This too shall pass blog

Angela Sykes // This too shall pass

This too shall pass

We hope everyone is well at this unusual and unexpected point in our story.

Right now, things are challenging and anxieties are high – this is not the time to put too much pressure on ourselves or expect too much! Don’t worry if you haven’t mastered making bread or learned to speak Mongolian. The key thing is to cope…to take one day and sometimes even one hour at a time. Looking after our physical and mental health has never been more important that it is right now in order to keep us feeling OK and our immune system resilient.

We’ve been hearing from the Yoga Kula Community that we as a society are experiencing a range of issues, including increased anxiety, struggling with sleep, loss of motivation, a roller coaster of emotions, and more aches and pains as we are perhaps sitting more than we might normally.

Rest assured, here at Yoga Kula we are committed to listening to each and every one of your students, and we are weaving into our classes and free Facebook Live techniques you can use daily to ease the strains and stresses of lockdown life. Please keep sharing your stories with us on our Facebook Community Group so we can keep bringing you what you need in these troubling times.

We’ve recently shared –

Night Night Yoga + Sleep Tips with Angela Sykes

Intention Setting + Meditation with Liz Hurd

Home Practice tips with Helen Ince

Chai making masterclass with Binny Saandal

and many more!

Letting Go.

One way to really let go and relax into what is, is to begin to understand the temporary nature of everything. We are lucky enough to have a direct experience of this in our yoga practice. Just think about being in a yoga pose you find challenging in some way, whether that’s mentally or physically – and we just want to be out of it. At this moment we are offered an opportunity to understand the temporary nature of the universe. If we can just stay a little longer, breathe,  and hold steady we begin to see that things always change, move, and alter. Things will be okay.

Someday soon we will be back in the studio practicing and breathing together and we will cast out attention back to this time and feel gratitude for the simple things we took for granted only a couple of months ago. This too shall pass.

Love, Ange

 

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Angela Sykes // Digestive Rest

Hi Kulis

I hope you are finding a little peace through a daily yoga practice during this lockdown period of our lives. I know it is helping me to feel much more grounded, calm and able to trust that things will work out – and that even some positives will come from this time! It’s lovely to see people appreciating nature and appreciating living a more simple and slower life, doing more home cooking and trying new things. 

One thing I have found is that I am eating really well as there is more time to plan meals and prepare everything fresh. Meals are always a real high point of the day for me (as well as the dog walks and yoga) and I slowly found myself eating much more than I needed to be healthy, well and nourished. I decided to give my digestive system a rest and an opportunity for my body and mind to reset. This is a practice I began around 16 years ago (after extensively researching the area and taking advice from my health practitioner at the time) on a yearly basis as a way to deeply cleanse my body and rest digestive system. 

Important

Any digestive rest must be approached with a mindset of healing. If you are working with a health practitioner either alternative or allopathic ensure you chat with them before embarking upon digestive rest – it’s not the right approach for all of us and we need to ensure it is going to be a truly healing experience for our body, mind and spirit.

5 day fast

Here is how to plan a rest and get started:

– Plan the day (or just a morning) you want to rest your digestion for.

– The night before have a light meal such as a homemade soup with lots of veggies for good nourishment. 

– On the day of the rest wake up at a planned time and have a glass of purified water with a slice of lemon 

– Then prepare an alkaline juice and slowly sip it. If you prefer a warm drink you can have hot apple juice with cinnamon. Here’s a great recipe which I love!

– Plan your day – set a schedule for a walk, gentle yoga class, meditation and rest time.

–  At lunch time you can either have another juice or some home-made healthy broth (warmer things are even more restful for the digestion) 

– At dinner time take something warm like a steeped ginger tea and lemon or broth (something warm is better at this time)

– This is also a good time to scrub the skin, apply oil and a mud pack to clear the skin (coconut is best for summer or if you skin is really dry sesame oil).

– Throughout the day drink plenty of purified water and herbal tea – your body needs PLENTY of fluids – at least 6-8 glasses of water 

– If the sun is shining sit out in the for 30 mins to draw in some nourishing energy from the sun’s rays (don’t forget sun cream and hat if the rays are strong).

– If you have some green space nearby take a walk and spend some time near the trees as you can also draw energy from them – if you don’t feel too silly give a bigger tree a hug for a big pranic boost.

– The next morning have a gentle breakfast – something easy to digest like stewed apples with cinnamon. 

– Plan your nourishing meals for the week ahead to ensure you have a good balance with lots of fresh juices, vegetables, grains, healthy oils and some planned treats to really look forward to!

Angela Sykes // Fast

Benefits of taking a short digestive rest:

– Holiday for the digestive system

– Allows time for the body to heal

– Boosts immunity

– Improves concentration

– Detoxes the body and the mind

– Reduces inflammation

– Speeds up cell renewal in the body

– Lowers stress

– Helps us appreciate our nourishing food and eat more mindfully

Here and here, you can find some really interesting articles around taking the opportunity to rest your digestion.

