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

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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.

 
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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 yoga teacher trainings in our 200-hour, 500-hour, and 800-hour Professional Yoga Therapy programs. We teach principles and methods that are grounded in somatic inquiry, and not inherently limited to a style of practice. To take a posture that is filled with one’s attention, ‘sensing’ what is happening (seeing and recognizing rather than thinking about), and then responding intelligently is to move with reality rather than projecting onto it. This somatic inquiry is taught in asana (movement and stillness), in meditation (sitting and walking), and in a felt relationship to the three centers: head, heart, and gut. This method lays the foundation for self-inquiry and contemplation.

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


ADDITIONAL OFFERINGS

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Seva

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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Retreats

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.

This October we are hosting Jayme Sweere and her Yoga Teacher's Retreat:  A Practice Immersion at the Circle Yoga Shala

 Immerse yourself in self-study and practice while getting all 10 contact hours CEUs required by the Yoga Alliance.  *Experienced practitioners and teachers-in-training welcome.

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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

 
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Professional 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

 

WWOOF

CYS is an approved farm with the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms Organization: www.wwoofusa.org

We can host up to three WWOOFers in the spring through mid-summer each year.

To Learn About Farming and Sustainability Practices

 

Accommodations

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

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Testimonials

"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.

To Get More Insight

 
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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
  • Wednesday - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Donation-based fee, suggested minimum $10.

 
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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