Yoga Stops Traffick

Yoga Stops Traffick 2019 // 108 Sun Salutations

Yoga Stops Traffick 2019

As you may know, "Kula" means community, and we are incredibly proud to be part of such a caring and loving community in Chapel Allerton.

On Sunday 10th March, we came together with Yogi's across the globe for a one-day community yoga event, created to raise awareness of and funds for the anti-trafficking organisation Odanadi Seva Trust in India. Yoga Stops Traffick was set up in 2010 by a group of volunteers, many of whom are survivors of slavery, domestic abuse and forced prostitution, who wanted to do something to help.

Through the common language of yoga, 3,000 people around the world united in support of Odanadi’s work and rolled out their mats in homes, beaches and mountaintops on the same day.

Yoga Stops Traffick Team

We were joined by Elena Fernandez-Corugedo, Helen Ince, Catherine Rosenthall and Julia Knight, to complete 108 Sun Salutations throughout the afternoon. By standing alongside them, we demonstrated solidarity and support, as well as sending a message of defiance against a world which allows these horrific abuses to take place.

The Event

We joined four of our fabulous Teachers who have each donated their time and expertise to guide you through 108 Sun Salutations, taking an easy pace as we completed 4 rounds of 27 sun salutations, taking rest in between each session.

Sun salutations, or Surya Namaskar in Sanskrit, generate heat to cleanse the body and mind. As a moving meditation linking movement with breath, this flowing series of poses gets your heart pumping, increases circulation and takes your body through a full range of motion, working every major muscle group in the body.

Yoga Stops Traffick

Why Yoga?

Ashtanga Yoga is of huge significance to the young people of Odanadi. As part of their rehabilitation program, it has allowed them to reclaim their bodies; build physical and mental strength, and restore a sense of peace, confidence and self-worth.

By standing alongside them, you will be demonstrating your solidarity and support for them, as well as sending a message of defiance against a world which allows these horrific abuses to take place.

Yoga Stops Traffick

Why 108 Sun Salutations?

108 is a sacred number in Hindu, Buddhist, and many other belief systems. The average distance of the sun and the moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. There are also said to be 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra; 108 pithas, or sacred sites in India; and, in astrological traditions, 108 also represents the nine planets.

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If you would like to make a direct donation or are considering raising funds via sponsorship for Yoga Stops Traffick 2019, you can arrange this here

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Deep Yin

Introducing Amera Stanforth

With a new class comes a new teacher - Amera Stanforth will be teaching our new Monday morning Ashtanga V Deep Yin class at 9am from 11th March. We took some time out to hear all about her plans, and to welcome Amera to the Yoga Kula teaching team.

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Amera Stanforth

Welcome to the Yoga Kula team! We’re really excited to be working with you and can’t wait for your new Ashtanga V Deep Yin class. So that our students can get to know you, we have a few questions for you about your class, to give them a taste of what to expect.

Firstly, with your new class being the first class of the week on the Kula timetable, can you tell us about the benefits to starting your week with a yoga class such as this?

Starting your week with a class sets you up for the week ahead, building focus and motivation and boosting your energy levels. Reducing stress and becoming more mindful really helps to boost your mindset ready to start the week in the best way possible.

What level is this class aimed towards?

The class is suitable for all levels of yoga experience. Whilst not specifically aimed towards complete beginners, modifications and adaptions to postures will be offered where necessary.

Ashtanga and Yin are very different styles – how will the class be split between the two?

We'll begin with grounding Yin postures to warm and prepare the mind and body before moving into the Ashtanga standing sequence. The aim for this section is to build heat, strength and a strong focus on the Ujjayi breath. The second part of the session will bring you into still, seated, long-held yin postures to release deep tightness in the body and free block energy. Softly focusing on the breath to build attention and awareness of the sensations in body and the mind. We will end with a deep and restorative relaxation.

The class is called Ashtanga V Deep Yin. Which is your favourite and why?

That's a hard question - I love them both but for different reasons. I love the dynamic, rhythmic practice of Ashtanga to build heat and strength and feel like I've worked hard. However, I equally enjoy the quiet stillness of Yin, which always leaves me feeling more open and grounded, both in the body and mind.

If a student is unsure whether to give this class a go, what advice would you give them?

