Chapter Organics

Brand Focus // Chapter Organics

We’d like to introduce you to Chapter Organics, one of the new local brands we’ve introduced to the Yoga Kula Hub.

Chapter Organics are a Yorkshire based brand, who create all natural infusions for home + body + mind. Their products harness the natural healing and restorative benefits of essential oils and create powerful blends for each chapter of your life. Each Chapter is available in the form of a candle, a mist, and a hand wash.

Chapter 1: The Remedy. // A verdant fusion of fine Peppermint, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus essential oils. Expertly blended to refresh and cleanse. Provides moments for nurturers in search of relief and balance.

Chapter 2: The Tonic. // Revives your senses with an energising blend of Lemongrass, Sweet Orange and Ginger essential oils. Expertly blended to reinvigorate and awaken. Provides moments for nurturers who want to feel refreshed. Those who feel tired, stressed and anxious.

Chapter 3: The Peace. // Invites you to slow down with a restful blend of Lavender, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang and Bergamot essential oils. Expertly blended to soothe the mind, ease stress and tension. Ideal for preparing your body for relaxation and sleep. Provides moments for tired nurturers in search of tranquillity. Those needing to unwind and relax.


You can find Chapter Organics products available to purchase in The Yoga Kula Hub, as well as throughout a few of our specially selected workshops.

If you haven’t yet checked out the Yoga Kula Hub, you can find us just a few doors down from the studio. We stock local brands of clothing, skincare, candles and so much more.

 


Yoga Mental Health

Yoga + Mental Health

As it’s World Mental Health Awareness Day (October 10th), we wanted to take some time to share the positive impact a regular yoga practice can have on your mental health and wellbeing.

In the UK, statistics from Mind show that 1 in 4 of us will be experience a mental health problem each year, and 1 in 6 will report a common mental health problem in any given week.

This can vary from depression, anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders and many more. Whilst yoga is not a cure for any of these conditions, it can certainly benefit your wellbeing, release stress and relieve anxiety.

As we discussed previously here, there is a direct link between yoga and stress release, and likewise with stress and mental illness.

Did you know according to a recent survey, 74% of adults in the UK reported feeling so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. 51% of adults who felt stressed reported feeling depressed, and 61% reported feeling anxious.


Here are just a few ways yoga can improve your mental health. Hatha Flow

Yoga is an integrative mind and body practice, combining postures, controlled breathing techniques, and often meditation or relaxation.

A regular practice can work to move you from your sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system. This moves you from a state of fight or flight, to rest and digest, which is the state where successful healing can take place. In this state, you are more relaxed and less likely to feel anxious or stressed.

Yoga is proven to lower your heart rate and blood pressure, therefore releasing tension within the body.

An opportunity to put time aside in your day for you, time to relax your mind and focus on your breath.  Through this, you will learn controlled breathing techniques which can be used to release tension and tightness.


We asked our students how yoga has improved their mental health and wellbeing, here are just a few of their responses.

TTC“Yoga brings rest, release and restoration to my life.”

“It has taught me to live in the present. What will be will be.”

“Yoga eases my anxiety, helping me feel more relaxed and less stressed. It releases all the tension in my body.”

One of our students even spoke with The Yorkshire Evening Post about his experience with depression, and the benefits he found through his yoga practice. Our highlights include:

“Finding my yoga practice allowed my self-criticism and hatred gradually to ease. I could focus on poses that distracted me from my mind.”

You can read the full article by clicking here.

If you’d like to share your experience of yoga with us, click here. We’d love to hear how your practice has benefitted your life!


Which style of yoga should I practice?

There are a wide range of yoga styles available. Whether you’re wanting to be guided into a gentle and restorative meditative state or looking for a dynamic class to distract from the world off your yoga mat.

Just as everyones body is different, so are our minds and so there is no one style of yoga for everyone. It’s about listening in, it’s about focus and it’s about doing what’s right for you.

