• Ruth Ann Dunkerly

Kula


Let's start with multiple definition's of Kula:

Kula is a Sanskrit word that can be translated as “community,” “clan” or “tribe.” This word is sometimes used by the yoga community to denote the sense of inclusion and belonging that can be cultivated through yogis coming together to practice yoga.

This kula, or community, of yogis is considered sacred because it is a group of people who come together freely, with intention and a shared sense of purpose. In this way, the traditional idea of yoga as a personal and individual practice can be expanded to include more social aspects and experiences of connection with others as well as the self.

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Kula may also be translated to mean “community of the heart.” This implies that the community of people have shared values, and a shared sense of valuing and connecting with each other. These people, in a sense, hold space for each other. Many yogic communities will strive to create this.

The concept of kula can be used to describe the idea that when yogis practice yoga with strangers, they feel inspired and motivated by them. When they then leave their yoga class and this particular group, they are then perhaps more able to go out into the wider community and inspire and support others as well.

Inhale Yoga LLC has grown by leaps and bounds since we first opened our doors in June of 2015.

It is beyond words on the growth of our studio. I am so lucky to meet and have met people from all walks of life and consider it an honor and privilege to teach all of you.

I love the word kula or I like to say tribe or community. We come together and meet fellow yogi's, some seasoned and some new to yoga. We all learn something for each other. Our lives are all so different but we find a common ground, yoga. I have seen friendship's created not only inside of the studio but outside of the studio.

Nothing matters when we are in class together. We are all there for a peace of mind, maybe to work out or to find some clarity on life. Whatever the reason, we come together to practice.

We have all laughed together, shared moments, cried and leaned on each other. Students share something about themselves when they wait for class to begin with the person next to them.

We get a sense we are not alone when going through life when it gives us a hick-up.

I watch students as they give comforting words to their fellow yogi and share something positive with them to encourage them. How wonderful is that?

We are all teachers.

I watch class after class people leaving smiling not only from class but from someone caring, their new friend.

They wonder where that person is when they don't come to class, familiar in face sometimes only ....they know they like to practice with them.

As I watch our yoga community grow, it gives me a huge sense of joy.

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A little thing called yoga............brought us all together.

#humble #Yogajoy #gratitude #yogi #yogafriend #InhaleYoga #RuthAnnDunkerly

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