Our Story, Our Mission & Vision . . .
We began practicing yoga at the Shala Tree in 2015.
The Shala Tree was the fruit of a life long dream and passion to bring together various practices that focus on holistic health and that cultivate greater awareness of our body, mind, and soul.
With the intention of building and holding communtiey of like-minded souls, The Shala Tree is an urban sancturary, where one can seek solace and refuge from the outside world, to connect and focus on the "inner work", cultivate greater body-mind awarness and heal through yoga, meditation, breath-work and other holistic practices.
Our vision is to have a strong community supporting each other in practice so that we can serve others. Yoga has the ability to heal and trancend and through our own practice, we have the ability to share it with other, inspire them to become a little more self-aware on their path to love, health, joy, and peace.
It is with great humility and appreciation that we honor the opportunity to serve you.
*** In November of 2018, the Shala Tree closed the physical doors of the studio to start something new. Stay tuned for the next chapter.
Meaning Behind The Name
The word "Shala" means house in the ancient Indian language, Sanskrit. The term is used in Ashtanga yoga to mean a house of yoga. It is a gathering place for students of Traditional Yoga to practice, share, experience and grow.
The Shorea robusta tree (also known as sal tree) is known as Shala in Ayurveda. The tree is used for medicinal and therapeutic purposes. The tree has many special significances in eastern religions and culture in India. In Hindu tradition, the sal tree is said to be favored by the God Vishnu and mentioned in the Ramayana scriptures. It is also mentioned that the Buddha was born and died under the Sal tree.
The symbol of the "tree" was important when searching for a name. Apart from the many meanings it represents, one that was most important was the symbol of the Bodhi Tree, a large and very old sacred fig tree located in India. This sacred tree is famous as it is said that under this tree the Buddha attained enlightenment.
The name was also a way of paying honor to a premier yoga center in San Francisco, Yoga Tree. Founder of the Shala Tree, Raya, was certified at Yoga Tree and that is where she met and found her teachers who greatly influenced her practice.
We identify our studio as a Shala where a like-minded community can gather to meet their true self with the hopes of achieving enlightenment under the shelter of our roof.