Restorative Immersion

Integrated Restorative Yoga // Training Immersion

We are excited to be hosting international teacher Aki Omori to run our first Integrated Restorative Immersion for yoga teachers, trainees and dedicated students. On completion of this immersion participants will have gained the knowledge and confidence to work with Integrated Restorative techniques both in their own practice and in the creation of classes. The course is also suitable for those who work with people in settings such as counselling, energy work or pilates.

Our Restorative Immersion is distinct from other courses because it comes from a deeply somatic standpoint—rather than working from the outside in you are trained to work from the inside out. Aki teaches an understanding of the inside of the body, and from this standpoint decide the best form to use.

This is what Aki says about somatic work:

"Somatic work is based on discoveries through our own experiences. In Somatic practices, the body is experienced from within, instead of looked upon from outside. That way, the body and mind are not separated but are experienced as one."


Introduction

This 35-hour training is designed for yoga teachers, trainees and students who wish to:

/ Include restorative yoga in their existing practices.
/ Add restorative elements to their classes
/ Develop restorative focused classes.
/ Find more balance and peace in their lives.

Hours

The training immersion runs over two weekends for a total of 28 contact hours. During these hours you will be supported by Aki Omori and Fabiano Culora in the Yoga Kula studio. In addition to the studio hours, there are also 7 non-contact hours, for which trainees will be set creative tasks. These tasks allow the opportunity to consolidate information and understand the work on a much deeper level. This will allow students to stay in touch with the course material and move deeper into the practice and teachings prior to the second weekend.

All students will receive a handbook to support the training immersion.


After the course

On successful completion of this Integrative Restorative Training Immersion, Yoga Kula are happy to offer further opportunities including assisting classes and workshops for those who are interested in deepening their knowledge/experience. This may lead to teaching opportunities with Yoga Kula for those who show promise and already have a yoga teaching certificate.


Dates

The Integrated Restorative Training Immersion will run on the following dates in 2019:

RestorativeWeekend 1 – August 2019

Friday 30th August 6.00pm- 9.30pm
Saturday 31st August 2.00pm-7.30pm
Sunday 1st September 11.00am - 4.00pm

Weekend 2 – September 2019
Friday 27th September 6.00pm- 9.30pm
Saturday 28th September 2.00pm-7.30pm
Sunday 29th September 11.00am - 4.00pm

You can book your place on this immersion by clicking here. 


Investment

Price — £435

Only 20 spaces available.


About Aki

Aki runs workshops both nationally and internationally around embodied anatomy, developmental movement, embryology and restorative yoga. She also runs regular retreats in addition to her own training programmes for yoga teachers and therapists. As well as being an in-demand and a successful yoga teacher, she is also a registered somatic movement therapist and a developmental/relational trauma therapist.

One student’s view of Aki:

“Aki is poetic, yet grounded. She is experiential yet confident in the benefits of exploring different ‘ways in’ to yoga. She is fluid and inspiring…”

 

You can book your place on this immersion by clicking here. 


Yoga Kula Hub

Live Shop Yoga at The Hub

Join us for the launch of the Yoga Kula Hub in Chapel Allerton at 10am on Saturday 25th of May. Enjoy live shop yoga, medicine cakes, free goody bags for the first 20 people and so much more!

The Yoga Kula Team will be on hand throughout the day. Join us in our cosy haven, a world away from the busy centre of Chapel Allerton.

What is The Hub?

The Hub offers an opportunity for Yoga Kula to connect more deeply with the community, offering a one-stop shop for advice and information on classes, courses, yoga teacher training, workshops and retreats. The Hub boasts a beautiful retail space specialising in conscious yoga and lifestyle products in addition to bespoke Yoga Kula products.

Community

Angela Sykes had this to say;

“We are passionate about ensuring our community is treated as individuals, whilst being part of something bigger. There is not one single yoga style which fits all, at Kula there is something for everyone – pop into the hub and find out about starting your journey! “

The word "Kula" means "Community" in Sanskrit. Both our Yoga community, and our place in the wider community of Chapel Allerton are very important to us.