Come along! You're more than welcome to take the class at your own pace, and rest is always encouraged if your body and mind need it. I'll be on hand to offer modifications and adaptations for you so you have nothing to worry about.

How do you spend your time off the yoga mat?

Mainly you’ll find me with friends enjoying coffee and brunch after Yoga (my 2 favourite things to do!) I enjoy variety in life and particular love to travel and explore new places. Spending time with my friends and family is very important, but I also like to find some quiet time in my cosy home.

Your class overlaps the Kula 'Move' and 'Rest categories, what is the importance of having a range of styles in your practice? Taking time to explore both dynamic and structured movement such as Ashtanga, and having the contrast with relaxing deep Yin?

I believe the key to life (and yoga!) is the discovery of an inner and outer balance. Both the Yang and Yin; being strong yet soft, energetic and relaxed, refined yet receptive. I think it’s important and healthy to move the body in different ways. It’s as equally important to take rest as well as movement.

Could you sum up your class in 3 words?

- Balanced, energising, grounded.

You’ve been part of Kula as both a student and a workshop teacher for quite a while and we’re so excited to welcome you to the timetable! What part of joining the Kula team are you most excited about?

Kula has been part of my yoga journey from the very beginning. The teachers and environment have been crucial in my growth as a yoga student and teacher. I feel so excited to be officially part of the team, although I’ve always felt one of the team as everyone is very welcoming and inclusive. I’m looking forward to being able to share my teaching with Kula’s lovely students on a weekly basis.

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Join Amera for her new class every Monday from 11th March. This session is free* so a perfect opportunity to give it a go. Book your place via MindBody by clicking here.

*Daytime price of £8 // Drop-in applies from March 18th

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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.


Miz DeShannon

Introducing Miz DeShannon

We took some time out to chat with the wonderful Miz DeShannon from Nataraja Yoga who recently joined the Yoga Kula teaching team.

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Welcome to the Yoga Kula team! We’re really excited to be working with you and love starting every Sunday with you.  So that our students can get to know you, we have a few questions for you. 

Miz DeShannon

You’re teaching Hot Vinyasa Flow at 8am on Sunday mornings, are you a more of a morning or a night person?

A good friend of mine was researching this for a thesis recently – apparently the likelyhood of us being a morning / night person depends on what time of day were born, and I was born at around 4am, so….. 

I do love the moonlight, I struggle sleeping, my body has this need to be awake through the night no matter how emotionally or physically difficult my day has been. It is quite frustrating and I work really hard at that ‘night time routine’ thing. When I lived in Manchester I’d go out for walks through the suburbs where I lived at 2-3am. Now, I live by the woods, I sit on the step and star gaze every evening. And on a full moon, my favourite thing to do is to take a moon walk – the light in the woods is fantastic, I love the dark grey-blue colours and shadows, and spotting the shapes of the constellations.

Is this class suitable for students at the start of their yoga practice?

I’ve practiced hot yoga for a long time, and I’ve always experienced a lot of different people in hot yoga classes. What matters is the class structure, the sequencing being delivered, and in my classes I always like to make sure everyone has something they can get their head around. Much as I write my classes down, figure out my theme for the week and spend time practising them myself so I know they work, nine times out of ten they change once I get to the studio and I meet my students. I read the room and adjust what I teach accordingly, so everyone is always more than welcome and there's something for everyone in my classes. 

Do you practice every day?

I don’t get to do a physical practice every day, but considering the breadth of what yoga is, I like to think it’s now an integral part of my life every day.

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

On my front step watching the clouds and talking to the trees.

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

A massive hippy.

What is your yoga story? When did you start practicing and how has yoga impacted on your life?

I started randomly ‘doing yoga’ about 15 years ago at a gym in Liverpool, just part of my physical training schedule. I missed the tradition and structure of Muay Thai which I’d stopped practicing after injuring my spine. My yoga practice became more regular when I moved back to my home town of Manchester in 2004, and I eventually engaged with some great teachers who taught a lot around anatomy and alignment, intention setting and pranayama. Most of the things I picked up from them shaped how I actually teach today. I became pretty hooked, and was practicing about 4 times a week after work. Then I moved to Leeds in 2014 and found some great teachers here, including Angela from Kula, who gave me a new understanding of yoga – the facets of it which brings peace and calm and focus to life off the mat.

