A Yoga Shala is a space to do yoga. It is a gathering space for students to practice, share, experience and grow as a yoga student. At Kranti Yoga School, we have 3 shalas: Tantra, Yantra and Mantra.
A mantra is a sacred verse that is of spiritual value through repetition. Mantra is our flagship shala as it boasts magnificent views of Patnem Beach. Morning practice takes place here as you overlook the tranquil sea, shaded from the rising sun as the day is about to commence. You may even be lucky enough to see dolphins as gaze over your finger tips in Virabhadrasana. Evening restorative sessions take place here as the sun sets over the Arabian Sea…a picture postcard every day. Many of you will teach your final class here, an opportunity to show what you have learnt with us, an amazing photo opportunity for your yoga profile.
Tantra means technique. Tantra Shala is in Sattva, our garden campus, the hub of the village. Here you will shade from the midday heat as Tantra Shala is the only one of our shalas to have a roof. All our workshops take place here. It is where you will learn about the techniques used in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. All lectures are here as the shala provides a classroom environment that is very much conducive to learning. The fans provide a breeze throughout the day, pillows and bolsters will keep you comfortable enough to listen intently to your teacher. The shala has a wall on one side which provides support for inversions and a whole host of back bending preparations.
Yantra is anything that has structure and organization. Yantra is our secret shala hidden away amongst the mangrove trees. It is the smallest of our shalas and so an ideal space to practice by yourself or with your peers. You will need this space as you develop the structure of your own class to eventually teach as part of the YTTC. The space is small and intimate, ideal for first time teachers who may be feeling a little nervous. The shala has fans to keep you cool during your practice and is fully equipped with everything you may need.
Yoga should be practiced with firm determination and perseverance, without any mental reservation or doubts.