How to be successful Yoga Teacher

How to be a Successful Yoga Teacher

How to be a Successful Yoga Teacher

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” ~ Bruce Lee

The course will be held at the inspiring home of Yoga Kula in Leeds, from the 30th September to 2nd October 2022.

Friday 30th September – 19:30 – 21:30

Saturday 1st October – 11:30 – 16:30

Sunday 2nd October – 13:30 – 17:00

Investment: £195.00

You’ve invested in your teacher training, maybe tried to launch some classes – perhaps even opened a yoga studio… But there’s a problem: you’re not making enough money to make it work. So what now?

Of course you want to be a successful yoga teacher or studio owner – and why wouldn’t you, it’s the greatest job in the world! Unfortunately, it’s not that simple, as you may have already realised. Even the most gifted yoga teachers can struggle to fill classes. Because when you set yourself up as a yoga teacher, you’re setting yourself up as a spiritual entrepreneur. Like anything that generates income, it’s business – and it needs to be run like one.

When Lilley Harvey founded Peacock Tree Yoga back in 2010, she quickly realised that she needed a business mentor – and she found the very best in Master Jason Campbell of Zen Wellness, Arizona. Right from the start Lilley’s business has been well-designed, vibrant and profitable. Classes are popular, workshops sell out and the community she has created continues to grow.

I’ll have what she’s having

In keeping with the yogic tradition of passing on wisdom, Lilley has decided it’s now time to offer other yoga teachers the opportunity to benefit from the same teachings that have led to her success. In Autumn 2022, Lilley will be running a weekend-long course entitled, ‘How to be a Successful Yoga Teacher‘. The course will count towards your CPD (continuing professional development) hours.

During this weekend course you will:

  • Bridge the gap between your teacher training and becoming a successful yoga teacher.
  • Analyse your goals and take practical steps to make progress in your yoga business.
  • Understand how to build your own yoga community.
  • Find out how to organise your time and prioritise your to do list – freeing you from the emotions of stress and overwhelm.
  • Learn how to set up your schedule for success; making enough money without exhausting yourself, and still maintaining your yoga practice.
  • Gain insights and inspiration from senior teachers & mastermind with your peers.

Guest Trainer – Angela Sykes 

On Saturday Lilly will be joined by Yoga Studio Owner, Director and Senior Yoga Teacher Angela Sykes. Angela has spent the last 10 years building Yoga Kula into one of the most successful and well loved studios in the UK. Angela started with no business experience and learned many lessons the hard way – through direct experience, failures and successes. Angela steered Yoga Kula through the COVID 19 crisis which saw many studios close. Angela will share her wisdom on the lessons she has learned along the way and set you up with a challenge so you can learn how to deliver on a brief, create well put together video content using methodology and start to feel more confident in your role as a Yoga Teacher. Angela’s business is multifaceted and includes a studio, a high street boutique and a teacher training course. Angela works with a team of 20+ people within Yoga Kula who were carefully selected and mentored to fit the Yoga Kula brand, she is talented at working with teachers and trainees to draw out their personal superpowers and allow them to see their unique gifts. 

Set your intention now!

Book Now

With numerous people having expressed interest before we’ve even publicised it, we expect the course to be sold out very quickly. If you’d like a place, we strongly recommend booking asap.

Would you like to be sure this course is for you? Let’s schedule in a 15 minute discovery call to get clarity on where you are in your business, and discuss next steps for growth.

Text Lilley on 07772 706736 and she will get you booked in.

 

Intrigued? Here’s what students said last time . . . 

“Inspirational. Provided clarity and focus for both my teacher training and my yoga practice.” Lynne Clark

 

” A really good course if you want to get clear on where you’re going in your yoga business. Lilley has a strong business that works really well. If you want to run an amazing business, learn from the best.” T. Bramley

 

“Lilley is a leader in her field. She’s right up there – at the top! The knowledge she has shared is inspirational. This course was so practical and so valuable. This course has inspired me to think analytically about how to plan a yoga business – not just let it evolve without 

structure.” Julie Seymour

 

“An absolute MUST course.” Katy Oddly.

