Handstand Heaven

“I’m always trying to turn things upside down and see if they look any better.”  Tibor Kalman

Join Taylor Selby for a lively and playful workshop that will help refine your handstand skills. This two hour workshop will give you the tools and techniques you need to start building a consistent handstand practice. Designed to help your confidence with inversions, this workshop will provide a safe environment to practice handstand drills.

Benefits of HandstandTaylor Handstand

  • Activate and engage your entire body
  • Improve balance and stability
  • Improve focus on breathing
  • Stretches the abdomen and strengthens the shoulders, arms, and wrists.
  • Increases blood flow which energises the mind
  • Releases stress

Building from the foundation up, this workshop will be split into two parts:

// The first half of the workshop will begin with a dynamic Vinyasa Flow sequence to build heat in the body. Focusing on core strength as well as shoulder stability and flexibility; this will be followed by upper body handstand specific drills. We’ll explore utilising the strength created at the start, to find ‘airtime’.

// The second half of the workshop will focus on the lower body, with a flow designed for the hamstrings, hip flexors and glutes. This energy will then be utilised in drills focussing on entering and exiting handstands safely and with ease.

The workshop will close with a relaxing cool down, followed by a final discussion about tips and tools you can use to create a consistent handstand practice outside of the studio.

Handstand Heaven is suitable for clients with a regular yoga practice, looking to further their inversion practice.

* Unfortunately this workshop is not suitable for complete beginners, pregnant or postnatal students.


When? // Sunday 14th July, 1-3pm

Where? // The Yoga Kula Studio, Chapel Allerton

Price? // £25


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Ayurvedic Lunch July

Summer Radiance + Ayurvedic Lunch

We invite you to join Ella Young (Wellness Wins) for a Summer Radiance Workshop with gentle flowing yoga, ayurvedic lifestyle practices to assist body, mind and spirit, and a delicious organic lunch with produce supplied by Abel & Cole and lovingly prepared by Ella. We took some time our to hear more about what she has in store for us.

During this workshop we will take a holistic look at our lifestyles and assess where we can further assist our body, mind and spirit to radiate during these hotter, lighter, more energetic months. We will practice gentle flowing asanas (postures) as well as pranayama (breathing) techniques that both cool and balance the body.

Details

When? // Sunday 21st July, 12:30-3pm

Where? // Yoga Kula Studio, Leeds

Price? // £45, including lunch

How do I book? // Click here!


Tell us about your workshop! We can’t wait share such a beautiful afternoon with you.

This workshop will be nourishing on all levels. Whether you know a lot or a little about Ayurveda, you’ll have lots to gain from this afternoon (over and above the delicious lunch!). We will take a light hearted approach to dip our toes into an ancient science that has the potential to completely change lives.


Small changes can go along way and by taking away your voucher for £30 off Abel & Cole’s organic boxes as well as handouts on how to craft your own satisfying plant-based meals, you’ve got a helping hand to get you started on your Ayurvedic path.
 I can’t wait to see you and share the joys!

Important question on our mind – food! What will we be eating?!

Seasonal, organic, sustainable produce prepared with gigantic amounts of love! We will dine knowing that our feast has not caused famine for another, degradation of soil, nor plastic waste to end up in the ocean! The menu will be a tasty, summer surprise for all of those that join for the adventure… plant-powered medicine for the body, mind and soul.

We will enjoy a flowing yoga session harnessing the great powers of asana, pranayama and meditation, followed by discussion and learning about Ayurvedic practices that can nourish us throughout this pitta (hot & fiery) time of year. Then it’s time to tuck into our delicious organic summer spread!

How can what we eat affect our lifestyle?

The time we eat, what we eat and how we eat can all affect our general health. For example, if we are eating erratically, our temperament can become erratic; if we eat lots of cold, raw food, we can begin to feel undernourished and in desperate need of outsourcing love and comfort; if we eat while really focusing on something else (walking/talking/watching a programme), we become tired and dissatisfied from splaying our energy and ultimately, unfulfilled.
 Small changes such as more regular eating patterns, eating fresh whole foods and eating mindfully with a sense of gratitude can have a hugely positive effect!

What is Ayurveda and why is it an important aspect of who we are?

Ayurevda is the sister science of yoga. It’s about living in tune with the changing seasons, becoming adaptable and free. It is concerned with us living at our optimum using our daily lifestyle choices as a means of ‘medicine’. Our daily habits are the building blocks of our health and when we can understand more about our natural tendencies, we can enjoy a lifestyle that compliments that, keeping us in balance.

Ayurvedic medicine provides health implications for a yoga practitioner who can explore their mental and spiritual dimensions through their yoga practice. Both are needed in order to live a holistic, fulfilled life where we are able to enjoy the qualities of peace and contentment.

How did your interest in Ayurvedic practices come about? Has it always been a big part of your life?

In a way, yes. I’ve always gone to bed early; when the sun goes down, I go down. I’ve always enjoyed nourishing home made food and recognised nourishing practices. However, as a teen, I wasn’t formally aware of ‘Ayurveda’.

After graduating university I moved to Australia to immerse myself in the world of health and yoga. I was lucky enough to have crossed paths with an incredible woman who has lived and breathed Ayurveda. As I began eating more warming, nourishing food, I started gaining an understanding about what I was eating.

I was taught by an Ayurvedic doctor as part of my 800 hour yoga teacher training in Byron Bay. Jacinta McEwen has been practicing Ayurveda for over thirty years, and she shared her knowledge throughout my fourth and final semester of study with Byron Yoga Centre.

