Ritual Yoga Flow

Ritual Flow + Shiva Puja

'OM Namah Shivaya'

On Friday 12th April at 7:30pm, we invite you to join Senior Yoga Teacher Angela Sykes and Yogic Scholar and Meditation Teacher Zeenat Cameron for an evening of: Puja, Ritual Flow, Mantra, Massage, Music, Aroma, Meditation and Refreshments.

SYT Angela will lead a warming, nourishing and inspiring flow around the power and wisdom of Shiva in his dancing or ‘Nataraja’ form. The session will be layered with Mantra, Mudra, music, hands on adjusts/massage and end with a deep relaxation set to healing Mantra.

After our flow Zeenat leads us in a puja and meditation dedicated to Shiva. Often shown seated in deep meditation, Shiva is the divine Yogi, the Hindu God who personifies awareness and wisdom. He is stillness, spaciousness and freedom, and the heart of our own enlightened nature.

Puja means ‘giving birth to wholeness’. It is a special type of ceremony where we make offerings to the Gods (such as incense, flowers and lights) and chant their mantras. Here the Gods are seen as aspects of our own divine nature, so we are in fact invoking the powers of our higher self.

In Shiva puja we make the usual ritual offerings, and also bathe in the flow of His energy and wisdom through a ritual offering of sweet-scented waters to his image or statue. This special part of the Shiva Puja, known as ‘Abhishekam’, cleans and purifies our mind. It establishes us in the flow of Shiva’s wisdom so we can live with more awareness, stillness and spaciousness in our daily lives.

After the session students will enjoy home-made cacao latte and cacao balls while relaxing in our cosy reception. In plant medicine cultures cacao is used as a heart opener and a way of connecting with ourselves and others.

To hear more about this incredible workshop, watch the video below.


YK Live

Amera Stanforth

My classes

My classes focus on discovering balance. I love the strong and structured style of Ashtanga, balanced with the quiet stillness of Yin. I believe the key to life (and yoga!) is the discovery of an inner and outer balance. The yang versus the yin; being strong yet soft, energetic & relaxed, refined yet receptive. I bring this dedication to the discovery of balance into my classes in a supportive and welcoming way. Yoga has given me so much and truly transformed my life – I love to share my passion for yoga with others and feel uplifted when I hear the transformational benefits it brings to my students.

My Yoga Journey

I started my journey with Yoga Kula and have enjoyed growing alongside them with my practice supported by their passion for teaching yoga. My love of Ashtanga developed after my first Ashtanga class in 2010 – I enjoyed how dynamic and challenging this approach was and after developing a regular practice I quickly realised the positive effects it had on me not only physically but mentally and emotionally.

I now have a regular Ashtanga practice and like to balance this strong practice with the grounding qualities of Yin and Restorative practices, and the creativity and freedom of Vinyasa flow classes.

My Credentials

I completed my TTC in Bali in 2016. I enjoyed being fully immersed within a spiritual environment – I felt it was key to my personal development and my forming from a dedicated student into a yoga teacher. Since then I have been teaching professionally and have completed further teacher training in the styles of Yin, Rocket and Restorative Yoga. I continue to expand my yoga knowledge with further trainings and immersions – always being a student gives me the inspiration and inner resource to offer variety and support to my students.

Alongside my teaching I have trained in Holistic Facial Massage. I believe it’s important to look after our facial muscles as we do with our bodies through practising yoga. This compliments my approach to well-being and supporting both inner and outer beauty.

Follow Amera’s Social Media Profiles Below. 

Instagram: @yogasouluk

Facebook: @yogasoulamera

 


Lesley Watson

Lesley Watson

My Classes

Iyengar yoga has been described as meditation in action. Practicing the yoga postures with awareness has an integrating effect and works to harmonise mind and body. Iyengar yoga techniques emphasise precision and alignment. Yoga Postures are held for longer than in some other methods, allowing tight muscles to lengthen and relax, and helping to focus awareness. Yoga props such as blankets, blocks, bricks, bolsters and belts may be used to improve precision, alignment and awareness in performing the yoga postures or to help students with difficulties or limitations to safely progress in the asana.

My Yoga Journey

I discovered yoga 11 years ago and my journey began! From a very stiff student with a chronic back problem to a teacher today with no back problem.

In the words of BKS Iyengar “Yoga is like a light, which once lit will never dim. The more you practice, the brighter the flame” These words I truly identify with.

My Credentials

I have recently completed my introductory level 2 Iyengar teaching certificate and plan to continue to further progress through the teaching syllabus.


