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My 6 week beginners course at Yoga Kula

It’s Men’s Health week this week so we are highlighting how good for men’s health yoga can be. Thanks Simon for sharing your yoga journey with us so far.

My 6 week beginners course at Yoga Kula

I recently moved to Leeds from London where I worked 24/7 and never had any time to relax and look after myself. I didn't sleep well and found it hard to switch off. I had always enjoyed keeping fit but was always very stiff.

When I got to Leeds, I was surprised by how popular yoga is here - I thought it was more of a London thing. I looked at the courses and classes on offer and after chatting with the Kula team I decided the beginners course was the best place to start.

I was a little worried before I went as I wasn't sure there would be any other men there - wasn't yoga more for women? When I arrived I was surprised to see quite a few men in the class - it was a lovely group and we all bonded over our dodgy downward dogs.

My shoulders are really tight and even as quickly as the first couple of weeks I began to feel them loosen up a little, my sleep became deeper and I my mind become more still. I started to think back to my London days and realised I was always just thinking about the next thing all of the time.

On week 6 I felt things begin to fall into place. I understood the key poses more and had learnt how to do yogic breathing. Our teacher Elena also taught us about intention setting and mantra.

My plan is to take the course again so that I can continue to build on what I already know. I don't feel quite ready to do a regular class but let's see after my next course.

Any men out there who are wanting to try yoga should give it a go. I recommend Yoga Kula as there is no competition or pressure and the teachers are really supportive. It's a great complement to my tennis, cycling and gym routine.



Yoga in the Park

This summer, Yoga Kula will be running new and exciting yoga sessions in Chapel Allerton Park. There is lots on offer so there will be something for everyone! Each session will be followed by a picnic. The sessions and picnic will run from 1pm – 3pm on the dates listed below.

Here is what is coming up and when:

Saturday 8th July  - Laughter Yoga with Angela - book now

Saturday 15th July  - Soothing Hatha and Wild Nidra with Clare - book now

Saturday 22nd July - Family Yoga with Lara and Mini Yogi G - book now

Saturday 5th August  - Dynamic Yoga and Wild Nidra with Helen and Catharine - book now

Saturday 19th August  - Animal Flow with Susi - book now

Saturday 26th August - Doga with Angela and Beliz - book now 

All levels welcome.

Kids welcome to Laughter Yoga and Family Yoga for free - just call the studio to let us know.

Please bring your own yoga mat to all sessions, a blanket and cushion for wild nidra and blocks for meditation if you use one.

Please bring a picnic and a picnic blanket.

If it is raining the event will be cancelled and announced on Facebook. All refunds will go back onto your Yoga Kula Mind Body account.

5th birthday

Kula is turning 5!

Come and celebrate Yoga Kula's fifth birthday with us on Thursday 6th July.

We are celebrating our birthday by offering a FREE CLASS which will take place at the studio at 1.30pm - 3.30pm on 6th July.

We have lots of treats planned for you, including a 5 Elements Flow Session – an element for each year Kula has been in existence, a yoga Nidra followed by a Sleep School session hosted by the fantastic team at NEOM.

After class, you can relax and chat with like-minded Kulis over the newest Pukka Tea combinations, birthday cake and healthy treats.

Only 24 places available. Book your space on Mind Body now.

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10% Sweaty Betty Discount for Kulis!

If you come to Kula often you may have noticed how much we LOVE Sweaty Betty and that Angela is their very proud yoga ambassador.

Sweaty Betty is a fashion forward active wear brand which is comfortable to wear and transitions perfectly from the mat to the post-yoga lunch and even into the evening.

For people who do lots of sport or who wear active wear for their jobs, SB offers ranges designed for movement which also look and feel great to wear.

Don't forget about your 10 percent discount on anything bought from the Victoria Quarter shop in Leeds city centre. Just let the lovely ladies there know you practice yoga at Yoga Kula.

New catalogue out now and in Kula reception if you fancy a look - be warned you might want everything in there!

Growing into a Senior Yoga Teacher

Growing into a senior yoga teacher - written by Angela Sykes

This year I was made a senior yoga teacher by Yoga Alliance Professionals. This is awarded when a yoga teacher has been teaching for 8 years+, has taken part in a required amount of CPD training hours and taught over 4000 hours of classes (that’s quite a few downward facing dogs!). I wanted to share a little about my path to becoming a yoga teacher and how excited we are at Kula to start training teachers in 2018.