It is always important to educate ourselves, as well as listening to others personal experiences. We are always interested in your thoughts on any of the conversations we start within our community, so let’s ensure we all keep talking.

Ange x



Power Flow

Power Flow // Level 2

Embrace your inner power. Expect a faster paced energising class to get the body warm and active. Build strength and stamina in this dynamic and powerful Vinyasa Flow class. Swiftly move and flow through poses and sequences to truly get the blood flowing. We build heat internally though core strengthening asanas, firing up the body from the inside out.

This style of yoga allows students to feel the physical power of a yoga practice as well as the experience of a moving mediation. When we begin to move through a physical flow with the breath our inner energies begin to flow more freely through the body leaving us feeling energised and full of life!

The sessions are often set to a dynamic and playful playlist, so you will experience an awakening of inner flow encouraged by the rhythm of both breath and sound.

You will leave the session feeling energised, uplifted and revitalised.

  • Build strength, flexibility, endurance and focus.
  • Learn the art of meditation in movement to cultivate a calm, steady mind.
  • Learn to breathe whilst moving to boost energy levels and fuel the practice.
  • Tone muscles so they look and feel healthier.
  • Improve posture and reduce aches and pains.
  • Feel and look younger.
  • Improve performance in all other sporting activities.

You can also join Taylor for an Express 45 minute Power Flow every Tuesday at 12pm. 


YK LIVE // Helen Ince

Welcome to YK LIVE!

I remember all too well the feeling of utter terror as I stood in front of my first ever yoga class. Nothing can prepare you for the feeling of fear you experience when standing on your mat at the front of the studio with all eyes on you for the first time. I’ve been teaching for nearly nine years now and though I still feel butterflies in my belly just before I begin my classes (How will this group of students find my style? Can I remember the sequence I’ve planned? Will they enjoy the class?) I never feel confident and calm right before a class. So when we had to (very swiftly!) adapt to teaching live online to accommodate social distancing, I was totally blown away by just how utterly terrified I was!

From Yoga Studio to Home Studio. 

The drive to be a yoga teacher for me is a social one; I want to connect with my community, meet like-minded people and provide a service which is based a lot on reading people’s facial expressions, responding to their needs at that particular time and looking after them both physically and mentally. So when this face-to-face contact was taken away from me, there was a genuine feeling of loss. To begin with, I think I felt what can only be described as a sense of grief and it’s taken me a while to adapt for sure.

Easing in!

I’m so grateful therefore for the super swift and efficient way the fabulous team at Yoga Kula responded to the situation. We began with a few classes live streamed whilst we taught actual real life students in the studio (just before the government requested social distancing) so I got the chance to experience teaching online without being totally alone. It felt a little strange; having to remember to look at the camera and not to wander off my mat was tricky at first. And having to demonstrate every pose and talk at the same time was super hard!  But the second time I did it I felt a little more confident and being able to see some of the familiar faces on screen as they practiced at home made me feel a little more at ease.

Government Lockdown

Then the lockdown came into force and we were no longer allowed to come to the studio to teach. In a matter of days I had to set up a space in my home from which I could deliver my regular classes and prepare to teach with just myself in the room.  The practicalities made my head hurt! Where do you place the camera so the students can see you both when you’re standing up and sitting down? Will it be light enough and can you leave yourself enough room to move? (for my first go at a class the answer to this last one was a resounding ‘no’ but I soon found a new space, thankfully!) Setting up the software was a big worry too, I’m really not a techy(!!) but the Kula team were on hand to help out and this bit was actually quite easy (thanks team!!).

Then there was the actual teaching!

Eek. I don’t think anything can really prepare you for how weird and how different it is to our usual way of teaching. I’m so used to being able to chat and have a giggle with my students as they arrive at the studio, checking in with how they’re feeling and thinking about what they might need from their practice that day. Being in a room on your own waiting for people to log in felt very alien. But then all of a sudden these familiar faces popped up on the screen and there were some new faces smiling at me from their impromptu yoga spaces at home. There were dogs and cats and kids and even a friend or two from far afield and I realised I wasn’t alone at all! My Kula family and the fabulous yoga community were all there reaching out to each other and it felt great.

The unexpected positives.

Being able to make these connections with each other at such a weird time has been a real blessing. I’m loving being able to support the studio and independent yoga teachers by attending online classes and I’m incredibly grateful that I can still teach (and earn). But it’s the sense of community and positivity in the face of adversity that can still be found in this new virtual world that has been the best thing to come out of these difficult times by far.