The Hub offers advice to ensure you get to the right class for you. We want to make your yoga journey bespoke and offer personal lifestyle products.

The Launch

The first twenty people to join us on the day will receive an exclusive Ritual Kit goody bag.

Enjoy live yoga demos in the shop window, homemade healthy snacks, drinks and more! Two of our  Yoga Teacher Training students will also be available to tell you first hand about our Teacher Training Course, of which we are currently accepting applications for our third intake.

 On the day, we will have full information for you to take away about our upcoming events, timetables, and exclusive promotions. Whether you've never stepped foot onto a yoga mat, or you've been practicing all your life - there'll be something on the Yoga Kula schedule for you.

Highlights to Look Forward to...

Plant life – The Hub sells a variety of beautiful plants

Plant medicines – CBD oil on sale

CBD plant medicine cakes

Live yoga from 12 midday with three talented yogis

Very special discounts for existing customers

New to Kula offers for brand new customers and beginners

Locally Sourced samples from Sodada Kombucha

Where?

The Yoga Kula Hub is based just a few doors down from our studio, at

Unit 9a
110a Harrogate Road
Leeds
LS7 4NY (Next to HSBC Bank)

If there's anything specific you'd like to know about, you can contact the Yoga Kula team either by emailing us at info@yogakulaleeds.co.uk, or by phone on 07445625645.

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May Hippie Power

What's on // May

Welcome to May at Yoga Kula. We have lots to share with you this month, from new classes, free classes, and relaxing workshops to welcoming a new teacher into the Yoga Kula family. You can read about this by clicking here.


W O R K S H O P S + P O P U P S 


Friday 3rd May - 7:15-8:30pm - Drop in for £10 or use your Anytime pass

Pop Up // Lunar Hatha with Helen Ince. 

Lunar Hatha
A cooling and gentle hatha practice inspired by the grounding influence of the moon. We move slowly through a sequence of asana designed to help us turn inward and foster a feeling of relaxation. Finding a full yogic breath, we tune in to the sense of letting go associated with a slow and steady exhale encouraging us to embrace a feeling of calm.

Click here to book your place.


Friday 10th May - 7:15-9:15pm - £20

Happy Place // Restorative + Nidra with Catharine Rosenthall

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

Happy Place // Restorative + Nidra

Have you found your happy place? What do you do for yourself? Time for yourself to connect and ground is vital for mental health and emotional wellbeing, yet we are often at the bottom of the pile when it comes to prioritising our needs. This workshop will help you to unwind, concentrate on your priorities, de-stress and most importantly, find your happy place again. Yoga Nidra translates as “yogic sleep”. A beautiful practice where you will be in a completely effortless state of being and guided to a relaxed state between wakefulness and sleeping. In this state of consciousness deep healing and rejuvenation can occur.

The workshop will begin with gentle pranayama to calm and soothe the mind, leading to some deeply held restorative heart opening poses to connect to the heart and physical body and to encourage the quietening of the mind while inviting the physical body to soften the grip and let go before the practice of Yoga Nidra.

Click here to book your place. 


Saturday 11th May - 2:30-4pm - Drop in for £10 or use your Anytime pass

Pop Up - Rocket // Drills with Pam Vargas

Rocket - Pam

"If I can see it and believe it then I can achieve it." Arnold Schwarzenegger

Join our regular Rocket teacher and one third of Team Rocket for a pop-up Rocket Yoga class that will drill down into arm balances, handstands and strengthening.

Starting with a Rocket flow to heat body, you'll then dive into and break down challenging poses, whilst Pam helps you to find new ways into them.

Be prepared to have fun, push yourself a little further, let go of judgement and ego, and learn some new Rocket techniques.