New Year

2019 Class Changes.

We have made a few changes to our timetable for 2019, with new teachers, new classes and new times for a few of our existing classes.

 

Monday

5:15-6:15pm Vinyasa Flow will now be taught by new teacher Binny Saandal

7:45pm-9pm Restorative is now Restorative and Nidra with Catharine Rosenthall

 

Tuesday

11:30-12:45 Yoga, Pranayama and Relaxation is now Yoga Technique with Rachel Woolhouse  (FREE First Class, click here to book)

 

1:20-2:30 Yoga for Living with Cancer  with Lara Heppell has had a price reduction, with a single session now costing £6.50

 

Wednesday

No Class Changes

 

Thursday

9-10am Rocket with Pam Vargas is now All Levels 

8-9pm Yoga Technique is now Slow Flow with Binny Saandal

 

Friday

No Class Changes

 

Saturday

12:30-1:45 Hatha is now Yoga Technique with Claire Dambawinna

 

Sunday

8-9am Hot Vinyasa Flow - is now taught by new teacher Miz DeShannon

9:15 Ashtanga with Julia Knight is now a 75 minute class, running until 10:30am

11am Yin with Julia Knight is now a 75 minute class, running from 10:45-12pm

4:30-5:30pm Hatha will now be taught by Binny Saandal

5:45-7pm Forrest Inspired Flow will become Restorative and Meditation taught by Amanda Winburn

 

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The Artist's Way

The Artist's Way—a Q&A with Julia Knight

 

We recently caught up with Julia Knight ahead of our day retreat The Artist's Way at The Hepworth on 25th August, to find out more about what she has planned for us.

Who is your session aimed towards?

The session is aimed towards everybody interested in exploring yoga and creativity. Everybody will be made to feel very welcome whether you’re completely new to yoga or have years of experience.

The workshop lasts for 4 hours. How long will we be spending practicing yoga?

The workshop includes lunch so will be approximately 3 1/2 hours of practical yoga, and then lunch which will be included, whilst sharing ideas and showing what we’ve been working on.  

I’m not very artistic. Can I still come along?

The retreat is essentially to develop and inspire creative practices for non-artists, and to inspire artists from a yoga practice viewpoint. We will be playing with various exercises such as 2 handed drawing, working together in both pairs and groups, and delving into our individual creativities. We will explore attitudes of mind and our inner critic, which these ways of approaching creativity can help switch off. My aim is to make the day fun as well as interesting.

What is the link between yoga and art?

Yoga helps us return to our centred still self, getting out of the grip of the chattering mind. Absorbing our mind in creative processes such as making visual art can do exactly the same thing though mindfulness, focus and meditation.  Yogic art can be used to evoke a state of meditative bliss in the viewer and we will be exploring making our own mandalas which can then be used in a meditation practice. We will also play with abstract forms inspired by some of Barbara Hepworth's sculptures., where forms are rounded and hint of mandalas as well as shapes from the human form.

Will it be difficult? I’m not very flexible!

This will be a Hatha yoga practice, with each posture explained in detail, and offered at different levels. Working in this way means that everyone can get something from each posture, whilst being safe yet challenged at your experience level. Yoga is very adaptable, and the focus is listening to your mind and body. If something doesn’t feel right, it can always be modified or adapted to suit you.

What style of yoga will we be doing?

We’ll be exploring the hatha practice, through an exploration of mind states from the Asana (Postures) Drishti (Yogic Gazes), Pranyama (Breathwork), Mantra (Sound) and Mudra (Hand positions to promote connection). We’ll also be exploring the cross over with creativity.

Do I need to have any yoga experience?

Not at all! Everyone is welcome, whether you’re a yogi who’s exploring creativity or a creative who’s exploring yoga!

What do you want students to take away from the day?

Knowledge and practices that they can integrate into their yoga, and also to energise and support their creative practices. Art work that they will have made and a record of their creative explorations which can be used again to warm up for other creative work and disciplines.

What will be involved throughout our time at The Hepworth?

We’ll work together to explore the chattering monkey mind, as well as playing with responses. We’ll look at how the mind responds to shapes and images, working with abstract art – which allows intuition and creativity time and space to not be overridden by habitual thought pattern responses. We’ll turn chaos into creativity.

I’m not able to make the retreat but I’d love to come to one of your classes. When do you teach and what are your classes like?

