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.

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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

 


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


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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!

 

 

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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. We will cover variety 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


Mother's Day Daffodils

Mother's Day Mandala Flow and Chakra Nidra

We invite you to join us for a beautifully balanced pop-up this Mothering Sunday to celebrate and appreciate all the maternal role models in our lives.

Mothering

Mothering is defined as 'looking after someone kindly and protectively; bringing up a child with care and affection'; this class is an opportunity to take some time out just for you; we all have an inner child that needs care and affection; kindness and protection.

Mandalas

Mandalas are spiritual and ritual symbols which represent wholeness and are used as an aid for meditation. As we flow and move with our breath we will be making a circle around the mat, exploring all four corners and enabling us to see things from a different perspective. Our sequence is based on the four elements: Earth, Water, Fire and Air; helping us to connect with the nature around us.

Yoga Nidra

We bring our session to a close with a relaxing Yoga Nidra for the chakras bringing you back to neutrality, to a place of balance.

Aromatherapy oils and delicious treats will be available to awaken our senses and nourish and support our flow.

Join the wonderful Deborah Grossman for Mandala Flow + Chakra Nidra this Mothering Sunday, March 31st // 12:30-1:45pm.

Drop in for £10 or use your Anytime pass.

To view our workshops and pop-ups please click here.

To view our class timetable please click here.


International Women's Day

International Women's Day 2019 // Free Class

We invite you to join Yoga Kula founder, director, and Senior Yoga Teacher Angela Sykes for a FREE yoga class to celebrate this years International Women’s Day. The class will run on Thursday 7th March from 2-3pm. International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Collective action and shared ownership for driving gender parity is what makes International Women's Day successful. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights." So make International Women's Day your day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women.

The world is changing and it is exciting and uplifting to see more and more women leading countries, big businesses and social change. The first International Women's Day occurred in 1911, supported by over one million people. Today, International Women's Day belongs to groups collectively worldwide. The celebration is not country, group or organisation specific.

Join Angela and prepare with meditation, breath and intention before moving into a powerful flow to develop both outer and inner strength, creating heat in the body. We wind down with a gentle flow to ease us into deep rest and seal our practice with a silent insight meditation.

Space in this incredible free class is limited, so please book here to secure your place.

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Aromatherapy

Iyengar Yoga + Aromatherapy

''It is through your body that you realise you are a spark of divinity' - BKS Iyengar.

 

We are joined by the radiant Lesley Watson and Rebecca Watson on Saturday 23rd March to immerse ourselves into the practice of Iyengar Yoga.

Throughout this workshop we focus on precision in our back bend practice. As we work to achieve perfect alignment in each pose, we aim to create balance in the body and mind. In addition to helping students gain flexibility, balance, and strength, Iyengar yoga can be be useful in the management of certain health conditions such as chronic low back pain. In back bends, we work the whole of the back of the body to open the front, creating stronger back muscles and ease of movement in the spine. This brings mental sharpness and alertness the effects of which are invigorating and enlivening.

Back bends heat and energise where forward bends cool and calm the nervous system. Active back bends exert strong work on the body so our sequence is well rounded with the inclusion of forward bends, bringing the spine back into a neutral mode before we ease into a state of relaxation in a well deserved savasana. Take the time to be still and ground, let go of excess energy, nurture yourself and give yourself time and space to let go and be at rest.

Throughout our practice we are gently introduced to a thoughtful selection of essential oils, which will be used to enhance the benefits of our sequence. Essential Oils are termed ‘essential’ because they are the essence of the plant and in the middle ages; known to be essential to life. Oils will be used that have energizing properties and those that help to soothe and calm the nervous system.

You can expect to leave feeling balanced and invigorated with an understanding of how to use essential oils effectively.

 

A free sample of an essential oil used will be included.

 

*Not suitable for complete beginners.

When?

// Saturday 23rd March, 2:15pm-4:30pm

Where?

// The Yoga Kula studio in Chapel Allerton, Leeds.

How?

// To book and secure your place on this workshop, click here

 

To see our full list of upcoming events and workshops, and book your place, simply click here

 

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Angela Sykes // Journey

Issho Winter Terrace // Ikigai Yoga

This winter, Yoga Kula has teamed up with Issho Victoria Gate in Leeds, to bring you some very special and exclusive events.