 All things considered yoga has had a pretty great impact on my life, allowing me to get over some injury and mobility issues which recurred in 2016, bringing me a sense of calm in my mind and tools to overcome anxiety and emotional imbalances, and also now bringing me a wonderful new career which I love.

What is your favourite thing about teaching a hot class?

Knowing the buzz and energy that the students get (I hope!) because I’ve done hot yoga myself, and seeing them smile at the end of the class.

If a student is unsure whether to give this class a go, what advice would you give them?

There’s no reason not to!

Would you like to add anything?

If anyone has any questions about my classes  – talk to me! You can ask me anything you want to and I’ll try my best to give you a full answer. I’ve been asked all sorts, from detail about poses, to “what do I do when….”, and how to take things from the class into home practice. Try me!

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Join Miz DeShannon every Sunday at 8am for an All Levels Hot Vinyasa Flow - the perfect way to begin your Sunday.

Click here to book your place.

 

 

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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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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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What's on // February

Welcome to February at Yoga Kula! A big welcome to all of our new students who've joined us so far in 2019, and welcome back to all of our previous students. In January, we welcomed 3 new teachers, and 2 new classes!

Here's what's on in February . . .

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Yin // Sound + Silence - Friday 8th February. 7 - 9pm

+ Julia Knight

Yin // Sound + Silence

This deeply calming Yin Yoga workshop in the cosiness of the Kula studio, will focus on the Vishuddha (throat) Chakra with exploration of Sound + Silence. We find balance with Silent Yin to help us connect to our Nada, or inner sound as we meditate. Silence allows us to connect with thoughts and feelings that may be unconscious, giving us opportunity and space to explore these. With renewed awareness; we then have the freedom to make conscious choices instead of just going along with the noise of the busy mind.

Long stay Yin Yoga poses allow us to connect with our subtle body and rejuvenate the natural strength and length of our connective tissues (fascia), that may have been lost due to aging, diet, stress or lifestyle. This connective tissue focus, combined with mindful muscle relaxation promotes the healthy flow of Qi (energy) within the body, bringing balance to mental, physical and emotional health.

We take time to explore two different pranayama techniques, sound and meditation, leading to enhanced relaxation and stillness that will leave you feeling deeply nourished and balanced.

Melt with gravity into lovely deep hip releasing postures bringing balance to mental, physical and emotional health.

Click here to book your place. 

 


 

Yoga Technique: The Ashtanga Primary Series // Part 2 - Saturday 9th February. 2:30-5pm

+ Claire Dambawinna

Claire - Yoga Technique

Join Claire for Part 2 of her Yoga Technique: The Ashtanga Primary Series workshops  where we take the opportunity to study the middle section of the sequence in more detail. In this series of Technique workshops we take the time to explore each pose thoroughly and break down this challenging sequence. Options and modifications will be provided throughout to prepare and support the body as you work with or towards the full sequence.

You do not need to have attended Part 1 to benefit from this practice. Suitable for all levels, although some yoga experience is necessary.

Click here to book your place 

 


Tween and Teen Yoga // Pop Up - Saturday 10th February.

+ Deborah Grossman

1;45-2:45pm  Yoga for Tweens

3 - 4pm Yoga for Teens

 

Yoga for teens offers a welcoming and relaxing environment for growth, development and empowerment. It helps them to tune into the messages of their body and mind, and to act in a way that honours the best version of who they are. The practice of yoga offers adolescents a discipline for teens to discover who they truly are.

As well as the physical benefits of yoga, yoga teaches teens techniques for coping with the unique issues they’re faced with every day – becoming young adults with more responsibilities and decisions to make, insecurity about their changing bodies, social and family pressures, exam pressures, and uncertainty about their beliefs and their futures.

Click here to book a space on our Tweens 8-11 Class

Click here to book a space on our Teens 12+ class

 


 

Flow to the Beat - Friday 15th February. 7:15 - 9:15

+ Susi Wick

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.

Click here to book your place 

 


 

Issho Winter Terrace // Ikigai Yoga - Saturday 16th February. 9:45am - 12pm

+ Angela Sykes

Issho February

Discover your Ikigai with this nourishing yoga session followed by a delicious brunch set on the Beautiful 'Yuki' Winter terrace at Issho Rooftop Bar & Restaurant, Leeds.

Join Senior Yoga Teacher and Yoga Kula Director Angela Sykes in frosted surroundings for 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, 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.

