Teacher-driven Ashtanga, Hatha, and Vinyasa
Yoga in the heart of Shaw.


Our classes are rooted in classical Hatha Yoga Traditions - Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Iyengar - and emphasize proper alignment and understanding of the asanas (poses) as the foundation of a sustainable practice, regardless of immediate goals.

You can show up to practice in whatever you want - sweatpants, shorts and a t-shirt, running clothes, or last night's outfit. It's OK to ask questions during class, laugh, and to lose your balance trying something new.

What do we ask of you? That you come willing to put in a little work to achieve the benefits that Yoga delivers: strength, balance, concentration, relief from pain, and, for many, a sense of peace in a sometimes stressful city.


We have classes for everyone, regardless of shape, age, flexibilty, or athleticism - and our studio has an open, laid-back vibe.


For us, yoga isn't about how much you sweat, what you're wearing, or if you can chant “om” perfectly, it's about finding your personal edge, a moment of peace, stillness, or strength.

Your first time? Sure, it's going to be awkward and you're not going to "get it" the first visit.

You may not get it on your 1,000th visit either - because it's about finding the edges of your ability (and your mind) - and that's always changing.


The Yoga Shala is the sister studio of Georgetown Yoga and Dupont Circle Yoga, dedicated to offering teacher-driven, classical yoga styles.


Our mission is straightforward: offer teacher-driven, old-school yoga classes from classical Hatha roots: Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa (Flow), in a laid-back setting. We take yoga seriously but try to keep things laid-back and light; we hope to create a space where students can approach yoga on their own terms - not as part of some weird clique or cult.

The story of our studio is pretty short: take one longtime local restaurant owner and yoga student, Elias Hengst, and one Montana native, yoga teacher, certified massage therapist, and mental health counselor, Maryl Baldridge.

Add shared passion for yoga, community, teaching, family, friends, (mostly) healthy living, and a love of the outdoors - and you have The Yoga Shala.

We try to make our studio both accessible and affordable. If you're tight on funds, work in schools or non-profits, are a student, or just need a discount, drop us a line....!


Located in the heart of the historic Shaw neighborhood...

We're located in Shaw at 1550 7th St. NW - between P and Q Sts.

Our neighbors include Compass Coffee, The Passenger, Gran Cata Wine Store, Dacha Beer Garden, Convivial, and much more!

Don't worry about the little things - there's plenty of room to change and we offer complimentary use of premium Manduka yoga mats.


Our sister studios

The Yoga Shala is the sister studio of Georgetown Yoga and Dupont Circle Yoga. Check them out!

Dupont Circle Yoga


Our light-filled studio, Dupont Circle Yoga, is located in historic Dupont Circle in a lovingly restored 140 year old space close to Dupont Metro,  Georgetown, the West End, and Foggy Bottom.

Georgetown Yoga

georgetown yoga

Our airy, light-filled studio is located in Georgetown in a lovingly restored building near Dupont, the West End, and Foggy Bottom.