“Kula” means community in the ancient and sacred language of Sanskrit. Our studio is a space where people can connect, share and grow. Every day at the studio we meet such amazing souls, working hard towards their health and fitness goals. During our 30 Day Challenge we’ve come across a few individuals who have inspired us and continue to help shape our community; we wanted to share their stories with you. Read below to learn more.
Kula: What made you decide to join our 30 Day Yoga & Nutrition Challenge?
Courtney: I have always wanted to strengthen my practice and explore yoga and the body on a deeper level. I joined the 30 Day Yoga & Nutrition Challenge to do just that! Explore the beautiful shapes that bodies and minds can create.
Kula: How long have you been practicing yoga?
C: I have been practicing yoga for 6 years, and really came into a regular practice within the last year.
Kula: Favorite style of yoga at Kula?
C: Power Flow!
Kula: Why do you practice yoga?
C: I practice for so many reasons! It’s an awesome workout, I can sweat out toxins, challenge my physical strength and abilities and it gives me space to quiet my mind.
Kula: What’s your favorite pose?
C: Supta Baddha Konasana or good old post practice Savasana!
Kula: What is the hardest part about participating in a 30 Day Challenge?
C: Dropping your ego on days when your body is telling you it needs to slow down. There will be poses you know you have nailed on previous days, but your body is telling you to scale it back; I find it very difficult to scale back something when I know I have gone deeper. It has really taught me to listen and be generous with my body.
Kula: How do you make yoga a priority in your life?
C: When you’re doing something that lights your internal fire and makes you feel damn good, it easily becomes a priority. Other daily things then seem to fall into place around it, like going to sleep early to ensure my body is rested, preparing my things the night before so I can make sure I’m at class in the evening. It’s a priority for me because I genuinely love yoga.
Kula: What is one goal you’ve set for yourself during the yoga challenge?
C: I set the goal to get to yoga 30 times in 30 days, once a day. Having a daily practice helps to keep me focused and puts less stress on my body. For some the challenge is a way to increase how many yoga classes they get to in a week, this could go from 1 – 4! The challenge is different for everyone and isn’t always about getting to 30. Setting personal goals during these awesome challenges is what will keep you going!
Thanks for the tips and inspiration, Courtney! We’re all so proud of you here at Kula. Courtney is part of our community over at lululemon athletica Camberwell.