 

“I really enjoyed this course, what an inspiring weekend of teachings. Thank you so much it’s been powerful, rich and informative.” Jen

 

“Lilley is a clear, compelling and inspiring teacher. She knows her stuff so deeply because she’s been living it for years. I feel like I’m at the start of a journey that will make a real difference to the people I support. I’m leaving this course feeling excited, inspired and motivated.” J. Claybourne

 

“I will take so much from this course, it is just what I needed at this point. There was so much guidance, direction and practical tips that I had just not thought of or considered. The teacher was so enthusiastic it’s given me the confidence to take my teaching and my yoga business to the next level.” Anon

 

“This course has given me a clear path to follow. I feel like I am going to have so much more time!” N.Cooper

“This weekend has been priceless. Hearing their stories has been fascinating and I am sure transformational for all of us in the room. Thank you so much for your honesty and expertise.” Laura Colenso


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Yoga Kula's Studio Is Reopening

Yoga Kula’s Studio Is Reopening on 17th May

Covid-19 Safety Procedures at Yoga Kula

Our student’s and teacher’s safety is our highest priority, that’s why we have put together a Covid-19 Safety at Yoga Kula graphic to show how we are keeping you safe at all times. As we reopen the studio we are ensuring that we adhere to Government guidelines, whilst respecting our student’s need to practise safely in the studio once again. For those students who are unable to join us in the studio at the moment, you can still join us for Online classes.

Safety for our Community and Teachers First

We are very excited to bring our community back together and be back in our beautiful studio space and recently refurbished reception area.

Our number one priority is to make sure you feel safe, comfortable and calm when you come to practice yoga at Yoga Kula and we are doing everything possible to make this happen.

Our teachers will take a lateral flow test before teaching a studio class, they will wear a mask and hand gel when not on their mat and there will be no touch support or physical contact until restrictions lift.

Please read the below information for full details of the processes we have in place to keep your space safe.

Guidance for when you arrive at the Yoga Kula studio

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before class to allow time for the below safety checks and sign-in process. If you arrive after the class has started you may not be permitted to join the session as we are also live-streaming the class to students practicing at home.
  • Please wear a mask on arrival and keep it on until the teacher informs you to take it off when you are on your mat.
  • The team will ask whether you have been experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and will also check your temperature with an infrared thermometer.
  • Once you have removed your shoes, please keep your socks on until you arrive at your mat (if you wear flip flops or sandals please bring socks with you).
  • You will be asked to maintain social distancing when you arrive at the studio (there are markers on the floor to help guide you on where to stand), you must also follow social distancing as you store and collect your belongings from the storage areas.
  • Please note our changing facilities are closed until restrictions lift.
  • All bookings and payments must be made before coming to the studio to prevent queuing.
  • Any queries can be addressed via email to info@yogakulaleeds.co.uk or over the phone via 07445 625645 during office hours. The general teaching team will not be able to answer any queries on Yoga Kula’s behalf so please do not ask them.

What You Will Need To Bring With You To Until All Covid-19 Restrictions Are Lifted

  • A facemask to cover your nose & mouth.
  • A pair of socks to wear between the changing area and your mat and back.
  • Please bring your own water bottle and water, drinks are not available at Kula at the moment. Please do not consume food on the Kula premises.
  • We are encouraging students where possible to bring their own props – if you don’t have any you can borrow YK props which are sanitised each day, use of YK props is done so at your own risk. Props are available to purchase in the studio boutique.
  • HOT YOGA NOTICE: Hot yoga students must bring their own mat, towel, and water to every class. And if you prefer to wear flip flops to class, you must bring socks to put on.

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    Morning yoga

    Morning Yoga

    Morning Yoga!

     

    Starting your day with yoga can help to open up the body, calm the mind and start your day in the right frame of mind. 

    In India Yoga is practised regularly in the mornings as a way to 'start the day right'. When we start our day in the right way it tends to take a more positive route and any bumps in the road can be handled with a calm and balanced mind, set up by the morning practice.

    We have two early morning yoga classes at Yoga Kula for you to enjoy.

    Tuesday 7am - 8am -Flow + Breathe with Miz Deshannon

    Slow down, create space and increase the connection between body and breath.

    We all breathe but do we breathe deeply and fully?
    Do we breathe with attention and awareness?
    We all move but do we move with attention and awareness?
    Do we find pleasure in our movement?
    Do we meditate as we move?