With over 40 classes per week, we have something at Yoga Kula to suit everyone of all abilities and experience levels. From your very first class or beginners course right through to training as a yoga teacher, we’d love to see you on the mat! You can view our full timetable here.

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October at Yoga Kula

What's on in October

Welcome to October at Yoga Kula. We begin to slow down, nourishing and restoring whilst building that inner fire to keep us going over the darker months.


Tuesday 1st October // 4-5pm Yin Nidra October

Pop Up // Yin + Nidra.

| Drop in for £8.50, or use your Daytime Class Pass.

Join Amera Stanforth for a chance to find stillness and deep relaxation.

We begin with long held seated poses designed to get into deep tightness in the body and free up blocked energy. Working to release the connective tissue (fascia, tendons, ligaments), improving flexibility to support a healthy body and a peaceful mind.

The class will close with a deeply restful Yoga Nidra meditation or ‘Yogic Sleep’. Yoga Nidra can relieve mental and physical tension, calming the nervous system and aiding relaxation.

A perfect dose of self-care!

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Wednesday 2nd October // 11:30-12:30pmHatha Flow

New Class // Hatha Flow

| To launch this class, this session is completely F R E E !

| Liz Hurd + Gillian Felton

Have you always wanted to give yoga a go? Or maybe you have just completed one of our Beginners Courses and are ready to continue to grow and develop your yoga practice and are wanting to try out the wide range of sessions we have available on the Kula timetable.

Hatha Flow is for you! In this class, we focus on and practice classical Hatha postures, which are the foundation of many other practices. It doesn’t matter if you are brand new to yoga, or simply looking to refine your practice. You will be expertly guided through the class and offered the opportunity for continuous progression.

There is plenty of time to explore the postures through skillful instruction and demonstation as we begin to flow, from one pose to the next. Never rushing, and always creating space to connect with our foundation, focus on alignment and synchronise our breath with our movement.

This class is taught by Liz Hurd and Gillian Felton, whose compassionate, kind, and thoughtful approach allows you to practice at your own pace. Encouraging you to listen to your body and use your breath to help guide and ease into the flow of the class.

Expect a class which strengthens and stretches both your mind and body, as they teach you how to bring a balance between the two.

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Wednesday 2nd October – 6th November // 5:30-6:45pm at Sweaty Betty Leeds. Handstand course

Course // 6 Weeks to Handstand with Taylor Selby

| £60

This 6 week course will give you all the tools and techniques to build a foundation for a consistent handstand practice.

Whether you are just starting to explore the idea of going upside down or are wanting to advance your inversion practice, this course could be for you!

This 6 week course will help you learn how to move past any fears and find a solid foundation of how to practice handstands safely and efficiently. This course’s aim is to give you the confience you need to advance your inversion practice through weekly guidance and instruction from both Taylor and her assistant Dan.Each 75 minute session will include a mini vinyasa flow to get the body warm, as well as handstand specific drills and conditioning. Each session will be different as we will start with the foundations of handstand and continue to progress as every week we will be building upon the previous session.

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Friday 4th October // 7:15-9pmDeep Soma Workshop

Workshop // Deep  Soma with Amera Stanforth

| £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/nourishing workshop offers the opportunity to slow down and find a sense of inner calm.

Using fully supported and deeply relaxing restorative postures and meditation techniques students are encouraged to take time to find comfort and stillness so they may journey more deeply inwards and replenish Soma levels. To enhance the experience, gentle music, relaxing essential oils and faux fur rugs will be used to create a nourishing, restful and relaxing yoga cocoon.

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.

There will be time at the end to enjoy some sleepy tea and dark chocolate to leave feeling fully nourished, calm and ready for a night of deep sleep.

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Saturday 5th October // 2:30-5pm Ashtanga Technique October

Yoga Technique // Ashtanga Inversions with Claire Dambawinna

| £20

Join Yoga Technique Expert Claire for a fun, dynamic alignment based workshop looking at inversions from the closing sequence of the Ashtanga Primary Series.

