About Us

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) with an Internationally Accredited Yoga Therapy Program, one of only 43 worldwide. We are also a Nationally Registered School since 1999 with the National Yoga Alliance providing 200RYT, 500RYT and CEUs.  In addition, we specialize in developing movement strategies from the simple - to the complex - to the spontaneous. We work with professional athletes and are consultants on Team Slukova' and Hermannova', Czech Republic's Olympic Women's Beach Volleyball team. 

The philosophical basis for our teaching comes from 'East meets West': the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Pancha Maya Model, the Five Elements, the Kleshas, the Gunas, Ayurveda, and the Enneagram, as well as evolutionary theory, neuroscience and bio-mechanics, and Integral Psychology.

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

The school is also a living farm. The property consists of approximately 1/2 acre organic vegetable gardens, edible flowers and herbs, an orchard, chickens and horses.  The Shala is an approved farm with the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms Organization, WWOOF.

We focus on sustainability practices, including composting and water conservation. Life here is a living example of the inter-connectedness of all things.

All meals are served in part from the farm and constructed with an understanding of Ayurveda, and the most current scientifically backed practices in nutrition.  

We can accommodate up to 20 people residentially at the Shala for scheduled events only. There are spaces available for couples.

Sign the waiver below (red link bottom right page) if you plan to visit the Shala for any reason/activity. 


Logistics

  • Cellphone services: Verizon (good coverage), AT&T (spotty coverage).

  • Wi-fi is available at the main house, the porch, the pavilion and the barn.

  • NO PETS ALLOWED. We have plenty for your enjoyment!

  • Our phone number is (870) 861 - 5175.

What to Bring  

  • Bed linens (queen for private and twin for dorms)

  • Personal yoga mat/gear

  • Head lamp or flashlight

  • Personal hygiene items

Additional suggestions: medications, EpiPen if needed (bees), outdoor shoes for hiking, bathing suit (if summer), layered clothing, flip-flops/shower shoes, journal. Basically, whatever you personally need to feel comfortable.

We Provide

  • Towels

  • Shampoo

  • Soap

  • Blankets

  • Pillows

Meals

  • Please let us know what means you’re planning to have with us as well as your food allergies before arrival. Omnivore, vegetarian and vegan options are available at regular price. All other food restrictions have a surcharge.

  • Do not bring alcohol or any other substance.

Flying Here

The closest airport is in Bentonville, AR (XNA), about 2 hours away. The airport in Little Rock, AR (LIT) is 3 hours away . We do not provide airport pickup service.

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.

Parking

  • Upon entering the circle driveway, turn to the right and proceed behind the 2 story barn. 

  • Face the volleyball court, make tight multiple rows. You'll see signs on my hitching posts for assistance. Do not block the hitching posts.


Photos of the Shala

Many of our photos for our site and marketing pieces have been photographed by Samuel PettitJess Gallegos and Nicholas Pippins. We enthusiastically refer their work to you for any creative, business and/or lifestyle photography you may need.