Ashram

Life in the Ashram // Angela Sykes

 

Hi Kuli’s

I have been lucky enough to spend a good few months of my life in Ashrams in India and Sri Lanka and have found this way of living and approaching spiritual life to be really insightful. As I write this, I am in India right sitting in a café overlooking the sea and wanting to tell you all about my most recent Ashram experience while it is still fresh in my mind!


Angela // AshramWelcome to the Ashram!

I arrived in the dead of night to a sleeping Ashram – the only sound was the deep roar of the jungle lions. I was tired after a long journey and was asked to sit and wait in the dark reception. As I was hungry and thirsty so I went in search of some drinking water and then sat down and waited. After a while a sleepy looking volunteer came and gave me a sheet and a pillow case and showed me to my dorm – I lugged my massive case along in the rocky ground (why did I bring so much?) up the hill to the shared dorm. My lovely volunteer could only take me so far, as it was the women’s dorm so I wheeled my bag into the pitch black dorm past row after row after row of full beds until I could just make out through the darkness an empty bed.

After a long trip it is really lovely to take a warm shower and settle into a comfy bed isn’t it? Well here was my first lesson – that wasn’t going to happen today! I made my bed in the dark as best I could and tried to put up my mosquito net. I had a toothbrush in my hand luggage and brushed my teeth and splashed my face before getting into bed and falling asleep for a few hours.

Each Ashram has a programme of activities you can take part in such as Yoga, Satsang, silent walks, chanting, classes, talks and meditation. The Ashrams tend to be mainly staffed by volunteers who are dedicated to a yoga path of a particular lineage – in this case Sivananda.


Starting my Ayurvedic DetoxAngela // Ashram

In the morning I went to find the Doctor to start my programme and he asked where I was staying. I explained where I was and he said I was to move to another dorm and then come back and see him. I went to my home for that one night and moved to a smaller dorm nearer the Ayurvedic centre. As I wheeled my bag over I took in the location! The ashram is set in the jungle hills of Neyyar Dam in Kerela and is absolutely stunning. My new dorm – less so. It was very dark and didn’t smell great but hey I can do this!! I have lived in a cave for goodness sake! I unpacked, settled in, and heading to the doctor for my first consultation.

He explained that my VATA dosha was out of balance and that he would design a programme for me which would balance this. As VATA dosha imbalance tends to be the route of disease it is important to get it back into balance. I started right away with a nourishing Ayurvedic meal and once that had settled I went for an oil massage and a steam bath.


Treatment

The next day I started to take detox medicine – twice a day 7.30am and 3.30pm. The medicine tastes very very bitter and unpleasant but I knew it was good for me so down the hatch it went! Each day I had treatments all designed to bring VATA back into balance. I started with an oil massage, followed by power massage and then shirodhara (oil poured onto the third eye).

A few days in my started my oil ingestion which was the most unpleasant part! Each morning I drank a cup of oil which would lubricate my body from the inside out and bring me back into balance. During the 5 days of oil drinking all I could eat was rice soup and boiled vegetables as it is very easy to digest. This first part of the programme is bringing all of the toxins to the colon so they can then be purged out.


The Purgutation

Once the oil ingestion is over you start your purgation – getting it all out! On the morning of my purge I went to the Doctor’s office and was given a huge cup of thick, green oil to drink which wasn’t a fun moment. I was then sent to my room with a big kettle and told to rest for 2 hours. After two hours I was to start drinking the water and then a purge would begin. This process takes a while so I settled into a combination of drinking water, resting and purging. When the whole kettle was finished and the purge had ended I went to the dining area for some rice soup.

 


Enema, and final consultation.

The final stage is to oil the colon and nourish the body with a series of enemas. As VATA collects in the lower back I also has hip and lower back baths. I was coming towards the end of the programme and really excited about the beach! Even though my body was tired I could feel some of the VATA related stiffness had gone. In my final consultation the doctor took my pulse and let me know that my doshas were back in balance. He said I need to come back next year and the year after and then following that every other year.


Rest and Recover!

As I finish writing to you, I am now in Varkala, which is an idyllic beach resort in Kerala, India. I am resting and recovering (and writing!) from a recent Ayurvedic cleanse in the Sivanada Ashram. I am feeling good now but as always India tests you in various ways, and is your mirror to showing you how to step onto your power, get aligned and stay humble.


If you’d like to learn more about Ayurveda, we have books available to purchase in the Yoga Kula Studio, as well as some great workshops coming up which will allow you to deepen your knowledge and balance your doshas through diet, practice and lifestyle.

Love, Angela x

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January Timetable

Timetable Changes in 2020

Welcome to 2020 at Yoga Kula! We’re really excited to share our new timetable of classes with you, and introduce you to the two new teachers joining the Yoga Kula Team.


W E L C O M E    T O    T H E    F A M I L Y

George RuddimanGeorge Ruddiman

George joins us for Flow + Breathe, every Tuesday from 7-8am.

“All my classes have the intention that you leave with a little more peace than you arrived with. I try to assist in deepening inner connection, bringing calm to the mind and body.

My teaching style is gentle, slow and tends to be meditative. I like to focus on breathing and really slowing down so we can perfectly synchronise movement and breath. Mantra is also a huge part of my personal practice so I like to add some where I can when I’m teaching.”

 

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.  Leave feeling energised, refreshed and calm; ready for the day ahead.


Anna HardyAnna Hardy

Anna joins us for Hot Vinyasa Flow, every Sunday from 8-9am.

“My classes are designed to build strength and flexibility while staying mindfully aware in the practice. I believe that yoga can be empowering for all,  helping to build confidence and a strong sense of well-being. You can expect to leave my classes feeling restored and yet challenged as I invite you to relax and have fun while simultaneously becoming energised, grounded and strong.”

Anna has trained with the British Wheel of Yoga at Tri-Yoga in London, completing a 2-year yoga diploma course with renowned teachers Anna Ashby and Tony Watson, which is also accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals. Anna is one of the teaching team at Hotpod Yoga, where she leads Hot Vinyasa Flow and nurturing flow classes. You may have already met Anna as she is also part of the core team at Kula HQ!

This is a fun and flowing Vinyasa class taught in a heated 30-33 degree room, using Yoga Kula’s Infrared heating panels. This way the room is hot enough to work up a sweat, but is not so hot that it’s uncomfortable to flow between postures. The heat will allow your muscles to lengthen, while you flow through an ever-changing sequence of poses in rhythm with your breath.


N E W   C L A S S E S

As well as new teachers, we have two new concept classes joining the Yoga Kula timetable this winter. We’re proud at Yoga Kula to be the only studio in the north of England to host regular fireside yoga classes, and we’d love for you to join us.

FiresideAshtanga + Fireside Restorative

Thursdays 10:15-11:30am with Amera Stanforth

Launches Thursday 2nd January // Launch class is F R E E !

Ashtanga + Restorative yoga offers students a class of two halves to encourage a union of the mind and body. The class will begin with a focus on the breath to calm, focus and centre.

Moving through a dynamic Ashtanga-inspired sequence, encouraging a slow-flowing, breath-led practice. Including an edited selection of poses from the primary series, each week will follow a specific theme to energise, uplift and rejuvenate the body.

The second part of the session will bring students into fully supported restorative poses and meditation techniques to find comfort and stillness for deep rest. Enhancing the experience by a warming real fire with specially selected essential oils to create a cosy and relaxing space.
We welcome you to a dynamic class with opportunity to build strength, increase flexibility and calm the mind. You will leave feeling energised, balanced and rested.

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Fireside RestorativeFireside Restorative

Saturdays 12:45-1:45pm with Claire Dambawinna

Launches Saturday 11th January

Give yourself permission to completely rest in this deeply relaxing and restorative fireside yoga class.

We begin with gentle stretches to help the body unwind, releasing any held tensions.

A restorative sequence follows to bring the mind, body and nervous system to a place of deep rest and balance. All poses are floor-based. Blankets, bolsters, faux fur rugs and other props are used to completely support the body enabling longer holdings and safe sense of letting go. Guided meditation helps calm and centre the mind whilst our real flame fire brings warmth, promotes a sense of calm and provides a hypnotic focus. Finally, a long, deeply restorative savasana seals the practice leaving you feeling peaceful and still.

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To view our full class timetable, click here. 


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Festive Timetable

Festive Timetable 2019

Merry Christmas from Yoga Kula! We have gifts a-plenty for you this year, from international guest teachers delivering bespoke sessions, to handmade candles and organic gifting from the Yoga Kula Hub! While our regular timetable takes a break over the festive period, we have an exciting array of pop ups and workshops to keep your yogic fire ignited and your body nourished over the holiday season.


I M P O R T A N T    D A T E S

The Yoga Kula studio will close for our regularly timetabled classes on Friday 20th December, with the final class being Hot Yoga at 5:45pm.

The studio will reopen on Thursday 2nd January, with the first class of 2020 being our 9am Vinyasa Flow class.


Friday 20th December  – 7:15 – 8:30pm

Pop Up // Nourish Your Soul with Rebecca RichmondNourish Your Soul

£10.50 drop in, or use your Anytime Class Pass.

Join London based Teacher and Candle Curator Rebecca Richmond for a special pop-up session with the intention of leaving you feeling balanced, centered and deeply nourished.

Deeply soften, relax and nourish the senses as we flow through a sequence that keeps us close to the earth, embracing the energy that continuously moves through us. Restorative postures close the session to unwind the body, release deep-rooted tensions and relax the mind – inviting us to fully let go.