Claire will support you to work with inversions safely with a strong focus on structure, tone, and alignment. Be guided through a dynamic sequence of poses designed to strengthen and open the body in preparation for inversions. Don’t worry if inversions are not available to you at the moment. This session will prepare you to begin working with them or work to finesse them if they are already in your practice.

During the workshop:

Learn about the structure and alignment of inversions and how to practice them correctly and safely to reap the deep benefits.Practice a dynamic sequence of preparatory poses to prepare and open the body (influenced by the Ashtanga system). Spend the second part of the session working towards headstand and shoulder stand including various options and modifications.Some Yoga Experience required.

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Saturday 5th October // 7:30-9pmUnfold October

Pop Up // Unfolding in the Flow with Lara Heppell

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

*Women only

Finding your own authentic way of moving to create inner comfort, ease and vitality.

Join Lara for a special class and glide into your Saturday night feeling centered, spacious, alive and present.

Unfolding in the flow is an invitation to journey deeply into you, to reawaken your senses, and sensuality through intuitive and creative movement, breath, body and self-expression.

Working with the internal ‘energy body’ through fluid movement and rhythmic sequences that emerge from the support and grounding of earth to create internal space in the body that can move in all directions allowing your whole body to feel open, spacious and energized.

A chance to reconnect with your true essence, in the present moment. Our focus for this session will be on creating inner comfort, ease and vitality, releasing energy through the body to bring about a sense of freedom and joy! Moving away from more linear organised posture practices, and a purely alignment focused perspective, to explore our bodies in new ways to unlock an inner body flow. Improving health and inner vitality by increasing our feminine (Shakti) energy.

Giving us a little shakeup in the slower Autumnal months and a chance to reconnect with the wild woman within.

Please note that this is a women-only class. Open to women of all ages / stages of life, including Pregnant Women.

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Sunday 6th October // 12:30-4pm May Birth Prep

Workshop // Birth Preparation with Lara Heppell

| £80 per couple.

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.

We like to think of this session as a dress rehearsal for birth, including:

– Active Birth and Movement Techniques – a blend of birth ball work, rebozo, active birthing positions as well as helpful yoga movements.
– Sensation Management Techniques – includes powerful breathing techniques, practical Birth Skills, the power of scent and practical skills such as active legs in labour, the use of props and partner support techniques.

– Breathing, Affirmation, Visualisation & Relaxation practices; supplying you with a variety of techniques designed to support you through each stage of your labour. Whether to help you find some balance, peace and calm, inner vitality and rejuvenation or as a support to help manage strong sensations as labour progresses through to transition.

– Birth Partner Preparation – learn practical skills like the “hip squeeze”, useful massage and stretching techniques or rebozo skills to use to help relax and support mum in labour…practice makes perfect!

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.

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Tuesday 8th October // 4-5pm Yin Nidra October

Pop Up // Yin + Nidra.

| Drop in for £8.50, or use your Daytime Class Pass.

Join Amera Stanforth for a chance to find stillness and deep relaxation.

We begin with long held seated poses designed to get into deep tightness in the body and free up blocked energy. Working to release the connective tissue (fascia, tendons, ligaments), improving flexibility to support a healthy body and a peaceful mind.

The class will close with a deeply restful Yoga Nidra meditation or ‘Yogic Sleep’. Yoga Nidra can relieve mental and physical tension, calming the nervous system and aiding relaxation.

A perfect dose of self-care!

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Friday 11th October // 7-9pmMoon Sequence

Workshop// Moon Sequence + Meditation

| £22.50

Join Senior Yoga Teacher Julia Knight for our October Moon Sequence + Meditation workshop.

The Moon Sequence was created by advanced Ashtanga yoga practitioner Matthew Sweeney as a way to balance the fiery nature of the Ashtanga yoga practice and restore the body on moon days when our energies need support with this nourishing yet dynamic sequence.