Click here to book your place


Sunday 12th May - 1:30-4pm - £25

Shakti // Yin with Binny Saandal

Shakti // Yin

Shakti power lives in us all but we rarely understand how impactful it is or can be. Be guided through practices and insight to bring your inner Shakti to life and then seal its power and nourish your body and mind with a calming yin practice.
In this workshop participants will have time and space to connect to inner Shakti power and balance this inner power with the cooling, nourishing energy of Yin. By moving into a carefully selected range of ancient asana (poses) and mudra (energy seals) participants will begin to understand how to tap into creative, intuitive powers for increased confidence and health. It is essential for body and mind to find balance between these two energies/forces - when they are unplanned we lose both inner and outer harmony.

This workshop will begin with ancient mantra, key mudra, pranayama and intention setting. There will then be time to set the context with a brief insight into Hindu Philosophy – focussing on an excerpt from the Bhagwan Gita (an ancient yogic text) and time for question around the key concepts of the day Shakti and Yin.

Click here to book your place


Sunday 19th May - 7:15-8:45pm - Drop in for £10 or use your Anytime pass

Pop Up // Improve with Becky Hill

Improvers

If you’ve recently started yoga and want to take your practice to the next level, or want to refresh your knowledge of the foundations of yoga, this pop-up class is just for you.
It will help bridge the gap between our Begin course and a regular yoga class. It’s a chance to consolidate and improve on what you’ve already learnt, and try out a few new postures.

We’ll look at poses that build on the flexibility, strength and balance you’ve been developing. You’ll try out different types of back bends and forward bends; have a go at some more balances; review some of the breathing techniques that can help you with your yoga asana; and - of course - take plenty of time out to relax. There’ll also be chance to ask questions as we go along and look at how to modify postures so that they work for you.

Click here to book your place 


Friday 24th May - 7:30-9pm - Drop in for £10 or use your Anytime pass. 

Pop up // Hippie Power with Sian Grayson

Hippie Power

This power yoga pop-up class will be focussing on the hips, we love the hips! Mixing energetic flows with slow hip openers all working towards some awesome peak poses once your hips are ready and willing to give it a go. This will be a fun, easy going pop-up class, open to all levels, where you might try something you haven't tried before and will hopefully leave happy and energised.

Click here to book your place


Saturday 25th May - 2:30-5pm - £25

Explore Backbends with Claire Dambawinna

Ashtanga Technique

Join Claire for this fun, dynamic Yoga Technique workshop to break down this challenging pose, learn techniques to both prepare and support the body and learn practices to make the poses accessible as you work towards the full Upward Facing Bow or Wheel pose.

The posture is a dynamic and challenging pose which comes towards the end of the Ashtanga Primary Series. It requires openness in the shoulders, chest, belly, groins and thighs. Practiced correctly this pose can be exhilarating, uplifting and a great antidote to the opposite movement which is prevalent in our daily life as we work at desks, look at our phones, tend to children or pets and carry out most household or work activities.

Click here to book your place 


Sunday 26th May - 12:30-4pm - £80 per couple

Birth Preparation with Lara Heppell

May Birth Prep

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

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

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

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

Click here to book your place


Monday 27th May - 1:30-3:30pm - £20

Rocket + Restore with Helen Ince

Life is a balance between rest and movement" - Osho

Rocket May

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

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

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

Click here to book your place


Friday 31st May -  7-9pm - £20

Moon Sequence + Meditation with Julia Knight 

May Moon Sequence

The 'Moon Sequence' was created by advanced yoga practitioner Matthew Sweeney as a way to balance the fiery nature of Ashtanga yoga, and to restore the body on moon days when our energies need support. This is a nourishing yet dynamic set sequence, working closely with gravity and the earths energy with a strong focus on hips and shoulder tension release, flowing with the breath.

The moon sequence allows us to harmonise our Yang practices and busy lives, with a cooling Yin attitude and pace, bringing us into balance whilst maintaining and cooling the nervous system. So wether you practice Ashtanga yoga or not, if you are looking to ease into a Yin yoga flow with infused moments of meditation, this is the workshop for you

After our Moon sequence we will settle into a long, relaxing Savasana before taking time to deepen the connection to our source with cooling Pranyama and a guided Moon Meditation.