Where can we find out more about Ayurveda?

I would recommend Vasant Lad and David Frawley books and lectures. I would also recommend simply taking 10-20 minutes each morning to simply be… You are your greatest teacher.

There are also two great books available in the Yoga Kula studio shop, Ayurveda;  A practical guide to optimal health, healing, and vitality – Geeta Vara (£15.00) and Practical Ayurveda – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre (£17.00)


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Hatha Flow

Hatha Flow

Hatha Flow

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 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, Liz teaches you how to bring a balance between the two.

  • Broaden your practice
  • Deepen + refine your practice.
  • Build on your technique
  • Expand and explore your own practice further
  • Learn how to practice safely
  • Increase your knowledge and confidence
  • Time and space to relax and rejuvenate
  • Increased flexibility and strength
  • The opportunity to cultivate a calm and steady mind
  • Increased self-awareness and confidence


Teacher Training Open Day // Hayley Huntoon

Teacher Training Course // Student Stories - Hayley Huntoon

Ahead of our Teacher Training Open Day on Friday 18th September for our January 2021 course, we took some time out with current trainee Hayley Huntoon. We were keen to learn more about her yoga journey, and her experience of our course so far. If you’d like to join us on our Open Day, which will take place 7:15pm-9:15pm, you can book your place by clicking here.


What attracted you to the Kula Teacher Training Course?

I started coming to Yoga Kula when I moved to Leeds two years ago. I had prioritised choosing a flat within walking distance from a yoga studio because I wanted to meet new people and be able to practice regularly. The first time I entered the studio, I knew it was the right place for me and I soon began attending a variety of classes. I was inspired by all of the teachers at Kula and felt this was the perfect place for me to complete my training as I already felt such a connection to the studio.

Has the course been all you expected so far?

I didn’t really know what to expect from the course but there has been a real variety of topics and teaching methods. I have felt comfortable with the pace and really enjoyed getting to know my fellow trainees and seeing how much we have all come on month by month.

What advice would you give to anyone considering joining our next intake of students?

Be committed and do it for you. It’s a really supportive course so anything is achievable if it’s something you want, and you’re prepared to work for it.

How have you found the course so far?

Really interesting. It has opened my eyes to so many paths of yoga and the pace has been really enjoyable. I have never felt overwhelmed as we’re taking it steadily.

What part does Yoga play in your life, and has this changed since starting the course?

Yoga for me plays a massive role in connecting with others, and the course has definitely helped me to connect with so many new people. I’ve always enjoyed the fitness side of yoga –  but since being on the course I have been empowered to bring yoga into every aspect of my life. It takes place both on and off the mat now!

What style(s) of Yoga do you practice?

I started by practicing mostly Ashtanga and later found Rocket yoga and became hooked on the workshops, enjoying having more time to explore the practice. Now I mostly practice Vinyasa Flow with the occasional bit of Yin and love the variety. There’s such a range at Yoga Kula there’s something to suit everyone.

Would you have done anything differently, if you were at the start of your course now?

Not that I can think of! I feel like I’m on exactly the right path for me, and with such a supportive community around me on my journey there’s always something to learn.

If you had to sum up the course in 3 words, what would they be?

Accessible, Grounding, Empowering

I know it’s early days, but do you have any aspirations for after the course?

I went into the course wanting to teach and definitely still do. I’d love to help others to get the same enjoyment out of yoga as my teachers have done for me. I currently work as a midwife but would love to do a bit of both.

Would you like to add anything?

If you’re even considering starting your teacher training, I’d say “Go for it!” – Don’t let anything hold you back!

You can follow Hayley’s Yoga Teacher Training Journey by clicking here. 


To book your space on our Teacher Training Open Day, click the button below.

When // Sunday 15th September 2019, 2-4pm

Where // Yoga Kula Studio, Harrogate Road, LS7 4NY

Wave Flow July

Wave Flow + Sound Bath // Susi Wick + George Ruddiman

We invite you to join one of Yoga Kula’s most popular Vinyasa Flow teachers — Susi Wick, and Yoga Kula Teacher Training Graduate and Gong Bath teacher — George Ruddiman, for a wonderful collaborative workshop on Friday 12th July, 7:15-9:15pm.


This exciting new workshop, will see Susi guide you through a slow paced, strong and powerful Vinyasa Flow sequence, while George bathes your movement in the sounds of his gong, crystal bowls and chimes.

Wave Flow + GongThe class will wind down with a long relaxation and immersion in the sounds of George’s gong which is tuned to the sidereal moon — bringing in the feminine yin element and helping with emotional balance, inner connection and empathy.

Experience necessary. // Please note: Gong Baths may not suitable for people suffering with clinical depression, psychosis, epilepsy or those who are pregnant.


What is a Gong Bath? 

A Gong Bath is a type of immersive and therapeutic sound practice, where students are “bathed” in the vibrations and sound waves from the Gong.  Sound therapy has long been used to manage a broad range of health conditions, and can be used as a healing tool. The concept is based on the understanding that our body’s cells vibrate at different frequencies. Factors such as stress, depression and disease cause cells and organs within our bodies to vibrate at non-optimal frequencies. A Gong Bath can help to realign these frequencies, promoting health and healing within the body.

For a sneak preview of this session, watch the video below.

 

To join Susi and George for this incredible collaborative experience,  ensure to book your space by clicking below.

Yoga July

What's on in July

Welcome to July at Yoga Kula. We welcome two new teachers to the Yoga Kula team, bringing both a new class and a new course to the Yoga Kula Beginners range, alongside newly curated workshops, sound baths and even some retreat preparation . . .


