Spira Yoga Shala is a woman-owned wellness and healing studio providing classes and workshops with a focus on physical as well as mental health.
Spiridoula and her team first opened in March, 2020, only to be forced to close her doors in June, 2021 as Covid showed no signs of ending. She still teaches classes outdoors in the summer, online, and at The Foundry in the winter. Reopening has always been the plan, knowing that this work is needed now more than ever.
Our mission is to provide education and evidence-based practices that help people maintain good health, manage symptoms of pain, chronic stress, and trauma while building emotional and physical resilience, habits of self-care, and nervous system regulation. Our goal is to contribute to the health, happiness, and resilience of our community.
Our core values are Acceptance, Inclusivity, Creativity, Empowerment, Education, Awareness, Community, and Compassion.
“Shala” is the Sanskrit word for “Home”. We welcome everyone to our inclusive community just as they are, as human connection is healing.
When the body is in homeostasis, it has the ability to heal itself as well as prevent illness. However, many people suffer from a nervous system that is out of balance. This is due to chronic stress and trauma. Yoga, breathwork, meditation, and chanting all stimulate the vagus nerve, which activates the parasympathetic nervous system. This brings us back to balance and allows the body to do its thing...which is pretty miraculous.
The evidence is piling up. Yoga is showing to be quite helpful in many areas of life, including: Quality of Life, Stress and Anxiety, Sleep quality, Heart health, Flexibility and Balance, better breathing, Low back pain, Depression, Brain Function, and Trauma. Get on the mat and start today!
My experience as both an art teacher as well as a yoga/meditation instructor has inspired me to teach group workshops as a way to help others increase their self-awareness and to utilize creativity as a tool for optimal health. Creative-expression can help us communicate our thoughts and feelings when words fail us. You don't need to be a trained artist to use these tools. I've designed these workshops to be accessible to all, regardless of skill level. Each workshop begins with a guided meditation to center and ground us. I also include instruction on how to use the materials and tools so that each individual has the confidence to put their ideas down without hesitation.
Contact me by email for large private groups or events. And sign up for my email list to get notifications about upcoming classes!
Mind Body medicine is finally making its way into the mainstream and we're here to guide you on your journey. All are welcomed! All body sizes, all fitness levels, all genders and orientations. Come as you ARE! There are no prerequisites to practice yoga.
We practice yoga without all the bells and whistles here. Yoga is an 8-limbed practice, not just asana (postures), and we hope to share that with you in our shala (home). Our focus is on self-healing by increasing proprioception and interoception, balancing the nervous system, and embodiment. Take a yoga class, meditation, mindfulness, or art! Join us for weekly Tea Time and explore our library or just chat with us and ask questions. We want to get to know you! Human connection is very important in the healing process.
We are a small boutique yoga studio in Cambridge, MA. Yoga, mindfulness, TRE Tension Trauma Release , meditation, art, reiki, and healing from chronic stress and trauma. Cambridge, Boston, Somerville