Art of Practice

Useful Links: Curriculum  -  200 HR Syllabus  -  300 HR Syllabus  -  Kula Flow

The Art of Practice is the true Yoga - for no matter how much we study, an ounce of practice is worth a ton of theory” 
Swami Sivananda Saraswati - Sadhana Tattwa (Spiritual Instuctions)

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It is through the experience of yoga that we understand the infinite nature of our being, where we reach beyond the boundaries of our individual lives and individual experience and touch the unity that is Yoga.  

The Kula Collective 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training places emphasis on the experiential face of yoga by living our practice as a group - beginning and ending each day with a form of meditation and daily connection to our asana and pranayama.  

Each morning we wake in silence to meditate as the sun rises, flowing into our internal experience of pranayama and the Kula Flow - our unique sequence.  As we continue to expand through our teaching, we creatively work with this flow and feel what it is to open up our boundaries, as we guide you into creative sequencing from a variety of traditions, including Hatha, Ashtanga, Yin, Restorative and Kundalini, deepening your personal practice through Meditation, Pranayama and Asana.

Outside of the studio we follow the yogic, vegetarian diet, which purifies our practice from the inside out.  We eat our meals with reverence and we open and close our space with Om, the Universal Sound. We meditate as we breathe, walk, dance and laugh our way through our experience and we allow our practice to be a ceremony each time.

 

We live this practice.  And in doing so we do not just learn to share yoga.. we embody yoga.

  • Build your practice with daily meditation, pranayama and asana in a beautiful location, receiving feedback and assistance with challenges to inspire and deepen your relationship with yourself
  • Cleanse your body as you live the Yogic Diet, filling your body and soul with high-prana, Sattvic (pure) food, and observe the space that is created in all aspects of your being as a result
  • See your poses improve with one-on-one guidance and hands-on adjustments to help you get the most of your practice
  • Learn how to deepen your practice through mudras, bandhas and understanding of yogic anatomy and alignment
  • Experience a wide selection of meditation and pranayama techniques, both traditional and modern
  • Learn how to integrate your practice into your daily life
  • Discover the depths that lie within you through your own true connection to Spirit
 
 
 

ART OF LIVING

Useful Links: Curriculum  -  200 HR Syllabus  -  300 HR Syllabus  -  Kula Flow

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How can I live better, slower, with more authenticity?  Why do we do what we do? What are the thoughts that I think?  How much more deeply can we inhabit our experience? And, underneath all of the thoughts and questions and memories, Who Am I?

There is an art to living well… to living as fully as we can.  Philosophers through the ages have speculated on the big questions, and Yoga is just one of infinite pathways to the truth.  If you have come to Yoga, chances are you will have asked yourself these questions.  As we come together in our group training, we explore these and many more, through examining both our own understanding of the Art of Living and that of the ancient sages.  

Through study of the Yoga Sutras, modern yoga’s foundational text, as well as others such as the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads, we better come to understand the true nature of the self and our place in the world.  Through our discussion as a group, we dive deep into ways of taking our yoga off the mat and into life. Through our Personal Flow Design process, we narrow in on our strengths, challenges, and dreams, and build a 90-day post-training plan for bringing our life into greater alignment. And through it all, our evening satsangs and ceremonies, we together uncover what it is to make an art out of living.

How can we share our Yoga with the world?  Through living it, of course...

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  • Study and discuss the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, aphorisms giving insight into profound yogic practices and contemplations, as well as their life-transforming benefits
  • Study select sections of other great Yogic texts and philosophies, such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads
  • Recognize the aspects of life that no longer align with your intentions and share techniques and ceremonies to assist in letting go
  • Get clear on your vision for your life and use our Personal Flow Design process to build a post-training plan

 

  • Live a spiritual intention every day, weaving your inner practice into your outer world
  • Explore key themes for integrating yoga into daily life, experiencing them through practice and self-study and discussing as a group
  • Experience true community - share from the heart, experience as a whole, and make new friends with the same passion for truth as you!
  • Become the spiritual being you truly are, through learning how to take your yoga off the mat and into life
 

Art of Teaching

Useful Links: Curriculum  -  200 HR Syllabus  -  300 HR Syllabus  -  Kula Flow

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Sharing yoga is an process of intimacy; one that asks for deep movement within both giver and receiver, through love, authenticity, attention and connection.  There are many ways in which yoga can be shared, but here at Kula Collective we believe that the fundamental principle that links all of our yoga teaching is Connection; the concept that in order to truly help another being experience oneness, we must ourselves be a channel for that unity.

Opening ourselves to the infinite creative flow that comes through us takes time, patience and a lot of learning. Becoming comfortable enough with what we are sharing to be able to let go to this connection as we are teaching means we need to first be confident in a variety of tools and techniques, so that the classes we offer are rooted in a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding.