    Flow + Breathe is a meditative movement class that explores asanas with a focus on self awareness and introspection. During the class we'll finesse pranayama and meditation techniques to ground, balance or wake-up and warm; take time to listen to the heart where vital breath begins, whilst expanding, moving and tuning into how the body functions through breath-work, helping you to energise, focus, find deep peace and release from external distractions. Creating a focus on your own energy and moving into slow flowing yoga that explores transitions and movement between poses, flowing with strength and ease, ending in deep relaxation to release and soften the body and soft tissues.

    Each week will be themed to ensure we deepen our yoga roots and ensure or bodies move in new and creative ways. Leave feeling energised, refreshed and calm; ready for the day ahead.

    Wednesday 7am-8am Yoga + Sound with Emily Forbes

    Everything in the universe is made up of molecules and vibration, including the human body.  To live a happy, healthy life we want our vibrations to be high and our molecules/energy to be moving freely.

    Morning yoga

    Asana (posture) practice works to stimulate energy movement but sound is also a tool which can be used to help release stagnation.
    This class blends yin and yang asana with sound to shake up our molecules whilst finding stillness and peace in the body, allowing you to leave the class feeling blissful and balanced.

    The benefits of Yoga + Sound are:

    Increased energy
    Improved mental and emotional clarity
    Promotion of stillness and relaxation of the body
    Reduced stress
    Balance of the mind and body
    Improved sleep
    Connection to the self
    Expect sound in different forms such as the singing bowls, drum, gong, mantra and guided meditation.

    Expect to warm up with Sun Salutations, moving through a selection of awakening postures, calming meditation and energising pranayama (breathing techniques). The class will finish with a nourishing relaxation. Allowing your body to feel bright and your mind to feel calm and alert before the day ahead!

    Our morning yoga sessions have been crafted to fit into your working day so you will still have time to arrive at work relaxed, yet alert! You don't have to be working 9-5 to join in the morning fun, early birds are more than welcome!!

    Come and join us at 7am to set yourself up for a good yogic day ahead #seeyouonthemat

    Book a morning yoga class by clicking here.


    Liz + Gillian // Yoga Teacher Training Course

    Why choose Yoga Kula for your Yoga Teacher Training?


    There are so many places to train as a Yoga teacher, as the practice has become more popular over the years. The issue with committing to a yoga training is understanding that they are not all created the same. We seem to be seeing a current trend towards ‘Factory Yoga’ – where trainings are simply churning out ‘teachers’ who are have not dedicated enough time to their own practice, and on top of that have been rushed through a teacher training process which has not prepared them for professional teaching.

    Over time, this leads to a decline in the standard of yoga teaching.


    Our mission at Yoga Kula is to ensure we raise these standards. Our course is registered by Yoga Alliance Professionals, who hold the highest standards in the industry and the qualification is recognised globally.

    Our course is led by Senior Yoga Teacher Angela Sykes, who has over 10 years teaching experience and founded Yoga Kula. She offers a deep understanding of Yoga alongside a deep understanding of the industry – and how to become a successful Yoga professional.

    Angela Sykes

    At Yoga Kula we are moving as far away from ‘factory yoga’ as possible. Our course is over 18 months, so that trainees have time to:

    • Deepen own transformation as a yoga student
    • Allow deep absorption of the material
    • Give time to put the material through a personal filter in order to discover a niche
    • Hone in to your offering
    • Develop a supportive yoga network
    • Be part of a thriving yoga community

    Here are our key aspects to check before choosing a training:

    Who are your teachers and what experience do they have?

    If a course is being led by anyone with any less than 10 years teaching experience,  do not invest your time and money.

    Ensure to ask questions about each teacher on the training:

    • How many years they have been teaching?
    • What they have achieved in their yoga career?
    • What are their qualifications/experience?

    How many contact hours do you receive?

    Go for a course with as many contact hours as possible – 200 hours is the absolute minimum amount of training hours to become a teacher, and we feel not enough to cover the basics. If you can choose a course with 250-300 hours you will simply be better trained and more prepared for life as a professional yoga teacher. If you find yourself wanting to rush and ‘just get it done’, we suggest investigating why you feel the need to rush something so special and transformational.

    What perks and opportunities are there?