Our ikigai session opens 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 spend 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.

During the session Angela will work with NEOM oils to enhance your experience. 'Scent To Boost Your Energy' is perfect to bring a sense of clarity to mind. 'Scent To De-Stress' brings about a sense of deep relaxation. The session will end with green tea, meditation and time to deeply rest to soothing music.

Limited spaces available - Click here to book!

 


 

Start with You // Truly Love + Journey Beyond with Gong Bath - Sunday 17th February. 1pm - 4pm

+ Roisin Kiernan

Roisin

In honour of St. Valentines' day - the designated day of love, join us for this incredibly special workshop of two parts. We invite you to explore your true self before immersing into a restorative Gong Sound Bath.

Take time and space to relax on the mat, get comfy using blankets, bolsters, faux sheepskins and lavender scented eye bags. Once you are deeply settled simply let the healing vibrations wash over your body.

An effortless and well deserved relaxation in the cosy Yoga Kula studio.

Click here to book your space 

 


Birth Preparation - Saturday 23rd February. 2:30pm - 6pm

+ Lara Heppell

Pregnant Lady

Our fabulous Birth Preparation workshop has been lovingly designed by Lara to help women and their birth partners / supporters prepare for the amazing experience of birth.

The session will begin and end with relaxing hypnobirthing practices which you will receive copies of to listen again at home.

During the rest of the session we will discuss birth from a natural physiological perspective and provide you with a safe, open and nurturing space in which to gain new skills and confidence, discuss birth (in a non-medical setting) as a couple or in a small workshop environment with other parents-to-be.

The session will enable you as a couple to work together, gain new skills and confidence and more importantly discover what you both want from your birth experience. It is a unique opportunity for you and your partner to connect with your baby and explore what support might mean for you, how you can work together to empower the mother and create an environment that promotes calm and relaxation for both you and baby.

Click here to book your space

 


 

Yin+ // Winter Energetics - Sunday 24th February. 1pm - 4pm

+ Julia Knight

Yin+ // Energetics

This bespoke workshop has been thoughtfully developed by both Julia Knight (Senior Yoga Teacher - Yoga Alliance Professionals) and talented guest teacher Joanne Dyson; an experienced Acupuncturist and registered Mentor (BAcC).

Focusing on seasonal energetics and winter self-care, we bring together Yin Yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to enrich your yoga practise. We take time to explore postures and concepts that support and balance energy on the mat and in daily life.

Click here to book

 


 

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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An A to Z of Yoga Kula

We thought we'd start the year with a comprehensive A to Z guide of all things Yoga Kula, to give you a brief overview of who we are and what we do.

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A is for Ashtanga. One of the oldest styles of Yoga, based on eight principles and consisting of a series of poses executed in swift succession, combined with deep, controlled breathing. If you’re new to the practice, join Claire Dambawinna for our Level 1 Ashtanga class on Saturdays at 8am. For the more experienced yogi, we have our Level 2 class with Helen at 9:15am also on Saturdays, as well as various classes throughout the week. Click here to view our full timetable. 

B is for Beginners. Everyone has to start somewhere, and Yoga Kula will support your yoga journey from the very first time you step on the mat right through to completing your Teacher Training Course. We run our 6 week Begin // Foundation Course throughout the year with Becky Hill and Elena Fernandez-Corugedo, with our next dates coming up in January.

C is for Community. The word “Kula” translates from Sanskrit, and means “Community” or “Tribe.” We see everyone as an important part of our Kula, and try to make the studio experience the very best it can be for everyone who comes along. The Kula experience doesn’t just stay in our studio, we often work alongside other companies and venues, including Neom, Sweaty Betty, Harvey Nichols, Victoria Gate and many more. 

D is for Downward-facing Dog. One of the most widely recognised and practiced postures, you'll find Downward-facing dog in many of our classes. It deeply stretches your hamstrings, shoulders, calves, arches, hands, and spine while building strength in your arms, shoulders, and legs.

E is for Energy. Energy is a key part of a yoga practice, whether you're building the heat and fire within in a dynamic practice, or relaxing your body and mind and reducing negative energy such as stress and anxiety.

F is for FAQ’s. You’re bound to have lots of questions before you join us for your first yoga class, and that’s okay! Hopefully we can answer most of them here, however please get in touch if we can be of any assistance.

