Tula Yoga & Wellness

17 Sep What is Ritual?

Short answer: whatever you want it to be. But here’s more on that: Dictionary.com defines ritual as “an established or prescribed procedure for a religious or other rite.” Similarly, ceremony is defined as “a formal religious or sacred observance; a solemn rite.” Not only do these definitions lack life and soul, I think they are terribly outdated. Charles Worsham said that “going back and copying rituals from the past is a very dangerous thing because their rituals did not come from the past, they came from their present and so should yours.” Nicole Christine (Adult Educator, Human Rights Activist, Peace…

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14 Nov What is Mudra?

This weekend we are delighted to host Indu Arora, a personal teacher of mine, who considers herself a lifelong student – something I’m inspired to humbly remain myself. She will be offering workshops from Friday, November 18th to Sunday, November 20th, which you can register for here. You can also register for just one day or one workshop. What follows is a glimpse on one of the topics she will be addressing and unpacking with us: Mudra Yoga. It is the title of her latest book available at Tula. The words that follow come from my time studying Basic Yoga Therapy with her…

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24 Sep Tula Vlog Episode One : States of Mind

Hello & welcome to our vlog! We’re happy to support you in your personal practice away from the studio. We invite you to think of our vlog as a tool to stay connected to the Tula community, and to check-in with your self from wherever you are in this very moment. Today’s episode features teacher Elizabeth Sullivan, speaking on the various states of the mind through an Ayurvedic lens. Continue watching for an invitation to practice a brief meditation, and find a moment of relaxation in your day. If this practice resonates with you, Elizabeth and other Tula teachers are happy…

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23 Sep Introducing our vlog!

Welcome to our multi-media Blog+Vlog   While this blog is a place to educate, share resources, insights, opportunities and even entertain, we are expanding our services to you, to now include regular Vlog postings.   What is a vlog you might ask?   A Vlog is a Video + posted on a Blog = Vlog.   Why do a Vlog? Why ask our teachers, providers and community to step behind the camera in order to serve you?   Well, we at Tula know you can’t make it into the studio every day, and that maintaining your connection to your Self,…

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09 Sep Flow of Energy: An Awareness Practice

There is a patterning of energy. It is present in our breath, and how we use our in-breath and out-breath. It is present in how we take in information, and how we give out information; in how we process stimulation from the outside world, and how we process information from our inside world. The mind is a patterning of energy that reflects our desires, as I wrote about in last week’s post. The mind uses our senses to bring in information with our sight, hearing, tasting, touch, and smell, and we use our sensory organs of action to interact with the world at large. Based…

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25 Aug Trace Your Desires

Below is one of the many learnings I have been contemplating from my Basic Yoga Therapy Training with Indu Arora and why it’s important to pay attention to your desires: Often we are not aware of where our feelings came from. We can’t trace them back to their initial origins. Our feelings inform our actions, and when our feelings and actions are in alignment, we feel in harmony. When our feelings and actions are out of alignment, we feel disconnected or things become suppressed in our system which causes unease. Our desires are powerful, they set our mind in motion. Growing awareness around our desires allows us…

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18 Aug 5 Reasons to Consider Yoga North’s 500-Hour Teacher Training

Do not just register because you want another training; there are many trainings to take. If you are looking for an experience that takes you deeper into the study of the 8 limbs of Yoga and its sister science Ayurveda, that incorporates Thomas Hanna’s Somatics and Hatha Yoga, and that will support your growth as a student, teacher and yoga therapist, then consider this one. Do not register for the training because you wish to grow professionally. Register if you are also willing to grow personally. Register if you are excited about knowing yourself at a deeper level, if you’re on a path to…

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28 Jul Connect to your Higher Self

How do we get our mind to rest more fully in our body? How do we begin to feel more rooted in our higher selves, our essential nature and how does SomaYoga Therapy practices support this connection to higher self? How does it work?    Recently I became even more aware of how the practice of SomaYoga Therapy plays with this blending of concepts: muscles, our brain (an instrument of the mind), and our Higher Selves. When we play with staying pain free and accessing our muscles; true range of motion in the presenting moment so that we can reeducate the muscles by bringing our movement from our…

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07 Jul What The Heck Is A Chakra?

You may have heard the the word ‘chakra’ being used in a yoga class or in an article you saw, scrolling through your Facebook feed. It is a term that gets used quite often, yet not may people know what a chakra exactly is. “The Sanskrit word ‘chakra’ translates to ‘wheel’ or ‘disk’. In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, the term ‘chakra’ refers to wheels of energy throughout the body” (Chopra Center). There are seven main chakras, seven swirling wheels of beautiful energy within each of us. These seven main chakras align with the spine; the first chakra begins at the base of the spine and they move…

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30 Jun Generosity is our Core Value

Generosity is a core value at Tula. It is why we operate with the philosophy that Yoga should be available to everyone and every Body. We are a donation-based studio, which means give what you can (with the suggestion of $10-20 dollars, minimum of $5.00.) It is this exchange of generous energy that keeps Tula flowing and brings community together. According to the dictionary, generosity means the bringing together of two qualities: “kind; and the quality being plentiful or large.” Synonyms for it include: abundance, plentiful, openhandedness, copiousness, lavishness, liberality, largeness.” These qualities infuse our personal space and the physical space at Tula. When we live from…

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