This sequence is not just for Ashtangis! Anyone who enjoys feeling grounded, moving with the breath and wishes to work with the softening and releasing of the shoulders and hips will benefit. We will work through a series of moon salutations that encourage energy in the heart space and third eye chakra to open to its potential. The series also includes some deep backbends that will be offered in stages so that you can attune and choose the levels of postures in a way that best benefits you and your self-care.

This moon sequence harmonizes our Yang practices and busy lives, with a cooling Yin attitude and pace bringing us into balance and caring for and cooling our often frazzled nervous system, pausing to meditate and feel the deep impact of this codified sequence.

To seal the session settle into a long and deeply relaxing Savasana supported by the relaxing aromas of Chapter Organics Mists before taking time to deepen the connection to source with cooling Pranayama and a guided Moon Meditation.

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Saturday 12th October // 2:30-3:45pm Bird of Paradise October

Pop Up // Unfold Your Body | Bird of Paradise

| Drop in for £10.50, or use your Anytime Class Pass.

We join Miz DeShannon to explore Bird Of Paradise (Svarga Dvija) pose…

Svarga (Paradise / Heaven) Dvija (twice born) asana; embodying renewal and opening up to vulnerability, emulating the shape of the beautiful flower of the same name.

Experience deep hip openers and hamstring stretches in a super steady flow, firing up the core and finding balance, working on passive and active range of movement, twists and drishti.

We’ll be discovering focus, form, and strength, but openness at the same time – finding a spark both emotionally and physically.

Let this movement sink into your being, through some deep supportive and restorative poses.

Focus on breathing, releasing and relaxing your way into your Saturday evening.

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Saturday 12th October // 5:30-6:45pm Warm Vinyasa Flow October

Pop Up // Vinyasa Glow

| Drop in for £10.50, or use your Anytime Class Pass.

Join Ella 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 12th October // 7-8:15pm Rest Restore October

Pop Up // Rest + Restore

| Drop in for £10.50, 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. 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, be prepared to enjoy a Saturday evening of total bliss.

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Sunday 13th October // 12:30-4pmAdvanced Restorative

Workshop // Dive Into Autumn // Advanced Restorative Workshop

| £35

“Inner peace is not the opposite of turmoil, it is being intimate with whatever happens, no matter how unpleasant or unwelcome.” Godfrey Devereux.

Autumn is a time for drawing deeper into ourselves and into our bodies. Dive into Autumn is an invitation to embrace this seasonal shift and dive more deeply into ourselves through restorative yoga, inner connection and deep rest.

This workshop will teach you how to take the time to breathe, relax, nurture, ground and balance yourself with the vital practices of restorative yoga.

Perfect for those who enjoy restorative yoga and are interested in exploring advanced restorative poses and techniques. It will be relaxing yet informative with a blend of experiential practices and open workshop-style learning to improve self-practice or your own teaching skills.

We begin with a meditation practice designed to bring us into our body and invite softness with a sense of relaxation into the spine, body and mind.

Following a variety of restorative forward bend options to take us out of our head and into our body, we start our practice at floor level, with a slow-flowing, restorative sequence, aided by supportive props and natural and organic alternate nostril breathing.

After a short break we will explore more technical backbends and inversion restorative postures using props helping us to understand how to set up and how to support each other and ourselves in these more complex restorative poses.

We end with a deep long, luxurious savasana practice to integrate all of the things we have experienced and learned during the session. Aromatherapy oils will be used to reawaken our senses, and sweet treats and tea will revive and soothe us.

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Sunday 20th October // 2-4pmFlow to the Beat

Workshop // Flow to the Beat

| £20

“Without music, life would be a mistake” ― Friedrich Nietzsche.

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

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.

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Tuesday 22nd October // 4-5pm Yin Nidra October

Pop Up // Yin + Nidra.

| Drop in for £8.50, or use your Daytime Class Pass.

Join Amera Stanforth for a chance to find stillness and deep relaxation.

