Krista Shirley is a dedicated student and practitioner of traditional Ashtanga yoga. She was introduced to this practice over 14 years ago and immediately embraced it as a daily part of her life because she was magnetically drawn to the healing this practice provides. For the last sixteen years Krista has rolled her mat out each day because it is such an intrinsic part of who she is.
Ashtanga Yoga has given Krista health and wellness, comfort, stability, peace, mindfulness and an outlet to work on herself and help others. Krista began making yearly, long term, visits to Mysore, India in 2006 to study with the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Guruji, in order to fully connect to this lineage and embrace and surrender to a teacher that could help facilitate her growth and provide a deep source of inspiration. Since Guruji’s passing in 2009 Krista continues to make the yearly pilgrimage to India to study with Guruji’s grandson R. Sharath Jois who has dedicated his life continuing the work of Guruji, ensuring this deeply rich lineage, this parampara, lives on in the name of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Krista’s dedication to her personal yoga practice and the Ashtanga lineage shine through in her teaching. Her energy is contagious and inspiring because she lives this yoga daily and experiences tremendous fulfillment in helping people find and deepen their growth in this practice.
Krista continues her trips to Mysore each year because she believes it is very important all students have a teacher, a guide, to aid and inspire along the path. In 2010 she traveled to Mysore six months pregnant, and in 2012, 2013 and 2015 she took her young son to Mysore with her. Most recently, Krista spent a month in Mysore in 2018. She has made ten trips to Mysore, India to continue her own studies and spent over twenty-five months of her life studying at the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. Krista is a level 2 authorized Ashtanga teacher and founder of The Yoga Shala in Orlando, Florida where she teaches traditional Ashtanga yoga classes in the Mysore method. Originally from South Carolina, Krista resides in Florida with her son, Kaiden.