala is a rest house for religious pilgrims, or a religious sanctuary. Constructed at pilgrimage sites, the dharmashala tradition is found in Hinduism, Jainism and Tibetan Buddhism. An atithishala is a guesthouse, typically at an ashram.

Shala is also a type of tree native to the Indian subcontinent that has religious significance. It was said that the tree was a favorite of Lord Vishnu and that the Buddha was born while his mother grasped a branch of the tree.

During These Times of Stress and Uncertainty Your Chakras May Be Blocked.

To help you bring attention to your chakras and to identify which of your chakras are causing you issues, we created the following quiz.

Try not to stress over every question, but simply answer based off your intuition. After all, you know yourself better than anyone else.

Share this: