Yoga – Kula Teachers: Phoenix, Janet, Karen, Rob & Steve
Yoga means ‘union’ or ‘connection’. It can be a word which can be used to signify any form of connection. Yoga is both a state of connection and a body technique that allows us to connect to anything. Yoga facilitates balance and health, and helps us unfold our dormant potential. Yoga is the science, that is, it is a body of techniques that lead us to consciously connect with ourselves and with life.
Dr. Swami Shankardev Saraswati
NIA – Kula Teachers: Uma
NIA is a fusion fitness – a dynamic blend of the dance arts, martial arts and the healing arts. It creatively integrates the mindfulness of the martial arts and meditative techniques, the grace and fluidity of the dance techniques, and the awareness and alignment of integrative body therapies. It is the art of movement the body’s way. Nia is also a cardio-dance workout, a movement practice, and a lifestyle based on the intelligent design of the body. Nia will tone your mind and tune your body. Each 1-hour class brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced.
Belly Dancing – Kula Teachers: Zahara
Belly Dance Fusion is a modern belly dance form that is rooted is traditional Middle Eastern dance, but blended with more modern dance elements such as jazz, hip hop and industrial. Belly dancing is natural to a woman’s bone and muscle structure with movements emanating from the torso rather than in the legs and feet. The dance often focuses upon isolating different parts of the body, moving them independently in sensuous patterns, weaving together the entire feminine form. Belly dancing is generally performed barefoot, thought by many to emphasize the intimate physical connection between the dancer, her expression, and Mother Earth.
Tai Chi – Kula Teachers: Jennifer
Tai Chi is a type of martial art very well known for its defense techniques and health benefits. The martial art has evolved over the years into an effective means of alleviating stress and anxiety. Tai Chi is an effective exercise for health of mind and body. It has been considered to be a form of ‘meditation in motion’ which promotes serenity and inner peace. Tai Chi, as it is practiced in the west today, can perhaps best be thought of as a moving form of yoga and meditation combined. There are a number of so- called forms (sometimes also called ‘sets’) which consist of a sequence of movements. Many of these movements are originally derived from the martial arts (and perhaps even more ancestrally than that, from the natural movements of animals and birds) although the way they are performed in Tai Chi is slowly, softly and gracefully with smooth and even transitions between them.
Ballroom Dancing – Kula Teachers: Paige
Ballroom Dancing is a formal social dancing with couples, popular as a recreation and also as a competitive activity. The ballroom dance repertoire includes dances developed from old European folk dances such as the waltz, Latin American dances such as the tango, rumba, and cha-cha, and dances of 20th-century origin such as the foxtrot and quickstep.
what to wear:
for Yoga please be sure to wear comfortable free moving clothing – no shoes or socks please.
for Tai Chi please be sure to wear comfortable free moving clothing – flat shoes please.
for Ballroom Dancing please be sure to wear leather souled shoes for easy movement across the dance floor.
for Belly Dancing – comfortable free moving clothing with lots of color and sparkles!