“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 Kula 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?
Tom: Well I love yoga and I love a challenge, so it naturally appeals to me. Plus nutrition is something I need to know more about, so the workshop helped me a great deal.
K: How long have you been practicing yoga?
T: Only for about seven months but it’s changed my life, made me a much better person and i haven’t looked back.
K: Favorite style of yoga at Kula?
T: Being quite new to yoga I have only just moved into the Power Flow classes which I love as it is the obvious next step to progress my practice, but the Basics classes are the ones that I was doing when yoga changed my life. The teachers seem to have so much fun teaching Basics classes where they can run around and adjust people and demonstrate more and spend time with individual students while watching them improve, that energy flows into the studio and I adore it.
K: Why do you practice yoga?
T: Initially it was under doctors orders to help recover from a shoulder and neck injury but it has developed into something so much more. The people who practice yoga seem raw and energetic, they are about peace and love and I need more of that in my life. Yoga and the people I have met who practice have changed my life and made me a much better person.
K: What’s your favorite pose?
T: I do love all the standing balances, Half Moon is a great one, but my favorite pose is generally the one I can’t do yet but want to. So I am working on some arm balances. I held Crow pose for the first time last week so I am working on that a lot.
K: What is the hardest part about participating in a 30 Day Challenge?
T: It is a lot of yoga in 30 days, so it can be difficult maintaining my body to not get hurt (especially by bad shoulder) so every now and then just focus on myself in a session and maybe skip an Upward Facing Dog and just stick with Baby Cobra to not push too hard.
K: How do you make yoga a priority in your life?
T: It has had such an impact on my life that it just is the priority, yoga is coming first right now.
K: What is one goal you’ve set for yourself during the yoga challenge?
T: Well I set a few nutritional goals about eating more healthy foods, but from a yoga perspective it is to actually complete 40 classes in 30 days and to hold an arm balance for 30 seconds.
Way to go Tom! Keep up the hard work. Stay tuned next week for another chance to connect with the Kula community.