The evening’s practice will be supported with the essence of Rebecca’s Nourish Candle which she developed as a wellbeing aid to help cultivate mental clarity and peace of mind through the powerful sense of smell. The Nourish candle is a fresh start for the body and mind helping to clear our energy and the energy of the space around us.

This class will help you come home to yourself, nourishing from the inside out with a newfound rejuvenation and balance within.

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We are pleased to welcome back International Yoga Teacher, Sanskrit Scholar and Kirtan expert James Boag for an inspirational workshop and Kirtan just before Christmas at the Winter Solstice.


Saturday 21st December – 10:30-1pm

Workshop // A Dog is for Life with James Boag A Dog is for Life

£25

A dog is for life …and so is your body, and your yoga practice! The best practices are the ones that we actually keep doing, because they work, because we love them, and because they are sustainable. The ones we return back to throughout our lives.

James’ unique yogic movement ‘playshops’ apply yoga principles to broad-spectrum movement, exploring how we can cultivate healthy neuro-muscular patterns and efficient kinetic chains through the body. In the context of a fun, flowing, explorational class, we will deepen our understanding of how we can work to keep inviting joy and deepening balance and integration, through all the stages and seasons of life.

This session is the perfect preparation for the Christmas period, priming you with accessible but powerful ways to move and harmonise energy. You will leave the session full of inspiration and embodied knowledge to take back to your regular classes and into the new year.

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Saturday 21st December – 2:30-4pm

Pop Up // Kirtan // The Power of Sound with James BoagKirtan and the power of sound

£10.50 drop in, or use your Anytime Class Pass.

The yoga tradition offers a myriad of tools we can work with, to cultivate integration and recover our innate capacities for deep presence and sustainable wellbeing. These include many sound-based techniques and practices. The extraordinary visionaries and research scientists of the ancient yoga tradition recognised the pervasive, penetrative power of sound and how the readily accessible resources of our own voices can be harnessed to foster harmony through the whole of our being.

The call and response singing and chanting of kirtan, is simple, yet powerful, cleansing and uplifting. James may also speak briefly about kirtan, Sanskrit as an energy-based language, the symbolism and effects of the words we use in the practice, and how kirtan relates to other practices and paths of yoga.

Everyone welcome! Do not worry if you are not a virtuoso singer. The joy and practical benefits of yoga are open to everyone.

Kirtan reaches the parts that other techniques are not always able to! This session will be a great way to wash away what we no longer need at the end of the year and invite clear, balanced energy for the season to come.
Don’t miss this chance to bathe in the healing power of sound and charge your cells with positive energy! James has hosted his unique, transformational Kirtan all over the world including Mysore, India.

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Saturday 21st December – 5:30-6:45pm

Pop Up // Vinyasa Glow with Ella Young Warm Vinyasa Flow October

£10.50 drop in, or use your Anytime Class Pass.

Join Ella Young in this warm vinyasa flow class and build a glow from the inside out. The warmth from the studio’s infrared heating technology will help the body to detoxify while releasing muscle tension. Skin collagen will be boosted leaving you with a new brightness that radiates from within.

Flow through poses synchronizing movement with breath. Discover full-body expansion as you flow and glide through the surrounding space.

We will take breath-centered movement alongside music, connecting to the energy available when practicing in a group. Together we’ll flow, soften and glow.

The class will end with a hydrating facial mist to soothe, nourish and tone the skin.

The temperature will be lower than in our hot classes and the movement easeful for a heartwarming experience that envelopes your body and mind into a blissful Saturday evening.

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Saturday 21st December – 7-8:15pm

Pop Up // Rest + Restore with Ella YoungRest Restore October

£10.50 drop in, or use your Anytime Class Pass.

Rest is one of the most nourishing habits we can indulge in. By slowing down the mind, body and, in turn, the breath, we allow ourselves to find a natural balance.

Join Ella Young for a Restorative Yoga Pop-Up that will provide the perfect remedy for both stress and anxiety, as well as a great alternative to a Saturday night out.

During class Ella will lead you into supported postures of complete comfort where every layer of your being can surrender to a greater force; and as you bathe in the present moment, your concerns over the past or worries about the future will simply melt away, allowing you to revel in the beauty of stillness.

With each pose tailored to your specific needs, the more props the better, be prepared to enjoy a Saturday evening of total bliss.

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Sunday 22nd December – 10-11:30am

Ashtanga RestorativePop Up // Ashtanga  + Restorative with Claire Dambawinna 

£10.50 drop in, or use your Anytime Class Pass.

The class will begin with breath and chanting to calm, focus and centre mind and body. Claire will offer an energising blend of essential oils as you rest.

Move through an Ashtanga-inspired sequence encouraging a slow-flowing, breath-led practice. Including poses from the primary and second series, the sequence will focus on twists to gently energise and backbends to reinvigorate and lift the spirits.

To seal the practice the class will end with restorative poses and a relaxing blend of essential oils will be offered to find deep rest and stillness.