We begin with long held seated poses designed to get into deep tightness in the body and free up blocked energy. Working to release the connective tissue (fascia, tendons, ligaments), improving flexibility to support a healthy body and a peaceful mind.

The class will close with a deeply restful Yoga Nidra meditation or ‘Yogic Sleep’. Yoga Nidra can relieve mental and physical tension, calming the nervous system and aiding relaxation.

A perfect dose of self-care!

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Friday 25th October // 7:15-9:15pmGeorge Retune August

Workshop // Chakra Flow + Gong Bath

| £20

Join George Ruddiman to retune, restore and nourish your subtle energies with a Chakra Flow Moving Meditation and relaxing Gong bath.

Before we immerse ourselves in a healing bath of sound; We begin with a chakra flow moving meditation where we connect the breath to movement alongside some beautiful and uplifting kirtan music. The breath is the gateway into the subtle energies and when we connect it directly with movement we can really drop into the present and tune into the subtle body.

For the final hour of this retuning workshop we settle back supported with an array of yoga props and surrender to the soothing and relaxing sounds of the Gong. The Gong is an ancient healing tool that can help emotional and physical wellness, by activating the parasympathetic nervous system which is generally under stimulated in our culture, the effects are meditative, healing and deeply relaxing. The sound vibration is experienced by every cell in the body and this brings greater balance and harmony.

Georges’ Gong is tuned to the Sidereal Moon which brings the feminine yin element and helps with emotional balance, inner connection and empathy.

Please note, a gong bath may not suitable for people suffering with clinical depression, psychosis, epilepsy or those who are pregnant.

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Saturday 26th October // 2:30-3:45pmSing with your Body October

Pop Up // Sing with your Body

| Drop in for £10.50, or use your Anytime Class Pass.

Join Emma Sargison for a pop-up class that will explore singing with your whole body. Emma is both a singing and yoga teacher and through this yoga sequence she will take you to places in your body where you can connect with your true voice.

Using waves of breath this class will flow through postures, from the feet to the head, that will help you to connect with yourself.

Emma passionately believes that singing is our natural expression and by familiarising ourselves with our whole singing body we can find our voice and release natural energy.

This class is for anyone who wants to learn deeper ways to communicate and connect with themselves, as well as those who want to bring more song into their lives.

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Saturday 26th October // 7:30-9:30pmCandlelit Reiki

Workshop // Candlelit Reiki

| £22.50

“If you want the moon do not hide from the night. If you want a rose do not run from the thorns. If you want love do not hide from yourself” – Rumi

Take time to reflect with an evening of deep restoration filled with the magical touch of reiki and Shamanic instruments, used to heighten inner vibrations to evoke a deep release.

Arrive and connect deeply within offering ourselves compassion and love. Set intentions for the upcoming year allowing the unspoken words to come forth, shedding the past through reflection to make room for the new.

A restful blend of lavender, patchouli, ylang-ylang and bergamot essential oils surround you as you enter into the candlelit space. Sacred herbs from Columbia will be used to cleanse and prepare the mind and body to slow down, recharge and rest.

Expect:

  • Chapter Organics Scents
  • Restorative Yoga Poses
  • Reiki Instruments
  • Candles
  • Room mists
  • Blended relaxation tea
  • Intention setting
  • Columbian herbs

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Yoga for Beginners // Becky hill

What to expect from your first yoga class

Doing a yoga class for the first time can be pretty daunting. A mix of nerves and excitement as you approach something brand new.

We took some time out with Becky Hill, who has been teaching our Begin // Foundation course at Yoga Kula for over six years to explore what you can expect from that very first class:


A warm welcome.

Teachers know how scary it is walking in to that studio for the first time. Remember, we were beginners once, too! So we’ll say hello, introduce ourselves, and make sure you know where the toilets are and where you can keep your belongings. There will probably be other students there too, who will be just as nervous!


A quick check on how you’re doing.

