Nikki Vilella

After moving to Tribeca over two decades ago, I stumbled upon a premie Kula on the way to the train. I went, was hands down hooked by the first hip opener, and the rest is history. I started teaching at Kula in 2...

Kula Flow: Open the Gate (Abduction) Vs Turn the Key (Rotation)

Aired -

1h 25m
(Suggested props: 1 strap and 2 blocks. If you have 2 blankets or socks for one activity grab them, but if not NO biggie. We are on the knees a bit in this class so 1 blanket for knee padding will be useful!)

This class will break down when to purely ABduct, and when to rotate and then abduct or flex at the hip. We do lots of straddles and inner leg line lengthening, side body opening in gates, handstand and headstand, abdominals, and end with backhanding.

(Int/Adv) Kula Flow is vinyasa (or flow) style yoga with an emphasis on creativity and alignment. Classes are inventive and thoughtful sequences of sun salutations, standing & seated postures, back bending, and inversions—guided by a steady breath to tone and calm the mind. Most teachers also use bandha work to open and strengthen the inner body. (Classes differ in tone and vigor depending on the teacher, so if you have special needs/interests please contact For students with a regular yoga practice.