On this Spring full moon we increase awareness of our changing mind and body conditions whilst regulating the nervous system.

Click here to book your place


 

Read more about our upcoming events by clicking here.

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HSBC Laughter Yoga

Yoga Trends // Laughter Yoga

World Laughter Day takes place on the first Sunday in May. The event began in 1998 and was arranged by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement.

We all feel better after a good laugh, and this is because laughing releases stress, worries and fears and releases endorphines into the body. Laughter Yoga is all about letting go, being silly and getting playful.

We start by bringing our attention into the body with some Yoga Asanas (postures), Nada Yoga (sound) and Breath Techniques. This is followed by Laughter Yoga techniques to free our inner giggles, open the heart and bond with our fellow Kulis whilst creating a sense of connection and community.

What is Laughter Yoga?

Laughter Yoga is becoming incredibly popular throughout 2019, and has even featured on This Morning Television. The simple idea behind the practice explores the idea that the body cannot distinguish between genuine and forced laughter, and so you receive the same benefits. In essence, the body can't tell we're faking it. These benefits include

  • increased oxygen intake and blood flow,
  • improved blood vessel function
  • lowers blood pressure.
  • boosts energy
  • releases stress
  • improves focus
  • aids grounding and relaxation
  • boosts self esteem
  • releases muscular tension
  • improved mental state
  • strengthens the immune system

During this type of yoga, you're making use of your diaphragmatic breathing - these full belly laughs bring the greatest benefits. Laughter is an effective anti-stress emotion-filled activity and one of the best muscle relaxants. It is also proven to reduce the levels of stress hormones epinephrine and cortisol.

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We recently collaborated with HSBC on a Laughter Yoga event, with Senior Yoga Teacher Julia Knight for an afternoon of team bonding, laughter, meditation and relaxation.

HSBC Laughter Yoga

Learn more

Below you'll find a video with Laughter Yoga developer Dr. Madan Kataria, discussing the concept, experience and scientifically proven benefits of the practice.

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If you'd like to work with us on a corporate event, get in touch by emailing info@yogakulaleeds.co.uk and we'll be more than happy to deliver a bespoke session for you.

You can view our full list of upcoming events by clicking here.

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Doga at Duke Studios

Yoga Trends // Doga

Stress is one of the most common causes of illness in both humans and dogs, Doga is a fun, healthy and relaxing way to bond, unwind and get moving. - Angela Sykes

What is Doga?

Quite simply, Doga is the practice of yoga with pet dogs. Doga is an amazing way to bond with your pooch and we’ve found that dogs love yoga just as much as humans! With your dog as your sidekick, supporting you through mindful movement and meditation, you’re sure to have a fun and relaxing class. The practice serves to create a secure attachment between owner and dog, aid and facilitate training as well as helping to develop impulse control.  Doga can also be used as a form of relaxation and meditation.

What did we do?

We recently joined forces with Dogs Trust and Duke Studios in Leeds for an exciting Doga workshop, lead by Yoga Kula founder and director, and Senior Yoga Teacher Angela Sykes.  As you can see from the photos below, we had a brilliant time with our fellow Yogi's and Dogi's!

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We worked through some simple yoga sequences and poses in which both humans and dogs can be involved. Dogs are very present and aware and by including them in our practice, we can also learn about and improve our presence and awareness.  Through the practice, the dogs can improve their confidence, social skills, and become calmer around groups of humans.

Ensuring plenty of breaks for snacks, treats and cuddles, we began with a gentle connecting exercise. Placing a hand on our own heart and one on the hearts of our pooches, we connected through breath and beat. Working through a cat cow extension, we move in to the appropriately suitable downward dog. After exploring walking variations of the posture, and various asanas with our dogs by our sides, we ended the session with a relaxing savasana with our dogs either on our chest or laying beside us.

