November 17, 2013
It all starts with gratitude. It’s just a tiny little kernel, a seed, that’s planted deep inside of us. And often it gets covered up with a heavy blanket of busyness and chaos and fear and shame and worry…..but it’s still there. And your yoga invites you to stop ruminating about the past and projecting into the future. Your yoga invites you to arrive right into the here-and-now. Right into this moment, just as it is. And sometimes it can be scary and messy, but it’s your truth, your satya. Your yoga allows the fog of mind-stuff, vritti, to lift and the clarity of your essence, your authentic self, susumnanadi, to shine through. And that little kernel of gratitude, that appreciation and acceptance for your life in this moment, flourishes within you and is shared with the world. It all starts with gratitude.
Come practice your gratitude on Thanksgiving morning at 9:30 am. All other classes will be canceled that day with the regular schedule resuming on Friday.
October 22, 2013
Join us for a special one-hour vinyasa sequence followed by wine exploration on November 9 from 3 to 5 pm. Sydney Holly and sommelier Leslee Miller of Amusee pair movement, the three doshas and wine for this experience. Event pricing is $30. Reserve your spot today!
September 9, 2013
Today the studio has been open for one year. We have much to celebrate! Please join us on Friday, September 13 for a fun gathering following the 4:45 – 6 pm class (6:30 start time). The party is but one expression to show gratitude for the support, practice and nurturing you bring to our community. It celebrates you!
Thank you. Namaste.
August 30, 2013
For many, Labor Day marks the end of summer and passage toward autumn, when habits and patterns start to shift. As your daily routine alters, it is important to maintain consistent physical activity. Benefits of a regular practice include enhanced muscle tone, time to quiet the mind, a healthy glow and increased energy and focus.
We have much to celebrate at the studio during this time, such as the one year anniversary of the opening! Don’t forget to mark your calendar to attend socialize with your fellow yogis on September 13 at 6:30 pm.
We hope to see you during this time of seasonal transition.
August 3, 2013
It’s almost time for our one year anniversary! On Friday, September 13, please join us for a party to celebrate. Kula Yoga welcomes you to join the festivities from 6:30 – 9:00 pm, following the 4:45 practice. The studio has evolved over the past year thanks to your participation, dedication and your openness to advancing your practice and trying new poses, classes and sequences. As you know, Kula means community, and the studio is a culmination of your efforts. Thank you!
The anniversary of the studio opening provides us with the opportunity to reflect upon the past year, while recognizing the path to the present. The passing of time is but one variable that gives us new perspective. Another is to change the way we see things by literally turning our world upside down through inversion. We explore inverting in a safe and nurturing environment. Along with physical benefits, it can be empowering and joyful. The feeling of a first head stand, handstand or forearm stand can be a mark in time, a personal significance and evolution of practice. (See some of your fellow yogis’ inversions.) We look forward to the coming year to grow together and share inspired moments in our kula.
July 4, 2013
The art of the practice happens both on and off the mat. Our practice provides space and time to learn about ourselves, deepening the physical practice, uncovering thoughts and feelings or realizing less tangible, subtle notions. It opens our minds to new experiences, enhancing our awareness and giving us more freedom to be our true selves. As part of our practice, meditation can bring more liberation, especially during summer months when it can be practiced outdoors. Summertime offers a unique lightness unlike other seasons: rustling of leaves on trees, bird songs, water lapping on the shores. We are unencumbered by requirements of winter clothing, there are fresh fruits and vegetables in abundance for eating a well-balanced diet and we can enjoy nature by simply being outside. When you are away from the studio or your mat, incorporate some time to meditate. Sit with your eyes closed and take some time to observe. Listen, feel and hear. Contemplation among the beauty of nature has the power to relax and refresh.
Celebrate this season with a feeling of renewal and calm, one of Moksha.
June 5, 2013
The new summer schedule is in full swing this week. New classes have been added so that there are more opportunities to practice. If you love Max’s Strength & Training class, make Thursday evenings at 6pm part of your plans. You will also find that Kula Kalm is now a regular feature. Supplementing your practice with a restorative, healing practice greatly complements the rigorous nature of some of the Open Flow Vinyasa classes. And, for all of you Carol followers, be sure to follow her to Friday morning.