I decided I wanted to become a yoga teacher when I was living in Japan. I stumbled upon yoga by accident when I was studying Karate and Tai Chi. I loved that it was both physical and meditative and that unlike my karate practice I didn’t end up in pain and covered in bruises after every session (I was one of just two girls in our class with lots of black belts, and no English was spoken – it was a tough learning curve but one that made me rather determined!).

I wanted to learn more about yoga but found it difficult as I didn’t have my own laptop - I used a shared computer at the school where I taught English for emails (no Facebook back then!) and as I didn’t want to hog it, I couldn’t easily find out more about yoga online. My yoga teacher couldn’t speak English so even though I loved the classes I knew there was so much nuance I was missing.

I went to my local library and found a book on yoga in the English section, it was a very old fashioned book but it ignited a spark. I discovered yoga came from India and began to understand more about the spiritual nature of the practice and the many benefits. I was already living in the East and becoming very familiar with the approach to life, health and the deep sense of spirituality. I continued my yoga practice in Japan and started to dream of an Indian adventure.

I started researching training courses in India (a real minefield but luckily, I chose the right course for me at the time). I saved up and booked the course and the flight. I was so nervous and so excited all at the same time. At this stage, I loved the idea of becoming a yoga teacher but knew it was something I needed to put lots of time into and I wouldn’t be fully prepared after this one course – I used this as a way to deepen my yoga practice, have an adventure and broaden my horizons.

My Teacher Training Course in India was an amazing experience! I studied in a school whose Guru was a disciple of Satyananda of the Bihar tradition and I just loved my teacher Sandeep (who as well as teaching us was also the personal yoga teacher to the King of Kazakstan). We woke up at 4.30am every day to chant and practice. In the Bihar tradition, there is lots of karma yoga so I spent a lot of time cleaning and pulling up weeds as well as on my yoga mat. I shared a room with three other girls who I still keep in touch with about our yoga adventures all over the globe. BKS Iyengar came to our ashram to teach us and we performed a show for him one evening – I had to feed a long, wet cloth into my teacher Sandeep’s mouth to demonstrate an ancient cleansing technique – it was very surreal!

My five weeks there went by so fast -  I felt like I had packed in so much knowledge, culture, experiences, friendship and fun. For me training as a yoga teacher was a bit of a turning point, for the first time I felt truly inspired, creative and free. I knew I could do whatever I wanted to do and didn't need to fit into any box – in fact, I started making sure I didn’t fit into boxes on purpose!

This was almost 9 years ago now and in that time, I have filled my life with yoga and more yoga.  I have had the chance to study with so many amazing yogis, returned to India to continue my yoga studies on several occasions, meditated with monks and nuns in Sri Lanka, taken part in more silent retreats than I can remember, completed another 200 hour TTC course and completed several Teacher Training yoga immersions. I have always believed in the need to continue studying and understand you will never get close to knowing enough – this is what has kept the study of yoga so exciting and engaging.

As BKS Iyengar once very wisely said:

‘Yoga is a flame which once lit will never dim. The more you practice, the brighter the flame’

Burn bright Kulis.

A x


Yoga Kula is running a teacher training course at Yoga Kula which will start in January 2018 and we are now taking applications.

Beliz yoga journey

The Yorkshire Yogi: My yoga journey

Since Yoga Kula opened five years ago, seeing and sharing our students' yoga journeys has been one of the greatest pleasures. We love being part of their experiences, lessons and yoga stories. Here, one of our students shares her own yoga journey with us. You can follow Beliz's journey on instagram @the_yorkshire_yogi.

When I was at school I was never one of those kids throwing out cartwheels and handstands like they were as easy as walking. I never did anything like that due to pure fear. Fear of hurting myself, fear of looking stupid, fear of not being able to do it before I had even tried… So, I used to just turn my back on those kids and stick my nose in a book instead because that was much safer. I couldn’t break my neck reading a book, after all.

In fact, I avoided anything that made me feel inadequate or lacking. Be that in relationships, academically or in sports. I took criticism very personally, not just from others but from myself also. So why do the things that I wasn’t good at? Stick to what I know and I will be safe, that was my mantra. I seemed to see the world differently to everyone else. It wasn’t a world full of opportunity and fun, it was scary and hard, and people were mean. Even when I was very young I couldn’t understand how everyone was so… free! How were they not trapped by the same fear as myself?