Each pup left with a goody bag full of treats and toys to take home.

All monies raised from this event were donated to Dogs Trust.

Read more about Yoga Kula and Doga in the Yorkshire Evening Post here.

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You can view our full list of upcoming events by clicking here.

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Explore // Backbends

Explore // Backbends

We invite you to join the wonderful Claire Dambawinna for a fun and dynamic workshop on May 25th, Explore // Backbends. The session will run from 2:30pm-5pm.


Practiced correctly, backbends in Yoga can have various benefits;

  • stimulates the sympathetic nervous system.
  • improves immunity through stimulating the lymphatic system.
  • strengthening the back and opening the chest.
  • improves posture and spinal health.
  • movement and releasing energy.
  • strengthening the hip flexors.

Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward-facing bow, also known as Cakrasana or Wheel pose) is a dynamic and challenging pose which comes towards the end of the Ashtanga Primary Series. It requires openness in the shoulders, chest, belly, groins and thighs. Practiced correctly this pose can be exhilarating, uplifting and a great antidote to the opposite movement which is prevalent in our daily life as we work at desks, look at phones, tend to children or pets and carry out most household or work activities.

We take time to break down this challenging pose, learn techniques to both prepare and support the body and learn practices to make the pose accessible as you work towards the full pose and also drop-backs.

During the workshop you will:

  • learn about the anatomy of backbends and how to practice them correctly
  • 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 Urdhva Dhanurasana and drop-backs including various options and modifications. We will explore the use of props, working in pairs and small groups.

Experience of the Ashtanga primary series is necessary for this workshop.

Where // Yoga Kula, Chapel Allerton.

When // Saturday 25th May, 2:30-5pm.

How //  You can book your space on this Yoga Technique focused workshop by clicking here.

 


You can also join Claire every Saturday for Ashtanga // Technique at 12:30. Book your space on this class by clicking here.

You can see our full list of upcoming events by clicking here. 

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Yoga for Beginners // Becky hill

Yoga for Beginners // Classes + Courses

Here at Yoga Kula, we have classes and courses to suit everyone, whether you're a complete beginner who's never stepped onto a Yoga mat, or you've been practicing all your life. Whether you want to de-stress and restore, challenge yourself and work up a sweat or build the foundations of your practice with a 6 week course,  we have something for you and we'd love to #seeyouonthemat

You can book any of our classes by clicking here.