We kick things off by welcoming Gillian Felton and Liz Hurd to the Yoga Kula family. Both of these wonderful teachers began their teaching journey 18 months ago, and recently graduated from our first Yoga Teacher Training Course!

Gillian + LizNew Class // Launches Wednesday 3rd July, 11:30-12:30pm // Launch class is FREE!

Regular price - Drop in // £8 or use your Daytime pass.

Yoga // Begin offers students the opportunity to GROW deeper roots in their yoga practice in a rolling series of six bespoke classes. Designed for students to explore different styles of yoga and begin to develop a deeper understanding of the key benefits of the various styles.

These sessions are an ideal stepping stone for people who have completed the 6 week Begin // Foundation Course or the 4 week Begin // Express Course at Yoga Kula, and who are ready to grow and develop their practice. These are drop in sessions so you do not have to commit to the whole 6 weeks, and you're more than welcome to continue beyond 6 weeks to grow even deeper roots.

Click here to book your space on this F R E E Launch Class on Wednesday 3rd July, 11:30-12:30pm


Low Flow + YinPop Up // Low Flow + Yin // Friday 5th July, 7:15-8:30pm with Anna Hildreth

£10 Drop in, or use your Anytime pass.

Unwind, switch off and relax with our Pop-up // Low Flow + Yin session.

This relaxing pop-up offers a combination of low and slow flow style yoga peppered with longer held yin poses. This session will support a deep release of tension to free both body and mind, whilst allowing you time to explore your inner world. This journey inward will be supported with pranayama, chanting and meditation to leave you relaxed, calm and connected.

Enjoy lavender aromas, face sprays, massages, tea and chocolate. Low lighting and a soundtrack created to support deep relaxation will invite you to rest.

Click here to book your space on our Low Flow + Yin Pop Up class on Friday 5th July at 7:15-8:30pm


Rocket + YinWorkshop // Rocket + Restore // Saturday 6th July, 2:30-4pm with Helen Ince

£20

"Life is a balance between rest and movement" - Osho

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. This is 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. This is a guided meditation where we take our attention to each part of the body, allowing it to relax deeply into complete rest.

Some yoga experience required.

Click here to book your space on our Rocket + Restore workshop on Saturday 6th July, 2:30-4pm


Rest + Restore July

Pop Up // Rest + Restore // Saturday 6th July, 7:30-8:45pm with Ella Young 

£10 Drop in, or use your Anytime 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 run throughout the summer and 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, the more props the better, be prepared to enjoy a Saturday evening of total bliss.

Click here to book your space on our Rest + Restore Pop Up on Saturday 6th July, 7:30-8:45pm


Balance + FlowPop Up // Balance + Flow // Sunday 7th July, 2:30-4pm with Kate Herrick

£10 Drop in, or use your Anytime pass.

Join Kate Herrick to melt into your afternoon feeling gently energised, awakened and present.

Balance + Flow brings you back to the essence of yoga, and this state of union. Coming back into harmony with your inner and outer world by moving, meditating and breathing with total presence and awareness of what is, at any given moment.

As busy people, we tend to attribute our identity with our thinking mind. This pop up is designed to realign some of that energy back into your body. Just as we use words to articulate thoughts in our minds and express ourselves, we shall learn to use our breath to explore the body, and our movements to express.

Click here to book your space on our Balance + Flow Pop Up on Sunday 7th July, 2:30-4pm


Wave Flow JulyWorkshop // Wave Flow + Sound Bath // Friday 12th July, 7:15-9:15pm with Susi Wick and George Ruddiman

£25

"There is no new wave, only the sea." Claude Chabrol

Join Susi Wick and George Ruddiman for a powerful fusion of movement, breath and sound that will tap into all of your senses, and reach every cell of your body.

This exciting new workshop is a collaboration between one of Yoga Kula's most popular Vinyasa Flow teachers; Susi Wick, and Yoga Kula Teacher Training Graduate and Gong Bath teacher; George Ruddiman. Susi will guide you through a slow paced, strong and powerful Vinyasa Flow sequence, while George bathes your movement in the sounds of his gong, crystal bowls and chimes.

The class will wind down with a long relaxation and immersion in the sounds of George's gong which is tuned to the sidereal moon. This brings in the feminine yin element and helping with emotional balance, inner connection and empathy.

Experience necessary // Please note: Gong Baths may not suitable for people suffering with clinical depression, psychosis, epilepsy or those who are pregnant.

Click here to book your space on Wave Flow + Sound Bath on Friday 12th July, 7:15-9:15pm


Asanas + Elixirs JulyWorkshop // Asanas + Elixirs // Stretches, Blends, and Brews to ease your cycle // Saturday 13th July,  2:30-5:30pm with Melanie Hadida and Pam Vargas

£25 // Women Only

Learning to better understand your menstrual cycle is an act of empowerment and resistance. Many women struggle with various ‘PMD’ symptoms that can be countered with a combination of yoga and herbal remedies.

Join Melanie Hadida (Spice + Green) and Pam Vargas for a workshop dedicated to taking control of your cycle. Through a combination of flowing yoga and at-home herbal remedies, you'll learn clever ‘period-hacks’ to help you through combat 3 common symptoms of PMD.  Energy depletion, Fluctuations in mood, and discomfort.

During this workshop Melanie and Pam with guide you through a combination of yoga, breathing techniques, meditation and Ayurvedic herb and spice blending. This will help you to feel calmer and revitalised.