    There’s so much more to a Yoga Teacher Training Course than simply the contact hours.

    Here is what we offer at Kula:

    • Unlimited yoga class pass just £35.00 per month
    • Trainee Insurance and membership to YAP for duration of the course
    • Develop a supportive network of yoga peers and yoga professionals
    • Discount from selected workshops at Yoga Kula
    • Get involved with Yoga Kula events and gain professional experience
    • Support and take part in Kula classes and workshops
    • Support from Yoga Teacher Mentors and TTC graduates
    • Teach Pay As You Feel and paid Pop Up classes at the studio
    • Become a trainee mentor for the next teacher training
    • Become part of the Kula teaching team
    • Peer group and Trainee Representative

    TTC // Teacher Training CourseWho Passes?

    At Yoga Kula our graduates are those who have shown us over the 18 months that they are committed to personal growth and transformation as well as engaging with and applying the things they are learning on the course. We have an external assessor on our team to ensure we are marking assessments in a fair and consistent way.

    Check the application process

     If a course is very easy to get onto this could indicate the quality is low.

    Some courses let anyone train without prerequisites which means the material needs to be pitched lower – ensure there are prerequisites and a robust selection process.

    Yoga Kula Application Process and pre-requisites:

    We ask that all of our applicants have at least two years experience as a dedicated yoga practitioner.

    We then ask each applicant to:

    • Fill in the online form
    • If criteria is fulfilled we will send you a full application
    • Send in your full application
    • If successful you will be invited in for an interview
    • If successful you will be offered a place
    • You may be asked to attend some classes, so we can learn more about you as a practitioner

    We hope this helps you to assess the quality of a course before investing your time and money. If you would like to find out more about our TTC or chat to one of our trainees to find out what teacher training life is like at Yoga Kula simply get in touch.

    There is more information on our Teacher Training Course here. We’d also like to invite you to our September Open Day, which is a great opportunity to meet current and previous trainees, as well as the teaching team and hear more about our Teacher Training Course.  You can book your space by clicking below.

    Book September Open Day

    Tiia Taylor

    What's NEW // May

    Welcome to May at Yoga Kula. We have lots to share with you this month, from new classes, free classes, and relaxing workshops to welcoming a new teacher into the Yoga Kula family.

    You can read more about our workshops by clicking here.


    C L A S S E S

    We launch May with 2 new All Levels Hot Vinyasa Flow classes! 

    // Every Thursday at 4pm (Launches May 2nd) we join the incredible Taylor Selby for a fun and flowing Vinyasa class taught in a heated 30-33 degree room, using Yoga Kula’s Infrared heating panels. The heat will allow your muscles to lengthen, while you flow through an ever-changing sequence of poses in rhythm with your breath. Taylor brings creativity,  variation and playfulness to each class so you're guaranteed to feel fantastic afterwards.

    // We also welcome a new face to the Yoga Kula family. A graduate of our first Teacher Training Course, Tiia Ourila joins us for Hot Vinyasa Flow every Saturday at 8am (Launches May 4th). Each class starts by finding a connection to one’s body and mind, tuning into the inner wisdom and listening to the feedback our bodies give us.

    'The key is to practice, experience the practices in your body and mind, then practice more.' - Tiia Ourila

    Tiia Taylor

    // We also bring you a brand new class from Claire Dambawinna. Every Saturday (from May 4th) we join Claire for Ashtanga // Technique.  A level one class exploring a range poses from the Ashtanga Primary Series which are also featured within other practices such as Vinyasa Flow, Hatha Yoga and Iyengar. This class is suitable for everyone.  Whether this is your 1st class or your 100th class, you'll benefit from refining your Yoga Technique. You can book this class by clicking here.


    C O U R S E S

    B E G I N // Express

    // At the end of the month, we're launching our first 4 week Beginners course at Sweaty Betty Leeds. An express 4 week course starting on Tuesday 28th May at 5:30pm with Becky Hill. Study the building blocks of a yoga practice as well as key yoga postures and the fundamentals of yoga such as the importance of breath and alignment. You will also be introduced to some basic yoga philosophy and meditation techniques. You can book your place by clicking here.

    Becky Hill


    Read more about our upcoming events by clicking here.

