We thought we’d start the year with a comprehensive A to Z guide of all things Yoga Kula, to give you a brief overview of who we are and what we do.

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A is for Ashtanga. One of the oldest styles of Yoga, based on eight principles and consisting of a series of poses executed in swift succession, combined with deep, controlled breathing. If you’re new to the practice, join Claire Dambawinna for our Level 1 Ashtanga class on Saturdays at 8am. For the more experienced yogi, we have our Level 2 class with Helen at 9:15am also on Saturdays, as well as various classes throughout the week. Click here to view our full timetable. 

B is for Beginners. Everyone has to start somewhere, and Yoga Kula will support your yoga journey from the very first time you step on the mat right through to completing your Teacher Training Course. We run our 6 week Begin // Foundation Course throughout the year with Becky Hill and Elena Fernandez-Corugedo, with our next dates coming up in January.

C is for Community. The word “Kula” translates from Sanskrit, and means “Community” or “Tribe.” We see everyone as an important part of our Kula, and try to make the studio experience the very best it can be for everyone who comes along. The Kula experience doesn’t just stay in our studio, we often work alongside other companies and venues, including Neom, Sweaty Betty, Harvey Nichols, Victoria Gate and many more. 

D is for Downward-facing Dog. One of the most widely recognised and practiced postures, you’ll find Downward-facing dog in many of our classes. It deeply stretches your hamstrings, shoulders, calves, arches, hands, and spine while building strength in your arms, shoulders, and legs.

E is for Energy. Energy is a key part of a yoga practice, whether you’re building the heat and fire within in a dynamic practice, or relaxing your body and mind and reducing negative energy such as stress and anxiety.

F is for FAQ’s. You’re bound to have lots of questions before you join us for your first yoga class, and that’s okay! Hopefully we can answer most of them here, however please get in touch if we can be of any assistance.

G is for our wonderful Guest Teachers. We’ve welcomed some amazing teachers both UK-wide and internationally to Yoga Kula, including Mindfulness specialist Zeenat Cameron who teaches on our Teacher Training Course, Bodywork specialist Eyal Chehanowski, as well as working with Kundalini teacher Roisin Kiernan on our regular Gong Bath workshops.

H is for Hatha. Hatha Yoga is a chance to work with individual postures and work at a slower pace. A perfect way to introduce yourself to the practice with our Level 1 Hatha class on Mondays at 10:15 and Fridays at 8:45. You will be guided through a selection of asana (postures) during the class focusing on alignment and explaining the benefits of the postures. The session will focus on working with the breath, and you may arrive at a place of awareness where you will begin to experience yoga as a mediation.

I is for Iyengar. Iyengar Yoga provides the opportunity to go deeper into the alignment of yoga asana (postures). With the use of yoga props and specific techniques we discover the detail of each pose and sequence, allowing us to discover it’s deeper layers. In this session, there is a focus on awareness, breath and finding peace in the poses. With the knowledge gained in this class students will be well prepared for other yoga styles. You can book our Iyengar class on Fridays at 10am by clicking here.

J is for Journey. Everyone’s yoga journey starts somewhere, regardless of your age, background, size, shape, education or history. Yoga is for everyone and everyone is included, and you are always welcome here at Yoga Kula. We’d love to join you on your yoga journey and for you to be part of Kula.

K is for Knowledge. Our teachers have a vast amount of knowledge of both yoga and all that goes alongside it. They are are continuously expanding and sharing that through our practice, through retreats, and through all the work they do for us. 

L is for Listening to your body. Practicing what feels right for you and listening to what your body needs. Everyone’s practice will be different because everyone’s body is different. Our classes celebrate those differences and allow you to adapt and modify postures to suit you.

M is for Massage. We are incredibly lucky to have Harriet (Morgan Sports Therapy) as our resident massage therapist here at Yoga Kula. Harriet offers appointments between 1pm and 5pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, you can book your appointment here. Harriet specialises in Pregnancy // Post Natal massages and Sports // Remedial massages, so there’s something for everyone.

N is for our New to Kula offer. If you’re new to the Kula studio, this is for you. The perfect way to try our our range of classes and find which is best for you, whether you’re looking for a strong and dynamic class or something gentle and relaxing. The pass can be purchased by dropping into the studio, or online via MindBody. Click here to find out more.  

O is for Opportunity. We are so grateful for the opportunity to teach each and every one of our students and thank you for sharing your practice with us.