Pam will lead you through a yoga flow of stretches, breathing techniques and restorative poses to help boost energy, improve your mood and deal with discomfort.Following Pams yoga session, Melanie will brew a calming tea with various seeds, spices and herbs, whilst discussing the benefits and medicinal properties of each ingredient and how they can be used to improve your wellbeing at different times of the month.You’ll then be encouraged to get hands-on, creating your own tea and spice blends to add extra vitamins, minerals and plant-based medicines to your daily diets

Click here to book your space on Asanas + Elixirs on Saturday 13th July, 2;30-5:30pm


Kirtan JulyWorkshop // Soothing Flow + Kirtan // Saturday 13th July, 6:30-8:30pm with Jen Nevin + Mike Auger

£15

"Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves..." Elton John

Join yoga teacher Jen Nevin and musician Mike Auger for an evening of meditation, soothing flow and Kirtan (yogic music).

Beginning with enchanting live music and gentle grounding yoga poses,  unwind to the sounds of the tongue drum.  A blissful blend of tones known to attune you to your surroundings. From this place of peace, we'll connect to the breath through gentle pranayama techniques that soothe the mind, before moving into an intuitive soothing flow. Our live musician, Mike, will respond to the energy in the room, creating a unique soothing soundtrack that moves with you as well as moving you.

We'll flow effortlessly into stillness, guided by Jen into a meditation that supports the mind and connects the body to our life source.

Attuned to the ground, body and our deepest self, we'll arise from meditation to learn a selection of mantras. These will be accompanied by Mike on a range of instruments including the traditional Indian Shruti Box. At this point you'll be able to be as active or as still as you wish, joining the mantra by singing, dancing, playing one of the percussion instruments or by simply enjoying the healing and joyful vibrations of these ancient sounds.

Please feel free to bring your own instruments, we are always happy to create together.

The workshop will end with herbal tea and delicious homemade treats, as we welcome the evening ahead with nurtured minds and restored bodies.

Click here to book Soothing Flow + Kirtan on Saturday 13th July, 6:30-8:30pm


Workshop // Handstand Heaven // Sunday 14th July, 1-3pm with Taylor Selby

£25

"I'm always trying to turn things upside down and see if they look any better." Tibor Kalman

Join Taylor Selby for a lively and playful workshop that will help refine your handstand skills.This two hour workshop will give you the tools and techniques you need to start building a consistent handstand practice. Designed to help your confidence with inversions, this workshop will provide a safe environment to practice handstand drills, gain a greater sense of the alignment necessary to perfect a handstand and to move past any fears you may have about going upside down.

Building from the foundation up, this workshop will be split into two parts:

  • The first half of the workshop will begin with a dynamic vinyasa flow sequence to build heat in the body focusing on core strength as well as shoulder stability and flexibility. This will be followed by upper body handstand specific drills, utisling the strength created to find 'airtime'.
  • The second half of the workshop will focus on the lower body, with a flow designed for the hamstrings, hip flexors and glutes. This energy will then be utilised in drills focussing on entering and exiting handstands safely and with ease.

The workshop will close with a relaxing cool down, as well as a final discussion about tips and tools you can use to create a consistent handstand practice outside of the studio.

Handstand Heaven is suitable for clients with a regular yoga practice, looking to further their inversion practice. Unfortunately this workshop is not suitable for complete beginners, pregnant or postnatal students

Click here to book our Handstand Heaven workshop on Sunday 14th July, 1-3pm. 


Gillian Felton

New Course // Begin // Express with Gillian Felton

Launches 18th July, 1:30-2:30pm. 4 week course

£40

"Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed." B.K.S. Iyengar 

If you are new to yoga, or out of practice we recommend you complete at least one cycle of our beginners courses, Begin // Foundation or Begin // Foundation Express.

During this 4 week course you will study the building blocks of a yoga practice which you can continue to build upon in our studio classes. You will learn key yoga postures and the fundamentals of yoga such as the importance of breath and alignment. You will also be introduced to some basic yoga philosophy and meditation techniques.

Click here to book your space on our brand new course - Begin // Express, which launches on Thursday 18th July, 1:30-2:30pm and runs for 4 weeks.


Crystal AlchemyWorkshop // Crystal Alchemy + Sound Healing //  Friday 19th July, 7:15-9:15pm with Natalie Seagar

£25

Join Natalie Seager for a blissful two hour immersion into crystal alchemy, colour therapy and sound healing to restore both body and mind.

This workshop will begin with a grounding yoga nidra to relax and rebalance the body. You'll be asked to choose crystals that you're drawn to and whilst holding these crystal palm stones, Natalie will weave your awareness through the body, inviting spaciousness and ease, and allowing your body to be held fully by the earth.

We will follow the yoga nidra with a luxurious immersion into sound and crystalline frequency. A truly unique sound bath experience with Crystal Tones Alchemy singing bowls, that are unique blends of quartz, gemstones, metals and minerals. The collection includes amethyst, turquoise, ruby, gold, platinum, Indium, frankincense, moldavite and Himalayan salt. Created with the intention of healing, the singing bowls will assist in grounding, integration, release, alignment and expansion of both your body and mind.

This workshop will allow you to experience deep relaxation, inner alchemy and healing, whilst being held within a blissful ethereal soundscape.

You can read more about our crystal workshops, products, and sound healing by clicking here.

Click here to book your space on Crystal Alchemy + Sound Healing on  Friday 19th July, 7:15-9:15pm.


Rest + RestorePop Up // Rest + Restore // Saturday 20th July, 7:30-8:45pm with Ella Young 

£10 Drop in, or use your Anytime 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, which 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, the more props the better, be prepared to enjoy a Saturday evening of total bliss.

