Covid-19 Safety at Yoga Kula

Covid-19 Safety Procedures

Covid-19 Safety Procedures at Yoga Kula

Your safety and our teacher’s safety is our number one priority, that’s why we have put together a Covid-19 Safety at Yoga Kula graphic to detail how we are keeping you safe at all times. When we reopened the studio we ensured that we are adhering to Government guidelines, whilst respecting our student’s need to practise safely in the studio once again. For those students shielding or unable to come back at the moment, you can join us for a studio class via live-steam or a YK Live class.

Safety for our Community and Teachers First

We are very excited to bring our community back together and be back in our beautiful studio space and recently refurbished reception area.

Our number one priority is to make sure you feel safe, comfortable and calm when you come to practise yoga at Yoga Kula and we are doing everything possible to make this happen. Please read the below document for full details of the processes we have in place to keep your space safe.

Guidance for when you arrive at the Yoga Kula studio and as you come into the studio

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before class to allow time for the below safety checks and sign-in process. If you arrive after the class has started you may not be permitted to join the session as we are also live-streaming the class to students practising at home.
  • Please wear a mask on arrival and keep it on until the teacher informs you to take it off when you are on your mat.
  • The team will ask whether you have been experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and will also check your temperature with an infrared thermometer.
  • Once you have removed your shoes, please keep your socks on until you arrive at your mat (if you wear flip flops or sandals please bring socks with you).
  • You will be asked to maintain social distancing when you arrive at the studio (there are markers on the floor to help guide you on where to stand), you must also follow social distancing as you store and collect your belongings from the storage areas.
  • We are encouraging students where possible to bring their own props. If you don’t have your own props there are limited props available to borrow. Soft props need to be handled with a towel or sweater. Hard props and mats must be thoroughly cleaned down after use with anti-bacterial wipes provided.
  • Please bring your own water bottle and water, drinks are not available at Kula at the moment. Please do not consume food on the Kula premises.
  • HOT YOGA NOTICE: Hot yoga students must bring their own mat, towel, and water to every class. And if you prefer to wear flip flops to class, you must bring socks to put on.

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Free yoga for beginners

Free Beginners Yoga Class Every Month

Free Beginners Yoga

Join our Beginners Yoga expert Becky Hill for a FREE beginners class and Q and a once a month on a Monday 6.30pm to 7.15pm via Zoom.

What to expect?

A free 30-minute class packed full of the ‘yoga basics’. Becky will guide you through simple poses, breathing techniques and simple meditation which will leave you feel uplifted, inspired, energised and connected.

After the session there will be an opportunity to chat directly with Becky about yoga, the different styles of yoga, how you feel about staring your yoga journey and which style would be best for you.

Why we love yoga?

At Yoga Kula we believe yoga is about much more than taking a class. When we are calm and healthy we show up in the word with a different energy, we take action from a wiser stand point, our self-belief and confidence grows meaning we can have a positive impact not just on our own lives but on those around us and our communities.

Why should you practise yoga?

We promise you will always feel better after a yoga class. Whether it’s an improvement to your mental health in terms of clarity of mind, feeling refocused, relaxed, calmer or whether it’s a physical improvement such as feeling taller, stretched, less aches and pains or it might just be a combination of everything. The important aspect of starting yoga is to start with a class that’s suited to you. Don’t join one of our level 2 classes as a beginner, you might end up feeling frustrated. Instead, follow our guidance and you will begin at a level that’s right for you and you’ll soon fall in love with a regular class that works for you in terms of your needs, your lifestyle and your schedule.

Try and go into a yoga class with an open mind and you might just feel different, better, more open, present and happier. If you don’t believe us why not give it a go.

Your Yoga Journey

We recommend our students to try the free Monday evening beginners class, then book straight into our regular 6-week beginners’ courses which run both online and in the studio. If you cannot make a course or you can’t find a date that works we recommend beginning our level 1 Hatha classes. Becky Hill is the Yoga Kula Beginners expert, Becky leads the courses at Kula and teaches a lot of our level 1 classes.

