Building a connection between like-minded individuals is something we’re passionate about at our yoga studio.“Kula” means community in the ancient and sacred language of Sanskrit. Not only do we provide locals from Hawthorn and Camberwell yoga classes, but we also provide them with a yoga studio where people can connect, share and grow. Our students come from all around the Boroondara area to sweat, play, learn and reach their health and fitness goals. Every day at Kula we come across 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.
Name: Andrea (A relatively new and inspiring Kula yogi, participating in his 2nd 30 Day Yoga Challenge!)
Kula: Favourite style of yoga at Kula?
Andrea: I don’t understand if you mean favourite pose or class. Option 1, very difficult question. I like to step back sometimes, and look at things from somewhere else. Even looking at myself from above. And I love oxymorons, in poetry and in everyday life. Humble warrior then. I like to look at the world from upside down, it helps me remember that truth is too beautiful to be univocal… I like the preparation for that pose, too. Raising your chest with modest boldness, and only then offer yourself to anyone who needs. Offering and sharing your energy, isn’t that the reason of living? (sorry I’ve been too long) Option 2: well, my favourite is power, gentle, challenging and discovering your boundaries. But I love them all, for their peculiarity. I love to have a nap before the beginning of any class and let the teacher’s voice wake me up. I’m sorry if you see me yawning at the beginning. That’s a compliment, i swear 🙂
K: Why do you practice yoga?
A: This is as hard as is for an Italian to fluently read Shakespeare out loud. I’ll try to be hermetic. I started just a few months ago. I always wanted to, but I needed to be ready. I am now. Everything has its own tempo. The depth of the breath that yoga gave me is making me fall in love every minute, with all the world around me. The soft dizziness you have when you exhale completely is similar to that second before falling in love, an extremely frail strength. See? Another oxymoron 🙂
K: What do you love about Kula Yoga?
A: Different personality of teachers, their ability to create an oasis in which our “actual” lives can’t get in. It would be interesting to know some of you guys more and better, but I’m sort of worried of breaking the spell. Am I wrong? And I love the fact that Kula made me ready for love, again, and I am in that very comfortable place which is that one where you’re waiting for an angel. And waiting for something is the best feeling. Isn’t christmas eve better than christmas?
K: Is yoga your main form of exercise, or do you go to the gym, participate in other sports, fitness or activities?
A: I did the Melbourne Half Marathon in October, it was my second one, and also thanks to Kula I had a really nice, smooth one. I like to run, swim and play futsal. I’ve tried rowing, too, but not for me.
K: What is the main health goal you are focusing on at the moment?
A: Keeping my positive energy level as high as possible. It’s contagious.
K: Apart from Kula, where are your favourite hangouts in the Hawthorn, Camberwell or Boroondara area?
A: I love spending my afternoons at medicare, as long as I have a temporary visa I have the luck to appreciate that. Apart from that, I love the Harold Holt Swim Centre, the Rivoli Cinema, the small lake at the Dorothy Laver reserve, my cure for anxiety.
K: Why did you choose to take part in the 30 Day Challenge this month? Tell us about your experience so far.
A: A big change is coming in my life. I’ll probably be a permanent resident soon (sorry for you guys, blame the immigration). I wanted my soul to fully appreciate this feeling of waiting. And apart from reading and listening to piano players, yoga is enhancing that vibe. I still know I’m pretty unbalanced, my hips don’t like rules, but still. I like seeing lots of new people, I think of me doing my first challenge. Someone will stay, someone will go. That is life. Just hoping this moment we shared our paths will enrich everyone’s souls.