Click here to book your space on Pop Up // Rest + Restore  on Saturday 20th July, 7:30-8:45pm


Ayurvedic Lunch July

Workshop // Summer Radiance + Ayurvedic Lunch // Sunday 21st July, 12:30-3pm with Ella Young

£45 (Price includes lunch).

'Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.' Buddha

Join Ella Young for a Summer Radiance Workshop. Gentle flowing yoga, lifestyle practices to assist body, mind and spirit and a delicious organic lunch with produce supplied by Abel + Cole and lovingly prepared by Ella.

During this workshop we will take a holistic look at our lifestyles and assess where we can further assist our body, mind and spirit to radiate during these hotter, lighter, more energetic months. we will practice gentle flowing asanas (postures) as well as pranayama (breathing) techniques that both cool and balance the body.

Ayurveda (the science of life) provides us with knowledge and tools that allow us to live in sync with nature. Summer is the Ayurvedic Pitta season: fiery, fast and full. We draw on flavours, herbs, spices, liquids and textures that pacify the Pitta energy. We will explore the basic Ayurvedic principles before we immerse ourselves in joyful, social summer feelings and enjoy a delicious, homemade, organic lunch.

Click here to book your space on Summer Radiance + Ayurvedic Lunch on Sunday 21st July, 12:30-3pm.


Summer Restorative + NidraSummer Restorative + Nidra // Friday 26th July, 7:15-9:15pm with Catharine Rosenthall

£20

Join Catharine Rosenthall for a summer restorative workshop, at this time of abundance, that will allow you to rest deeply, restore and re-energise with restorative yoga and yoga nidra, honouring our connection to the sun and the nourishment, vitality and feelings of wellbeing it provides.

The workshop will begin with deeply relaxing restorative poses that invite your mind and body to yield and facilitate deep rest in preparation for the stillness of yoga nidra. The practice will include supported heart opening poses to encourage the connection of the heart to the sun, recognising and celebrating the powerful solar connection of our own inner light.

Yoga Nidra translates as 'yogic sleep' and during this workshop you will be guided to a completely relaxed state, a place between wakefulness and sleeping. In this state of consciousness, deep healing, rejuvenation and creativity can occur. This is a place where total physical, mental and emotional relaxation happens, a calming withdrawal of the senses.

Click here to book your place on Summer Restorative + Nidra on Friday 26th July, 7:15-9:15pm


Arm Balance July

Arm Balance // Flight School // Saturday 27th July, 3-4:30pm with Susi Wick

£15

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.' Leonardo Da Vinci

Are you ready to fly? Join our Flow + Fly teacher Susi Wick for an Arm Balance Workshop that will provide you with the space and tools to play with gravity and explore different arm balances.

Starting with the fundamentals and building your confidence step by step, this workshop requires no previous arm balance experience. All you need is a willingness to step out of your comfort zone and explore something new. Our bodies are stronger than we think!

During the workshop you will work towards fun and rewarding poses such as Crow and Flying Lizard variations. Come and play!

Click here to book your place for Arm Balance // Flight School, Saturday 27th July, 3:4:30pm


Rocket + Yin

Pop-Up // Rocket + Yin // Sunday 28th July, 1-2:30pm with Amera Stanforth

£10 Drop in, or use your Anytime pass.

"In life, may you proceed with balance…" Patti Smith

Join Amera for a pop-up class of two halves, designed to bring balance to body and mind.
Beginning with a dynamic, energetic standing sequence based on the Rocket practice. This uplifting start will build heat in the body through fast paced sun salutations, arm balances and inversions for a yoga cardio, full body workout. This practice promises to be full of fun and energy!

The second half to this Yang practice will finish with a much deserved, calming and grounding Yin inspired seated sequence. This will provide a deeper stretch and to work on the connective tissues in the body by holding each posture for around 3 minutes. Yin has many — creating space, balance and relaxation. A perfect antidote to our busy modern lives!

Some Yoga experience ideally required.

Click here to book your space on Rocket + Yin, Sunday 28th July, 1-2:30pm


A N    A U G U S T    T R E A T . . .

Avalon Day Retreat

A sneak peak at our August Day Retreat . . .

Cultivate Joy, Peace + Gratitude // Day Retreat // £85

*(lunch not included in price of retreat)

Friday 2nd August, 10am-6pm.

Join Senior Yoga Teacher Angela Sykes for a Yoga Day Retreat at the beautiful Avalon Wellbeing Centre in Skipton. The Avalon wellbeing centre is a haven for yoga, nature, relaxation and spa lovers.

Angela and the Avalon team have created a day retreat offering space and time for participants to cultivate the qualities of Joy, Peace and Gratitude. Learn yogic tools and techniques to bring about more positive states of mind, connect with like-minded people, and enjoy nature.  We'll end the day relaxing deeply in Avalon’s state of the art spa facilities.

During this day retreat Angela will lead two inspirational yoga classes.

Vinyasa Flow to Cultivate Joy:

  • Arrive and Breath
  • Intention setting to cultivate JOY
  • Creative Flows
  • Hands on assists to finesse poses
  • Uplifting soundtrack
  • Mantra
  • Energising Mudra
  • Meditation
  • Deep Rest
  • Head and Neck Massage

Soothing Yoga and Meditation to cultivate Peace:

  • Intention setting to cultivate
  • Restorative Poses
  • Nourishing Flows
  • Relaxing soundtrack
  • Yin Poses
  • Grounding Mudra
  • Meditation
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Hand and Foot Massage

Angela has been practicing Yoga for 18 years and teaching for over 10, and is the founder, director and principle teacher at Yoga Kula Leeds. As well being an ambassador for Sweaty Betty, Angela has also appeared on the cover of Yoga Magazine. Her classes are dynamic and challenging whilst offering time and space for reflection, meditation and cultivation.