    #seeyouonthemat


    Easter Flowers

    What's On over Easter Weekend

    With Easter just round the corner, we have some exciting workshops to share with you, as well as some of our regular classes running over the bank holiday weekend.

     

    Friday 19th April

    11:30am-12:30pm - Hatha with Clare Kerrigan

    12:45-1:45pm - Vinyasa Flow (Experienced) with Susi Wick

    Saturday 20th April

    9:15-10:45am - Ashtanga Level 2 with Helen Ince

    12:30-1:45pm - Yoga Technique with Claire Dambawinna

    5-7pm - Moon Sequence + Meditation Workshop with Julia Knight

    Easter FlowersSunday 21st April

    8-9am - Hot Vinyasa Flow with Miz DeShannon

    9:15-10:30am - Ashtanga with Julia Knight

    10:45 - 12pm - Yin with Julia Knight

    4;30-5:30pm - Hatha with Binny Saandal

    5:45 - 7pm - Restorative + Meditation with Amanda Winburn

    Monday 22nd April

    9-10am - Ashtanga V Deep Yin with Amera Stanforth

    5:15-6:15 - Ashtanga Fusion with Binny Saandal

    Tuesday 23rd April

    Regular timetable resumes.

     

    We hope you have a lovely Easter Bank Holiday weekend, and we look forward to seeing you on the mat!

     

     

    #seeyouonthemat


    Amanda Winburn

    Introducing Amanda Winburn

    We recently welcomed the incredible Amanda Winburn to the Yoga Kula team, and wanted to take some time out to get to know her better. Amanda Teaches Restorative + Meditation every Sunday at 5:45pm.

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    Your Restorative and Meditation class sounds divine!  Can you tell us more?

    I feel that in our busy lives we have become a little disconnected, and so my main focus is try to give everyone the opportunity to relax, surrender and accept where they are. This takes time & patience as there’s an element of vulnerability. Through the use of breath and restorative postures we can start to feel into the body and mind, and ask ourselves what do we truly need.

    What does being part of the Yoga Kula team mean to you?

    I have so much respect and admiration for all the teachers at Kula. I have practiced here for many years, and attend a range of classes and workshops. For me this is home, my safe place. This is the essence of Yoga Kula. I came to Kula as a total novice and have been guided and still am by very proficient teachers, and I feel that I’m passing on the incredible breadth of knowledge that was passed to me.

    Have you practiced yoga all your life? If not, when did yoga become such a huge part of who you are.

    I used to be a gym bunny and suffered a back injury. At that point was when I found yoga.  I’m 56 now, but it’s fair to say that I’m very committed to my practice. My life looks very different since the start of my yoga journey. I've seen improvements in my confidence, self worth, inner peace, strength in body and mind, as well as knowing myself at a much deeper level. There are so many more benefits.

    Your class fits into the Restful category of our classes, what is the importance to you of taking time out to rest and relax?

    Finding balance in your body and mind. At first, my practice was quite dynamic, and through attending classes with the amazing Julia Knight, who nurtured me through the yin, restorative slower practices, I began to to focus more onto the breath and looking deeper into the body. At first I struggled with the slower practices, but over time through yielding, softening, and listening to myself,  everything began to connect.  As a result, my practice is much more balanced, and my dynamic practice has become stronger.  I cannot emphasis how beautiful and beneficial it is to body, mind and soul to have a restful practice.

    If you could sum your class up in 3 words, what would they be?

    Nurturing, loving, and soulful.

    You took your yoga teacher training course in Rishikesh in India. Is your teaching and meditation style very traditional?

    My class is quite traditional, although it’s fair to say that I take inspiration from everywhere, all of my teachers and the world around me. In India I had teachers who focused into the inner world. We explored emotional healing, energy work, nutrition and most importantly studying the Sutras of Patanjali.

    If you’re not on the mat, where are we likely to find you?

    Most likely with my children, in Crust & Crumb talking about Yoga with my friends, in my cottage in the countryside or planning a travel trip!

    What is your favourite style of class to attend as a student?

    Wow, hard question. I learn and grow from any yoga class because I’m so focused on my breath and my heart space, feeling deep within .... bliss. Every time I come to the yoga mat I discover something new about myself - and that's amazing! At Kula you're likely to find me in a Hatha class with Angela Sykes, a Yin class with Julia Knight, or a Vinyasa Flow class with Susi Wick.

