Born in the UK and raised in Canada, Shayla was an inquisitive explorer and seeker from a young age. Full of questions about the nature of existence that no one could answer, she found herself drawn to outdoor adventures, art and creativity, and esoteric pursuits like Vedic Astrology, Ayurveda and meditation.
Over time though, she slipped into the conundrum of conventional life with a corporate job, following the norms around her and burying existential questions to the back of her mind.
Finally re-inspired after reading “Autobiography of a Yogi” and realizing that humans have much more potential than we’re bred to believe, she decided to leave her limiting lifestyle and embark on a long inner journey.
In 2009, she sold her home and worldly possessions and took off on a solo trek to India, hoping to tap into the deeper dimensions of life.
After taking various styles of yoga and meditation, and Ayurvedic courses in India for a few years with her husband (who she met in an Ashram in 2010), she was fortunate enough to come across the wisdom of self-realized yogi and mystic, Sadhguru (while on a side-trip to Uganda). That was in 2012 and that’s when her deeper transformation truly started to take shape.
After spending long periods of time at the Isha Yoga Center between 2012 and 2014, taking various courses, volunteering and experiencing many blissful moments, internal changes, and deep levels of transformation, Shayla realized she had to share these amazing tools with others.
In 2015, she had the life-changing opportunity to train to become an Isha Classical Hatha Yoga Teacher through their six-month Teacher Training Program (1750 hours). Since then, she has been able to share these powerful well-being tools with so many others, and see them transform, break limitations and experience deeper dimensions of life as well.
Since 2015, Shayla has been teaching mainly in the UK but has also taught in Ireland, Switzerland, Canada and Greece. Since Covid, she has been based in Athens where she teaches some private and online workshops. She plans to resume her live workshops in the UK and launch yoga retreats in Greece as soon as things open up. You can see her retreats information at AnantaRetreats.life.
Shayla is also the Editor for Align – an online yoga magazine produced by the Isha Hatha Yoga School as a resource to learn more about the science of yoga. She has also appeared on Leicester, UK-based Sabras’ radio’s Wellbeing Show to speak about yoga and wellness to a wider audience.
You can also catch Shayla as part of a panel of key speakers in a talk titled “Yoga: The Real Deal”, which was aimed at exploring ‘The Ancient Science of Yoga’ and its relevance in the modern world. The talk appeared in 3 parts during the week leading up International Day of Yoga 2020: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.