Welcome to The Shala
Ashtanga Shala Santosha Yoga and Owner and Founder Christina Martini, offers you your personal practice space, where you will find contentment and deepest gratitude in your practice. It is an honor to inspire and ignite one’s journey and growth while celebrating ones Ashtanga yoga practice. The goal is to touch and enrich ones life with yoga and to be living with strength, health and wellness through practice tomake Ashtanga Yoga become a part of their daily life. All are welcome, new or experienced practitioners. We are all students in this life, so to take practice together and be inspired is a priceless honor. Come celebrate the Yoga journey in this life with us.
The Shala (our sacred space) is dedicated to teaching and sharing the understanding of the practice through history, lineage and traditions of the teachings and practice gifted to us from Guruji Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. The practice of the 8 limbs, Ashtanga not only on the mat, but living with the practice 24/7 on and off the mat and into our daily lives.
Ashtanga Shala Santosha Yoga is a space where we welcome you to be a part of our family, our community that embraces this beautiful rich tradition from Mysore, India that emphasizes in synchronizing the whole body and mind with the power of our breath (pranayama) movement of postures (asana) in a series of postures sequenced holistically to cleanse, detox, purify and heal our whole body, mind and spirit to healthy living.
Every day is a new day, new beginning for each of us. Whatever today brings, embrace, nurture and cultivate it with honor, respect and love and just let it be so you can see the beauty in all things and people around your life.
Lokaa Samasta Sukino Bhavantu, Ohm Shanti, Shanti, Shanti, Namaste.
Christina is truly dedicated to the practice. She welcomes all levels. If you're new to this series I'd recommend starting with taking a few led classes. For me, the voice and delivery of instructors can make or break your experience. Luckily she has the gift. Practicing Ashtanga with Christina has had an enormous impact on my daily life. I feel so fortunate to have found this studio!
We are all simply at different levels, and seeking benefits from our personal practice. I would highly recommend Shala Santosha for anyone looking to try Ashtanga, as well as the experienced Ashtangis among us. You will not regret it.
Her hands on adjustments and deep understanding of the Ashtanga lineage has given me a glimpse into the vast world that is Ashtanga yoga. I would highly recommend the Shala to anyone considering deepening their practice or to those who are curious about what Ashtanga really is. - Om Shanti
Great for all levels, modifications for beginners and full postures for more advanced students. Christina demonstrates the poses more than any other teacher I've had, her sunny smile and kind words start the day off with a positive edge.
Graphic Designer, San Francisco
Christina has taught me that in yoga the impossible is possible, but to achieve the impossible determination and focus is a must. Christina is more than just a yoga instructor, she is a friend and someone who's path in life is to help others grow 🙂
Sales, Los Angeles
Christina is like my mom in Ashtanga. One can feel her caring, relaxing yet happy voice once you step in the studio. Her passion for Ashtanga radiates as she guides students and teaches them how to be better in and out of the studio.
Apple IT, Daly City
...Christina got to know my strengths and limitations; she finds a way to provide a great deal of personalized feedback and hands on adjustments during class...
VA Medical, San Francisco Ca