You see them weekly in studio. They guide you through your practice & continually inspire you on the mat. But how well do you really KNOW your Kula teachers 🙂

If you’re new to Kula you may not know Emily Thomas as she just returned from maternity leave, but she’s a long term and much loved member of the Kula team! Her classes are warm, friendly, inspiring and fun. Here’s a sneak peek at Emily off the mat…

My first experience of yoga was…

At acting school 12 years ago. Our teacher was the owner of a reputed Ashtanga (more traditional) yoga school, and being young we all found his tiny shorts and monotone voice to be the source of much amusement. Even though I wasn’t naturally good at it at first and it was extremely humbling, I was hooked on these sessions. On a purely physical level, it seemed as much an art and masterclass in technique as it was ‘exercise’.

My favourite yoga poses are…

Low flying arm balances like crow, flying pigeon and eight angle pose… there is something precarious about them that just makes me feel so alive!

When I’m not on the mat, I’m…

Either with my little boy Leo, or working my other job as an actor in theatre, film and voice over. Theatre, especially Shakespeare, is where most of my experience lies.

What really lights me up is…

Interacting with people. In that sense I am a true extrovert. I love my students. I think both of my jobs at their core are about trying to understand others and connection.

One thing the Kula community doesn’t know about me is…

I love post-apocalyptic literature and horror, especially Zombie and Vampire novels. I just finished ‘The Passage’ trilogy by Justin Cronin – and highly recommend it!

I’m listening to..

The Chernobyl Podcast as I am a history nerd, and I found the HBO series riveting and beautifully made.

My fav local hangout other than Kula is….

Lido Cinemas and Rivoli Cinemas. There is something so wonderfully escapist about movies.

My favourite quote is…

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ~ Dalai Lama

A little more about Emily…
Emily discovered her passion for yoga through her other great love, acting. While studying her Bachelor at the Victorian College of the Arts, she took Ashtanga classes as part of her course. Having grown up as an uncoordinated, non-dancing, non-sports playing child, it was the first time she discovered true unity with her own body, and strength and grace in the way it could move.
Emily has since trained in many styles, however it was when she discovered Vinyasa (flow) that her creative spirit found its yogic home. On completion of her teacher training at SomaChi Yoga in 2011, Emily was selected to undertake the studio traineeship. She now works widely across Melbourne and is a trainer of teachers, specialising in asana, sequencing and adjustments in YTT courses. She is passionate about continued education, having travelled to the UK, Germany and Thailand to train, and has participated in workshops and retreats with international experts including Les Leventhal, Tiffany Cruikshank, Will Lau, Dechen Thurman (Jivamukti) and Edward Clark (Tripsichore).
Emily’s classes always cater for multiple levels of ability, are full of personality, warmth and experienced hands on adjustments. She believes yoga is best practiced to moving, exhilarating music!
Find Emily on the mat…

Saturdays 8am Flow & 9.30am Hot, Tuesdays 9.30am Hot & 11am Slow Flow and Wednesdays 9.30am Flow at our studio in Hawthorn.

PLUS, Emily is running our upcoming ‘Lift Off! Arm Balances Workshop’ in Hawthorn on Saturday February 22. Join her for 2 hours of fun as you take your practice to the next level and take flight. All levels welcome! For details & bookings head to www.kulayoga.com.au/workshops

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Strengthen, energise, release & thrive with Hot Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Slow Flow and Yin Yoga classes at our beautiful studios in Hawthorn & Hampton, in Boroondara and Bayside Melbourne.

Our studios also host regular yoga workshops, Victorian weekend yoga retreats, and overseas retreats to exotic places like Bali, Thailand & India. We also offer as a mobile yoga programs for community, school and corporate groups.

Our Hawthorn studio caters to the surrounding suburbs of Camberwell, Kew, Canterbury, Glen Iris, Richmond, Balwyn & Surrey Hills.

Our Hampton studio covers the Bayside communities of Brighton, Sandringham, Black Rock, Beaumaris, Highett, Moorabbin & Bentleigh.

Enjoy our Intro Offer ~ 6 Classes for $50 ~ for newcomers to the studio, valid for 3 weeks from first use.

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