I am currently one of Yoga Kula’s first intake yoga teacher trainees. I am grateful I have found the studio which is like my second home. Typically I’ll be at the studio 6 days a week, often staying for two or three classes or workshops in a day.

For those who don’t know, Kula actually means “community or tribe” in Sanskrit. And it holds true. I moved up to Leeds last August only knowing one person. I found Kula because it offered daytime classes that were accessible to me. They also have a huge variety of classes from beginners to stronger practices like Ashtanga and Rocket but also balancing this with Yin and Restorative. There is something for everyone. As soon as I walked into the studio it felt inviting; tea, seating and a sense of warmth and friendliness. I knew I had found “my” studio.

I have dabbled in and out of yoga over the last 20 years but it was when I was traveling in Australia in 2012 that I was introduced to power vinyasa. Until then, yoga had just been something I did for some fitness and flexibility. The movement with breath in vinyasa became a meditation for me. It became the start of my spiritual journey and self-actualization. The flexibility that yoga brings is now like a side effect of my practice. Before returning to the UK I had planned to do a vinyasa yoga teacher training course in Thailand. But the universe had other ideas for me at the time and I didn’t end up doing it. I have since completed a degree in nutrition and qualified as a personal trainer. All the while I was still dreaming of becoming a yoga teacher and knew it was something I had to pursue.

I saw that Kula was offering their first teacher training course (TTC) in January (2018) but had been initially put off the idea because of its base in Hatha yoga (Hatha is one style of yoga I can’t seem to get on with). I spoke with Senior Yoga Teacher (SYT) Angela about the course. She explained to me the meaning of Hatha and how all yoga has its roots in Hatha. She also explained how the course would cover a broad approach to yoga covering styles such as Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin and Restorative. There would also be options to follow on with immersions of your chosen styles at the end of the course. Angela’s ethos and vision is that she wanted to bring a new cohort of trainees that wouldn’t become “cookie cutter” teachers. Ones, who had explored various styles, found their niche and were flexible when it came to teaching.

Emily ForbesThe course is run over 18 months which may seem like a long time to some compared to other courses on offer but the reasons for this are so that it gives time to reflect, digest and practice the abundance of information there is. It also gives time to bond with fellow students and the yoga community which are at the heart of Kula’s values. As trainees, we were placed into study groups whom we’ll be with for the duration of the course. As a group, we were recently given the opportunity to help with a free event run at Kula for International Yoga Day along with Neom Organics. It was an awesome experience learning the things it takes to put on an event (and invaluable as this will be one of our homework’s). But mostly it was the gratification felt for being a part of the local and global yoga community.

I’m also blessed by all the people I have met through Kula, many of whom I now call my friends and made me feel welcome in an unknown city. Now 6 months into the course and it’s flying by! But loving every minute of it and excited by all to come.

See you on the mat.


If you are interested in applying for the next Yoga Kula TTC, click on the link below to find more about the course and how to apply.

TTC January 2019 Application Information