 

Are you ready?

We cannot wait to see you on the mat.

Book your FREE place by clicking the box below.

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3 ways to practise yoga

Enjoy 3 Ways to Practise Yoga

YOUR YOGA PRACTICE, YOUR OPTIONS

Three ways to practise yoga with Yoga Kula

1 – In-centre studio classes (pop-up classes and workshops coming soon)

Our new in-studio class timetable enables you to come to the Yoga Kula studio as before, to attend your favourite classes. We have fewer classes than pre-lockdown and capacity limited due to social distancing, but we believe the atmosphere will still be 100% Kula (including the gorgeous Kula studio smell). 

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2 – Live streamed in-studio classes

If you cannot book a studio place due to limited numbers, self-isolating, or if you are just not quite ready to return you can join one of our live-streamed studio classes.

Our live streamed in-studio classes will allow you to remotely attend your favourite classes. Book in exactly the same way as your YK Live classes. 

The experience will be very similar to the YK Live classes you have been enjoying from home. The main difference is the teacher will be in the studio and they will have additional students in the room with them. Youu can be sure of the usual high-quality Kula teaching, professional approach and fun. 

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3 – YK Live

In addition to the two options above, we are delighted to say that YK Live will be continuing. Our 7:30am Monday-Friday classes will be run via YK Live plus a host of other sessions. Most of these classes will be taught from teacher homes, with some sessions taking place from the studio (with no students in the room). This is the same experience we have been offering during lockdown; you will receive the Zoom link in your booking email so please keep this email safe and if you don't receive an email please check junk/promo folders and alert us asap if this email has not been delivered.

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Of course, this is your yoga practise, and you can choose to combine all 3 ways to practise yoga. You can combine all three approaches if that suits you, or you can pick and mix according to your requirements. Your classes are ready for you to book in the three options listed above. The choice is yours.

Contact a member of the team today to discuss our classes, purchase class passes or if we can help with anything else.


Studio Yoga Classes

Yoga Kula Reopens

Yoga Kula Reopens on Monday 3rd August

The countdown is on! The Yoga Kula studio is reopening and we’re in the process of preparing the studio for your safe return.

We’ll be opening the studio doors on Monday 3rd August.

We are in this together….

We are very excited to bring our community back together and be back in our beautiful studio space and recently refurbished reception area. Our number one priority is to make sure you feel safe, comfortable and calm when you come to practise yoga at Yoga Kula and we are doing everything possible to make this happen – read on for more information.Thank you to each and every person who completed our survey, the feedback has been so helpful as we make plans to reopen. Some survey highlights;

  • 84% of you wish to continue with YK Live
  • 96% of you plan to bring your own mat to studio classes, for those who don’t have a mat to bring, props will be available to borrow, with cleaning required after use
  • 68% of you plan to return to studio classes, the majority of which plan to mix this with YK Live classes
  • You said some wonderful things about Yoga Kula (thank you) when we asked your thoughts about us, we will share some of the feedback on our social media channels but here is a particularly lovely one which we adore because our community is you and we wouldn’t be here without your support;

What is your favourite thing about Yoga Kula? 

“The spirit and energy of the teachers and the Yoga Kula community. It’s magic!”

SAFETY AT KULA

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Kula safety graphic
Kula safety graphic

Some additional safety points – please view our safety graphic here.

  • Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to your class commencing
  • Social distance queuing for classes which begins outside – please see diagram
  • Kula Operations Staff will be wearing face masks and plastic gloves as they check you in.
  • Once you have checked in you will be directed upstairs.
  • We recommend where possible using bathroom facilities before coming to YK – if you need to visit the bathroom please ensure there isn’t anyone else in there before you enter.
  • We recommend arriving changed where possible – we will have one changing room available in which touchpoints will be cleaned after each class.
  • We will show you to your place in the studio to keep the reception and waiting area clear (keep socks on until you are on your mat) and relax wearing your mask until the teacher says it is OK to remove it as the class begins.
  • Masks will be compulsory whilst you are not practising in all areas on the building and discretionary during class. Please bring a face mask with you, or you can purchase one from Yoga Kula – you will not be admitted into the building without a face mask.
  • Please bring your own water with you to the studio, tea and water will not be available at the studio.
  • Breathing through the nose kills viruses and bacteria so ensure you rest in class if you become breathless to avoid mouth breathing where possible.
  • If you want to catch up with your Kuli friends we suggest arranging to meet for a coffee after class in one of the many beautiful outlets in Chapel Allerton.

We will continue to monitor all advice and we will enhance our safety protocols in the next two weeks as necessary. We will, of course, keep you up to date every step of the way.

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Free Online Yoga Class

Free Online Yoga Class

Have you been practising regular yoga online whilst in lockdown?

We have been hosting a range of online yoga classes since our studio closed temporarily in March which you can view by looking at our timetable. We are also running a range of free online yoga taster classes with a variety of Yoga Kula teachers and guest teachers.

What’s coming up?

Free Moon Salute with Helen Ince

Thursday 21st May 10am on Zoom and Via our Facebook Community Group.

What will the class involve? See below

Fancy learning a lovely short sequence of movements and breath to help you stay calm and grounded in these challenging times?

The moon salute is a wonderful, simple and accessible alternative to the more dynamic sun salutations. Join Helen Ince for this free YK LIVE session where she will guide you through each element of the sequence and use repetition to embed the salute in your memory – so you can use it whenever you need a little time out.

We kindly ask you to ensure you make your bookings a minimum of 1 hour before the class is due to commence, to ensure you receive the Zoom link before the class begins. If you book after this time you risk not receiving the class information. Please add info@yogakulaleeds.co.uk to your contacts to avoid our emails going into junk or spam folders.

The class emails are sent up to 1 hour before the class begins and provide you with any additional information you may need, including necessary props or prop alternatives as well as the playlist.

lunar hatha

Lunar Hatha Pop-up Class

Saturday 23rd May, 3:30pm-4:45pm with Helen Ince

Join Helen for a cooling and gentle Hatha practice inspired by the grounding influence of the moon. We will move slowly through a sequence of asana designed to help us turn inward and foster a feeling a relaxation.
Using elements inspired by the Moon Sequence, we will tune in to the sense of letting go associated with a slow and steady exhale, encouraging us to embrace a feeling of calm.

Staying low to the ground with lots of lovely lunges and heart opening poses, we will really connect to the earth and cultivate a feeling of release.

The practice will end with a short rotation of consciousness; a guided meditation designed to help you relax deeply.

Some yoga experience needed.
There will be some modifications offered where possible to allow access to each pose.

Props to gather before the practice if you have them:
A blanket
A pillow
An eye bag

£8.50 // Not included in our YK LIVE passes


Yoga Teacher Training Online Q&A

Yoga Teacher Training Online Q&A

Yoga Teacher Training Online Q&A

Do you feel called to teach yoga one day? Would you like to discover more about supporting others to transform their lives through yoga? Have you considered training to become a yoga teacher?

Become a Yoga Teacher

Becoming a yoga teacher is an exciting path, supporting and inspiring others on their yoga journey.

Deciding where to train as a teacher is an important decision. Yoga Kula’s Yoga Teacher Training Course is a Yoga Alliance Professionals approved 300 hours and takes place over 18 months. This time period allows you time and space to take a deep dive into all of the aspects of becoming a creative, inspiring and professional yoga teacher. The right yoga teacher training course is rewarding, inspiring, challenging, supportive and transformational.

 

We can’t wait to see you there and take the first step on your yoga teacher training journey!


mental health awareness week

Mental Health Awareness Week

Does yoga help your mental health?