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At Kula Collective, we are committed to providing our students with the best foundational understanding of yoga possible in the time available. In asana, this means emphasis on correct alignment, muscular engagement, anatomical knowledge and breath. We start by learning the Kula Flow, a dynamic, slow Vinyasa sequence that is highly adaptable and contains many of the building blocks you will need to make your own sequences. Students benefit from our extra focus on anatomical alignment within asana, as well as our step-by-step guide to physical and energetic thai massage-based adjustments. From here, we open the space for personal creativity, as we support students to build their own Unique Creative Flow themed around an intention meaningful to the individual. Each student will have the chance to teach their own unique flow and receive feedback from peers and facilitators, so that by the time they leave, they are empowered and inspired on their yoga teaching journey.

When we share yoga we are sharing an experience that is largely personal and internal, so it’s important to us that all our participants understand what it is to hold sacred space, how to empower through their communication in class, and how to allow space for all experiences to unfold within the safe, energetic container you will learn how to create. We make sure you know what to do when someone who is injured or pregnant comes to your class, and we help you to find your creative essence as you build your own sequences and reveal the wise teacher within. Not only will you leave the training with two entire sequences under your belt - the Kula Flow and your Unique Creative Flow, but also the tools and the confidence you need to creatively expand, and the empowerment you need to trust in what is already present within.

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  • Learn to teach the signature Kula Flow, complete with full anatomic and energetic cues, physical, verbal and energetic adjustments, and modifications for all levels of practice
  • Receive one-on-one and group support to construct and teach your own Unique Creative Flow
  • Become familiar with the form, teaching methodology, benefits and cautions of principal asanas (postures), pranayamas (breathing techniques) and kriyas (cleansing techniques)
  • Explore teaching as an art - how to keep the energy flow within a class, how to create a grounded and inspired space for teaching and learning, how to weave your intention and your unique presence into your class and how to share yoga off the mat
  • Learn to create various class-styles: beginner, intermediate and specialized yoga, integrating your own style into tradition techniques
  • Receive a foundational education in Anatomy specific to yoga, including functional alignment, benefits and contraindications of the practice as well as learning modifications for age and common injuries/conditions
  • Become familiar with the subtle yogic anatomy and the Chakras, as well as the systems of the Peruvian shamanic tradition
  • Receive a foundation in the History of Yoga & The Four Traditional Paths, as well as Ashtanga philosophy (the eight-fold path) and related practices and topics to broaden knowledge and understanding of conscious living
  • Teach two full classes and many mini-sequences throughout the training, and receive loving and specific feedback from the trainers and your peers
  • Use your 90-day Personal Flow Design to support you in your teaching journey post-training

Art of Healing

Useful Links: Curriculum  -  200 HR Syllabus  -  300 HR Syllabus  -  Kula Flow

When we step into the role of Yoga Teacher, we are not simply sharing a physical practice to keep people fit - we are sharing a holistic practice that helps people to heal physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically. More than this, through sharing yoga as a holistic practice of living, we allow ourselves as a whole to connect to our true nature, as spiritual beings. 

As yoga teachers and practitioners we must know what it means to ‘hold space’: to allow healing to unfold without judgement or expectation, to know what it is to make ceremony our of life, and to surrender to the flow.  We understand the subtleties of the body and how it interacts with the mind through our energetic anatomy. When we approach from this place, we find an opportunity to share our yoga in a way that truly can heal, from the inside out.  

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The Kula Yoga Collective 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training gives space for deep self-healing through personal discovery practices, group exercises, intentional discussion and Sacred Ceremony.  Our training also offers a wide selection of teachings on complementary health practices, including but not limited to:  Ayurveda, nutrition, massage, Thai massage, energetic healing, Tai Chi, Chakra cleansing, herbal healing, and the Yogic diet.  

As Yoga Teachers we are living examples of unity - of true, whole vitality.   Through experiencing the transformation firsthand, we are better able to share it with others. By clearing away the parts of us that are no longer in alignment with our true nature, we create space for something bigger to be channelled through us. Thus the Art of Healing component of our curriculum allows us to reveal our wisest Self, and to unveil our true calling as healing practitioners and as sharers of an ancient wellness practice.

  • Have the time and space to dive into your own personal healing, guided by experienced facilitators and supported by a safe, energetic container
  • Be guided through a wheel of transformation as we cycle through the 3 levels of the Peruvian Chakana
  • Learn about shamanism and take part in Sacred Ceremony, calling in the energies of the Four Cardinal Directions and the elements as we hold Full- and New-moon Ceremonies, Ceremonies of Release and of Manifestation, Cacao Ceremonies and Sound Baths
  • Abandon yourself to the healing power of vibration, through traditional Kirtan circles and native Medicine Song and Ceremony Chants from around the world
  • Become familiar with the subtle yogic anatomy and the Chakras, learning how the body, mind and energetic selves interact
  • Receive introduction to many different healing modalities and lifestyle practices, including but not limited to: Ayurveda, nutrition, massage, Thai massage, energetic healing, Tai Chi, Chakra cleansing, herbal healing, and the Yogic diet
  • Step into your role as healing practitioner and sharer of the ancient wellness practice of yoga