Vinyasa yoga was born out of asthanga yoga, that was created by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. His yoga study started in 1927 at and in 1948 had founded the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute for teaching the specific yoga practice known as Ashtanga, which is Sanskrit for “eight-limbed” Yoga. This yoga has been described as the movement between poses in yoga, typically accompanied by regulated breathing.
The yoga itself is the alignment of breathing with the postures (asanas) themselves. This combination occurs whilst you actually practise the yoga, and that is vinyasa yoga. The great thing about this yoga is that in can come in different forms; dynamic and mindful. The dynamic practise of this yoga is far more athletic, fast and it’s a very popular practise amoungst the western world. as it can be challenging but also provides that mental peace.
When it comes to the mindful aspect of vinyasa, it provides awareness at many levels, internally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally. Here at Kula we offer dynamic and mindful and we have a classes for all.
Our Open Class
Is open to all levels, following a variety of teachers and sequences. You will move at your own pace, following the teachers verbal and possible hands on guidance. Posture are for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. These classes are creative and fun, helping to find your connection to your inner teacher. Expect music and if you’re lucky a head massage.
Our Dynamic Class
There are endeless benefits of yoga, and vinyasa yoga. Both mental and physical, the list is so long I don’t know where to start, as yoga itself changed my life. Vinyasa yoga as mentioned before has both mindful and dynamic aspects to it. Most classes contain a mindful practise, including meditation and chanting (usually at the beginning and end). This really helps people calm their minds, provide internal balance and it gives one a sense of being centred with yourself, your environment and the Earth.
The physical aspects when practised safely of course are amazing. From helping people get fitter to helping those with ailments such as knee injuries, back injuries, breathing problems such as asthma, skin conditions and so much more. The list is endless, just pop on over and have a chat with our lovely staff members, and teachers to learn more.
You can see the entire Vinyasa class list here, and what each practise has to offer here at Kula Wellbeing.
With all this love and positivity in repsect to vinyasa yoga, one might think – “So what if I want to become a teacher too?” well here at Kula we have all the answers.
This September, Beth Crivelli and Michelle Varchione head up Kula Wellbeing’s very first Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training (TT).
If you are interested have a click here.
Thank you for reading about vinyasa yoga here at Kula.
Written by Suraj Ghumra.
Bikram Yoga with Music
The wonderful Karen Butler leads the Bikram Yoga with music session every last Saturday of the month. Whether you are a regular Bikram practitioner or you are completely new, this is a great way to start your Saturday night.
A bit about Karen
Karen has been a Bikram method teacher for 7 years, and has been practising herself for around 9 years. Having starting her yoga journey in 2009 due to suffering with with lower back pain for many years, Karen found immediate relief and benefit, which led her to immerse herself into the discipline on a omre permanent basis.
Karen has a wealth of experience, and is leading the exciting newer form of the Bikram method which is the 60 minute music class. The Bikram method has numerous forms to it, and has adapted vastly over the last 10 years.
What is Bikram Yoga?
For those that are new to the method, it was designed to heal Bikram Choudhury’s knee after a very unforunate accident, and with the power of the postures mixed with the heat, he found a method that could help other’s that suffer with injuries, ailments, unforunate outcomes from trauma and injury and many more things that even include mental theraphy.
From my personal experience as a yoga practitioner and where I have come from, the method is fantastic and has helped my trauma tremendously. And with the more modern aspect of music added to the 60 minute class, this form offers a more dynamic experience and something different for the regular practioner as well as those that are quite new to Bikram yoga and yoga in general.
We look fowrard to seeing you at the studio this Saturday, the 28th of July at 6PM for this class. Karen holds this class at the end of each month from 6-7p anyway, so if you are away next Saturday, you can always join for the one in August!
And if you are yet to try your Intro Offer, please sign up here.
Written by Suraj Ghumra
According to plasticfree.co.uk, we are using 13 billion plastic carrier bags yearly, with the world using 500 billion single-use plastic bags per year.
This is a shocking fact.
This is already affecting our ecosystem, food, and this will only get worse unless we all pull together as a world and start to really act consciously about how we use plastic. If we all start acting now to reduce our carbon footprint.
Here at Kula we have started that process to reduce our carbon footprint and we have been taking active steps to assess this problem.
- Firslty we have stopped wet kit bags in our changing rooms and have been encouraging people to use reusable bags.
- We have stopped selling plastic bottled water and have now started to sell Aquapax, Natural Mineral Water, which comes in a paper carton. These cartons can be refilled at our filtered water stations provided in the changing rooms.
- We have also stopped providing plastic bags with any items sold.
With our active measures to help the world reduce it’s carbon footprint, and especially assessing the plastic usage, we are a proud to be a part of an essential movement here at Kula, and understand the importance of starting these changes inside your own community.
Global detail on plastic
On a more global basis, according to The World Economic Forum study done on plastic pollution around the globe, our Oceans will have more plastics than fish by 2050. This stat in itself doesn’t only scare me it upsets me to think we are risking our world.
However we all do have to take the blame until we start to take action ourselves and unfortunately some communities do not understand the importance of this change.
As we start out fight against going plastic free, and reducing our carbon footprint we urge our local commuhnity, the yoga community and the world to do the same. Even though we maybe a drop in the ocean, if we start to fight for this cause, that drop will make all the difference in the ocean.
We are proud to be pushing to ensure join this fight against plastic usage, not just to better our community and our city of London, but to better the world we live in.
Thanks for reading.
Written by Suraj Ghumra
As summer approaches and the Sun starts to shine longer and brighter. It’s easy for us to push our yoga practise to the side and put it on the back foot. However from my personal experience it’s one of my favourite seasons to stretch out and go deeper into my mind and body.
Summer in London and England, in general is something that we cherish not only because having a sunny day is very rare. The positive side is that it does really brighten up peoples moods and makes London (and England) a much happier place to be.
But with that comes the increase in gatherings and social events which for some the decrease in healthy physical activities such as yoga. (more…)
Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training 2018
This September, Kula wellbeing starts it’s Vinyasa teacher training, which is going to be led by the lovely Beth Crivelli. Beth has been teaching Yoga since 2011 and she is not only very well experienced, but she is a humbling leader, full of knowledge, honesty and a has fantastic attitude towards ensuring the student experiences the yoga as truthfully as possible. (more…)
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…)