Level 1 classes

Monday

- 10:15-11:15am Hatha with Liz Adams

Tuesday

- 11:30am Yoga Technique with Rachel Woolhouse

Wednesday

- 6:30pm - Vinyasa Flow with Angela Sykes

Friday

- 8:45am  - Hatha with Liz Adams

Saturday

- 12:30pm - Ashtanga Technique with Claire Dambawinna


All Levels classes

Monday

- 9-10am Ashtanga V Deep Yin with Amera Stanforth

- 5:15 - 6:15pm Vinyasa Flow with Binny Saandal

-  6:30-7:45pm Ashtanga Fusion with Angela Sykes

-  8-9:15pm Restorative + Nidra with Catharine Rosenthall

Tuesday

- 9-10am Somatic Approach to Yoga with Fabiano Culora

- 10:15-11:15 Vinyasa Flow with Angela Sykes

- 1:20-2:30pm Yoga for Living with Cancer with Lara Heppell

- 5:15-6:15pm Ashtanga with Helen Ince

- 6:30-7:45pm Pregnancy Yoga with Lara Heppell

- 8-9:15pm Hatha with Lara Heppell

Wednesday

- 9-10am Vinyasa Flow with Susi Wick

- 10:15-11:15 Hatha with Angela Sykes

- 5:15-6:15 Yin with Julia Knight

- 8-9:15pm Hot Vinyasa Flow with Taylor Selby

Thursday

- 10:15 - 11:15am Ashtanga Fusion with Angela Sykes

- 11:30-12:30pm  Yin with Julia Knight

- 3:45-4:45pm Hot Vinyasa Flow with Taylor Selby

- 5:15-6:15pm Hatha with Helen Ince

- 6:30-7:45pm Ashtanga with Helen Ince

- 8-9pm Slow Flow + Yin with Binny Saandal

Friday

- 7-7:45am Wake-up Hatha with Clare Kerrigan

- 8:45-9:25am Hatha with Liz Adams

- 10-11:15am Iyengar with Lesley Watson

- 11:30-12:30pm Hatha with Clare Kerrigan

- 3:45-5pm Restorative with Catharine Rosenthall

- 5:45-6:45pm Hot Yoga with Liz Adams

Saturday

- 8-9am Hot Vinyasa Flow with Tiia Ourila

- 11-12:45pm Vinyasa Flow with Kate Herrick

Sunday

- 8-9am Hot Vinyasa Flow with Miz DeShannon

- 9:15-10:30am Ashtanga with Julia Knight

- 10:45-12pm Yin with Julia Knight

- 4:30-5:30pm Hatha with Binny Saandal

- 5:45-7pm Restorative + Meditation with Amanda Winburn


Beginners Courses

If you'd prefer to undertake one of our courses, our Begin//Foundation and Begin//Express courses are the perfect introduction to your Yoga practice.

During our courses 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.


Upcoming Beginners Course Dates

Begin // Express (4 week course) - Starts Tuesday 28th May >>> Book Here

5:30-6:45pm

Sweaty Betty Studio, Leeds City Centre

£40

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Begin // Foundation (6 week course) - Starts Sunday 9th June >>> Book Here

7:30-8:45pm

Yoga Kula Studio, Chapel Allerton

£50

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Begin // Foundation (6 week course) Starts Monday 10th June >>> Book Here

7-8:15pm

School of Philosophy, Chapel Allerton

£50


 

You can view our full list of upcoming events by clicking here.

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Yoga Class Prices

Shakti // Yin

 We invite you to a very special Shakti // Yin workshop with Binny Saandal on Sunday 12th May at 1:30pm


“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” –The Bhagavad Gita

Shakti power lives in us all but we rarely understand how impactful it is or can be. Be guided through practices and insight to bring your inner Shakti to life and then seal its power and nourish your body and mind with a calming yin practice.

Yoga has its roots in India, a country deeply filled with faith, myth and magic. In Hinduism (an Indian religion) the term Shakti means power or empowerment. In this workshop we will take a deep dive into our inner Shakti and begin to use this power in our daily lives. Yin energy is both calming and nourishing, a perfect complement to a dynamic practice of Shakti. Shakti // Yin

In this workshop, take time and space to connect to inner Shakti power and balance this inner power with the cooling, nourishing energy of Yin. Through exploring a carefully selected range of ancient asana and mudra, you will begin to understand how to tap into creative, intuitive powers for increased confidence and health. It is essential for body and mind to find balance between these two energies/forces. When they are unplanned we lose both inner and outer harmony.

This workshop will begin with ancient mantra, key mudra, pranayama and intention setting. There will then be time for a brief insight into Hindu Philosophy – focussing on an excerpt from the Bhagavad Gita (an ancient yogic text) allowing for questions around the key concepts of Shakti and Yin.

We begin the physical section of the workshop by moving our way through a dynamic Shakti based practice – building up our inner ’tapas’ or heat - the second half of the workshop will allow time for cooling with a floor-based yin practice. When we find the balance on our yoga mat we can begin to take this away and integrate into our daily lives.

We will seal the practice and the lessons learned with relaxing Savasana and a calming Yoga Nidra. Homemade samosas and tea will be available after the workshop.


Details.

When: Sunday 12th May //1:30-4pm

Cost: £25

Places are limited so ensure to book your space here.


You can also join Binny every Thursday for Slow Flow + Yin at 8pm.   Book this by clicking here.