As we welcome Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 we thought there was no better way than to ask the Yoga Kula community if yoga has helped their mental health. This is what they had to say...

Kate Wolstenholme:

Kate WolstenholmeYoga has been the answer to much in my life, not least my mental health. I’d always had low self-esteem which manifested itself in self-destructive patterns of behaviour. I also never had that inner sense of self that we all need to feel at one the world and those around us. I wanted to do so much but was often prevented by a nagging voice telling me I couldn’t etc. I tried counselling over the years – some more successful than others… but nothing really helped. I knew the problems and the reasons for the problems – not much use if you can’t do anything to change those behaviours and thoughts though.

Yoga seemed to present itself to me, rather than the other way round. It really helped me when I started University and I felt “drowned” as all my structures had been removed – in fact it helped so powerfully and quickly I was on a total high after a few weeks. I didn’t have the tenacity to keep up and so it became something I just thought about and didn’t do. Just over 3 years ago I was diagnosed with a life-changing illness. A couple of other huge life changes have happened since – things I could have got really down about. It was after the diagnosis that I started attending Yoga Kula classes regularly. It’s hard to put simply, but I’ll try:

My Yoga practice gives me a sense of perspective, no matter what the problem it seems to allow me a wise insight that alleviates any unnecessary suffering, for me or others. I finish a tough day, I’m in a dark mood, I get on the mat and breathe… and within seconds I feel better. And when I move into postures I gain strength and vision. Recently meditation has become a central element to a deeper and more expansive understanding. One Yoga teacher at Kula says that for her, the Yoga really starts “off the mat”. I think this is so true, it’s had a profound and positive impact on my life. It’s like a really good friend who always makes you feel better and gives you a sense of perspective you hadn’t thought of. It takes you out of yourself and then back into yourself. It’s given me a deeper respect for my mind and body. Drinking would sometimes be a quick way to feel good, though the anxiety and hangovers weren’t so pleasant. Whilst I still really enjoy the odd glass of wine, I’d much rather start my Saturday mornings fully awakened in a Yoga class, looking out at the sun and knowing I’ve begun my day in the right way. I’m a much more stable, pleasant and happy person than I was before. Those negative thoughts are dealt with through my Yoga – it’s taught me I’m strong and equal to anyone.

Amy:Amy Bott

Yoga has helped me and my mental health in so many ways...

Knowing I always have a safe and calm place to go to whatever is going on. This quote sums it up well for me;

“Within you is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself - Hermann Hesse."

Breathing techniques have always helped me with anxiety and to keep me anchored in the present moment. I especially like alternate nostril breathing for helping me when I feel stressed.

Yoga nidra has helped me massively when dealing with periods of change in life when I can struggle with sleep. I was so relieved when I came across Nidra as I felt refreshed and rested for the first time in a long time.

It's also been great meeting other people interested in yoga. This has helped me feel part of a community and been hugely supportive.

Claire Brodley:

Claire BrodleyYoga has saved my mental health.

I look to my practice time and time again in challenging periods of my life as a way to remember what matters and that we are part of something bigger than our cares, worries and fears.

Pre-lockdown the Kula studio was the place I ran to when I needed to come back home to myself - for a soothing Hatha, a revitalising Restorative class or the moving meditation of Ashtanga that would make my problems appear almost solved after that hour on the mat.

Now I’ve created my own little sanctuary in my spare room, only consisting of my mat and props, and this space of yoga and meditation has quickly become my favourite place to be. Once I’m on the mat, wherever the mat is, there are no more to-do lists, no pressures, no competitions or things to achieve in every area of life. Instead, there is self-discovery, relaxation, freedom. That said, I can’t wait to be back in the warm, comforting space that is Kula, which for me feels like walking into a big hug every single time 😊

 

 