G is for our wonderful Guest Teachers. We've welcomed some amazing teachers both UK-wide and internationally to Yoga Kula, including Mindfulness specialist Zeenat Cameron who teaches on our Teacher Training Course, Bodywork specialist Eyal Chehanowski, as well as working with Kundalini teacher Roisin Kiernan on our regular Gong Bath workshops.

H is for Hatha. Hatha Yoga is a chance to work with individual postures and work at a slower pace. A perfect way to introduce yourself to the practice with our Level 1 Hatha class on Mondays at 10:15 and Fridays at 8:45. You will be guided through a selection of asana (postures) during the class focusing on alignment and explaining the benefits of the postures. The session will focus on working with the breath, and you may arrive at a place of awareness where you will begin to experience yoga as a mediation.

I is for Iyengar. Iyengar Yoga provides the opportunity to go deeper into the alignment of yoga asana (postures). With the use of yoga props and specific techniques we discover the detail of each pose and sequence, allowing us to discover it’s deeper layers. In this session, there is a focus on awareness, breath and finding peace in the poses. With the knowledge gained in this class students will be well prepared for other yoga styles. You can book our Iyengar class on Fridays at 10am by clicking here.

J is for Journey. Everyone's yoga journey starts somewhere, regardless of your age, background, size, shape, education or history. Yoga is for everyone and everyone is included, and you are always welcome here at Yoga Kula. We'd love to join you on your yoga journey and for you to be part of Kula.

K is for Knowledge. Our teachers have a vast amount of knowledge of both yoga and all that goes alongside it. They are are continuously expanding and sharing that through our practice, through retreats, and through all the work they do for us. 

L is for Listening to your body. Practicing what feels right for you and listening to what your body needs. Everyone’s practice will be different because everyone’s body is different. Our classes celebrate those differences and allow you to adapt and modify postures to suit you.

M is for Massage. We are incredibly lucky to have Harriet (Morgan Sports Therapy) as our resident massage therapist here at Yoga Kula. Harriet offers appointments between 1pm and 5pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, you can book your appointment here. Harriet specialises in Pregnancy // Post Natal massages and Sports // Remedial massages, so there's something for everyone.

N is for our New to Kula offer. If you're new to the Kula studio, this is for you. The perfect way to try our our range of classes and find which is best for you, whether you're looking for a strong and dynamic class or something gentle and relaxing. The pass can be purchased by dropping into the studio, or online via MindBody. Click here to find out more.  

O is for Opportunity. We are so grateful for the opportunity to teach each and every one of our students and thank you for sharing your practice with us.

P is for Pranayama. Pranayama is the practice of controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana, or vital life force. The practice of yoga involves working with the breath and this calms the entire nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety and improving self-awareness.

Q is for Questions. We ask you to arrive 5-10 minutes before the start of your class. This gives you the space and time to speak with your teacher and ask any questions you may have, as well as letting them know of any injuries or restrictions they need to be aware of. There are no silly questions, so please don't be afraid to ask anything you'd like to know.

R is for Restorative. Restorative Yoga offers students much needed time for space, relaxation and deep rest. Each session provides a calming, holistic tonic to busy, modern living. In these restful classes participants are welcomed to melt into carefully crafted sequences of restorative yoga poses supported by props such as bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps. During the postures you are guided into deep breathing to deepen the letting go process, allowing space for the body to heal and rejuvenate. Perfect for those who are recovering from injury or illness as well as those who want to simply reduce stress and learn to rest. We offer Restorative classes on Mondays at 7:45pm and Fridays at 3:45pm. You can book these sessions by clicking here.

S is for Savasana. One of the most important postures of your yoga practice. Savasana is the final posture to relax and restore at the end of the class. All control of the breath, the mind, and the body is  released for the duration of the posture, allowing your body to completely let go and let your full weight sink into the Earth. An effortless relaxation to allow the body to cool down, intended to rejuvenate body, mind and spirit.

T is for Teacher Training. 2019 sees our second group of Teacher Trainees take the first step on the teaching ladder and the graduation of our first trainees. We offer a 250 hour Teacher Training Course which is accredited by Yoga Alliance. You can read the full details about our course, and hear from our current group of teachers by clicking here.