Changes to the schedule include the following:
Mon and Wed 6-7:15 pm Open Flow Vinyasa;
Wed 9:30 am Core & Yoga with Sydney;
Thurs 6:00-7:00 am Open Flow Vinyasa (instead of 6:30);
Thurs 6:00 – 7:15 pm Max’s Strength & Training;
Thurs 7:30-8:30 pm Kula Kalm Restorative;
Fri 9:30 am Core & Yoga with Carol.
Monday night’s with Lisa have moved to 6pm. Her donation classes the first Monday of each month continues, as well as having a crowd of attendees who are quickly becoming regular visitors at neighboring Hello Pizza after class.
You can always check the schedule via the Class Schedule tab, as well as register for classes, purchase packages and sign up for workshops as they are added. See you at the studio!
May 5, 2013
Happy Cinco de Mayo! As we move through this season, we have the opportunity to share in our practice, charitable giving, friendship and fun social activities. On deck for this month, another Kula Karma class and happy hour! The next Kula Karma opportunity – a special donation class where proceeds benefit a specific organization – is this coming Monday’s 7pm class with Lisa Plummer, benefiting Pet Project Rescue.
Then later this month, come to 4:45 practice on Friday, May 17th and stay for a belated Cinco de Mayo happy hour celebration. (Really just an excuse to socialize with your fellow yogis!) You can note your attendance via the Facebook event. Thank you to Kula Yoga community members Julie Grey and Liz Canis for organizing. We hope to see you there!
April 25, 2013
It appears spring may have finally sprung. As we rush forward into warmer weather, be sure to stay in tune to your body’s needs. Although we may be active externally, nurturing ourselves internally continues to be important. This can take the form of what you eat, how much rest you are getting or taking care of yourself emotionally. Find time for this type of wellness as you rush to absorb the most of the beautiful weather to come. Take a moment to breathe and inhale perspective. Simple moments of meditation and relaxation can bring alignment. Continue to feed your yoga practice with love and kindness and it will bring renewed inspiration.
March 25, 2013
Welcome to spring! The spring equinox begins with a day of balance – equal day and night. As we try to balance our lives, a good way to do so is to clear away the clutter. Check out our latest post on spring cleaning and meditation. Making meditation part of your practice can help bring balance through a changed perspective.
In other news, the Kula Karma continues. You can bid on a class package for Kula Yoga at the upcoming Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Remembering Our Stars Gala to be held on April 13 at the Depot. You can read more about the benefit here.
February 11, 2013
February is well on its way and at this time of year we celebrate the anahata chakra, our heart center. Love, compassion, vulnerability and devotion can be several of the emotions that arise. No matter what feelings come to light during practice – on or off the mat – these emotions provide us with opportunities of kindness and caring, for yourself and others. In yoga and in life, there is always room for more love.
January 25, 2013
Kula Yoga is on the newsstand! You can read a review of Kula Yoga in the February issue of Mpls. St. Paul Magazine in their “Boutique Gym Guide.” We are excited to be featured. The story can be found under “Group Motivation: Workouts With Camaraderie and Support.” You can read the review online at Mpls. St. Paul Magazine. Thanks to MSP Mag and to all the wonderful yogis that participated that night!
January 21, 2013
Introducing Kula Karma! Kula Yoga will be hosting donation classes to give back to the community. These classes have a designated cause. Funds collected for the session will be contributed to that specific organization. Donations are discretionary with a minimum $10 preferred. The first set of Kula Karma classes will be held by Lisa Plummer. Many of you have already met Lisa, a new member of the Kula Yoga team. Lisa will teach her usual Monday evening class, but on the first Monday of the next few months, the funds will go to Bubbly Paws. Each month in 2013 Bubbly Paws will be giving back to one local pet rescue through “Give Back Week” at Bubbly Paws Dog Wash. Proceeds from these particular classes will support their Give Back Weeks. You can read more at http://bubblypaws.com/give-back-week/.