Dee Cowburn

Yoga has saved me lots of times, through life crises such as losing my mum and then when my baby was diagnosed with a life limiting condition, yoga stopped me falling
through the floor, and gave me and continues to give me a really healthy framework of movement and meditation that creates a sense of peace and well-being in my life despite external challenges and I honestly find myself more content than I’ve ever been as it guides me to a place of authenticity and keeps me there. It’s just quite frankly a magical thing to do and it’s a gift that just keeps on giving. Whatever you put in you get out, and I would say it’s a crucial part of protecting and sustaining my mental health.
Emma McGovern
Yoga helps my mental health in so many ways; it has literally saved me from post- natal depression in the past, so it is a very important part of my life. It helps me be present in the here and now and it has helped me listen and tune into myself. Yoga has given me a connection to so many wonderful people who share a common love of moving in time to the breath; connecting their mind and body as one. Without yoga I would be lost!
Bethany Rose
I’m Beth, I’m the operations co-ordinator at Yoga Kula - I think I’ve met most of the YK community, however if you aren’t sure who I am I’m the colourful-haired one behind reception in the studio, and you may have spotted me popping in at the start of your YK live classes as tech support!
I came to yoga in 2015, after almost a decade of struggling with my mental health and a number of diagnoses. Despite this, due to a lack of funding I’ve been unable to access much support in the traditional routes, and the support I did have was very limited. Just over 5 years ago, I decided to do something about it myself. I tried running, I tried drawing, I joined the gym, and eventually I found yoga. It took 6 months of continuously attending classes, before I was able to settle and stay for a full class, and relax into my body without my mind taking over. I would regularly leave sessions part way through, but sticking at it and knowing there was no pressure to do anything that didn’t suit my mind on any given day allowed me to slowly let my practice into my life. In 2017, I found Yoga Kula and my practice became even more important in my recovery, because I now had an incredible and supportive community of yogi’s around me who completely understood where I was in my process.
Everyone’s body is different, holding tensions and traumas in different ways in different parts of the body. I learnt to accept that there is no “right way” practice yoga, but as long as you’re doing what works for you and your body, that’s yoga!
By no means has my practice “cured” my mental health struggles, but what it has done is provided me with a toolbox of calming, anxiety reducing, and breathing techniques which I can use to support my health, and allow my body to feel whatever is happening on any given day, and walking through the studio doors every day into such a wonderful community is a very special kind of magic and something I'm really honoured to be a part of.

Begin your yoga journey

Begin Your Yoga Journey

Begin Your Yoga Journey

Yoga Kula has run successful 6-week beginner yoga courses for the past 8 years and whilst the studio doors may be closed for the meanwhile, we are still running our Beginners course online!

Getting started – a simple introduction to yoga

There’s never been a better time to start yoga. For thousands of years people have practiced it to help them find peace, improve their wellbeing and cultivate mental clarity. During times of stress, uncertainty and challenge, doing even the simplest of yoga practices can help you.

Postures and Principles of Hatha Yoga

If you’re thinking of trying yoga, join Senior Yoga Teacher Angela Sykes every Monday for an introduction to the postures and principles of hatha yoga. You’ll take a look at some of the key asana (poses), learning how to do them safely and understanding why they can be beneficial. You can book your space by clicking here.

It’s easy to do from your own home, and there will be plenty of instructions and demonstrations. You’ll also get suggestions on how you can continue to do your own practice.

Perfect for anyone that wants to start, or has just started, yoga. Please note, however, this class is not suitable for those who are pregnant.

We’d also recommend joining Becky Hill for our Beginners Course which starts on Sunday 28th June. Becky specialises in teaching yoga to beginners, having taught Yoga Kula’s Begin course for over 7 years. She’s passionate about making yoga accessible to everybody.


Evening Energy Chakra Series

Evening Energy Chakra Series

Evening Energy Chakra Series

Join Binny in a series of special Sunday evening sessions to explore the energy centres within us. During these challenging times we invite you to bring harmony and balance to your being and chakras through pranayama (breathing techniques), mantra (sound), mudras (hand gestures) and flowing yoga asana (poses).

