OUR TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
For the team at TULA Yoga For Wellness, there is nothing like witnessing the transformation that takes place in a student when they become as passionate about yoga. From better posture to improved mental health, the world of yoga offers all of us a unique chance to connect with ourselves and become who we hope to be. Isn’t it time to put yourself first and take care of your well-being?
What’s it like to take a Yoga Class with Kathy?
"My goal is to make sure people feel welcomed and in a friendly environment, that poses are accessible to everyone (I give lots of alignment ques), private sessions fulfill the individual goals and all students leave with a sense of confidence. We practice poses which build strength in our body. We sync our breath with the movement to strengthen mindfulness. We learn and practice meditation to restore clarity & creativity to our mind. We will occasionally laugh. Most importantly, we all listen to our body and modify. I am always available to share and answer questions after class. Here are a few words yoga students shared to describe how a class leaves them feeling: calm, centered, balanced, at peace, strong, stable, healthy, grateful..."
Kathy is a certified Yoga Alliance instructor with over 1600 hours teaching. Practicing yoga for over 25 years, Kathy began while recovering from an injury that caused chronic back and neck pain. Within a short time of including yoga classes in her life, Kathy became pain free and has benefitted from the lasting effects yoga has on her body. While practicing yoga consistently Kathy started to notice the community that evolves within yoga classes and loves sharing this common interest with so many. Having studied with dozens of teachers over the years, she has grown through their knowledge and passion for yoga. Kathy believes incorporating movement, breath and meditation into each yoga class supports the lasting effects of yoga.
Kathy received her initial 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification from Yoga Culture in Danbury, Ct. in 2015. In addition to advanced Asana training the Alignment Vinyasa yoga studio offered a depth of anatomy and philosophical education which Kathy enjoys sharing with others. This past year Kathy completed her Yoga Alliance RYT 500 Therapeutic Yoga Certification with Sacred River in Hartford, CT. With this training, Kathy has deepened her knowledge of many advanced yoga therapies to work with groups and private clients to customize classes for specific conditions such as Athletic Conditioning, Osteoporosis, Seniors, Parkinson's, Pulmonary issues, Auto-immune, Special Needs Adults, Anxiety and Depression.
Kathy teaches several weekly alignment vinyasa studio classes to beginner and advanced students at Yoga Home via zoom, The Ridgefield Ct Recreation Center and Hardscrabble Club of Brewster. In addition, she works with Athletes to create customized yoga programs to enhance performance. Near and dear to her heart, Kathy teaches yoga to special needs adults at Ability Beyond in Bethel, Ct. During the Summer months Kathy teaches outdoor classes to enjoy the beautiful weather. Kathy donates her time to share yoga for mental health awareness to school students and teachers year round. Upon request Kathy works with individual clients, corporations, community organizations, and teams to customize classes and programs.
Kathy has spent her adult life juggling family, career and volunteering. In addition to teaching and practicing yoga Kathy loves cooking, traveling, volunteering and spending time with family and friends. Yoga helps Kathy keep balance in her very active life with 2 teenagers, husband and her many pets.
Tula Yoga for Wellness is excited to welcome Sam to share her love of yoga. Sam is a an active yogi with influence from her massage therapy and energy work background. She infuses her classes with focused intention to align the body, the mind and the spirit to support not only self care both on and off the mat but evolving and growing personally. Sam identifies with the words of BKS Iyengar, "Yoga does not transform the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees"
Kiersten's goal is to help her students create space in both the body and mind. She has been practicing yoga for over ten years and has experience teaching vinyasa, yin, prenatal, and trauma-informed yoga, as well as yoga for middle school students and teachers. Kiersten's classes are fun and laid-back; she emphasizes alignment and body awareness as students work to flow and let go. Her classes include pranayama (breathwork), philosophical and anatomical study, and opportunities for self-connection and nourishment.