Despite all this, through the years, I have tried my hand at a bunch of different activities: running, HIIT, skipping (I swear that is a sport in its own right), weights, Pilates, reformer Pilates, netball, swimming, group aerobics, boxercise… I even tried out having a personal trainer for like, a day! And guess what? I hated all of it. Every minute spent in any of those pursuits generated resentment in myself, because I simply couldn’t do the stuff that was being asked of me. I was always the worst person in the class. I hated being out of breath, I hated sweating, I hated competitive sport. I hated it all.

You get the picture. The reality is, it is really hard to keep something up if you hate it. It sounds simple, but it is something I have learnt. Be that diets, a book you are reading or a relationship you are in. This is not just exclusive to ‘sports.’

So, how did I come to settle on yoga? In all honesty, I don’t know if I would have stuck to it if it wasn’t for Yoga Kula (and I am not being paid to say that, yogi’s promise). But, my first reason for going was for someone close to me who was suffering from anxiety. I had read online that yoga is supposed to help with anxiety, stress, wellbeing and so on and thought that it would be a good way to get them out of the house, though I was a bit sceptical of all the mumbo jumbo wellbeing aspect – it all sounded a bit hippyish to me.

After searching for places in her area that would do private classes, I settled on a studio that has now turned out to be my second home – Yoga Kula. And so, with my insistence, me, my mum and my boyfriend went to our first 3-to-1 class. And it was… FUN!

I cannot express to you how wonderful that first class felt. We had a kind and caring teacher who was there to guide us gently through a series of what felt like contortions at the time. But there was no pressure, no competition and I can honestly say that it was the first time in as long as I can remember that I forgot about the world outside of that little room and the worries it contained.

Maybe we were lucky to have such a wonderful guide to take us through those first months of our yoga journey in such a welcoming environment (if you know Clare Kerrigan then you will be able to understand how our love affair with yoga was made all the easier), but whatever it was I knew as I lay there in my first savasana that I had connected to a part of who I was that I didn’t know existed. A part of myself that was capable of facing challenge and overcoming it. It sounds drastic, but I tell you what, for someone with my lack of athletic background, managing to get myself into something that resembles a downward facing dog - regardless of wrists aching, knees bending and hamstrings screaming - empowered me somehow.

I was starting to realise that I had a body that’s capable of doing more than I ever thought, and a mind that is so powerful that it could either hinder or help me. But, most importantly, in that very first class I learnt something more significant than all of that. I learnt to be kind to myself. To be patient with myself. To not take myself too seriously, and to just allow myself to be where I was in that moment. Or, as my current teacher (or as I like to call her, my Guru) Julia Knight always says, I was learning that I was “perfect just the way I was.”

You can imagine, having a glimpse of all that in just one hour was almost liberating. I could suddenly see how people were so dedicated to different things in their lives like music, running, singing, even working. Because if they got from those things what I felt in that class it was no wonder really. So, I decided there and then that I would stick with this and just see where it took me.

I mean, the feeling that the yoga invoked in me didn’t last that long. The next day I was back to feeling stressed, wanting a holiday, bickering and being generally underwhelmed with life. But what did start to happen was that each week, at Kula, on that one day where we had that one hour of yoga, none of it seemed so bad anymore, so important. And through the repetition of going again, and again, and again that feeling began to be reinforced in me. Hence, two years on, I now do yoga nearly every day, both at Kula and at home - you could say I’m an addict.

I learnt very quickly that yoga isn’t a comfortable practice or an easy alternative to other forms of wellbeing and fitness. It all aches, pulls, stretches so uncomfortably, and finding my edge has been very easy because I have been so inflexible, weak and scared. Every single asana was just impossible in my first year of yoga! You want me to do what with my thighs in a downward dog? How the heck did you just ‘bring your foot through to the front?’ Chair pose!?!? You have to be kidding me right? I nearly walked out of one of one teacher's class when she explained that I could just come out of a pose if it was hurting my knees – how could she not make this pose accessible to me!  Turns out, Catharine is one of my favourite restorative teachers EVER, and I have learnt that she was absolutely right, and that I should not go into a pose that causes my knees pain!

My point is, yoga asanas are HARD. For a normal, non-athletic, none-flexible, unconfident human, the journey begins the moment you try and sit with your ankles crossed and your knees facing down. Yoga has made me confront all my hang-ups and perceived realities I have had about my body and myself. The struggle is real. But it is that exact struggle that is going to change you.

