KULA FLOW (intermediate/advanced)
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@example.com.) For students with a regular yoga practice.
KULA BASICS (all levels)
Get in the Kula Flow! Kula style yoga is a deep, challenging practice that will make you stronger and more flexible on the outside and softer (and more flexible) on the inside. You are never too tight, too tall or too weak to begin. (There’s nothing we can do if you’re too much of a procrastinator to get here.) Open to beginners as well as those wanting a slower paced vinyasa class or those who wish to reconnect with the fundamentals of alignment and flow style yoga. Though we like to emphasize that these are not so much yoga basics classes (there are plenty of those around the city), as basic Kula style classes. If you are brand new to yoga, you MAY want to start with the 4 week brand new beginners series.
KULA HOUR (intermediate/advanced)
We used to think that an hour was way too short for a yoga class, and then we discovered the Kula Hour: A 65 minute straight up shot of all the good stuff. (Of course a Kula hour lasts just a little longer than a NYC hour.) For 60 minutes we have at it, Kula style. 5 minutes of blissful rest follow. This class is perfect if you need an early asana espresso, a mid-day snack, an appetizer for a tasty evening ahead or a short yogic nightcap.
HONEY FLOW (intermediate)
The most delicious (and stealthily challenging) of Kula classes. A one hour serving of sticky, sweaty Kula Flow, lathered with 20 minutes of yin yoga (deep, intense stretching) and a 15 minute restorative asana topping. YUM. We know that no one needs a little deep chill out more than NYC yogis, but most of us are too type A to take a true restorative class. So – this is the Kula solution. As one student put it, ‘You kick our ass for an hour and then kiss it for another 30 minutes.” (Sanskrit translation please?) This is an intermediate level class.
THE RUB (all levels)
It’s pretty simple. Unless you are in the honeymoon stage of a new relationship, you probably aren’t getting nearly enough lovin. Well, at Kula we say… service yourself. The Rub is how you do it in public. 30 minutes of deep, therapeutic, drool inducing self-bodywork. We provide the kit of tools, the instruction and the yogic inspiration before or after. Deep tissue massage releases muscle tension and pain, opens chronically tight muscles, helps realign posture and aids in deeper sleep. You can’t get enough!
The Rub is enhanced with Lauren Haythe’s one of a kind muscle therapy oil (find a sore spot, pump 1-2 times, and rub). It really is simple. Close your eyes, find the sweet spot, and learn to let go. This class is free if you come to the yoga class before or after it – or $10 as a stand alone drop-in.
KULANATAL (all levels)
Big bellies and new mommies can flow too! Deep vinyasa flow, restorative asanas and pranayama with special modifications for you and the bun in your oven. A vigorous, energizing and relaxing class. Besides working up a nice Kula style schvitz, you will find relief from the common discomforts of pregnancy, learn practical tools for labor and delivery, as well as exercises for healing and strengthening the pelvic floor and abdomen. Open to women at all stages of pregnancy and postpartum, these classes bring both body and mind into balance during this time of great transition and change – as well as proved a special community space for soon-to-be and new mamas.
Kulakids is our version of mommy and me for older kids: Mommy (and Daddy) take a kula hour class in one room, while your kid gets their yoga on right next door. (Or you drop you kid off for class and go home and take a nap.) Afterwards everyone enjoys at least 10 minutes of peace together before the yoga high wears off!
Kids are natural yogis, and these classes help them to cultivate body-awareness and self esteem. With the introduction of very basic mindfulness practices, kids begin to feel their breath in their bodies and focus their minds. In the classes for younger kids (mature 3-7yrs), mini kulis set a foundation of life-long strength and flexibility through yoga poses, imaginative stories and cooperative games. In the classes for older kids (mature 4 to 8yrs), kids move from yoga as play to yoga as a dedicated (playful) practice, and these older yogis can really start to fly – upside down and inside their minds!
No yoga class is complete without a sparkly lotion savasana and stickers, and these super wise little yogis leave with a piece of calm as the enter back into the chaos of the New York City streets!
YOGA SOUNDSCAPE (Tribeca; challenging all levels)
Yoga Soundscape: a sweetly sweaty yoga and music series led by Aarona Pichinson with special weekly guest musicians and DJs every Friday night at 6:30pm! Each class will be filled with intention, aligning rhythmic sequences, stretched out breaths, sweaty drops, live topnotch musical nectars, and plenty of room to freestyle – creating a deeply active yoga class and sound healing meditation open to all levels. With the music and yoga combined you’ll go deeper into your practice and move through each asana with a sense of grace and strength. Bring a friend, bring your water, and indulge your senses. Each class will be the cost of one class on your kula card unless otherwise specified, plus a minimum request of $5 towards the musicians and CDs will be available!
INTRO SERIES (recurring 4 week series; beginners)
This 4 class series is a sweet, sweaty and serious introduction to the particular style of vinyasa practiced at Kula. (It’s also the perfect way to get that friend who has been ‘meaning to try yoga’ to finally put their mat where their mouth is.) In every class, we break down sun salutations A & B, which are the foundation of the vinyasa practice. And then week by week we cover all postural groups. (Week 1 – standing postures. Week 2 – back bending & twists. Week 3 – arm balancing & hip opening. Week 4 – inversions & forward bending.) Get hooked.
TEACHERS PRACTICE (Tribeca; teachers or those in training)
As a teacher, there is now a time and space reserved for you to explore and deepen your own practice on a weekly basis. Nikki will lead you through an investigation into all the nuanced aspects of the practice; classes will include asana, pranayama and meditation, woven together with yoga philosophy. This class is a special opportunity for the New York community of teachers to come together in a setting that will educate, challenge and progress your studentship and enhance your skills as teachers. Teachers from all yogic traditions are welcome, and you are encouraged to spread the word and invite anyone who is inspired to explore, experiment and grow magnificent things with this Kula! (For teachers and teachers in training, or with Nikki’s permission).
THE BASICS PRACTICE (Williamsburg; all levels)
The Basics Practice builds a solid foundation by engaging with and understanding the Iyengar yoga principles of alignment and action. This class is suitable for ALL levels including beginners, pregnant women, “inflexible” dudes, the injured athlete and the yoga enthusiast obsessed with the “how to” and “why” to progress in practice.
THE PRACTICE (Williamsburg; level 2/3)
The Practice is svadhyaya, self-study. It is a rigorous and inquisitive learning space where students cultivate self-awareness through the teachings of yoga. The way we move, engage, articulate and understand our body has the power to awaken, strengthen, heal and transform the way we think and act in the world.
THE MEDITATION PRACTICE (Williamsburg; all levels)
The Meditation Practice guides students on the path of meditation by first introducing the subtleties of relaxation in savasana and restorative asanas followed by simple breathing awareness exercises and classical pranayama techniques that lead one toward the experience of “effortless effort” in seated meditation.
Groundcontrol class is a 75 minute class scored from a Pilates mat format. We use ab balls, therabands, gliders and other small props to crank out a breath-based, core focused workout. This class is extremely relevant for yoga practitioners and movers alike. Exercises have been specifically designed with yogis and athletes in mind to train the body for deep and balanced strength, optimal range of motion, injury prevention and recovery. Not for prenatal students unless they have an already well-established Pilates practice or take a pre-requisite private session with Lindsay.