It’s really important that your yoga teacher knows about anything that might affect your practice. We’ll ask whether you’ve got any injuries, had any recent operations or illness, and check you’re generally feeling OK. It’s confidential and makes sure that what they teach helps rather than hinders you. You can ask to speak privately, and it’s fine if you’d rather not say – just make sure you look after your wellbeing during class.


An introduction to the props and yoga equipment. Becky Hill // First Yoga Class

Blocks, bricks, bolsters, blankets…. we use a lot of extra bits and pieces in yoga. These are known as props and can help you find comfort in a pose. Before the class starts the teacher will set out the props you’ll need on their mat – grab your own (there are plenty in the studio) plus anything else you might want.

The teacher will run through what they are and how to use them during the class.


Becky HillA mix of poses.

There are literally hundreds of different yoga poses, and during a class you can expect to do a selection that will work your whole body (and mind!). Nearly all yoga classes combine postures that build strength, increase flexibility, or develop balance. Some postures do all three. Most classes involve postures where you’re stood up, sitting down and laying on the floor.


Savasana!

Savasana translates from Sanskrit (the language of Yoga) as ‘Corpse Pose’, so called as we resemble a corpse when we’re in it. It’s the last pose of any yoga class and is a chance to completely relax. Traditionally, you lay on your back, with legs stretched out and arms by your side. But there are lots of different ways of doing it. You lay in Savasana for about 5 minutes, and for many people it’s the BEST part of the class!

To make your Savasana as comfortable as possible, we often relax over bolsters, put lavender eye bags over our eyes, and keep our bodies warm under cotton blankets.


A Beginners Course, such as Yoga Kula’s Begin // Foundation is a brilliant introduction to yoga. It’s slower than your average class, and we break the poses down so you learn what to do in each of them. Everyone is in the same boat, learning together and finding what works for them. It’s a perfect opportunity to take your first steps into yoga.

For further information on our Beginners Courses, including upcoming course dates, click below.

Beginners Courses at Yoga Kula

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Reiki + Restore

Reiki

What is Reiki?

Reiki is Japanese for ‘universal life energy’, and is used to describe a system of natural healing. Throughout a Reiki session, Amanda will use light touch and energy cleansing techniques which aim to change and balance the energy fields in and around your body. This can be beneficial on physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual levels.

What are the benefits?

  • Promotes feelings of peace and harmony
  • Dissolves energy blocks
  • Facilitates the natural healing process
  • Creates a deep state of relaxation
  • Decreases stress
  • Aids deep sleep
  • Unleashes creativity
  • Helps alleviate depression, anxiety and low self-esteem
  • Reiki allows the body to rid itself of harmful toxins

Amanda is a Level 2 Reiki attuned practitioner and yoga teacher, who teaches a regular Reiki + Restore class on the Yoga Kula timetable, as well as offering 1 to 1 Reiki sessions. Surrounded by support and nurturing, Amanda will guide you through your session with a gentle kindness and healing energy.

Amanda Winburn

  • Availability | Please email info@yogakulaleeds.co.uk for appointments
  • Cost: £50 for 1 hour
  • A 48 hour notice period for cancellation is required


Isabel Slingerland

International Teacher // Isabel Slingerland Returns

We are incredibly excited to share with you the return of Isabel Slingerland, for one weekend only!


Isabel SlingerlandIsabel joined the Kula family in 2015, and quickly became one of our most popular teachers. Her teaching focusses on awareness of movement and breath, with an emphasis on healthy body mechanics, alignment and postural strength to create an intense, physical, and internally focussed practice.

After moving to Holland in late 2018, she’s been very much missed here at Kula. We can’t wait for her to join us for two incredible sessions this September.

Keep reading to see what we have in store for you!


 

Workshop  // Unravel // Neck, Shoulders and BackIsabel Slingerland

Friday 13th September, 7:15-9:30pm

| £20

‘Turn your wounds into wisdom.’ – Oprah

Our neck, shoulders and back are often a major source of aches, pain and tension that can be hard to relieve. This workshop that will focus on the tension we hold in these areas. Through mobilising and strengthening the muscles in our neck, shoulders and back, we can alleviate tension and pain.