January 4, 2013
We hope everyone has enjoyed a wonderful holiday season and that they have kept up with their practice. If not, there is no time like the present, especially since Kula Yoga is adding more times to practice. Two new teachers are joining the Kula Yoga roster; Holly Schramm and Lisa Plummer. They bring diverse backgrounds and experiences, expanding the opportunity for learning from others in our kula (community). Holly’s class will be taught at 10am on Saturday mornings and Lisa will be adding an evening class on Monday nights at 7pm and be back again for early risers at 6am on Fridays. Please check out their bios, and more importantly, their classes. Also, don’t forget about the many workshops being taught. Next up is Margaret’s “Learn to Float.” Sign up today before they fill.
December 6, 2012
Tonight is the night for the holiday event at Kula Yoga! While you are there, you can pick up workshops at a discount. Here is a look at the list.
“Movement, Strength, Mobility and Fitness”
Join Max for a series of advanced workshops that will take each participant to new levels in strength, mobility, power and personal goal setting. Each two-hour workshop will provide personalized testing and programming that will identify areas of growth and pathways to achievement. With a focus on body awareness, we will guide the group through a combination of challenging workouts and topic-based lessons. Topics covered will include the benefits of high intensity training, weightlifting, gymnastics, yoga and bodyweight movements for peak wellness and performance. The roles that nutrition and sleep play in performance, wellness, and body composition will also be a focus. There will be plenty of opportunities for participant Q&A and participants are expected to leave with specific goals and programming for the next workshop. This is a perfect workshop for individuals looking to take their intermediate practice to an advanced level and gain insight into state-of-the-art strength training.
*space is limited to ten students/cost $190 for all three workshops
Workshop #1: Alignment & Performance/the core body and keys to functional strength
date: saturday, 12.29.12
time: 2 – 4pm
Workshop #2: The Power of the Hip/the foundations of athleticism
date: saturday, 2.16.13
Workshop #3: Kettlebells & Arm Balances/functional upper body strength
date: saturday, 4.20.13
“Learn to Float”
Want to develop smooth transitions in your yoga practice? This workshop will look at ways to bring more lightness to your practice, with a special emphasis on lifting and landing the jump-backs and jump-forwards, as well as jumping through to a seated posture. Margaret will break down the vinyasa to its basic components, exploring strength, flexibility and mobility techniques that enable the body to “float” while maintaining sound anatomical alignment. Participants should have a consistent asana practice and be able to kick up to handstand at the wall.
*space is limited to 15 participants
date: saturday, 1.12.13
time: 2 – 4pm
Nurture yourself and deepen your practice through relaxation in this restorative yoga workshop. Restorative yoga uses blankets, bolsters and blocks to support the body in restful postures. This encourages the body to relax, open, renew and heal. As the body releases deeply, the mind grows quiet and reflective, bringing your whole being into a more balanced state. Sydney will provide lots of hands-on adjustments to deepen your experience.
*space is limited to 12 participants
date: saturday, 1.19.13
time: 2 – 4pm
This workshop combines the sweet movements of vinyasa flow with playful partner poses to tap into the boundless energy of the heart. Bring a partner and enjoy this special way to spend your Valentine’s Day. Lovingly led by Holly.
*space is limited to 7 couples
date: thursday, 2.14.13
cost: $55 per couple
“Chakras & the Essential Oils”
In this unique and inspiring workshop we’ll explore the chakras, or seven wheels of energy that reside in the body. The experience will be amplified with the use of essential oils. Essential oils, like each of the chakras, have specific applications and unique healing properties. Carla and Sydney will lead you through this workshop that will include both traditional yoga asana and interactive dialogue.
*space is limited to 15 participants
date: saturday, 3.16.13
time: 2 – 4pm
November 24, 2012
The Kula Yoga team hopes everyone had a truly blessed Thanksgiving. As you move through the holidays, remember to take a moment to breathe, stretch and smile.
Are you shopping Small Business Saturday? Don’t forget about gift cards or packages from Kula Yoga! Our holiday event will also feature a number of small businesses such as jewelry designers, handmade stationery and handbag creators. A new addition to the evening event includes Jennifer Kale handbags. Her work can be found on www.etsy.com/shop/KundK.
And, to exemplify the gratitude felt toward all of you, the Dec. 6 evening practice is on the house. See you at the studio!