On Saturday 26th January and Saturday 16th February we invited you to join Senior Yoga Teacher and Yoga Kula Director Angela Sykes, in the beautiful frosted surroundings of Issho's Winter Terrace.  We held a bespoke yoga session based around the Japanese concept of Ikigai. In Japan people believe everyone has an Ikigai - a reason to jump out of bed in the morning, a focus. Sometimes we simply haven’t taken time to discover it. Yoga offers us an opportunity to slow down, look deep within, realign with who we really are and what we want to bring to the world. It supports us to face life challenges with presence and flow.

Issho Winter Terrace

Our Ikigai session opened with a deeply restful restorative yoga pose using props for added support, followed by gentle warm ups and breathing techniques allowing us to really arrive and centre. We spent some time setting intentions and clearing the mind with simple meditation techniques before moving into soothing low flows. These slow and low flows open up the body in a calming and peaceful way. We take opportunities throughout to pause in restful yin poses to open the body and steady the mind.

Issho Winter Terrace

During the session Angela worked with NEOM oils to enhance our experience. 'Scent To Boost Your Energy' is perfect to bring a sense of clarity to mind, whilst 'Scent To De-Stress' brings about a sense of deep relaxation.

Neom Oils

The session ended with green tea, meditation and time to deeply rest and nourish our bodies and minds to soothing music before moving to the Kori bar for a beautiful Akachan Brunch.

 

To see our full list of upcoming events and workshops, and book your place, simply click here

 

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Sunflowers

What's on // April

Welcome to April at Yoga Kula. This month we welcome some new immersive experiences, see the return of some popular favourites, as well as saying hello to exciting guest teachers and more.

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R i t u a l   F l o w  +  S h i v a  P u j a 

Friday 12th April // 7:30 - 9:45pm // £27.50

Join Senior Yoga Teacher Angela Sykes and Yogic Scholar and Meditation Teacher Zeenat Cameron for an evening of Puja, ritual flow, mantra, massage, music, aroma, meditation and refreshments.

Angela will lead a warming, nourishing and inspiring flow around the power and wisdom of Shiva in his dancing or ‘nataraja’ form. The session will be layered with mantra, mudra, music, hands on adjusts/massage and end with a deep relaxation set to healing mantra.

After our flow Zeenat leads us in a puja and meditation dedicated to Shiva. Often shown seated in deep meditation, Shiva is the divine yogi, the Hindu God who personifies awareness and wisdom. He is stillness, spaciousness and freedom, and the heart of our own enlightened nature.

After the session students will enjoy home-made cacao latte and cacao balls while relaxing in our cosy reception (if you cannot stay there will be take out options too!). In plant medicine cultures cacao is used as a heart opener and a way of connecting with ourselves and others.

Book your place here.


P o p - u p / / M a n t r a, M u d r a, M e d i t a t i o n 

Saturday 13th April // 2:30 - 4pm // £10 drop in or use your Anytime class pass

Mantra, Mudra, Meditation

Join Roisin Kiernan to explore the ancient Indian Mantras. Mantra literally means mind distraction, so it supports an easy meditative state and uplifts through sound. There’s so much more to this spiritual technology too. Using simple yet profound mantras with live music we’ll create joy inside and out.

We all have 84 reflex points on the roof of our mouths, like keys to a piano. Plus 74,000 energy channels or ‘nadis’ that run from our navel – like strings on a harp. When you chant or sing each mantra, they are resonantly designed to play these keys and strings to send signals to your Hypothalamus – the regulatory gland in the brain – which then releases natural feel good medicines.

The throat chakra is also connected to our second, sacral chakra. We create our lives through communication. So, by connecting with the divine through mantra – by coming into harmony together through devotion – we start to create that sense of peace in our bodies and can then choose to take that feeling to everyone we meet. This is the union of Bhakti and Shakti – Bhakti being devotional singing (connecting with Shiva; the masculine omnipresence that supports us) and Shakti being creativity or movement; what we bring/birth in the world (the feminine principle).

Book your place here


C r y s t a l  A l c h e m y,  C o l o u r + S o u n d H e a l i n g

Sunday 14th April // 1:30 - 3:30pm // £25

Crystal Bowls

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

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.

A truly unique sound bath experience with Crystal Tones™ Alchemy singing bowls. These are unique blends of quartz, gemstones, metals and minerals (such as amethyst, rose quartz, lapis lazuli, gold, platinum, frankincense and Himalayan salt). Created with intention for healing they assist in grounding, integration, release, alignment and expansion on all levels. Experience deep relaxation, inner alchemy and healing whilst being held within blissful ethereal soundscapes.