Chakras

In this Evening Energy Chakra Series, we draw our attention gently to our Chakras – powerful energy centres within each and every one of us where our energy channels (Nadis) meet within the energy body.

Prana

When a chakra is out of balance, energy (Prana) can become stagnant in the body causing physical, mental, or spiritual pain. Through these chakra focussed sessions, we invite fresh vital energy back into our bodies.

Chakra Focus Each Week

Each pop-up will focus on a specific chakra giving us a deeper connection and understanding of our inner energetic powers.

Follow through the series to:

  • Open your heart
  • Discover your truth
  • Allow for surrender
  • Delve into self reflection
  • Find deep connection.

To enhance your experience we recommend bringing an item of the corresponding colour by your side as you practice; such as a crystal, flower or an item that is special to you.

Week 1: Sunday 19th April – Earth

Root // Muladhara

Colour // Red
Location // Base of the spine
Mudra // Earth
Mantra // Lam

We begin with the root chakra in a balancing and grounding sequence. Our first chakra connects us to the earth, creating a strong and stable foundation. Through pranayama, mudra, mantra and yoga asana we spearhead our attention from our head down into our bodies, directing the flow of energy into the feet, ankles, legs and pelvis. We find our strength, vitality and stability, to discover that everything we need resides within us.

Week 2: Sunday 26th April – Water Chakra

Water // Sacral

Colour // Orange
Location // Sacrum
Mudra // Shakti
Mantra // Vam

The water element is associated with the sacral chakra, this second chakra is the center of pleasure, playfulness, creativity, and delight; in this session we explore repetitive, playful, fluid, and rhythmic movement that brings a feeling of safety, delight and an overall sense of well-being. We flow through poses to allow us to open up to possibilities. Through a slow flowing sequence we turn our attention to our hips, we stay low to the earth to innate creativity and find ease within the body. Specific hip opening asanas will help us to aid the release of discomfort, in turn we loosen our grip within our lives allowing us to ebb and flow with ease rather than rigidity. Aiding transformation within relationships, including the one that we hold with ourselves.

Week 3: Sunday 3rd May – Fire

Solar Plexus // Manipura

Colour // Yellow
Location // Solar Plexus
Mudra // Matangi
Mantra // Ram

The third energy centre near our navel activates the fire of Manipura and connects us to our center. It withholds our personal power, confidence, strength, willpower and discipline. In this session we explore strong, powerful standing poses such as warriors & twists to invite courage and inner strength. We build heat through core strengthening poses, balancing energy within our centres.

Week 4 – Air / Heart

Colour // Green
Location // Heart Centre
Mudra // Hridaya
Mantra // Yam

We often protect our hearts and close them off to vulnerability, which may limit our experiences. Anahata or the heart centre is associated with the air element and feelings of openness, compassion, love and joy. We focus on heart-opening asana with balancing poses to fly with the air element, encompassed by lightness and expansiveness of being.

 


Taylor Selby

Pop-up Deep Strength Power Flow

Deep Strength Power Flow Pop-up Yoga Class

Join Taylor for a fiery and dynamic strength inspired Deep Strength Power vinyasa flow on Saturday 11th April, 2020 2-3:15pm.

This 75 minute flow will build heat from the inside out, beginning with pranayama and with a strong focus on core. We will find our power from our centre, and then use it to carry us through a fast paced sequence. Expect to move through a variety of core based exercises to fire up our centre body, and then use this heat to find stability throughout the rest of the flow. Our breath will connect us from one asana to the next as we rely on our inner strength to find stability in the body.

Expect to challenge yourself and reach deep within to cultivate strength and awareness throughout your entire body. Class will unwind with a soothing cool down followed by long and relaxing savasana.

How to book

Book this pop-up class in the usual way via your Mind Body online account. The session costs £5. The class will be live-streamed from Taylor’s home studio.

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