November 20, 2012
A number of upcoming special events are happening at the studio. This Thursday will be a special holiday practice centered on gratitude. Practice will be held from 9-10 am. Then, on December 6, the community is coming together to provide an evening of yoga, music and shopping. Practice will by led by Sydney Holly from 6-7:15 pm, then shopping and socializing from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Live music from Shahar Eberzon will take place during the yoga practice, followed by cellist Dan Zamzow and friends. A variety of local artists will be present, selling items for that special one-of-a-kind holiday gift. Jewelry designers include Mitra Vahhaji, Patti Petrich, Anna D’andrea and Jessie Wilton. Handmade stationery from Jen Colburn Designs and felt and knitwear from Kristy Petrich will also be available. While you are there, you can also pick up Young Living Essential Oils from Soul Essentials, Carla Beveridge. http://www.mysoulessentials.com/
You can RSVP for the events on Facebook.
November 12, 2012
Many of you know already know Margaret Truesdell Hall, but did you know she is now an official member of the Kula Yoga team? Kula Yoga is thrilled to announce that she will be teaching Ashtanga at the studio Mondays and Wednesdays at noon, along with Thursday evening Mysore at 5:15 pm. Feel free to come to the studio as early as 5 pm for silent practice. Watch for Margaret’s bio and the updated class schedule very soon.
A special Thanksgiving Day class will be held focusing on gratitude. The class will be held from 9-10 am on Thanksgiving morning. We hope to see you there.
Just in time for the holiday season, you can now make online purchases for classes and gift cards. Happy shopping!
November 3, 2012
Step one of the studio makeover is complete! The studio received a fresh coat of paint in a beautiful stone color. It lightens and brightens the practice space, while representing the first stepping stone of the studio transformation. Many yogis were in the space working hard Friday and Saturday: priming, painting and building benches for the hallway and changing rooms. A true example of our kula coming together.
A photo album of the makeover will be posted soon. We hope you will come check out the space as it continues to evolve. More to come!
October 7, 2012
More in Kula Yoga news! Carrie Zeman has joined the Kula Yoga team and will be teaching noon class on Wednesdays. Watch for this new addition to the schedule. Welcome, Carrie!
This means you can now attend classes at noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Noon classes provide an inspirational break in the day. The union of movement and breath allow creativity to flow while improving concentration and strengthening the body. See you at the studio.
September 29, 2012
Announcing three delightful and experienced teachers to be added to the Kula Yoga teaching roster: Carol Mathie, Ella Chissotti and Julie Burton. These lovely women will begin teaching in October. Carol’s 75-minute Core & Yoga class will begin this coming Wednesday, October 3, at 9:30 am. Thursday mornings, Ella will be moving students through a 75-minute Open Vinyasa Flow at 9:30 am. Her class begins on October 4. Julie Burton’s 75-minute Core & Yoga class will begin on Friday, October 12, and be hosted in the 9:30 am time slot as well. You can read about Carol and Ella on the Instructor Bios tab. And although Julie’s bio is not yet posted, you can register for all three of these new classes online. If you are having any issues with online scheduling, please send a private message to the Kula Yoga team at Sydney@kulayogamn.com. Online purchases are coming soon and we will post as soon as you can make one.
Kula Yoga is dedicated to bringing you a variety of class options to explore and deepen your practice. Please watch for more fun and inspirational classes to come!
September 14, 2012
It has been a busy first week at Kula Yoga. We started with a full house for our first evening practice. It was an inspirational beginning in many ways. You can see photos taken during the class in our “opening evening practice” post. Thank you to everyone who came.
In other news, we are excited to announce online scheduling! Now under our class schedule tab, you will be able to book classes online as well as purchase packages, or even gift cards. You will also see that Max and Sydney’s strength & yoga class is beginning tomorrow (Sunday, September 16) at 9:30am. The introductory offer still goes until 10/9/2012, so be sure to take advantage of the 10% off packages special. This offer is also available online.
In honor of the philosophy behind Kula Yoga, we want to be sure to include the community as much as possible. There will be some fun announcements in regard to community involvement coming soon, so please watch for more updates.