Shala Experience



Become a CYS Teacher

We've been training teachers since 2001 and have conducted over 10,000 hours of training since that time in Arkansas, Missouri, Mexico and Ohio.  As a result, we’ve had the privilege of developing teachers who are seen as the most competent in their markets, and have 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 teachers.


Yoga Teacher Training

We Train Whole Teachers

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 over 34 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.

We offer the following yoga teacher trainings: 200-hour RYT, 500-hour RYT, an 800-hour Internationally Accredited Professional Yoga Therapy by the IAYT, and a Trainer of Teachers program.

For Our 200RYT, 500RYT, Professional Yoga Therapy, and Professional CYS Trainer of Teachers Program


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 a Member School of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and a registered school with the National Yoga Alliance at the 200RYT and 500RYT levels, and are a CEUs provider. 

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 and an individual’s holistic health 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. Our goal is to provide an objective and comprehensive learning tool for seasoned practitioners and yoga teachers. 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


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. 

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Our focus is on residential training in yoga and movement. That said, we like to offer retreat opportunities throughout each year as the calendar permits.

Check our retreat page for upcoming retreats.

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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


Olympic Athletes

We train professional athletes from a variety of sports including tennis, beach volleyball and bullfighting (American, not Spanish matador). Our approach focuses on functional movement and development as well as mental training to facilitate the flow state.

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



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.

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Community Yoga Classes

Classes are for all levels with an emphasis on beginners.

  • Saturday - 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM

Donation-based fee, suggested minimum $10.


Driving Directions

Do not GPS our address!, it will not get you here! Simply, write down the directions below. It is very easy to find.

Locate Low Gap Cafe in Jasper, AR., on HWY 74, zip code 72641 as the closest point of reference on the map. 

Across from Low Gap Cafe, turn south onto Shiloh Rd (you'll see a green highway sign). Shiloh is a paved road for the first mile and immediately proceeds up hill. Go exactly 2.2 miles (the last 1.2 miles will be gravel) to our driveway on the right. As you approach you will pass a beach volleyball court on the right then a barn followed by the driveway to the Shala. Vegetable gardens are on both sides of the drive once you enter the property.


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


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