Book your place here


M o o n  S e q u e n c e + M e d i t a t i o n 

Saturday 20th April // 5-7pm // £20

Moon Sequence

The 'Moon Sequence' was created by advanced yoga practitioner Matthew Sweeney as a way to balance the fiery nature of Ashtanga yoga, and to restore the body on moon days when our energies need support. Join Senior Yoga Teacher Julia Knight for a nourishing yet dynamic set sequence, working closely with gravity and the Earth's energy with a strong focus on hips and shoulder tension release, flowing with the breath.

The moon sequence allows us to harmonise our Yang practices and busy lives, with a cooling Yin attitude and pace, bringing us into balance whilst maintaining and cooling the nervous system. So wether you practice Ashtanga yoga or not, if you are looking to ease into a Yin yoga flow with infused moments of meditation, this is the workshop for you

After our Moon sequence we will settle into a long, relaxing Savasana before taking time to deepen the connection to our source with cooling Pranyama and a guided Moon Meditation.

On this Spring full moon we increase awareness of our changing mind and body conditions whilst regulating the nervous system.

Bring yourself back to the present after this deeply relaxing session with some lovely tea and cake.

Book your place here


G o n g B a t h + K u n d a l i n i M e d i t a t i o n 

Friday 26th April // 7:30 - 9pm // £17.50

Gong Bath

Everything is vibration, or energy – join us to awaken yours through sound.

We will begin by awakening your cells and connect you to your energy through Kundalini Shaking, chanting and a Kundalini Mantra Meditation. You’ll then be invited to bring this awareness to the hour-long Gong Bath relaxation.

The gong is a healing tool for the body and mind with a particular benefit to the nervous system.  In modern life our nervous systems can become frazzled and need to be ‘retuned’ – the gong bath can support this retuning. The gong also stimulates the glandular system to a higher level of functioning, flushing out blockages along with toxins and clearing and rebalancing the chakras (energy centres) of the body.

Roisin’s gong is tuned to the planet Neptune, which supports us to break down the illusions created by the mind, creating a feeling of unity or wholeness. Its watery nature supports a moving through blockages in emotions and offers a sense of deep relaxation.

This workshop offers time and space for deep relaxation, cellular regeneration, and a sense of release from the thinking mind. It will also gift you tools to continue your own sound healing.

Book your place here


Y o g a M a m a / / R e l a x + R e n e w

Saturday 27th April // 2:15 - 4:15pm // £17.50

Sian GraysonThis insightful workshop led by experienced post-natal teacher Sian Grayson is fully focussed on caring for you as a mother at any stage of your postnatal journey. We open with a relaxing flow designed to help you unwind and fully enjoy your time away from the little ones, working on calming the mind and unwinding any held tension in the body.

Once relaxed and fully arrived we take opportunity to chat informally and look in more detail at anatomy, core strength and essential pelvic floor health.  These insights will add an extra layer in how you move within your yoga practice and also in your day to day life. As part of your self-care and healing routine, Sian show you how to check for Diastasis Recti and how to find a neutral alignment in your body and the benefits of this.

We then enjoy a more dynamic/deeper yoga flow incorporating all of the insights and encouraging a ‘whole body’ approach to pelvic floor health in graceful, fluid movements.

The session ends with a guided relaxation to deeply rest and process any insights and energy gathered from the session.

Participants will receive supporting materials so that you can recreate the flow we learned in the session and ensure you are looking after your core and pelvic floor daily as part of your own personal self-care routine.

Book your place here


F l o w T o T h e B e a t 

Sunday 28th April // 2-4pm // £20

Flow to the Beat

Immerse yourself in the magical union of mind, body, breath, and beat.

Flow to the Beat+ is a lively, fun Vinyasa flow based workshop including a thoughtfully selected playlist, a wonderful extended cool down and deep Savasana with hands-on adjustments.

After an invigorating warm up, we build to a fluid sequence of poses. Cumulating breath and movement to song, we repeat our flow and develop a sense of moving meditation. Starting with the first beat and finishing with the last, flow to let go and lose yourself in the present moment.

This workshop is suitable for yogis who have a regular practice, who know breathing techniques, basic alignment principles and Sun Salutations. Not suitable for complete beginners, pregnant or postnatal students.

Join the captivating Susi Wick for this dynamic and rewarding workshop.

Book your place here 


 

If you have any questions about our workshops or any of our current events, you can contact the studio team by email on info@yogakulaleeds.co.uk or on 07445625645

 

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