During this workshop we will explore different breath exercises and yoga poses that focus on relieving tension and building strength. You will also investigate your own habits and movement patterns, firstly through self awareness and attention, and then by working with a partner.

Finally you will practise therapeutic Thai Yoga Massage techniques and hands on adjustments. Taken from the Forrest Yoga practice, these will teach you how to help and support different yoga postures whilst learning how to relax tighter and overactive areas around your neck, shoulders and back.

You can expect to leave this workshop with

  • a deep awareness of your own body and its anatomy,
  • an understanding of injuries,
  • relief from tension, aches and pains.

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Pop Up // The Wiser SelfIsabel Slingerland

Saturday 14th September, 5-6:30pm

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

Join Isabel Slingerland for a pop-up yoga class that will connect you to your inner wisdom.

Leading you through an energising vinyasa flow sequence, to remove stagnation and connect you to your intuition, this class will focus on moving energy up through the spine to activate our Ajna Chakra (third eye).

We will start the class with Pranayama (breathing) exercises, before moving through a vinyasa flow sequence that will focus on moving the spine and opening the shoulders, tuning into the areas where we hold tension.

Finishing with a guided ‘wiser self’ meditation, inspired by Ana Forrest, we will work with visualisation techniques for a profound and restorative end to class.

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To see our full list of upcoming events, click here.

 

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James Boag

International Teacher James Boag

We are incredibly excited to welcome International Yoga Teacher, Sanskrit Scholar and Kirtan expert James Boag for two inspirational sessions at Yoga Kula.


About James

Originally from Yorkshire, James teaches yoga and applied yoga philosophy globally.

James is known for his storytelling, his rich kirtans, deep meditations, principle-based approach to asana and movement, and for bringing the timeless wisdom of the traditional scriptural teachings vividly into the context of our lives today. He has been teaching for over twenty-five years, teaching yoga since 2003 and leading integrated programs on applied yoga philosophy around the world since 2009. He regularly returns to Mysore in South India where he completed his MA in Sanskrit, to lead courses on the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras and Indian Mythology.


Whole Life Yoga // Movement Whole Life Movement

Saturday 7th September, 4:30-7pm  |  £20

In this yogic movement ‘play-shop’ we use yoga principles to explore how we can cultivate healthy neuro-muscular patterns and efficient kinetic chains through the body. This will include working with yoga postures ‘actively’, against gravity, inspired particularly by the work of Hatha yoga teacher Simon Borg Olivier.

We will then explore these principles through a broader spectrum of movement to invite greater vitality, presence and rejuvenation.  Discover new ways to move and be still.

This session is perfect for those with some yoga experience who want to delve deeper into mindful movement. You will leave the session full of inspiration and embodied knowledge to take back to your regular classes.

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Pop Up // Kirtan and the Power of Sound Kirtan + The power of sound

Saturday 7th September, 7:30-8:45pm  | £10.50 drop in, or use your Anytime pass.

The yoga tradition offers a myriad of tools we can work with to cultivate deep presence and sustainable wellbeing.

These include many sound-based techniques and practices. The extraordinary visionaries and research scientists of the ancient yoga tradition recognized 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 will 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.

Participants will be able to bathe and soak in cleansing, nourishing sound, while also deepening understanding of key, archetypal principles. This practice can help us bring the harmonising power of yoga into all aspects of our lives.

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

This session is perfect for those who are interested in broadening their yoga experience and who want to deeply feel the power of sound. James has hosted his transformational Kirtan all over the world including Mysore, India.

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Yoga Medicinal Herbs September

Inner Peace // Yoga + Medicinal Herbs

‘Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson

We invite you to join two of our Yoga Teacher Training Graduates for a very special workshop on Sunday 8th September, from 2-4pm.


Never underestimate the power of inner peace.

Using the medicinal and healing properties of herbs, Gillian Felton and Sophie Bodenham will guide you through a flowing, calming and balanced yoga practice.