During this day retreat you'll enjoy:

  • Fresh herbal tea on arrival.
  • Dynamic, Creative and Inspiring Vinyasa Flow yoga class to cultivate Joy.
  • Natropathic Lunch in Utopia with vegetarian and vegan options, or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the grounds
  • Forrest Bathing in hammocks to cultivate Peace.
  • Soothing Yoga and Meditation session to cultivate Gratitude.
  • Time to use Avalon's relaxation room and meditation pod
  • Avalon's pool suite and wellbeing facilities including: Hydromassage Pool, Sauna and Steam Room
  • Explore Avalon's Conscious Library
  • Browse Avalon's Conscious Boutique

Limited spaces available! Click here to book yours.



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Gillian + Liz

Welcome to the Kula Team // Gillian Felton and Liz Hurd

18 months ago, we began our very first Teacher Training Course. This summer, we welcome two of our graduates to the Yoga Kula teaching team! We’ve taken some time out with Gillian Felton + Liz Hurd, to hear about their new Yoga // Begin class which starts on Wednesday 3rd July at 11:30am. The first class is F R E E so ensure to book your space by clicking here.


Congratulations on graduating our TTC and on joining the Yoga Kula Teaching Team! 

Tell us about your class? Will you be teaching it together?

Both: Yoga // Begin works around a 6 week programme called GROW.  GROW is a new concept class for Kula and one that gives students the chance to try out different styles of yoga. Each week we’ll introduce you to a type of yoga, where one of us will take the lead with the other one there to provide help and encouragement. We want students to feel comfortable and confident to try something new in a safe and supportive environment.

Who is the class aimed towards?

Both: The class is an ideal stepping stone for students who have completed one of Kula’s beginners courses. Equally it is an opportunity for existing students to try out different styles of yoga.

What is the concept of the new class? Tell us about GROW.

Both: We often hear from those new to yoga that they are not sure what the difference is between the different types, styles or levels of yoga on offer at the studio and so are unsure as to which class to go to. We want to make that choice easier, and that’s where the idea for GROW came from. The programme is designed to run for six weeks, with each week focusing on a different type of yoga. You don’t have to attend them all, you can just drop in if there’s something that interests you. It’s all about introducing you to what’s on offer at the studio so you can continue to grow your practice in a way that suits you.

Liz: Beginners courses tend to be taught in a particular style, such as Hatha.  The idea behind the concept of GROW is to offer students an opportunity to try out different styles of yoga so they feel ready to come along to any class.

How have you found the transition from student to teacher?

Gillian:  A really exciting journey! And a little nerve wracking at times. It has given me a whole new appreciation of the work that goes into planning and delivering a great class. It is also one of the most rewarding experiences. Yoga Kula has amazing and very talented teachers and to be part of the team is like a dream come true.

What I would say is that the learning never ends. You learn something every time you teach and as a teacher it’s really important to plan and teach thoughtfully, listen to your students and never lose sight of your own development so that your teaching stays fresh and interesting. I don’t think we ever stop being students!

Liz: Amazing and exciting! It’s actually felt like a smooth transition as we’ve had the opportunity to gradually build up our teaching over the last six months of our TTC.  I feel really fortunate to be part of such a supportive team of teachers at Kula and to have trained with equally supportive TTC peers. It also helps to be teaching such lovely, welcoming Kula yogis.

Tell us about your yoga experience?

Gillian: After many years as a runner I felt like all my muscles had tightened up, lost all flexibility and were in need of a good stretch. That’s how I found myself in a Hot Yoga class at Kula! I have never looked back, and as my practice developed so did my understanding of the holistic benefits of yoga. A life changing yoga retreat to the foothills of the Himalayas started a deeper appreciation of the transformative powers of yoga on an emotional, physical and spiritual level. This sowed the seed of becoming a yoga teacher. I have a regular Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin practice, and can sometimes still be found in a Hot Yoga class!

Liz: I went to my first yoga class 20 years ago!  For the next 15 or so years, my practice was pretty sporadic as I dipped in and out throughout a busy career and three children.  It was around 5 years ago when something ‘clicked’ and I realised the transformative benefits yoga can bring to body and mind when juggling the everyday demands of work, children and family life and I haven’t looked back since then. Deepening my practice through workshops and intensive courses, completing a 40-hour Yoga Alliance accredited Kids yoga teacher training in 2018 and my 250-hour Yoga Kula Yoga Alliance accredited yoga teacher training in June 2019.  I love in particular to practise Vinyasa, Hatha Flow and Restorative yoga.

Liz + GillianIf you aren’t on the Yoga mat, where would we find you?

Gillian: As well as being a yoga teacher I am a Life Coach. My whole career has been spent working with people, developing them, coaching them, and encouraging them to be the best version of themselves – whatever that might look like. My approach to teaching yoga is compassionate, supportive and realistic and this is exactly the same as my approach to life coaching. It’s all about people getting to know themselves better and following the path that is right for them. And when I’m not doing that you’ll probably find me outside!

Liz: When I’m not on the mat, I’m usually either working on freelance projects in media and publishing or at home with family and friends.  I gain much of my inspiration for teaching when I’m outdoors, surrounded by nature and especially love the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, or being by the sea in one of our favourite places, Whitby.