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Sunday 22nd December – 12-2pm

Workshop // Yogic Exploration // The Vagus Nerve with Julia Knight Vagus Nerve

£20

Join Julia for exploration and discovery of the profound effects of deep vagus nerve toning. Enhanced vagus nerve tone opens a doorway to deep relaxation, vitality and longevity.

In the modern world we are exposed to chronic stress and constant mental stimulation which leads to low vagal tone which diminishes our ability to switch easefully into our rest digest systems from fight, flight and freeze.

Digestive health and deep rest are crucial for our immune, cardiac and hormonal systems optimal function. Our ability to self soothe anxiety, and relax when we choose is a skill that can enormously benefit our health, wellbeing and spiritual life.

This workshop includes a bespoke range of yogic practices, developed to tone the vegas nerve to improve overall well-being, vitality and inner happiness.

Expect:

  • Hatha posture work
  • Yin yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Laughter Yoga
  • Partner work
  • Pranayama (breath practices)
  • Meditation
  • A handout to reinforce learning
  • Refreshments

Benefits:

  • Knowledge empowerment
  • Eases insomnia
  • Combats chronic stress
  • Promotes deep relaxation
  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Reduces tension
  • Softens tight muscles
  • Improves flexibility
  • Boosts immune system

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Friday 27th December – 10-11:15pm

Pop Up // Rocket +  Restore with Helen Ince Rocket & Restore Workshops

£10.50 drop in, or use your Anytime Class Pass.

Combining the dynamic and energetic Rocket practice with a beautiful deep relaxation and guided meditation.

Rooted in the Ashtanga system, Rocket is a strong, speedy sequence that combines elements of the primary, second and advanced series to create an uplifting, fun and challenging practice that will raise your heartrate, building stamina, strength and flexibility. There will be time to play with arm balances and inversions with lots of modifications and alternatives to help support you at whatever stage you are at on your yoga journey.

The session will end with a sequence of restorative poses and a rotation of consciousness; a guided meditation where we take our attention to each part of the body that has worked really hard in our practice and allow it to relax deeply, moving you into complete rest.

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Friday 27th December – 12-2pm

Workshop // Holiday Hatha with Helen Ince Holiday Hatha

£20

A sumptuous, slow and soothing practice designed to provide us with a still point; a place where we become present and cared for. The perfect tonic to the chaos of Christmas.

We begin with a soothing Hatha Flow to warm the body and connect with the breath before moving through a range of grounding postures, spending time rooting down into the earth.

Towards the end of the session, enjoy a sequence of restorative postures, each designed to cultivate deep relaxation. Props hold and support the body to invite a true sense of release allowing the parasympathetic nervous system – our ‘rest and digest’ state – to be stimulated.

We finish the practice with Yoga Nidra; a guided meditation that includes a rotation of consciousness to encourage the body and mind to easefully slow down, recuperate and restore.

There will be chance to enjoy refreshments at the end of our practice so you can enjoy a few extra moments of me time before stepping back into the world feeling rested, restored and rejuvenated.

Expect:

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Grounding Postures
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Meditation
  • Refreshments

Benefits:

  • Promotes Relaxation
  • Taps into our parasympathetic (rest + digest) nervous system
  • Reduces Physical Tension
  • Focuses the Mind

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Friday 27th December – 7:30-9:30pm

Workshop // Deep Soma with Amera StanforthDeep Soma

£20

The Sanskrit word, Soma means, “moon”. It is also the name of the Hindu moon god who is known for kindness and gentleness. Soma also describes a nectar that flows within each of us. This nectar needs to be replenished regularly with nourishing and relaxing activities. When Soma runs low we move towards ‘burn out’.

As the nights begin to draw in this is the natural time for us to replenish Soma. This deeply relaxing and nourishing workshop offers the opportunity to slow down and find a sense of inner calm.

The session closes with a soothing neck and shoulder massage to relieve tension and a deeply restful Yoga Nidra meditation or ‘Yogic Sleep’. Beginning with setting a personal intention you will then be guided through a relaxation technique to expand your awareness and encourage stillness and calm.

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Saturday 28th December – 7:30-9:30pm

Workshop // Slow Flow Ashtanga + Pranayama with Julia Knight Slow Flow Ashtanga

£20

Release any winter holiday tension through slow, mindful yet deeply energizing movement, synchronising with the breath. As we move harnessing energy flow in a calm and centered way. Take time for a nourishing; extended Savasana with an optional warming oil mini neck/shoulder massage and finish with sound and pranayama (breathing) techniques to penetrate into our meditation mind.

This workshop brings much needed time out from the festivities and indulgences of the season, a route to cultivate harmony and balance to bring a more energetic start to the New Year.

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Sunday 29th December – 10-11:15am

Pop Up // Align your Hot Asana with Anna HardyAlign Your Hot - Festive

£10.50 drop in, or use your Anytime Class Pass.

