Kula Flow: Meet Me Half Way

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Nikki Vilella

After moving to Tribeca twenty years 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 2005 ...
(Suggested props: 2 blocks, a bolster if you have one but if not don't worry, and 1-3 blankets or towels depending on what you have!)

This class is all about the halfs! Or the ardha-s as we call them in the practice. Ardha urdhva hastasana, ardha chandrasana, ardha uttanasana, ardha chandrasana, ardha virasana, ardha mastsyendrasana, ardha halasana. None of those fancy names matter, but know that this class will ask you to do a lot of asymmetrical postures that have two sides and two halves that work very differently. We will intersperse symmetrical poses to teach us something about the two halves, and explore what we can recognize when we bring the two halves back together and inhabit a symmetrical shape. The class ends with a backbend and some glorious pranayama where we introduce retentions that are half the length of the inhale/exhale.

(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 [email protected]) For students with a regular yoga practice.