How has your experience been as a student on our first TTC, and do you have any advice for someone considering doing a Yoga Teacher Training Course in the future?

Gillian: Life changing! It is such a well thought out programme lasting 18 months, lead by truly inspirational and experienced teachers. Like anything that is worth having it’s hard work, and of course you only get out of it what you are prepared to put into it. I found the first three months very challenging as I settled into what lay ahead.  Once I allowed myself to embrace the programme, give it the time it deserved, and take up any opportunity that came my way I really started to enjoy the experience. I have met some amazing people whose paths I wouldn’t otherwise have crossed, and I have really got to know myself. I am extremely proud to be a graduate of the first cohort.

Liz: It’s been an incredible, life-changing journey for me too.  It was a huge commitment for me to balance work, family, study and practice over the past 18 months but it was absolutely worthwhile.   I’ve felt so grateful for the opportunity to learn alongside such inspirational teachers and peers and proud to be a graduate of the first Yoga Kula TTC.  My advice for someone considering a Yoga TTC, would be to first establish a regular yoga practice, look out for workshops to deepen your practice and come and talk to the team and TTC graduates about getting started on your own teaching journey.

Who or what inspires you and your teaching?

Gillian: I always find this question really hard to answer as I am inspired by many things and many people, rather than one person or one thing. That said a huge inspiration is Clare Kerrigan, a truly wonderful, patient and talented yoga teacher. I have learnt so very much from her and continue to do so. I still maintain that if I can be half as good a teacher as she is I’ll be amazing!

For me it’s about always having an open mind, being curious, listening carefully and embracing all that comes your way.

Liz: Ooh, like Gillian, I’m inspired by many things; people, places and experiences.  All my yoga teachers have and continue to inspire my teaching.  Early on I found inspiration from Joey Miles’ Ashtanga teaching, Nichi Green’s Vinyasa classes and Adriene Mishler’s down-to-earth YouTube videos!  More recently I’ve drawn a great deal of inspiration from Yoga Kula teachers, Angela Sykes, Susi Wick and Binny Sandaal.  My sister and yoga teacher, Steph is a continuous inspiration to me and my teaching.

What part of joining the Kula timetable team are you most excited about?

Gillian: Being part of an amazing team in a studio that is vibrant, part of the community and accessible to all. The studio already offers a wide variety of classes from beginners right through to the more challenging. Something for everyone regardless of where you are on your yoga journey. What I love is that Angela is always on the look out for something new and is so open to fresh ideas. That’s exactly what GROW is all about. I’m also excited to be teaching a Beginners 4 week express course. What a privilege to support those just starting on their yoga pathway.

Liz:Gillian has pretty much summed up how I feel about joining the Kula team, I’m so excited!  I’m also very grateful to be given the opportunity to teach such a welcoming community of ‘Kulis’, alongside an incredibly talented and supportive team of teachers.

Would you like to add anything?

Gillian: Yoga is so much more than what happens on the mat. It has the potential to be a way of life, particularly in today’s ‘always on society’. I love the fact that it’s not competitive, it’s non judgemental and it doesn’t have an age limit on it. I am often asked how yoga has benefited me and my life? My answer is always the same ‘I just feel better. On every level.’

Liz: I’m so looking forward to teaching at Yoga Kula where I hope to inspire and encourage people to practice what feels good.  I feel so passionate about sharing the positive benefits that yoga can bring to all – it’s going to be fun – see you on the mat! ♡


To join Gillian Felton + Liz Hurd on Wednesday 3rd July for the launch of Yoga // Begin, ensure to book your space by clicking below.

Yoga // Begin

Starts // 3rd July, 11:30-12:30pm

Where // The Yoga Kula Studio

Gillian Felton

Gillian Felton

My Classes

My approach to yoga is one of compassion and kindness, and I see it as the perfect antidote to today’s ‘always on’ society. It is about listening to your whole self and working with what is available to you, whilst using the breath as a tool to calm the mind. My aim is to work with you to bring a balance both physically and mentally. I teach yin, hatha, restorative and beginners.

My Yoga Journey 

My yoga journey started in a Hot Yoga class. After many years as a runner I felt like all my muscles had tightened up, they’d lost all their flexibility and were in need of a good stretch. I have never looked back, and as my practice developed so did my understanding of the holistic benefits of yoga. A life changing yoga retreat to the foothills of the Himalayas started a deeper appreciation of the transformative powers of yoga on an emotional, physical and spiritual level. This sowed the seed of becoming a yoga teacher so I could share those transformative powers with others.
 
I truly believe that yoga is so much more than what happens on the mat, it has the potential to be a way of life. I love the fact that it’s not competitive, it’s non judgemental and it doesn’t have an age limit on it. I am often asked how yoga has benefitted me and my life? My answer is always the same, ‘I just feel better. On every level.’

My Credentials 

I completed my 250 hour Yoga Alliance Professionals accredited Teacher Training Course with Yoga Kula Leeds in June 2019, where I now teach and mentor trainee teachers. My learning journey carried on at Sampoorna Yoga School in India where I studied and graduated from the Yin Yoga Teacher Training Programme in November 2019. I also completed my Advanced Meditation Teacher Training with Sampoorna Yoga School in 2020.

Follow Gillian’s Social Media Profiles Below 

Instagram: @sarahsoulfulyoga

Facebook: @sarahsoulfulyoga


Crystal Power

The Power of Crystals

Here at Kula, we’re embracing the amazing power of crystals, bringing you featured products, incredible workshops and sound healing with Natalie Seagar from Northern Alchemy Therapies.

