This month our Meet the Teacher edition is with the..
Very unique Sibel Olcer. Sibel is one of those teachers that you check the timetable for and ensure you make it to that class. This Yogini is humble, down to earth, tough and full of love – all essential qualities that make a strong teacher and leader. (more…)
Hydration! Super important for all yogis, and is an essential part of a yogi’s routine to properly nourish and fuel the body. Hydration is key to progress in your practice staying hydrated helps in maintaining your performance during yoga practice but also as well for maintaining your mood and recovery from exercise2. The following tips are focused on Bikram yogis but are also applicable and high relevant to all types of yoga classes, especially where you are going to work up a sweat. (more…)
Men in Yoga
A topic that has interested me for a long time. Being a regular practicing and committed Yogi for 6 years, I have seen a positive increase in men practicing Yoga throughout studios in the World. Not only that but I have also seen an increase of men in yoga from all different professional and personal backgrounds starting to practice. (more…)
Yoga and Depression
According to the Office of National Stats, as of April 2017 1 in 4 people suffer with depression, that statistic is worrying. Just knowing that on your day to day travels people around you are not feeling happy inside, and in many cases, can be suffering in silence without any form of therapy or help. (more…)
This month I get the honour to interview Baris Yazar, a free spirit who has many talents, some of which include; teaching, healing, practicing kindness, capoeria and sharing his love and positive energy. I usually interview only Yoga teachers, but this experience was quite different for me, I started to learn more about a person that focuses all of his energy on different practices but all with the pure intention to heal. Whether he is healing confidence and mental states through Capoeira & iFlo, or healing a knee through tissue theraphy, Baris is always working for the health and wellness for the world and others. (more…)
Not too long ago, we had the pleasure of welcoming Katie B Happyy, a master motivator and teacher of yoga and core sculpt classes, to Kula Hot Yoga & Wellbeing. While in London, Katie brought a wealth of knowledge and contagious passion for health and wellbeing to the studio while training our new high energy flow class, Kula Sculpt to our wonderful and beloved Kula yoga and movement teachers. (more…)
Guest Blog by Kirsty Herd of Camomile Concepts
My Journey: Yoga is an incredibly popular. I can guarantee that if you ask amongst your group of friends you’ll find someone that has practiced one of its many forms. It’s not just about the physical exercise but it’s a truly holistic practice that aids mindfulness, encourages relaxation and eases stress. I’ve practiced one of the hot versions, Bikram for four years now and I’m a different person from when I started. I’ve lost significant amounts of weight (over three stone), have improved flexibility, been supported through horrendous grief and started to curb my anxiety issues. (more…)
THE POWERFUL EFFECTS OF YOGA FOR HEALING & WELLBEING
An honest story from one of our Kula Hot Yoga & Wellbeing Ambassadors about the endless healing benefits of Bikram yoga
If I haven’t bumped into you so far, my name is Annemiek and I’m Dutch.
Three and a half years ago I joined Kula Hot Yoga & Wellbeing in Clapham Junction after my third baby boy was born and I haven’t looked back since. Yoga has changed my life and saved my sanity on a daily basis. It has helped me through the hardest and most stressful times in my life.
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. (more…)
I have been practicing 4/5 classes a week for nearly 5 years now and I have been through ups and downs with my practice; however I have been looking at myself and I have realised that I tend to miss certain postures due to the difficulty or just the nature of them. (more…)
A Speech from Kula’s Director – Gerry Lopez – At Kula Wellbeing’s Launch in July 2016
I’ll start briefly by sharing a bit about where I come from.
I was born in London, son of a Mexican mum and dad. We moved to Mexico when I was 3 and I spent my early life there until my early 20’s. My curiosity and, of course, the British weather called me back to come and explore London. (more…)
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. (more…)
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. (more…)
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. (more…)
If you are reading this you are either researching the best ways to rehab, currently rehabbing or just plain curious.
An Anteriror Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction of the knee joint is one of the most common surgeries and the recovery time can be up to a year. That is a long time for anybody and even after the instructed rehab has finished for many the pain can still be a problem as surgery doesn’t always mean a pain free life.
This is where Bikram Yoga comes in as an aid for your ACL reconstruction rehab. (more…)
From Jess, our BYCJ Nutritionist:
There are three crucial things the body does while you’re in a slumber…
- Your brain recharges.
- Your cells repair themselves.
- And your body releases important hormones.
A good sleep really is a fundamental part of feeling refreshed and energized throughout the day and if you don’t get enough sleep, and quality sleep, it can leave you feeling groggy and under-performing. (more…)
Bikram yoga may take a few classes to get used to. Once you have adjusted to the heat and your body has gone through the initial opening up and detoxification stages you will start feeling the incredible health benefits this miraculous system offers. The postures are always the same but you are different both physically and mentally every time you practise. (more…)
Before the boom of Bikram Yoga, yoga was not the number one choice of exercise by the younger generation of the western world.
The image of sitting in a room with old people, doing funny movements and postures – oooing and ahhhing was the typical the stereotype, and the emergence of Bikram Yoga changed this whole perception. (more…)
Keeping still is one of the hardest things for us to do, especially in that heat! 60 seconds of absolute stillness can seem like 20 minutes and there will always be something distracting you right?!
Savasana is sanskrit for Dead Body Pose and once we actually get to that place we will not be moving a muscle! So there is no doubt this is hard to do when we are live and kicking, however it is one of most important postures in Yoga and for some it takes years to master and for others it may be a walk in the park. (more…)
Our internal body balances varies with age and gender. About 45% to 50% of body weight in females is water. Since males generally have higher amounts of lean mass, body water is around 50% to 60%.When normal conditions exist in the body, we have many mechanisms to help preserve our fluid and electrolyte balance. (more…)