"Words cannot convey the value of Yoga, it has to be experienced" BKS Iyengar"Words cannot convey the value of Yoga, it has to be experienced""Words cannot convey the value of Yoga, it has to be experienced""Words cannot convey the value of Yoga, it has to be experienced" BKS Iyengar"Words cannot convey the value of Yoga, it has to be experienced""Words cannot convey the value of Yoga, it has to be experienced"

Umahesh Yoga Shala in Gokarna

Every year the "Yoga Shala", our practice space, is built up from scratch. With the help of the locals, we start builing from November once the heavy monsoon rains have ceased. When the course is over, the shala is dismantled and packed away with the help of the students.

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 Each season the shala evolves : the first year we started with just a few bamboos tied on to trees and an simple earthen floor covered by a thin layer of cow dung (excellent insect repellent!). Students would bring their own blankets and bolsters.

7 years later we have a beautiful and solid structure made of only natural and local materials such as coconut tree trunks, betel nut wood and bamboo bars. The earthen floor is covered by chatai, a traditional Indian mat of woven bamboo fibres.

 150 sq mts of floor space can accommodate up to 25 students. We are equipped with all the basic props for Iyengar Yoga practice i.e. benches, bricks, belts, wall and roof ropes, bolsters, blankets etc.

 The Shala is covered by a giant mosquito net to keep bugs out. Shades and curtains shield us from the sun. The open but protected space has good air circulation and on those extra hot days we have fans to keep us cool.

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