“My favourite thing about Kula is the intention and dedication we have to encourage and support others” – Angela Sykes

The word “Kula” is a Sanskrit word meaning community, family or tribe. We see everyone as an important part of our Kula, and try to make the experience the very best it can be for everyone who comes along. Our community recently came together over some devastating news.

Lucy and Charlie // Kula Community

Dedicated Kula student Lucy and her partner Charlie, have spent many months to make their business plan a reality. The pair have been planning, purchasing expensive equipment, and renovating an old van to a camper van in order to achieve their ambitions.

They had travelled the world for the last seven years, however, they were ready to settle back in the UK after arriving home in Leeds in late May.

The pair were at CarFest North in Cheshire on July 25th on Lucy’s 33rd birthday. This was the second festival of a whole summer crammed full of work all around the UK to enable them to save enough money to settle down into the life they have planned together.

While in the van which they had refurbished to travel the country in, Charlie believed something was wrong with the gas and when he went to check, it ignited, causing burns to his body.

After Charlie ran out from the van to see Lucy waiting outside, the couple desperately sprinted across the festival fields before turning to see the van explode – destroying over £25k of their possessions including all of their work equipment and sentimental items.

Lucy said she has received a lot of help from the community, who have come together since the shocking fire.

She said: “The Red Cross helped so much at the festival.

“The festival put us up in temporary accommodation and other festivals have offered to get me transport so I can attend to work and earn my living.

Angela Sykes, Yoga Kula’s founder said:Lucy + Charlie // Kula Community

Yoga is about more than the practices we do on the mat. Yoga is about community and helping others. We are saddened that Lucy has lost her possessions in a fire, and so we started to think about what we could do to help.

“We are reaching out to our community to ask them to bring in a piece of yoga wear. Something they love, rather than something they no longer want or need.

“This act of giving and supporting others in their time of need is the most powerful thing we can do, and the deepest form of yoga.”

We came together to share Lucy and Charlie’s message along with the Yorkshire Evening Post, who have helped to share their story within the wider community.

If you are able to donate yoga clothing, this can be dropped off at the Yoga Kula Studio, 114 Harrogate Road.

Monetary donations can be contributed using the link below.

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