P is for Pranayama. Pranayama is the practice of controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana, or vital life force. The practice of yoga involves working with the breath and this calms the entire nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety and improving self-awareness.

Q is for Questions. We ask you to arrive 5-10 minutes before the start of your class. This gives you the space and time to speak with your teacher and ask any questions you may have, as well as letting them know of any injuries or restrictions they need to be aware of. There are no silly questions, so please don’t be afraid to ask anything you’d like to know.

R is for Restorative. Restorative Yoga offers students much needed time for space, relaxation and deep rest. Each session provides a calming, holistic tonic to busy, modern living. In these restful classes participants are welcomed to melt into carefully crafted sequences of restorative yoga poses supported by props such as bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps. During the postures you are guided into deep breathing to deepen the letting go process, allowing space for the body to heal and rejuvenate. Perfect for those who are recovering from injury or illness as well as those who want to simply reduce stress and learn to rest. We offer Restorative classes on Mondays at 7:45pm and Fridays at 3:45pm. You can book these sessions by clicking here.

S is for Savasana. One of the most important postures of your yoga practice. Savasana is the final posture to relax and restore at the end of the class. All control of the breath, the mind, and the body is  released for the duration of the posture, allowing your body to completely let go and let your full weight sink into the Earth. An effortless relaxation to allow the body to cool down, intended to rejuvenate body, mind and spirit.

T is for Teacher Training. 2019 sees our second group of Teacher Trainees take the first step on the teaching ladder and the graduation of our first trainees. We offer a 250 hour Teacher Training Course which is accredited by Yoga Alliance. You can read the full details about our course, and hear from our current group of teachers by clicking here.

(T is also for Tea! We’d love for you to join us after your class to relax and drink some herbal tea, which is readily available before rushing into whatever your day holds next)

U is for Universal. Whilst Yoga is of an Indian origin, it is practiced all over the world and is never confined to the space on your yoga mat within a studio. The practices you learn in a class can be used throughout many aspects of your life, such as improving your posture, adaptations around injuries and taking notice of what your body is telling you.

V is for Vinyasa Flow. Vinyasa flow is a dynamic, creative style of yoga in which the asana (postures) are linked together and synchronised with a yogic breath. Join our Level 1 class with the wonderful Susi Wick on Wednesdays at 9am, or our Level 2 experienced class on Fridays at 12:45. We also offer All Levels classes throughout the week, so whether you’re new to the practice or a dedicated yogi, we have a Vinyasa for you –  all of which can be booked through MindBody here. 

W is for Workshops. Several times each month we work alongside our Kula teachers as well as well regarded practitioners from all over the world, bringing you workshops which will enhance your practice as well as well as your knowledge. These are a great way to broaden your yoga experience and offer you something a little bit special outside of a standard class, such as Yoga Nidra, Gong Baths, Moon Sequences and many more. You can view our full list of upcoming workshops by clicking here. 

X is a difficult one, we did struggle a bit here but we’ve gone with fleXibility. One of the main misconceptions before joining a yoga studio and something that our teachers hear often is “I’m not flexible enough to do yoga.” 

Honestly take it from us, you don’t need to be flexible to practice yoga, in the same way that you don’t need to be fit to join a gym. Practice creates progress. It’s all part of the process, and yoga is not about being flexible or whether you can reach your toes. Yoga is about listening to your body and mind and acknowledging what feels right for you.

Y is for Yin. Yin style postures are performed either sitting lying down, and are usually held for between 3-10 minutes.  Through this practice muscles are encouraged to relax and yield to gravity, allowing the connective tissue (fascia, tendons, ligaments) to be targeted and released. You will find that during the longer stay in each posture, emotions and thoughts will arise – we 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, allowing us to move towards a calmer and more centred state of mind. We offer Yin classes 3 times throughout the week with Julia Knight. Wednesdays at 5:15pm, Thursdays at 11:30am and Sundays at 11am. You can book your space here.

Z is for Zzzzzz. We offer regular Yoga Nidra workshops. Yoga Nidra translates from Sanskrit as Yogic Sleep, the perfect way to relax after a busy week. A beautiful practice where you will be in a completely effortless state of being and guided to a relaxed state between wakefulness and sleeping. In this state of consciousness deep healing and rejuvenation can occur. 

A Yoga Nidra session begins with some gentle breathing to calm and soothe the mind, leading to some deeply held restorative poses to invite the physical to soften the grip and let go before the practice of Yoga Nidra. To find out when our next workshop is, click here.