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.
Name: Laura Nichols
K: Favourite style of yoga at Kula?
L: My favourite style of yoga at Kula is Power because I love trying new arm balances and postures. I also enjoy the faster pace of the class! In saying that I love all the classes at Kula and try to do a mix of different styles every week.
K: Why do you practice yoga?
L: I practice yoga for so many different reasons, but the number one would be because I genuinely think it makes me a happier person! A morning practice at Kula sets my day up and gets my head in the game. As well as that, I have always been really inflexible (when I started at Kula I couldn’t touch my toes!) so it’s been awesome to see how a regular practice has allowed me to explore my mobility. As a singer by trade, yoga has allowed me to deepen my breathing too which has advanced my singing.
K: What do you love about Kula?
L: The main thing I love about Kula is the beautiful teachers. They are all so kind and friendly, there’s nothing better than coming up the stairs for a 6am class to a warm smile and a hug! I appreciate the adjustments too so I can deepen and further my practice. Kula is my sanctuary and after practicing here for almost a year it truly feels like home every time I step through the door and roll out my mat.
K: Is yoga your main form of exercise or do you participate in other sports, fitness or activities?
L: Yoga is my main form of exercise at the moment, I try and practice at least 5 times a week. I used to be a full time singer in the Royal Australian Navy so fitness is a big part of my life. I still work with the navy regularly so the military ‘boot camp’ style of exercise is still worked into my routine. We do a lot of HIIT style training in the defence force. I love walking and swimming as well!
K: What is the main health goal you are focusing on at the moment?
L: I’m travelling to Kathmandu, Nepal with my boyfriend Dorian (also a Kula yogi) in December to hike to Mt Everest Base Camp! I’m trying to do as much exercise as possible at the moment to be sure my body is ready for the 18 day trek!
K: Apart from Kula, where are your favourite hangouts in the Hawthorn, Camberwell or Boroondara area?
Kula Yoga has a beautiful hot yoga studio on Auburn Rd, Hawthorn, Melbourne. Kula offers ‘Hot Yoga’ classes for detoxification, dynamic poweryoga ‘Flow Yoga’ as well as a gentle ‘Yin Yoga’ option. Beginners through to advanced students are welcome to all classes. Kula also provides prenatal & postnatal yoga classes, and provides Melbourne workplaces with group corporate yoga programs to build employee health, fitness and wellbeing, and school yoga programs. Kula also runs an annual ‘Kula Cruise’ yoga retreat sailing from Bali to Lombok & the Gili Islands. Find out more on our website www.kulayoga.com.au. Or follow us:
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