(T is also for Tea! We'd love for you to join us after your class to relax and drink some herbal tea, which is readily available before rushing into whatever your day holds next)

U is for Universal. Whilst Yoga is of an Indian origin, it is practiced all over the world and is never confined to the space on your yoga mat within a studio. The practices you learn in a class can be used throughout many aspects of your life, such as improving your posture, adaptations around injuries and taking notice of what your body is telling you.

V is for Vinyasa Flow. Vinyasa flow is a dynamic, creative style of yoga in which the asana (postures) are linked together and synchronised with a yogic breath. Join our Level 1 class with the wonderful Susi Wick on Wednesdays at 9am, or our Level 2 experienced class on Fridays at 12:45. We also offer All Levels classes throughout the week, so whether you're new to the practice or a dedicated yogi, we have a Vinyasa for you -  all of which can be booked through MindBody here. 

W is for Workshops. Several times each month we work alongside our Kula teachers as well as well regarded practitioners from all over the world, bringing you workshops which will enhance your practice as well as well as your knowledge. These are a great way to broaden your yoga experience and offer you something a little bit special outside of a standard class, such as Yoga Nidra, Gong Baths, Moon Sequences and many more. You can view our full list of upcoming workshops by clicking here. 

X is a difficult one, we did struggle a bit here but we’ve gone with fleXibility. One of the main misconceptions before joining a yoga studio and something that our teachers hear often is “I’m not flexible enough to do yoga.” 

Honestly take it from us, you don’t need to be flexible to practice yoga, in the same way that you don’t need to be fit to join a gym. Practice creates progress. It’s all part of the process, and yoga is not about being flexible or whether you can reach your toes. Yoga is about listening to your body and mind and acknowledging what feels right for you.

Y is for Yin. Yin style postures are performed either sitting lying down, and are usually held for between 3-10 minutes.  Through this practice muscles are encouraged to relax and yield to gravity, allowing the connective tissue (fascia, tendons, ligaments) to be targeted and released. You will find that during the longer stay in each posture, emotions and thoughts will arise – we acknowledge these thoughts and emotions and simply let them pass. We learn through this practice to be the observer. As we move into a meditative state tension releases and a growing inner awareness to the chattering mind evolves, allowing us to move towards a calmer and more centred state of mind. We offer Yin classes 3 times throughout the week with Julia Knight. Wednesdays at 5:15pm, Thursdays at 11:30am and Sundays at 11am. You can book your space here.

Z is for Zzzzzz. We offer regular Yoga Nidra workshops. Yoga Nidra translates from Sanskrit as Yogic Sleep, the perfect way to relax after a busy week. A beautiful practice where you will be in a completely effortless state of being and guided to a relaxed state between wakefulness and sleeping. In this state of consciousness deep healing and rejuvenation can occur. 

A Yoga Nidra session begins with some gentle breathing to calm and soothe the mind, leading to some deeply held restorative poses to invite the physical to soften the grip and let go before the practice of Yoga Nidra. To find out when our next workshop is, click here.

 


Welcome to 2019

Goodbye 2018 // Hello 2019

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019.

As 2018 draws to a close and we prepare to say hello to 2019  we took some time out to reflect on the fantastic year 2018 has been and what we have learned along the way. We also thought we would share some highlights on things to come in 2019.

 

New Teachers and Classes. 

At Yoga Kula often look at our timetable and class offering throughout the year and 2019 is no different! We are very excited to welcome three new teachers in January including Amanda Winburn, Binny Saandal and Miz DeShannon. Amanda will be teaching our new Restorative and Meditation class on Sundays at 5:45pm, while Binny joins us for Vinyasa Flow on Mondays at 5:15pm, Slow Flow and Yin on Thursdays at 8pm, and Hatha on Sundays at 4:30pm.

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Amanda Winburn

Binny Saandal

Miz DeShannon

Goodbye.

As well as new welcomings we are very sad to say goodbye to two wonderful and incredibly talented teachers Anthony Middleton and Isabel Slingerland. Anthony and Isabel are preparing to start a new adventure in Holland and we wish them the very best of luck.  Isabel will continue with her Hot Vinyasa Flow class every Wednesday at 8pm until the end of January.

2018 at Yoga Kula.

2018 saw the launch of our first Teacher Training Course, and our current trainees are now well on their way to being fully fledged teachers. We can’t wait to work with our 2019 intake and be part of their teaching journey. 