Join Anna in this special pop-up to sweat and perfect your yoga technique in a heated 30-33 degree room, using Yoga Kula’s Infrared heating panels. Align and refine your practice in a dynamic, fun and lighthearted class enveloped in soundscape beats to calm the busy mind. Stretch further, work the body and deepen your learning. Expect to leave the studio floating on air.

The class builds from slow connecting movements and breath to heat building asanas while exploring alignment techniques, noticing how the sensations change in the body when moving with intent and technique. We cool down with deep and nourishing stretches before ending the class with a restoring relaxation.

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Monday 30th December – 10-11:15am

Pop Up // Ashtanga V Deep Yin with Amera Stanforth Ashtanga V Deep Yin

£10.50 drop in, or use your Anytime Class Pass.

People often believe that a challenging yoga practice is the one which is the most dynamic when it can often be the stillness which is our greatest challenge.
Ashtanga V Deep Yin offers both dynamic movement and deep stillness – which is your nemesis?

Ashtanga

We begin close to the earth to take stock of our energies, arrive, ground and breathe. From here after gently warming up and preparing the body and mind we move into the standing section of the Ashtanga Primary Series where we can build heat, power and strength whilst maintaining a steady mind through a clear focus on ujjai pranayama.

Deep Yin

The second part of the session brings students into grounding stillness with long held yin poses designed to get into deep tightness in the body and free up blocked energy. The challenge with deep yin poses is to maintain a steady mind when feeling strong sensations, continue to breath and observe.

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Monday 30th December – 6-7:15pm

Pop Up // Flow + Breathe // Loving You with Miz DeShannonFlow + Breathe // Loving You

£10.50 drop in, or use your Anytime Class Pass.

Immerse yourself, in Your Self.

After the Winter Solstice and the last New Moon of the year, we’re celebrating the Moon Goddess and her guidance through hibernation and restoration. We’ll move, flow, breathe and release, balancing energy after the hectic time of Christmas, finding calm and healing inside our Self.

New Moons and new years mean new ideas . All possibilities are thrown onto the spiritual table. Put yourself at the forefront of new plans for the future, make a fresh start and write new goals, new ways to make progress.

Set intentions and meditate on them, rest in restorative bliss bathed in dimming midwinter light diving into that deep connection with your energy field, your spirit, your microcosmic orbit – embrace new vitality, welcoming the sun on its long journey back to the Earth, letting go of old habits and embracing invigorated beingness, the pure quality of your own existence.

Loving You.

Bring things to build our altar; holly, ivy, pine cones, pecans, oranges, bells, items representing what you’re letting go or bringing in, red to represent our root chakra: the grounding force that allows us to connect to the earth energies and empower our beings.

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We hope you enjoy the festive season, and we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. We can’t wait to see you on the mat in 2020!

Love, the Yoga Kula team x

#seeyouonthemat


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Kula Christmas Gift Guide

With Christmas well on the way, the Yoga Kula elves have put together our gift guide for the yogi in your life. Whether that’s someone who’s been practicing for years, or someone who’s looking for a beginners course, we have everything on hand to help with your Christmas shopping. 

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For the Beginners

What better for a beginner yogi than a beginner’s kit? We sell everything you or a loved one will need, including mats, blocks, bricks, belts, and even a bag to carry equipment to and from class. You can purchase any of these items from the Yoga Kula shop at our studio in Chapel Allerton. 

We also offer beginners courses, which run for 6 weeks and are the perfect introduction to yoga. For more information about our courses, click here.

There’s even our New to Kula pass. This is a great way to try out each of the styles of yoga we have to offer here at Yoga Kula, giving you access to 10 classes for just £50 – over 50% off our drop-in rate which works out just £5 per class. We have a variety of beginner level classes available, and it’s a great way to achieve that New Year’s Resolution of trying something new!

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For the more experienced

Do you know a yogi wanting to work on something specific in their practice, or wanting some more detailed information than in a class setting? Why not treat them to a 1-1 session with one of our senior teachers? We have availability on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, we’d just need to speak with them first in order to make sure their session is tailored to their specifications and requirements.

We also offer regular workshops at Yoga Kula, ranging from perfecting your technique in advanced postures to trying something totally new! You can view our full list of upcoming events here.

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Those little stocking fillers

We have plenty to offer here at Kula aside from the gift of yoga. Why not pop down to the Yoga Kula Hub, where we have a range of handmade and organic gifts, from hand-poured soy candles to bamboo yoga clothing. The Yoga Kula Hub is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 9:30-5:30pm, where we’ll be on hand to help you select that perfect gift.

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We also offer a range of massages with the wonderful Harriet Morgan Thompson (Morgan Sports Massage) with appointments available on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. So if someone in your life needs some gentle TLC, a remedial massage would be perfect. You can view our full range of massage options here. 

