Yoga, Healing & Wellbeing

annemiek and kids

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 all have our challenges and it’s very easy to forget ourselves. Which is why this exercise is so important to me. The great benefit is that you become more flexible, and it’s very good for your knees and back. It also will help to shape your body and tone your abs but moreover the mental health and wellbeing benefits go beyond any other.

A bit over a year ago I lost my mum, my friend, my person to go to, the one I called everyday. It was horrible, but life as we all know, carries on. Looking after your family isn’t easy while you are heart broken. I was tired, had no energy and tried to keep “the show” running. So I went to yoga more than ever, I cried in the hot room and grieved my mum. It helped me in so many ways. Reflecting on myself, accepting what had happened, I shared and made amazing friends. Sometimes I still breakout in tears during class and that is ok.

If you haven’t tried the Bikram classes yet, please do. Don’t let the heat put you off. I generally don’t like saunas either or the sweat! We are not in that room because we love to bend backward though & sweat our guts out. It’s the feeling after class that makes us all want to go back in there. It’s truly incredible!

Kula is an amazing studio and I have been to lots of different yoga studios in the past 10 years. The people who work there are incredible & I am proud to be one of the regulars. There are some awesome people in the Kula community. Check it out for yourself and you will experience the amazing health and wellbeing benefits too. It is so much more than just a work out!

Annemiek x

If you are thinking about starting yoga classes then Kula has everything you need to feel confident in beginning your yogi journey. Our intro offer entitles you to unlimited yoga and movement classes including Bikram Yoga, Vinyasa, Yin, Nidra, Dynamic Body and I.Flo as well as a complimentary monthly Bikram workshop for beginners taught by our amazing Marylou!

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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.

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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

Bikram Yoga & ACL Reconstruction Rehab

image of Standing Bow Pose
Standing Bow Pose

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…)