One teacher once said to us: ‘You cannot hide from yourself when you are on your mat. Who you are here, is who you are out there. Take this as an opportunity to make yourself a better person. I don’t care what you did yesterday, be it good or bad. All I care about is who you chose to be today.’

Those words have stuck with me ever since I heard them. And she was right. There is no hiding. You must confront your weaknesses, accept them, and work with them slowly to overcome them. And isn’t that just the most amazing life lesson? It is one that I am still learning (one that I will probably always be learning), but for the first time in my life I am willing, and that is what matters most of all.

I believe I, and many others that come to Yoga Kula, have been so lucky to have a place that is so welcoming and supportive to guide us through this journey. I have had unforgettable experiences and made wonderful memories with the people here through classes, retreats, workshops and the community it has built. I mean, if anybody reading this knew me before I started coming to Kula I am sure they will be just as surprised as I am that they got me touching my toes, surfing and handstanding – a far off cry from the scared girl I used to be!


Gong Bath Stillness

Making Time for Stillness

Our lovely teacher Rachel Woolhouse talks about being still and taking time out. Rachel is running a Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation mini-retreat on Sunday 30th April.

When I make time for stillness, it’s as if I press a reset button on my mind. There’s a feeling of lightness, literally a physical feeling. It’s as if I’ve offloaded some of my accumulated mental debris, as though the residue of negative thinking were a layer of dead skin that I have started to shed. Bit of a gross example, I know, but that’s what springs to mind. The result is a kind of mental freshness and a renewed sense of emotional resilience.

So How Come We Don’t Make Much Time for Stillness?

In my experience, I find three main reasons why I don’t make time for stillness, but fortunately for each obstacle there is a workaround:

  1. Feeling like there is something else we should be doing

For me this is the main one. I know the benefit I get even from a short period of sitting still. And yet there always seems to be something so pressing that I feel I can’t spend that time being still and allowing myself to do nothing.

The List is Endless

To allow ourselves time for stillness, we have to accept the simple fact that in life there will always be that list of to dos and if we waited until they were all done, we might never do any of things that bring us joy in life. If we are honest with ourselves, we know many of the things on our list can wait until tomorrow, and of the 1440 minutes each day we can always spare a few minutes for a time-out.

The Gains Are High

The other side of the coin is to remind ourselves how much we will benefit from a brief encounter with stillness. If you have ever been on a retreat, or spent a period of time settling into stillness in meditation, you will know that this has the potential to have a profoundly positive effect on your being.

I remember with deep gratitude the first time I did a silent meditation retreat, (or pretty silent, it was in India, where silent spots are hard to come by). A few days in, as I began to experience periods of inner peace, there was this feeling of coming home, it was sort of as though I recognised this was my natural effortless state underlying the mental chatter.

  1. ‘Compulsive doing’

Another reason for not being still – ‘compulsive doing’ is quite a common experience for me and so I’m sure I’m not the only one. Maybe you’re saying to yourself, ‘that’s just the same as last point,’ but that doesn’t feel like the case to me. Sometimes I’m doing things which are not necessarily important, but actually it strangely feels like I have to keep doing ‘stuff’, as if my world would somehow stop functioning if I let myself just stop.

5 Minutes of Stillness

The most effective way I’ve found to get out of the habit of ‘compulsive doing’ is to make a deal with myself that I will stop once an hour, set a timer for five minutes to sit still, close my eyes and do nothing. This is my tactic when I’m at home on my day off, (you might get into trouble if you did it at your desk in an office).

I think the reason it’s effective is that just by stopping whatever I’m doing, be it cleaning the bathroom, admin work or flicking through a magazine, I acknowledge that anything I’m doing can easily be put on hold for five minutes.

  1. Not Wanting to Be With the Contents of Our Minds

Perhaps for many people, this is the main obstacle. In our busy lives, we’re so used to being kept occupied, checking messages every time we have a spare minute, that we often spend long periods not really allowing ourselves to tune into the various currents of thought and dramas being played out in our heads.

It’s perhaps a fear of acknowledging the significance and potential consequences of our thoughts. Perhaps if we listened to those underlying thoughts they would want to stir up change in our lives and for most of us, change feels scary. Hence we keep ourselves busy, so we don’t have to fully listen to our inner voice.