Different crystals possess different energies and properties, and between them can affect and enhance mental, physical, spiritual and emotional aspects of ourselves.  Similarly to yoga postures whilst in class, listening to your intuition is important when choosing your crystal. The crystal you’re drawn to is the one you need most in the current moment.

Crystal healing involves placing gem stones on your body or in nearby places to help draw out negative energy. This can with your energy field to absorb, focus and direct energies.


BeWater Crystal Water Bottles // Available at the Yoga Kula Studio, and the Yoga Kula Hub.

Crystal infused water is one of the simplest ways of working with the power of crystals.  The water, when placed in the crystal bottle, is then charged with the healing properties of the stone, and can be used to promote healing and wellness.  We have some stunning glass water bottles from BeWater, in a range of varying crystals. Each bottle retails at £28.

  •   Love // Glow – Rose Quartz, Amethyst and Aventurine Quartz

This mixture of three powerful stones packs a punch! Rose Quartz embodies love, Amethyst; inner peace and Aventurine; peace and rest. This makes Glow water all about the Zen.

The health and wellbeing benefits of these three gemstones are said to include heart health, skin health, relief from stress and the promotion of restful sleep. It’s the perfect combination to bring a little peace to your life and to create a little shine

  •  Love // Harmony – Rose Quartz and Rock Crystal

This mixture is all about the Rose Quartz, the gemstone of love, harmony and connection; along with Rock Crystal, which is a great distributor of energy and has strong balancing and clarity characteristics. The mixture has a soft energy and promotes love and harmony.

Much like it’s energy attributes, Rose Quartz is often associated with a strong heart and circulation. Rock Crystal is reputed to promote hydration, which is great news for the vitality of your hair, skin and nails.

  •   Power // Positive – Fluorite

For those who respond to vibrant colours and their associated energies, fluorite is a magnificent stone. With its array of greens and purples this stone symbolises the perfection of nature and bringing order to chaos. It is believed to improve focus and concentration, leading to peaceful understanding.
The physical benefits attributed to Flourite make for a lengthy list. It is said to be useful in alleviating problems with skin, mucous membrane, respiratory tract, bones and teeth, reducing discomfort and aiding in general healing. This is gem choice that calms and relieves so that you can be positive.

  •  Joy // Abundance – Citrine

Citrine energises every level of life. In crystal healing traditions, it is used to open the chakras and sharpen the intuition.  The energy of this stone is alive and overflowing, full of joy, wonder, delight and enthusiasm. It is believed to motivate, activate creativity and raise self-esteem, thus opening a world of abundance!

From a physical perspective, Citrine is all about balance – balancing hormones, settling digestion, improving circulation and supporting thyroid function. It is a great stone for detoxification of mind, body and spirit; and for a time of renewal and creation!

The Power of Crystals

To read more about the incredible power of crystal infused water, click here.

We also have a range of various crystal clusters and gemstones available to purchase in the Yoga Kula Hub.

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Workshops // Crystal Alchemy, Colour + Sound Healing

On Friday 19th July, we are joined by the radiant Natalie Seagar from Northern Alchemy Therapies, for a blissful two hour immersion into crystal alchemy, colour therapy and sound healing to restore both body and mind.

This workshop will begin with a grounding yoga nidra to relax and rebalance the body. You’ll be asked to choose crystals that you’re drawn to.  These crystal palm stones can enhance our connection to both the earth and higher frequencies, and help to align and balance the body.

Natalie will weave your awareness through the body, inviting spaciousness and ease, and allowing your body to be held fully by the earth.

We will follow the yoga nidra with a luxurious immersion into sound and crystalline frequency. A truly unique sound bath experience with Crystal Tones Alchemy singing bowls, that are unique blends of quartz, gemstones, metals and minerals.  The collection includes amethyst, turquoise, ruby, gold, platinum, indium, frankincense, moldavite and Himalayan salt.

Created with the intention of healing, the singing bowls will assist in grounding, integration, release, alignment and expansion of both your body and mind.

Throughout this workshop you will experience deep relaxation, inner alchemy and healing whilst being held within a blissful ethereal soundscapes, supported by yoga mats, sheep skin rugs, bolsters and blankets.

Below, you’ll find a video of our previous work with Natalie.

Natalie joins us to explore the power of crystals with a wonderful Crystal Alchemy, Colour + Sound Healing workshop.

When // Friday 19th July, 7:15-9:15pm

Where // The Yoga Kula Studio

Liz Hurd

Liz Hurd

My Classes 

I teach from the heart to inspire and encourage people to practice what feels good, and I feel passionate about sharing the positive benefits that yoga can bring to all. My Hatha Flow + Vinyasa Flow classes are welcoming, energising and relaxing. I love using music, mudra, and breath to help guide and ease students into the flow of a class. Through my teaching, I hope to be able to bring some breathing space, share some calm, and contribute in a small way to relieving life’s everyday stresses. I believe that life is made more delicious with adventure and laughter, a mantra I carry into my teaching. 

My Yoga Journey

I rediscovered my love of yoga and began a regular practice following the birth of my third child.  Something ‘clicked’ and I realised the transformative benefits yoga can bring to body and mind when juggling the everyday demands of work, children and family life. 

My Credentials

I began to deepen my practice through workshops and intensive courses, completing a 40-hour Yoga Alliance Accredited Kids yoga teacher training in 2018, followed by my 250-hour Yoga Kula Yoga Alliance accredited yoga teacher training in June 2019. In December 2019 I travelled to Goa, India to complete a 100 hour Yoga Alliance accredited Meditation and Ayurvedic training course.