I teach three Yin Yoga classes throughout the week on Wednesdays at 5:15, Thursdays at 11:30 and Sundays at 11. I also teach an Ashtanga class on a Sunday at 9:15. My classes focus on meditation, alignment, and breath work.

Can you describe The Artists Way in 3 words?

Create, explore, and discover.

Would you like to add anything?

My background is in art, having attended art college and working as a Community Cohesion Artsworker. I focus on making art accessible for everyone, working with a wide range of people to encourage communications, develop and building self-esteem through expression. I’m really looking forward to bringing this to Kula and celebrating art and student stories throughout the day.

To book your place on The Artist's Way // Day Retreat click here.


Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is a synthesis of traditional Hatha yoga, Eastern energy medicine, pranayama (breathing) and meditation. Yin style postures are practiced either sitting or in supine (lying down). Within this practice poses are normally held for between 3-10 minutes. During this time students are guided into a meditative state with pranayama and sometimes mantra. Through this practice muscles are encouraged to relax and yield to gravity, allowing the connective tissue to be released.

The modern founders of Yin Yoga – Paulie Zink, Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley – have developed their practice and teaching in this Yin tradition to support and balance a Western lifestyle and yogic development. We spend so much of our day in a state of ‘yang’ that in order to restore the balance we need to work with Yin practices. We feel good when we are balanced! Yin Yoga is especially well known as a preparatory practice for meditation. You will find that during the longer stay in each posture, emotions and thoughts will arise – the teacher will encourage you to acknowledge these thoughts and emotions and simply let them pass. We learn through this practice to be the observer.

As we move into a meditative state, tension releases and a growing inner awareness to the chattering mind evolves. This awareness in turn allows us to move towards a calmer and more centred state of mind.

The Benefits

– Works on the deep connective tissue such as fascia and joints etc. This keeps the connective tissue healthy and flexible.

– Balance a hectic life/mind with its meditative focus.

– Complements dynamic practices such as Ashtanga, Flow and Hot yoga with a cooling, meditative approach.

– Increased emotional, physical and spiritual self-awareness.

– Reduce stress by bringing the parasympathetic nervous system into play (which aid rest and digestion).

– Deeper focus.

– Reduction of tension and stress-induced musculoskeletal imbalances.

What to expect

– A lot of hip work.

– A quiet practice, which can also be deceptively strong.

– A good foundation for meditation practice, both physically and mentally.

– A basic connection and understanding of the links between Chakras and Meridian pathways.

– A serene, parasympathetic (rest and digest nervous system) approach.

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Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is a chance to work with individual postures and work at a slower pace.
The teacher will expertly guide you through a selection of asana (postures) giving you relevant information during the class focusing on alignment and explaining the benefits of the postures. You will be encouraged to focus on the breath throughout the session and through this direction may arrive at a place of awareness and begin to experience yoga as a mediation. Hatha classes at Yoga Kula include time dedicated to pranayama (breathing) practices which help to improve mental clarity and wellbeing. There is adequate time dedicated to much needed relaxation practices at the end of the session. This class is perfect, whether you’re just beginning your yoga journey,  or wanting to refine an existing practice.

 

The Benefits 

  • Time and space for you to relax, heal and rejuvenate.
  • Increase flexibility and strength.
  • Improve muscle tone and support weight management.
  • Cultivate a calm, steady mind.
  • Increase energy levels.
  • Boost feelings of happiness and wellbeing.
  • Increase self-awareness and confidence levels.

If you are new to Yoga, why not join us for our Hatha Level 1 class every Monday at 10:15am with Becky Hill.

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Ashtanga

Ashtanga


Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic set series of postures designed to build strength, flexibility, endurance and focus. Students will be guided through the Ashtanga Primary Series step by step, you do not already need to know the postures before you try a class! If you wish to find a real sense of deep strength in the body whilst remaining steady in the mind you’re sure to enjoy this approach to yoga. As you build your practice you will begin to feel a sense of rhythm and smoothness in within the series. The breath is key (as with other styles), and so we’ll surround the practice with breath to fuel the sequence and calm a busy mind. Sessions will end with adequate time for relaxation.

Benefits of Ashtanga


  • Build strength, flexibility, endurance and focus.
  • Learn to connect the breath and movement to experience (with regular practice) the sense of a moving mediation.
  • Improve muscle tone and balance weight.
  • Learn the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series.
  • Cultivate a calm, steady and focussed mind.
  • Learn to breathe whist moving, to allow us to move deeper into postures in a safe way.
  • Improve performance in other sporting activities and help prevent injuries.
  • Boost confidence and levels of happiness.

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