Larisa and Andrei – Yoga Together

Yoga Together

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We are a couple in mid-thirties

We started practicing hot yoga in April 2016. Our New Year resolution for 2016 was to focus on our health, eat healthier, be active, lose weight and make important changes in our lifestyle. With that in mind we decided to buy the intro offer at Kula and see whether yoga is for us.

Our first class was a real shock and had no idea what to expect from hot yoga, only what we read on internet, but after surviving the class we knew that would be going back to class. Practicing together has its advantages as we motivate each other when one of us is having a bad day, feels tired or wants to sleep more, especially during morning classes.

We love hot yoga even though it is a challenging practice. We like that there no competition between practitioners as everybody is different and you start seeing changes in your body if you practice regularly. Yoga requires patience, time to understand and follow all the small steps in order to build good postures and see benefits.
We regularly practice Iris’s classes as she pushes people to achieve their best during each class. She says: “Try the position, don’t be afraid. You can! Yes, you can! YES, YOU CAN!”  This type of teaching gives you strength and motivates you to push your body to the limit. However, we are very thankful to all teachers and stuff who make Kula such a peaceful and lovely place. Yoga brought lots of changes in our life as we are now eating healthier, an increase in raw vegan food and it has also inspired us to read more about nutrition and healthy food choices.

During this period with regular practice and eating healthier we managed to lose between 13-15 kg each and now we feel more confident in our own bodies. We can now say we love ourselves and it also helped us be calmer, happier and more positive about our lives.

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Meet The Teacher – Beth Crivelli

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This months Meet the Teacher is with the energetic and always full of life Beth Crivelli. Beth has been teaching at BYCJ for a while now and she always focuses on the importance of breahting, alignment and having a positive mindset when pracitcing. I go out of my way to actually make her classes because of the reasons listed but also because when she teaches you know she actually cares about the Yoga. In this day and age with the boom of Yoga and its increase in popularity with all ages and types of people some teachers have come into the industry and just taught as a simple means to an end, which comes with its negative side of not actually teaching with passion and real intent. When teaching something so special it comes with an important responsibility and attitude and this teacher has that. This is a great read…

 

How long have you been teaching the yoga for?
2011

What did you do before you started teaching yoga?
Fashion production manager.

What do you love about teaching Bikram?
The way how my energy and the students’ mix and work together.
Teaching yoga is consistently the most rewarding thing I do. I love studying people’s bodies and trying to find the best assistance I can provide them with to further their yoga experience.

What is your Favourite Posture?
Always changing …..right now I’m figuring out my triangle – it’s a complex one.

What do yo love about the studio and why do you think it is doing so well?
I have been practising at BYCJ for nearly a year now and I have seen it grow a lot in that short period of time.  I think the energy in the studio is amazing and because it comes from the top it filters down into us teachers, reception and therefore students.  I can honestly say that he Clapham students are the happiest ones in London and this makes it such and honour and pleasure to teach them.

What are your interests outside the yoga?
I seem to be quite obsessed with anatomy and movement at the moment so there’s a lot of that going on. I also teach vinyasa and yin so I do a lot of research on that as well as Bikram. I also make my own skin care range (vegan, palm oil free, organic). I have been an ethical vegan for years so I follow issues surrounding that too.

In three words how would you describe the experience of teaching a Bikram class?
Rewarding, challenging, sweaty!!

Words of advice to students?
Feed your body with positive thoughts, its always listening, calm your breath to calm your mind and practice with HONESTY. As humans we always tend to follow the path of least resistance and this is also the case in movement pathways. Yoga is also self study so we are in the room to identify our current weaknesses instead of finding ways around them. We need to learn to work with them and turn them into our strengths. THis might mean going back to basics, and If so then so be it.
Yoga is I think is  about removing obstacles in your practice (physical, neurological, psychological, emotional) and to do that first you need to face them and then have the strength to change.

Thanks a lot Beth this has been fantastic.

By Suraj Ghumra

May and Michelle – Yoga Together..

May on Practicing Yoga With Michelle..

Practicing yoga together means that we can encourage one another and keep up the momentum and motivation.
There are days when you don’t want to leave the house and your mind is occupied by all sorts. Or work has taken over your time and invaded the mind. Life, family and friends too can be demanding. So having a friend, partner in crime within your yoga classes is such a good way forward.
When you practice with someone else you become a team and you see a journey through together, which is on-going. You develop and when you do this with a partner the challenge becomes more than yoga.
It creates positive energies and the mind and body connection is greater. You have someone you can discuss the yoga poses with.
Michelle and I both have our favourite poses ones we are both good at individually and ones where we both struggle with as well as ones we do so happily. This helps us to improve in a greater way then you imagine -Because we can both see that one day we can achieve it… Not putting on time limits. Just showing each other it can be done.
There can be elements of competitiveness and positive growth through training together.
I met Michelle at the studio and we have a good friendship as well as doing classes together. Most of all we can laugh together and not take it all too seriously. We are both able to encourage and motivate one another, so that we get to class. Why is it important to have each other in the class, you might be asking? It’s great because it’s sharing, learning and improving. (Sharing is caring, people) If you want to give up, having that support in the room helps. Together you help shape the class and show others that determination. Our classes are always more fun and relaxed when we practice together.
We would both recommend on sharing your yoga journey with someone as well as on your own. It’s very powerful as you become more aware and in tune with you body as a team. There is a universal connection and you can see that in practicing yoga together.

Michelle on Practicing Yoga with May…

My journey with Hot Yoga started in 2011. At the time I was working in Canary wharf for the head office of a bank and was looking for an outlet to release my stresses of working in such a busy environment. So I signed up to the 30 day offer at Bikram Yoga London Canary Wharf. I really enjoyed my first class and the feeling it gave me, however after the offer I left employment at Canary Wharf and could not find a studio closer to where I lived so I did not continue my practice. Five years later after doing two more introductory offers at Sohot Bikram Yoga and Hot Yoga Society, I came across Kula. Kula was perfect because it was close to home and I was looking for an alternative to my gym work out.

Since joining Kula last year June, I cancelled my gym membership and have not looked back. The studio has a lovely atmosphere and the Kula team are amazing. I feel myself getting less stressed in certain situations and I am losing weight which was one of my main goals. The Kula teachers are very encouraging and helpful, which I did not find at other studios I visited over the years. I have also met some really lovely people at Kula, like May who is a real gem at encouraging me to enhance my practice.  We normally practice together when time permits and motivate each other to attend a class on those days we are feeling like we have had a stressful day at work and cannot be bothered. I also persuaded my bestie Patricia to sign up and she is now hooked as well.

Thanks for Reading!

A Yoga Story of 2 Friends..

Yoga with Friends

Annemiek (left of the picture) on practicing with Sammy

Yoga together with my friend is getting recharged, having fun and having a proper workout all together. The best thing is afterwards when you are so happy you’ve looked after yourself, your body & your mind & each other.  You sit down in the chill area, we have a little chat and we enjoying that big bottle of water that suddenly tastes better than the best G&T. It’s just a treat to share a passion like this and it makes yourself & your friendship grow stronger and stronger.

Sammy (right of the picture) on practicing with Annemiek
Practicing yoga with one of my best friends:
She loves me even covered in sweat, a purple face and with my tummy after 3 babies. She laughs with me when I fall over, she encourages me to keep going when I’m tired and run down. She inspires me with her strength and when we catch each other’s eye in the mirror, no words are needed. She just gets it!
Practising with my buddy makes me stronger and more humble as we are in our journey together. It’s like our secret medicine that we take together and no one can take away from us