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.

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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!

 

 

#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

 


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 


 

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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

 

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