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// We’ve worked with some incredible brands, including Sweaty Betty, Neom, Victoria Leeds, Harewood House and Harvey Nichols throughout the year, delivering events such as Yoga Nidra, pop-up sessions,  and wild yoga. Throughout the coming months we already have events planned with Issho in Victoria Gate. To view all of our upcoming events, click here.

Wild Yoga

 

We were lucky enough to not just feature in 3 issues of Yoga Magazine, but for Angela Sykes, founder and director of Yoga Kula to be featured on the cover of the July issue.

 

We finished the year with a big thank you to all of our students, with a Nourish class with Angela followed by non-alcoholic mulled wine and mince pies! Kula means community, and our community of loyal Kulis are so important to us.

Nourish Class

We already have a lot of exciting news to share with you over the coming months of 2019, with new classes, new teachers, new workshops to look forward to. Keep an eye out on our Workshops page and on MindBody!

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peaceful yoga setting

New Year, New Teachers, and Free Classes

We are very excited to take a holiday at Christmas and spend some time relaxing and renewing with family and friends. However, we are also extremely excited to re-open the studio after the Christmas break and welcome you to 2019 at Yoga Kula.  We begin the year with some news, welcoming three incredible new teachers who are bringing with them some brilliant classes.  We’d love for you to join us, especially as the first session of each of our new class options is free!

We hope you enjoyed Yoga Kula being part of your yoga journey in 2018, we loved seeing you on the mat and look forward to your yoga practice developing, deepening and flourishing in the brand new year ahead.

There’s lots to look forward to in the coming months, with our new classes and pop up sessions,  our ever popular beginner courses and incredible workshops.

 


 

We firstly welcome the radiant Binny Saandal, who will be teaching three classes a week here at Yoga Kula.

Binny Saandal

Binny Saandal

“Movement is the song of life”

My Yoga Philosophy is to teach with a passionate heart, to inspire people to take their practice beyond the mat into real life. My teaching style is playful and creative, and through rhythmic transitions from one posture to another, integrated with light-hearted analogies. You will leave you feeling both inspired and nourished.

Join Binny for Slow Flow + Yin (FREE First class Thursday 3rd January. Click here to book)

Binny will also be teaching Ashtanga Fusion on Mondays at 6:30pm and Hatha on Sundays at 4:30pm.

 

 

 

 

Amanda Winburn

Amanda Winburn“My approach to teaching a peaceful, soulful restorativepracticee is from the heart. I like to guide my students on a journey to self through the breath, through feeling, connecting with the energy in the room and creating a safe place for self exploration”.

Amanda will be teaching Restorative and Meditation on Sundays at 5:45pm. (FREE First class Sunday 6th January. Click here to book)

 

 

 

 

 

Miz De Shannon

Miz will be teaching Hot Vinyasa Flow every Sunday at 8am

Miz DeShannon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other timetable changes

Monday

7:45pm-9pm Restorative is now Restorative and Nidra with Catharine Rosenthall

Tuesday

11:30-12:45 Yoga, Pranayama and Relaxation is now Yoga Technique with Rachel Woolhouse. (FREE first class 8th January. Click here to book)

1:20-2:30 Yoga for Living with Cancer  with Lara Heppell has had a price reduction, with a single session now costing £6.50. Student’s first class is also free!

Wednesday

No timetable changes

Thursday

9-10am Rocket with Pam Vargas is now All Levels  – come along and enjoy a playful practice without any pressure to be at a particular level. Expect a fast-paced dynamic class.

8-9pm Yoga Technique is replaced by Slow Flow with Binny Saandal  (FREE first class Thursday 3rd January. Click here to book)

Friday

No timetable changes

Saturday

12:30-1:45 Hatha is now Yoga Technique with Claire Dambawinna

 

Sunday

8-9am Hot Vinyasa Flow – New teacher Miz De Shannon

9:15 Ashtanga with Julia Knight is now a 75 minute class, running until 10:30am

11am Yin with Julia Knight will now run from 10:45-11:45am making Sunday morning Ashtanga and Yin the perfect double class option.

4:30-5:30pm Hatha will now be taught by Binny Saandal

5:45-7pm Forrest Inspired Flow will become Restorative and Meditation taught by Amanda Winburn (FREE First class Sunday 6th January. Click here to book)

 

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