What People Say

Over almost two decades the Shala has existed as a vibrant community of like-minded people. People of all ages, from all walks of life who are connected through yoga and who have joined us at the centre or on our many yoga retreats. So many amazing and interesting people have come through our doors over the years and made the Shala the friendly and welcoming place that it is. Here are some of the people who have been a part of the Shala evolution and some of the things they have said.

Debbie | Cevennes Retreat | France

Alan | The Shala

Frances & Zenya | EcoYoga Retreat | Scotland

Rowan | Puglia Retreat | Italy

"The teachers you have at The Shala are wonderful, so supportive and positive, accepting of all of our different 'places' and directions of travel. It's such a commendable achievement to have set up a place where this is possible – for everyone. I feel like finally I am myself again, such a powerful thing!" BK

"Arriving here is like pressing the reset button... it is so tranquil and calming" EC

"your new centre is lovely, already it has good Prana. Being high up is bringing light and energy into the Practice... because of Gingi's way of teaching by guiding but never intruding, this will be a place for people to grow in Yoga." IM

Rob & Deena | Puglia Retreat | Italy 

"my deep heartfelt thanks for this beautiful haven you have created. As soon as I stepped through the doors I knew it would be okay. The whole atmosphere, attitude of teachers, teaching style, non egocentric caring ethos enveloped me. I felt safe and welcomed. Thank you for bringing me back to yoga." BK

"Thank you for the wonderful memory that you and your centres have given to me in the form of the yoga practice and just how much that has enhanced my own life. When I do my practice I know that it is because of you and your commitment and devotion to both your students and you practice" SH

"Gingi's devotion and spirit shine through, it is an amazing space for us all" GS

"a life changing experience for us and something for which we will always be thankful." SR

"I love the Shala. It has changed my life." JK

Mark & Nicola | La Gomera Retreat | Canary Islands

Marta | Puglia Retreat | Italy

Tai Chi | EcoYoga | Scotland

"The precise and controlled Pilates at the Shala has done wonders for my back. After suffering years of upper and lower back pain, I now have more movement and strength – and a lot less pain – than I've had in over a decade." JG

"your yoga centre was the most welcoming I have visited. As a newcomer to yoga, I'd tried various different classes (gyms, fitness centres, etc) before yours and found most to be impersonal. The Shala was a truly positive experience for me and the classes always brightened my day." ML

"I am convinced that my yoga practise throughout my pregnancy, enabled me to have the body and spirit preparation for the amazing birth experience that I was blessed with. I'm so happy I found the Shala!" KD

Sharon | Puglia Retreat | Italy

Mysore practice | Les Cevennes | France

"I am loving the Shala so much; great teaching, so chilled. Love it. I am so happy to have an opportunity to return Home to my Practice. It is perfect for me. The energy you have created is a little bit of magic in South London." SA

"I am not sure if it is an exaggeration to say that the Shala is life changing, but the last 7 months of my life have definitely changed in a big way thanks to such a joyful, humourous and sincere introduction to yoga. Thank you Gingi and Ella!" HT

"Thank you for an excellent yoga workshop. It was one of those magical weekends... Wonderful moments spent with lovely people in a fantastic place. The energy was so good....10/10 rating." IM

"Thank you for creating this little piece of heaven for us all." IL

"A stunning space! The best place in London. Gingi & Ella, it's awesome – amazing job! Great coffee too made by the good barista Master G! ;-)" HO

"A beautiful, blessed space. Such positive energy." MS

"Dear Shala, thank you for a great Summer of re-energising my ashtanga yoga practice and helping me discover the joys of Pilates under the ever-watchful eyes of Diveen and Clare. I didn't think I would enjoy Pilates, but the two really are complimentary and I have come on leaps and bounds (literally) with my yoga since improving my core strength through Pilates. Big thanks to all – the Shala really is a wonderful resource to have in the area, at last!" RJ

Alan & Marta | Puglia Retreat | Italy

Jeremie, James & Co | Moroccan Retreat

Les Cevennes Retreats  | France 

"Thank you for the special opportunity to enjoy my practice with you. I felt so much energy in the shala I had never felt before." DS

"Lovely place, lovely people and the two of you made it really special as always. You always manage to make it really memorable." AM

"thank you so much for an amazing weekend... Thank you Ella for organising everything to perfection and being relentlessly lovely and thank you Gingi for wonderful teaching, it was brilliant to listen to you talk about yoga, very inspiring... everyone loved the weekend and didn't want to go home." RH

"Thank you both so much for such a wonderful holiday. Time away with you is always so much fun and really special. I've been high as a kite for weeks." VJ

Lisa, Dean, Chris & Co | Puglia Retreat | Italy

Picnic al fresco | Puglia Retreat | Italy

Helena | Cevennes Retreat | Italy 

Simon | La Gomera | Canary Islands

It will become a very special place in the community." ME

"A real find in the bustle of London. It's a haven – amazing studios, great classes, therapies and above all the man who makes the Shala what it is …. Mr Gingi Lee!" HO

"Many thanks Gingi and Ella for creating such a great, harmonious and joyful yoga centre. Had a tremendous practice today with other yogis. Cannot wait to roll out my mat tomorrow morning." CW

Tatjana | Les Cevennes | France

"A MASSIVE thank you for yet another A-mazing holiday. The three of us are still on cloud 9. I know organizing these holidays means LOTS of work for you and we really appreciated every minute. The yoga was fantastic and the days out to the river were a dream. Thank you, thank you, thank you for making it all happen." KE 

"thanks so much for a really special retreat. It was wonderful, just hanging out, laughing and practicing with Shala students and fellow yogis beyond with lots of space for quiet time too. I got so many gifts through conversations and learnings in class that I feel I have started moving my practice to a deeper level." NG