Kula Flow: Sit Down & Sweat

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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 ...
(You can do this class with no props or 1 block)

Kula classes usually short change the seated work, but not this time! The entire opening sequence is on the floor and close to the ground. Eventually we do get up and move through sun salutations and a few standing poses (which end with the arm balance in this thumbnail!) but then we go right back down onto the ground where it's cooler and infused with Earth element. Your backbend comes on the back and can be supported or more active, and we finish off with a nice full savasana. 

(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.