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: Erin (Mama-to-be and avid yogi)
Kula: Before becoming pregnant what was your favourite style of yoga at Kula?
Erin: Vinyasa flow or a juicy Yin class
K: Why do you practice yoga?
E: Yoga teaches me to find the yin to my heavily Yang life style. It reminds me to access my inner power, to trust and have faith in myself and embrace the gift that is the universe around me. I practice to remind myself that you can be centred and balanced even when physically moving – that you don’t have to be physically still to be mentally still.
K: How has becoming pregnant changed your practice?
E: It’s taught me to slow down(!!) release my ego and to stop pushing myself to get it “right”. Every week my body shifts and changes so I am being lead to not be in resistance, let go, accept and be compassionate to myself and listen to my intuition to connect to my body and growing Bub.
K: What do you love about Kula Yoga?
E: The invisible force field that cleanses you as you enter through the door, making your heart and shoulders a little lighter as well as the love and support that oozes out of every instructor, it’s infectious!
K: Is yoga your main form of exercise, or do you go to the gym, participate in other sports, fitness or activities?
E: I’m an avid xtender (barre), dancer, lounge room groover, nature wonderer and ocean floater.
K: What is the main health goal you are focusing on at the moment?
E: My focus is always around gut health and keeping my immune system top notch! But recently my attention has turned to mental health and creating a consistent practice of meditation, journaling and inner child connection exercises to help me stay centred and assist me in the constant changes that my body and life is experiencing every day. As well as trying not to eat too much chocolate or peanut butter – pregnancy cravings!
K: Apart from Kula, where are your favourite hangouts in the Hawthorn, Camberwell or Boroondara area?
E: Taking walks around Boroondara area is one of my favourite things to do. I love walking the stunning leafy streets, there’s something about the old terrace houses that feel dreamy and frozen in time and of course my inner child will demand a stop at the park to go on the swing set! I’m always Cafe hopping around this area to get some work done and my favourites are Legacy (Camberwell), Collective Espresso, Blue Fox, but you’ll always find me at Hola Food & Drink (slightly out of the area) I’m always there drinkin’ almond milk chai or sneaky coffee when the craving hit (kid takes after it’s mother, cherub loves a Delish single origin long black) it’s the new venture by those awesome dudes who started prospect espresso the vibe is great and the staff welcome you like family the place is like an extension of your open plan kitchen/living room…. A really nice one. Other than that treating clients at home or on my couch for plenty of down time and naps.
Kula Yoga has a beautiful hot yoga studio on Camberwell Rd, Hawthorn, Melbourne. Kula offers ‘Hot Yoga’ classes for detoxification, dynamic poweryoga ‘Flow Yoga’ as well as a gentle ‘Light 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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