    How often do you practice yoga?

    I practice everyday, I receive so much from every style -  patience, tolerance, acceptance, spirit, peace, strength, I could go on. Yoga is a big part of my life.

    Would you like to add anything?

    If you're considering coming to my class, or any class for that matter - just step onto the yoga mat, and keep coming back, no one is looking or judging. It doesn’t matter if you can’t touch your toes or if you can, the feelings and experiences are the shared. We are all on this journey together, Yoga is the hand of the universe guiding you on your way.

     

    Details

    Join Amanda Winburn for Restorative + Meditation every Sunday at 5:45pm.

    Book your place here.


    Tiia Ourila

    Tiia Ourila

    Tiia Ourila // 

    My Classes

    Preparation is a key factor in how I approach creating a class and how I feel best practice can be achieved. The class always starts by finding a connection to one’s body and mind. Tuning into the inner wisdom and listening to the feedback our bodies give us. Then we can apply accordingly, every day is different, every practice is different .

    I like asanas to move and flow from one to the next, creating the sense of moving meditation. I use mobilisations and awareness of breath to make the body and mind feel ready for more challenging asanas and whilst we find stillnesses  in the practice we continue flowing inside the breath. I would call the class a total body workout, however the word “workout” feels too limited so perhaps total “body experience” would describe the class in a best way. In my Hot Vinyasa Flow classes, we will explore avariety of postures that work on twists, back bends, hips, core stability, balances etc. A mixture of everything really. I will offer challenging options for those desiring to work to their edges whilst also making sure everyone feels included and able to modify the practice to fit their needs.

    I personally work best in a positive environment that encourages to me to achieve my best and have a positive journey so I try to create a welcoming and supportive atmosphere for everyone to enjoy their practice and the community we create.

    My Yoga Journey

    My first experience of yoga was 14 years ago. I didn’t have a regular practice then, I felt Yoga was something that supported my dance career and it was an answer to a need rather than to a desire. Gradually over the years came back to Yoga more and more and about 4 years ago I got the ‘ yoga bug’. I totally fell in love with Yoga and the journey has been amazing since then.

    I used to practice mostly Ashtanga but now my practice is much more varied. I enjoy developing my practice in MySore classes under Joey Miles’s and Rachel Woolhouse’s expert guidance and I do a lot of home practice as well as classes at Kula. I was introduced to Yin during my TTC and I absolutely love Julia Knight’s classes. I am learning something new all the time. I would say I am still in the beginning of my Yoga journey. I have a lot experience in movement through my dance career and this knowledge stands as a base for my yoga journey whilst my knowledge of Yoga is growing day by day and I continue my development as a yoga practitioner.  I love to be a ‘student’ and with Yoga your journey continues as a student, there is always something to learn and experience.

    My Credentials

    I have recently completed Yoga Kula’s 200 hour Teacher Training Course


    Tiia Ourilla-Thorpe - Hot Yoga

    Introducing Tiia Ourila

    We took some time out with Tiia Ourila, who recently graduated from our first Yoga Teacher Training Course. Tiia joins the Yoga Kula team on Saturday 27th April with an exciting Hot Yoga class This first class is FREE, so make sure to book ahead.


     

    Hi Tiia!

    Welcome to the Kula team! We’re really looking forward to working with you and it’s been a pleasure to see you flourish throughout our first TTC course. So that our students can get to know you and hear about your new Hot Yoga class on Saturdays , we have a few questions for you.

    Can you describe your class in 3 words?

    Starter , main course and dessert! By that I mean we prepare, we work through the main chunk of postures and then we enjoy the delicious rest.  If you want a more serious answer , I would say a flowing, energetic, and physical practice.

    Tell us about your yoga experience?

    I started Yoga when I was performing a piece of very challenging dance work that involved difficult balances. I've  always loved moving and can hardly ever stay still. I thought Yoga would help me to find the mental focus and the physical resilience that we need for balancing work. I have to admit Yoga wasn’t love at first sight - actually the opposite. The thought of not moving in space much, leaping through the air in various ways and forms felt imprisoning to me. But in my heart I knew that this is what my mind and body actually needed, there was a reason why I found it challenging, my life was lacking Yin, I was missing out on the quieter energy, I wasn’t listening to the softer voice in me.

