Yoga Teacher Training

Matthew and Holly have over 50 years combined experience as practitioners of the principles and techniques of the Yoga Tradition, as well as grappling with the texts attributed to Yoga. In addition, they have 36 years combined experience in developing teachers. For Matt and Holly, it is not a business, it is a lifestyle of health, wholeness and possible freedom from suffering into authentic relationship with reality.

 As a result, they’ve evolved a program that is equaled by none: there is a difference between training someone to be a teacher, and training someone to be an instructor. We Train Whole Teachers.

For Our 200RYT, 500RYT, Internationally Accredited Professional Yoga Therapy, and Professional CYS Trainer of Teachers Programs



The Shala

Shala translates as school in sanskrit. 

Circle Yoga Shala is a School for Yoga, Creative Movement, and Self-Inquiry in Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains. We are an internationally accredited Yoga Therapy School with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), one of 43 worldwide.  A registered school with the National Yoga Alliance since 1999, we also offer 200RYT and 500RYT programs, as well as CEUs. 

At the heart of all we do is contemplation, self-observation, and service.

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Farm to Table

The relationship between our food, where it’s grown, and how it’s prepared is a key component of the Shala.

We use the highest quality of resources at all time and infuse them with our love and presence.

Ayurveda, the Science of Longevity serves as the guiding principle for all of our meal preparations.

Chef, Farm Manager and WWOOF USA


Self Study

We offer many opportunities to work on your own:

  • CYS Blog

  • Yoga in Action, our quarterly publication produced by teachers and graduates of Circle Yoga Shala. Each issue of the publication selects a single topic to be covered from numerous yet integrated perspectives including philosophy, Ayurveda, bio-science, personal anecdotes, lifestyle topics and more.

  • Pre-recorded workshops, classes and lectures



We can host up to 20 persons at a time for residential trainings, retreats and our seva program.

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"A phenomenal experience! This is an extremely unique learning environment packed full with up-to-date information presented in a simple to complex method. Be prepared to experience a full immersion into yoga."  Shane L.

"I was a student at the month long residential 200HR teacher training in June 2015. It was an extremely valuable and fruitful way to spend my time and money. The Shala is such a healing space; Matt & Holly are stunningly wise and helpful. The things I learned at the Shala regularly enhance and simplify my life and work. I recommend getting involved with Matt & Holly's teachings in any way you can!" Hannah T.

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Driving Directions

Do not GPS our address!, it will not get you here!

Refer to Google Map provided or write down the directions found on our Shala page.


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In addition to our residential teacher training programs, we offer opportunities to immerse in practice and learning without commitment to a formal training.

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Seva is a Sanskrit word translating as selfless service.

The goal of our Seva Program is to provide you an opportunity to immerse in learning, community, nature, and a holistic lifestyle for a nominal exchange. 

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Retreats & CEUs

As the calendar permits, we offer retreats and CEU opportunities that are a reflection of our passions and how we desire to be of service.

Check our retreat page for upcoming offerings:

  • Yoga and Scoliosis (IAYT, Yoga Therapist CEUs)

  • Pranayama Master Course (Yoga Alliance CEUs)

  • Yoga and the Recovery Tradition

  • Essential Oils and Yoga

  • Equine Inquiry Retreat

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Private with Matt

What is difficult for most students of movement-based disciplines like Yoga, martial arts, and others to determine is this: When am I ready to begin advanced practice?  

AMT is designed to offer the public a systematic sequence of development that aims to give serious students of movement-based disciplines a clear idea about when they are ready to get really serious about moving creatively and how to go about it.

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Inquiry with Holly

Holly offers two unique opportunities for Self-Inquiry: A one-on-one facilitation and a day with our Equine Teachers.

Work with Holly


High Performance

We train Olympic and professional athletes from a variety of sports including beach volleyball, tennis, swimming, golf and bullfighting (American, not Spanish matador).

Matthew and Holly are official members of Team Slukova' and Hermannova', the Czech Republic's Olympic Women's Beach Volleyball Team.

To Improve Your High Performance Strategies


Community Yoga Classes

**Currently on break**

Classes are for all levels with an emphasis on beginners.

Donation-based fee, suggested minimum $10.



High Profile Feature by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette

The daughter of old Little Rock has not left her home behind

Holly Krepps and her husband sold everything they owned and moved far up in the hills to found a school for yoga teachers.

Read the story online HERE