Ignoring a Problem Won’t Resolve It

If you look in the fridge and happen to glimpse something that looks like it’s past it, do you pretend you didn’t see it and leave it in the fridge to fester? Hopefully, no. You see it, you chuck it out. But to me it seems like in the fridge of our mind we see those things festering and instead of doing something about it, we just choose to pretend they’re not there.

Meditation, the most obvious stillness practice, to me is a way of looking at our ‘stuff’. The longer we sit the more we notice those ‘mouldy’ contents and by acknowledging their presence and trying to keep a balanced quality to the mind as these things arise in our experience, they start to lose some of their power.

Retreat to Stillness

A retreat, however short, is a great entry point into stillness, as we are removed for a short period from the responsibilities of our daily lives and we commit to spending time looking after ourselves, looking after our body, our mind, our whole being. And although we have to sacrifice some time, the after-effect of a retreat is noticeable as we return to daily life with a quality of ease.

Helen Ince - Ashtanga

Helen Ince on the Ashtanga Practice

This probably won’t come as a huge surprise to those who know me but I absolutely adore the Ashtanga system. For me, it is a transformative practice that invigorates, energises and strengthens both your body and mind. But perhaps the best thing about it is that, once you’ve learned it, it’s yours forever and you can take it with you wherever you go.

The Ashtanga sequence follows a set pattern:

  • ten sun salutations (five x A, five x B)
  • the standing sequence
  • seated postures (six sequences in total starting with the primary series)
  • and then the cooling inversions of the finishing sequence

Once learned and practiced regularly, the familiarity of the sequence means that over time your practice becomes more like a moving meditation; you know what is coming next so you can really turn inward, be present and enjoy a deeper connection with your breath. It also means that you become very aware of your own body and how it feels different each time you come to your mat. Not only will this help you to cultivate a safe practice but it also means that you will notice the bumps in the road (and there are likely to be many!) You know, those postures that you may have a fear of or issues with (Navasana?! Marichyasana D?!) and you can begin to learn how to use your breath to help you face each asana with a sense of calm and composure.

Perhaps the greatest gift of the Ashtanga system however, is that it is a practice that, once learned, can become your own, something you can use all of or just elements of, whenever you want to do yoga away from a class environment.

You can do a couple of sun salutations on your balcony or at the beach on holiday this summer to give yourself a little headspace. You might choose to use the finishing sequence at the end of a stressful day to help you unwind. Maybe, over time, you can start to develop the traditional six-day a week practice. The opportunities offered by this rounded, grounding, challenging system are, in my opinion, vast. I am eternally grateful for the lessons I have learnt and the lessons it continues to teach me and feel so lucky to have the chance to share this wonderful practice with my students.

Helen's Ashtanga Beginners Course is open to all students - those who are brand new to the practice or those with a regular practice who want to deepen their understanding further. It starts Saturday 22nd April and runs for four weeks.

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Everything comes from the core

Words by Louisa Thomas

The term ‘core strengthening’ has become a buzz word in recent years with yoga and pilates studios, gyms and fitness programmes offering the promise of a strong core that will be the envy of all. But do washboard-flat abs or a toned tum always equal a strong core? And what exactly does it mean to have a strong core?

The core area is often misunderstood as being purely the abdomen. In fact, the core includes the bulk of the torso, but in particular the muscles, bones, ligaments and fascia of the abdomen, pelvis, and lower back. As the ribs are attached to the spine, and the spine to the pelvis, it figures that the ribs also play a part in core strengthening. And the legs are attached to the pelvis, so they must have a role too, mustn’t they? And above the spine is the neck and head, so surely to carry around on average 12kg of skull and all its contents must also have an impact on the spine, and in turn the core. And the muscles of the shoulders area run across the back and into the pelvis, so we can’t leave out the shoulders… We could continue mapping the body in this way, but suffice to say, the core cannot really be separated from any other part of the body, as no part of the body functions in isolation. The core really is just that – the centre of our body.

With that in mind, it seems logical that isolated and repetitive work on the abdomen is not going to cut it for effective core strengthening. Doing 50 navasanas a day may give you a toned tum, it may even help you to shift a few pounds, but a strong core needs to be able to provide its function of supporting your viscera and keeping you upright and mobile throughout the day, during a range of movements and activities, without you having to ask it to engage. There’s little use in having a perfect 6-pack if you have to brace yourself every time you bend down to pick up something off the floor. Likewise, post pregnancy women often hit the gym to shift their baby weight, but realise as soon as they step on the treadmill that perhaps their pelvic floor isn’t up to the run after all.