If you’re unsure on the perfect gift for that special someone, why not consider one of our gift vouchers? With four beautiful designs, these are available to purchase online by clicking here or by dropping into our studio. Please note if you purchase a gift voucher online you must come to the studio to collect a card voucher, we do not post vouchers. Gift voucher can be purchased for the amount of your choosing, so whether it’s an Anytime drop in £10 class you’re wanting to treat someone to, or £100 to spend on massage and workshop experiences, it’s up to you!

 

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Whatever you purchase for the one you love, or whatever you’re treated to, make sure you take the time out to relax. Be grateful, kind, and spend time with those important to you.

Merry Christmas,

Love, the Yoga Kula team

x


Hypnotic Sleep

Hypnotic Sleep

Join Catharine Rosenthall in a hypnotic evening workshop that will transport you into a deep restful sleep. Hypnotherapy practices will access the potent potential of R.E.M, the brainwave pattern where stress and negative thoughts can be processed to a narrative format, bringing us into a pure sense of serenity allowing us to drift off  with ease and comfort.

 

Sleep is vital to our health and wellbeing, just as eating, drinking and breathing. We cannot live without food or water, we also cannot survive without sleep.

The evening will begin with some gentle pranayama to calm and soothe the mind, leading to some deeply held restorative poses to invite the physical to soften and let go before the practice of yoga nidra.

Yoga nidra translates as “yogic sleep”. A beautiful practice that induces an effortless state of being, moving between wakefulness and dreaming. The practice is known to mimic the effect of sleep on the brain through altered brainwave activity. This state of consciousness is where we find deep healing and rejuvenation.

Find your inner peace as Catharine systematically leads you on a journey to calm and soothe the body, mind and senses in preparation for a blissful night’s sleep, ready to awaken feeling replenished and re-energized.


You can expect an evening of Hypnotic Sleep

  • Hypnotherapy practices
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Pranayama
  • Restorative poses

Benefits:

  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Reduces Tension
  • Aids restful sleep
  • Stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (also known as our rest and digest mode).
  • Promotes calm and a sense of inner peace.
When |  Friday 22nd November, 7:30-9:30pm
Where | Yoga Kula Leeds


Shiva Shakti Ritual Flow

Shiva Shakti : Ritual Flow + Puja

‘When we can grasp even a simple understanding of the universal energies of Shiva Shakti we understand yoga on a deeper level’ Angela Sykes – Yoga Kula Director

Shiva Shakti: Ritual Flow + Puja  |  £27.50

Friday 8 November | 7:30-9:45pm. 

We invite you to join Senior Yoga Teacher Angela Sykes and Meditation and Tantra teacher Zeenat Cameron for an evening invoking and experiencing the powerful energies of Shiva Shakti. The divine masculine and feminine.

The session begins with a short mythic story (5 mins) from Angela around the Shiva Shakti concept so participants begin to understand these energies in a simple way. Mythic stories are ancient and allow concepts which we find hard to comprehend easier to understand and remember. Angela’s story will introduce you to Shiva Shakti as cosmic energies personified and set the scene for a mythic flow based around these cosmic ‘characters’.

The mythic ritual flow is dynamic and playful (as are the energies) with pauses for mediation, mudra and breathwork. Expect to feel open, energised and ready to invoke the Shiva Shakti in a deeper way through Puja.


Puja + Ritual Yoga in Leeds

Puja is an ancient Hindu ceremony in which particular energies and invited in so we can experience ourselves more fully. In essence we are both Shiva and Shaki but we as humans forget our divinity – puja brings us back into a sacred space within ourselves. Zeenat will perform the puja ceremony whilst informing participants of the why? Often in India when you attend puja you have no idea what is going on or what anything means. Zeenat ensures you will be aware of the steps with a clear picture of why puja is performed and the power of ceremony.


Throughout the evening, you can expect:

  • Shiva Shakti Ritual Flow
  • Meditation
  • Mantra
  • Mudra
  • Story
  • Tantra philosophy
  • Puja
  • Music
  • Refreshments

Shiva Shakti Ritual FlowAbout Zeenat:

Zeenat is initiated into the tantric lineage and has the blessing of ancient gurus to perform the puja ceremony. This blessing goes all the way back to ancient times so she has the support and wisdom dating all the way back to when tantra began.

About Angela:

Angela has been teaching yoga for 12 years and practicing for almost 20. As well as being Senior Yoga teacher she is trained in other healing arts such as Ayurvedic massage styles, pranic healing, reiki and bio-dynamic breathwork. Her approach is rooted in East meets West. She teaches from an Eastern approach while making it accessible for everyone. She uses yoga as a healing tool rather than something purely physical and believes that when used correctly yoga can transform not only individuals but also communities and the world.