Opening with a healing fresh rosemary meditation and moving through a flowing sequence to invigorate and uplift the mind and body, you’ll connect with the sounds of nature to bring clarity of thought.

The practice will then slow with the scent of white sage combined with Yin Yoga, taking you on a journey that cools, calms and balances the body, before the essence of lavender nourishes, restores and connects you to the inner peace that resides in all of us.

Your practice will be sealed and closed with herbal teas and homemade biscuits.

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We are hiring

We are Hiring!

Yoga Kula is a dedicated yoga studio in the heart of Chapel Allerton, Leeds. Yoga Kula opened its doors in 2012 and since then has grown into a busy, vibrant and exciting yoga centre. We run over 40 classes per week, weekend workshops, a range of specialist yoga courses, on-site therapies and we train teachers on our 18 month Teacher Training Course.

We have hundreds of yoga students coming through our doors each week all of which enjoy the warm Kula welcome and our high level of yoga expertise.


Job Title – Weekend Receptionist 

We are looking for a yoga-minded, dynamic, highly organised and friendly individual to run our reception over the weekends at Yoga Kula. This role requires the individual to have:

  • Knowledge of customer care
  • Excellent reception skills
  • Sales skills
  • A strong work ethic
  • High energy and be excited about what we do
  • Work well in a small innovative team and the ability to work independently
  • The ability to prioritise their work load
  • Excellent administration and communication skills.

The successful candidate will be working with an inspiring team of professional yoga teachers and therapists who are making a powerful and lasting impact with their work. Our customers are generally happy and relaxed and love being at the studio.

It would be essential that the candidate was computer literate with experience in Microsoft Office, Excel and Word. 

Knowledge of Mindbody online operations software is a preference.  


Terms and Benefits outline 

Start Date – As soon as possible

Hours per week – Saturday and Sunday, 9am – 1pm

Location – Chapel Allerton Studio, Leeds

Report to – Operations Co-ordinator

Applications for this position are now closed. 

For any further details please get in touch below.


Apply by sending a CV and covering letter to beth@yogakulaleeds.co.uk, by clicking below.

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Setting your intention

Setting your Intention

Intention Setting for a Super Charged Practice

Yoga is a powerful way to bring about inner transformation. We don’t always know – or need to know – exactly how the process of transformation is working, but we are aware that it is! There are some key ingredients to supporting the process of transformation,  one of which I wanted to share with you today – the practice of intention setting.

At the start of a yoga class we are often asked to set an intention – but why?

The reason behind this,  is that when we come to the yoga mat we want to connect more closely with our true nature. We are not the looped (often negative) thoughts, the judgement, the comparisons in our minds. There is so much more than that. We are what is underneath, which sits closer to the heart. We are Peace, Joy, Compassion, and Love.

Both the human condition and modern society means that we constantly forget our true nature. It is easy to get into the mode of chasing a feeling of happiness and peace externally – we may think we would be happier if we were more attractive, weighed less, had more money, more nice clothes – the list goes on and on! The problem is when we get one thing we are still not satisfied and we then start to chase something else to try and bring us happiness and peace.

Angela SykesWhen we connect with our deeper longings through intention,  we begin to remember our true nature. As we connect with our deeper self on a more regular basis this becomes more apparent to us at the surface level and begins to become a part of our lived experience. Over time, as we begin to observe the quality of the mind more and more we begin to notice through regular intention setting that the quality of the mind begins to change.

Important points for intentions setting:

  • Try to really feel your intention. Let it fill your body, mind and energy field fully.
  • Ensure that you bring your intention into a positive present tense, as if it is already happening, for example:

“I am peaceful” – rather than I want to be more peaceful.”

  • When we notice our deeply formed habits coming back to us in the practice (and we will!) such as the comparison, the criticism, the judgement – take a deep breath and come back your intention and really feel it filling your body, mind and energy field.

Happy Intention Setting!

Angela x