    If you aren’t on the yoga mat, where would we find you?

    Most of the time I’m in dance studio teaching dance, planning dance classes,  in the gym or in nature walking and enjoying the beauty of the nature’s wonderful things.

    How long have you been practicing Yoga?

    My journey started more than 10 years ago with workshops and classes, but for about 4 years now I have had a regular practice of Yoga, 6 days a week.

    How has your experience been as a student on our first TTC, and do you have any advice for someone considering doing a Yoga Teacher Training Course in the future?

    The yoga journey is for life so be patient and give yourself time, whilst being dedicated to the journey you also need to understand that even with committed practice and study it takes time as there is so much to learn. And the key is to practice, experience the practices in your body and mind, then practice more.  The course lasts for 18 months but you will be learning for the rest of your life. Take it at your pace, learn as much as you can right now and then continue learning. Don’t panic.

    What made you decide you wanted to teach yoga?

    I found a journey from being a dancer to being a dance teacher. That journey didn’t happen through choice but through an injury that made me stop performing. I have found teaching to be a wonderful experience and I am grateful that my path took me to experience this. I love the communication that takes place both through physically and verbally . The idea of yoga helping people to achieve better health , improved quality in their lives, a more connected existence and that I could support them in their journey is a very satisfying thought.

    Who inspires you?

    I am grateful that my path crossed with Gillian Shippey who introduced me to yoga . I connected with her poetic way of instructing the class, I left her class feeling nourished in so many ways, and now that I am on my yoga teaching journey I aspire to bring beauty and poetry similarly into my teaching . Through the TTC I got to observe Angela teaching in many different contexts and she never stops amazing and inspiring me. Her every action is filled with knowledge and experience and she is the embodiment of she teaches.

    Who is your class aimed towards?

    The class will be filled with movement and flow,  you will find yourself gracefully flowing from posture to posture. If you enjoy a physical challenge you will be sure to find it , there will always be options for people to work with their own pace , range and appropriate level of challenge on the day. If you are looking to improve your mobility, combined strength and flexibility this is a class for you.

    What part of joining the Kula team on our regular timetable are you most excited about?

    The teachers I have met through the TTC training are all incredibly passionate and experienced in yoga. Following my passion is really important to me and working at Kula allows me to do just that. It means the world to me be working as part of a team that has such drive to share the yoga experience with people, and who care so much about the wellbeing of every single student in every single class.


    Book Hot Yoga with Tiia Ourila on Saturday 27th April  here // This session is FREE - future classes can be booked using an Anytime Class Pass or by purchasing a £10 drop in.


    Crystal Alchemy

    Crystal Alchemy, Colour + Sound Healing

    A blissful two hour immersion into crystal, colour & sound frequencies.

    We are incredibly excited to be welcoming Natalie Seager to Yoga Kula on Sunday 14th April, to deliver our Crystal Alchemy, Colour, + Sound Healing workshop. The session will run from 1:30pm-3:30pm.

    Relax and rebalance with a guided Yoga Nidra to begin, holding crystal palm stones to assist in grounding, we will weave our awareness through the body, inviting spaciousness and ease, allowing the body to be held fully by the earth.

    We will follow this with a beautiful violet flame meditation, taking a journey down through the transpersonal chakras and the physical energy centres to the earth star chakra beneath us — our connection to the earth. The violet ray assists us to clear and dissolve any barriers or blocks to inner growth. New colour rays bring the energy centres into finer balance. We can integrate with more ease any shifts and changes both within and without, in these times of very active earth and solar frequencies.

    These bowls are something very new in terms of sound healing. They differ from both the traditional Tibetan metal bowls and the white classic frosted singing bowls which are both very widely and successfully used in therapeutic sound work. The crystal alchemy bowls incorporate the energy of a variety of other crystals, precious metals, elements and blends of. They are created with intention solely for healing using a unique manufacturing process.

    Experience deep relaxation, inner alchemy and healing whilst being held within blissful ethereal soundscapes.

    To hear a taster of just what we have to offer on Sunday, click the video below.

     

    Where // Yoga Kula, Chapel Allerton

    When // Sunday 14th April, 1:30-3:30pm

    How // Book your place here or via MindBody

    Cost // £25