 

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Happy Place // Restorative + Nidra

Happy Place // Restorative + Yoga Nidra

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

Have you found your happy place? What do you do for yourself? We invite you to join us for our Happy Place // Restorative + Nidra workshop with Yoga Teacher and Clinical Hypnotherapist Catharine Rosenthall on Friday 10th May at 7:15pm.

Happy Place // Restorative + Nidra

Time for yourself to connect and ground is vital for mental health and emotional wellbeing, yet we are often at the bottom of the pile when it comes to prioritising our needs. This workshop will help you to unwind, concentrate on your priorities, de-stress and most importantly, find your happy place again.

Yoga Nidra translates as “Yogic Sleep”. A beautiful practice where you will be in a completely effortless state of being and guided to a relaxed state between wakefulness and sleeping. In this state of consciousness deep healing and rejuvenation can occur. The workshop will begin with gentle pranayama (breathing) to calm and soothe the mind, leading to some deeply held restorative heart opening poses to connect to the heart and physical body and to encourage the quietening of the mind while inviting the physical body to soften the grip and let go before the practice of Yoga Nidra.

The practice of Yoga Nidra can mimic the effect of sleep on the brain through altered brainwave activity. Through hypnotherapy techniques we will access R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Movement) the brainwave pattern where stress and negative thoughts can be processed to a narrative format, where we can feel calm and more in control and see our priorities more clearly.

This practice is guided and you will be systematically led on a journey to calm and soothe the body, mind and senses, facilitating complete relaxation.

All attendees will have access to a hypnotherapy relaxation recording following the workshop.


Details.

When: Friday 10th May at Yoga Kula, 7:15-9:15pm.

Cost: £20

Places are limited so ensure to book your space here.


You can also join Catharine every Monday at 7:45pm for a relaxing Restorative + Yoga Nidra class. Book this by clicking here.

 

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Yoga and Stress

Yoga and Stress

Yoga and Stress //

Did you know, that 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.

With these statistics in mind, it’s no surprise that 1 in 4 adults will suffer from mental health issues throughout their lifetime. With our 24/7 working culture in the Western world, this is something we really need to address. There's evidence of a strong link between Yoga and stress reduction, and we explore these links below.

What is stress?

When we feel stressed, Cortisol is released by the body. In basic terms, a response to any form of perceived danger or threat. The body’s nervous system responds in a “stress response” often known as “Fight or Flight” – and is the body getting ready to protect itself. However, emotional and physical threats aren’t separated in this part of the brain, and so a stress response can often be triggered as a result of work, family, or money issues as well as many others.

If this happens regularly, causing high levels of Cortisol, we are no longer able to respond appropriately to the stress.  We begin to feel exhausted and fatigued. As a result of this, stress can worsen heart problems, digestive issues and respiratory conditions, as well as directly affecting our mental health.

How can Yoga improve stress levels?

Yoga is often suggested as a way to destress or relax – but what does it actually involve?

Yoga is an integrative mind and body practice, combining postures, controlled breathing techniques, and often meditation or relaxation. Proven to reduce stress, lower your heart rate and blood pressure and improve fitness, strength and balance, Yoga is becoming more and more popular as a way to relieve stress and tension. It can be some time out for you, to relax your mind and focus on your breath. When you take your awareness out of your mind and into your body and breath, your body can begin to release tension and tightness.

There are a wide range of Yoga styles available, be it a gentle Yin or Restorative class you’re looking for – to be guided into a gentle and restorative meditative state – to a dynamic Ashtanga or Rocket class to distract from the world off your yoga mat. Just as everyone’s 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.

We offer classes, beginners courses, workshops, one to one sessions and bespoke corporate events. We’ve worked previously with Harvey Nichols, Neom, Mars Petcare, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Sweaty Betty, Girl Guides and many more. If you would like us to deliver an event for you or your business please get in touch with us info@yogakulaleeds.co.uk.

 

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