Training the core effectively starts with optimal breathing.

As with all yoga, we always come back to the breath as the breath sets the tone for what the body and mind are doing. Many of us are chronic belly breathers, which is not optimal for a strong core. Breathing into the belly throughout the day causes the muscles to become tense and over-worked, so when we call on them to support us, for example if lifting something heavy, they may not always respond. Preferable is breath that allows the ribs to move 3-dimensionally, providing movement and flexibility in the ribs and spine. When the spine can move freely, the prana flows in the body and we are able to perform our normal activity with less chance of injury.

The core cannot function fully if it is surrounded by tension and restriction, so work to mobilise the hips and shoulders is also crucial to building a strong core. If we create a vacuum in the abdominal cavity every time we lift our arms to reach overhead because the shoulders are restricted, the core doesn’t stand a chance at performing optimally. Similarly, if we pull the pelvis out of alignment every time we walk because the hips are weak, or tight, we are working with a shaky foundation.

Being able to move the trunk in its full range, without compromising the pelvis or shoulders, trains the core to work in a way that is natural and reflexive. Yoga asana such as trikonasana, parivrtta parsvakonasana and utkatasana train the core to work in a range of directions, while supporting the trunk and facilitating full rib breathing.

We will be exploring a range of movements, stretches and techniques to train the core to work reflexively and optimally during the upcoming Strong Woman workshop on 1st April. The workshop is open to anyone who wants to rebalance their core, and will be of particular benefit to women who have had children, regardless of how long ago.

I hope to see you there.

An interview with a Cacao and Kirtan Student

A Cacao and Kirtan Ceremony is a truly unique and wonderful experience. We spoke with Kate Herrick who attended the last ceremony. Here is what she had to say about the event

YK: Have you ever been to or heard of Cacao and Kirtan ceremony before this workshop?

Kate: I had heard of both cacao and kirtan, but was not familiar with the two combined, so this intrigued me!

The cacao was prepared prior to the workshop, and then offered to us in a cup once we arrived. We were encouraged to drink our portion slowly, and this allowed me to be aware of each flavour and every texture instead of the usual mindless way we consume food and drink. It tasted rich, but not in a sickly or overpowering sense, it was rich because there was so much to discover with every sip, and drinking it in a circle made me feel connected to the group, whilst simultaneously connecting deeply with my own experience. There was a slight heat present which also made my heart feel like it was getting a hug, and being invited to take part.

The kirtan was liberating, as we rarely get the chance to sing together in groups as adults unless we are part of a choir or a band! Repeating these devotional songs created positive vibrations in my body and throughout the room, and everyone was singing with a smile in their eyes.

YK: What drew you to the Cacao ceremony?

Kate: After nearly a year of people recommending a book to me, towards the end of 2016 I finally picked up Anna Forrest’s book called Fierce Medicine. I found Anna’s story and strength very inspiring and she spoke a lot about the importance of ceremony. Therefore, as 2017 would be my first whole year being a yoga teacher (I was part time up until August 2016), I loved the opportunity to let go of self-doubt and set strong intentions for the year ahead. I could tell by the description this would be a loving and supportive environment to explore my insecurities and instil trust.

YK: Was it what you were expecting?

Kate: I didn’t really have any expectations. I kept my mind open to whatever was going to be offered, and I was not disappointed!

YK: What did you enjoy about the ceremony?

Kate: Roisin and Pariss created a beautiful workshop together. There were really powerful moments to connect with the other students there, which was a bit uncomfortable to begin with but Roisin’s confidence brought everyone on board. If I had to pick out one aspect, I’d go with the section we just got to dance around to the music Pariss played. Roisin asked us to think about an obstacle that may be holding us back, something we could let go of in 2017. When we had this in our minds we then took it in turns to shout out loud to the group what we were letting go of, and then imagine stamping on that obstacle like Ganesha. I could feel and see everyone’s nerves and insecurities melting away and freedom shining through the movements.

YK: What did you take away from the event?

Kate: I took away positivity and excitement for the year ahead. The workshop was electric!

YK: How did you feel during and after the session?

Kate: All I can really think of is presence. I felt very present and energised during and after the workshop…I could have danced all through the night.

YK: Would you recommend this session to another student?

Kate: Yes, I would love to do this again, and would highly recommend this experience :)

The next Cacao and Sound Healing Celebration with Roisin takes place Sunday 9th April from 11am - 3pm.  Visit Mind Body to book you place.