We are hiring!

We are hiring!

Yoga Kula is looking for a confident, friendly, yoga/health minded person to join our team as part time Front of House + Administrator.

Front of House and Administrator

Part Time – 20 Hours per week

Yoga Kula is a dedicated and authentic studio in the heart of popular Leeds Suburb, Chapel Allerton. Yoga Kula has been in operation for nearly 10 years and in that time has built an excellent reputation. We offer over 50 classes a week which are delivered both face to face in the studio setting and online. We are looking for the right person to join our team and support the business as we streamline, grow and develop post COVID 19. We run a popular teacher training course and we are welcoming a new intake in January 2021.

Please share if you know anyone you feel is the right for our dedicated, authentic Yoga studio in Chapel Allerton, Leeds. 


Yoga Magazine

Yoga Kula Featured in Yoga Magazine

Yoga Kula featured in the October 2020 issue of Yoga Magazine

We were delighted to be included in the October 2020 issue of Yoga Magazine for a special feature on converting the studio to an online studio during lockdown.

Covid has been challenging for so many businesses across the world, and this global pandemic continues to affect businesses as we witness closures, bankruptcy, business changes, operational changes and, business models, shifting to accommodate new ways of working. In the last few weeks, we have seen the hospitality industry adopt a new 10pm curfew which will have a tremendous effect on their revenue and will new rules and laws potentially on the horizon we have to be ready to continually adapt.

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Online Yoga During Lockdown: From Yoga Magazine Article

At Yoga Kula Leeds, we pride ourselves on being innovative, flexible and creative. When the lockdown was announced, we knew that to keep our yoga community together we needed to find a way to bring yoga to them while all of our movements were restricted and to keep our teachers teaching.

The yoga teaching community has been impacted hugely by not being able to teach in studios and only time will tell how this all unfolds. All we can do is commit to be awake and present as we continue to meet the moment and plan as best we can.

Shortly before lockdown was announced some of our students had stopped coming to the studio to minimise the risk of coming into contact with the virus by being outside of their home – we still wanted to reach them so started to make plans to go live. Our first step to going online was to live stream our classes (YK Live) whist the teacher taught a small class from the studio. We set up an iPad to film, set up a Zoom account, a mic and just got stuck in! When I look back to this time I can see how far we have now come and how much we have learned around delivering yoga online – we now have a very professional set up and approach which I will share later on.

Once it was announced we were to stay at home, save lives and protect the NHS our teacher’s living rooms and bedrooms were quickly converted into ‘yoga sets’ and they started to deliver yoga direct to our community under or new online studio YK LIVE.

My flat become Yoga Kula HQ as I ran the business from there regularly meeting with my team via zoom, teaching live classes and staying connected to our lovely community through Facebook and Instagram lives and our Facebook private and public pages – my flat turned into the centre of my universe during full lockdown.

While at home I began to research around lighting, sound, Zoom and teaching live classes – it felt like I was on an immersion but it was all being put into practice right in the moment. I asked friends and family to drop into YK Live classes and give feedback. A big part of my work ethic is to ensure that my team and I are always learning and growing so we wanted to know how we could improve. Everything we learned along the way we shared with each other so we could all improve together and continuously uplift the YK LIVE offer.

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    a message from angela sykes

    A Message from Angela Sykes

    A message from Angela Sykes

    Firstly, I want to take this opportunity to express my personal heartfelt thanks for your loyalty, support and words of encouragement over the last challenging 6 months. Our Kula community has grown stronger, more united and more resilient and I feel inspired to bring even more healing yoga to you through classes both studio and online, pop-ups and workshops in the weeks and months ahead. I think we all need it!

    Government Guidelines

    I wanted to reassure you that we are keeping up to date with the UK Government’s latest changes and updates to the Covid-19 guidelines which were issued on Wednesday 9th September and that Yoga Kula is permitted to remain open for yoga classes as normal.

    Here is a reminder of the safety procedures we have in place

    • Temperature checks on arrival.
    • Marked mat spaces.
    • Instruction to bring your own props where possible to minimise sharing.
    • Props are available to borrow with a cleaning routine adhered to after use (please bring a hand towel to handle soft props such as bolsters and blankets)
    • All Yoga Kula staff wear masks.
    • Hand sanitiser is available before you come in to the studio and throughout our studio – please use regularly.
    • Face masks to be worn by students at all times, apart from when on your yoga mat.
    • Please arrive dressed for your class.
    • Please keep socks on at all times, until you reach your mat and then you can take them off
    • Screens between mats for an extra layer of protection.
    • UV air filters in place to keep the air clean and a well ventilated studio.

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      Cultivate the opposite

      Cultivate the Opposite

      Cultivating the Opposite

      Pratipaksha-bhavana is one of the Yoga Sutras; Cultivate the opposite feeling or mood.

      In the second chapter of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, we find one aphorism that speaks of cultivating the opposite feeling. The Sanskrit term for this is pratipaksha-bhavana. Whenever adverse notions (vikalpa) take over the mind, Patanjali tells us, we must conjure up their opposites. So, instead of thinking negative thoughts, we ought to cultivate thoughts of love, kindness and compassion.

       

      The Human Mind

       

      The human mind tends to naturally go to the negative than the positive. And living life during Covid-19 means we have a lot to contend with, there a lot going on in the word at the moment – a lot that is beyond our control. It makes life very challenging. We need to spend more time creatingmore opportunities to cultivate the opposite state of mind.

       

      How we do this in Yoga?

      We do this in our own yoga practice. We do this through intention setting. We do this by living our yoga.

      We often spend time in the beginning of class setting the scene, setting the mood for the practice and setting our intention. We are then able to cultivate the quality we seek instead of the emotion we might be feeling already. If we feel fear we can cultivate a quality of feeling safe and settled, if we feel ungrounded we can work on feeling grounded. So, whatever it is we need to cultivate we have the power to make that happen through our yoga practice.

       

       

      How this can help you during times of uncertainty

       

      We are living in a time of uncertainty and unrest. Our yoga practice has never been more important. Our Kuli community has never been stronger. When we are tested to our very limits, it is these times that we must look deep within ourselves to find that inner strength. A daily practice of cultivating the opposite might help increased mood, increased positive thoughts and feelings and a lighter, brighter outlook on the future.

       

      Please let us know what you think of this and how you get on with cultivating the opposite feeling. Contact us to let us know.

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        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.

        COVID SAFETY AT YOGA KULA

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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.

            CLICK TO BOOK A YK LIVE CLASS

            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

            Kula safety graphic
            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!