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Aerial Yoga Live Teacher Training

This past weekend I had the opportunity to host an aerial yoga teacher training (AYTT) for 6 amazing women up in the small town of Clare, Michigan.  I traveled from warm 70 degree ocean breezes in FL to about 0-10 degrees.  The landscape was beautiful, covered in a fresh blanket of white snow. My host family/studio owners had a way of making me feel right at home as they shared theirs with me for the weekend.  My plane arrived later than anticipated so we went direct to training and dove right in.  I was greeted by these 6 beautiful souls who had come together to get me up there for their intensive weekend learning and practicing in the aerial hammocks.  I got to listen to their stories, their intentions, their reasons for showing up, and I shared my journey to aerial yoga for personal healing with them.  It was deep and we were just beginning.  

We practiced, learned, laughed, and loved it all.  I heard no complaints from this crew… these were strong women that remained open to all I had to offer through the weekend, despite their aches and pains, bruises and mishaps.  One of the beautiful aspects of this practice is that we get to learn about support.  We get to be supported by the hammock from all different angles, many of them new.  We practice both being supported, and how we can best support each other.  

We get to detoxify intensely, letting go of much.  No one comes out of AYTT unchanged, not even me.  The fabric heals as it pushes in on all of these areas on the body.  Where we are supported is also where we are physically getting cleaned out.  Sluggish lymphatic fluid starts flowing, from under the arms, across the shoulders, even in the groin where the supportive legs meet the torso during such postures like flying dragon.  We stretch and strengthen, flip upside down and build new brain pathways as all of our energy channels are cleared.  Until there is nothing left but you and your relationship with this fabric hanging from above.  How you’re being about it is all you.  All your shit, mentally and physically, will come up, and gratefully be recognized and cleared quickly.  Aerial yoga is also a way to reconnect with my inner child instantly while floating and playing in the rainbow of beautiful swings.  It all happens in an aerial yoga practice.

I had a million reasons to say no.  All the thoughts of things like dangerous winter travel, never-ending pandemic variables, lingering fear of getting on an airplane, uncertainty of where I was headed, taking the time away from my husband and boys, delaying restarting the kids yoga programs at the schools, and the list can go on and on and on of why to say no.  However, I do my best to have a practice of saying yes.  It’s why I am who I am today. Yes. It’s powerful and it’s a high vibration to operate in yes mode.  I’m grateful I did.  All of those thoughts plus many more not listed above… I got to work through all of them in one single weekend.  All of the no’s got healed by the one “yes”.  

Thank you wholeheartedly to my hosts, Kim & Jeff for the invitation and letting me stay with them in their beautiful home, and for feeding me, chauffeuring me and making sure I had everything I needed to have a comfortable stay.  Thank you to the flying aerial yogi goddesses Autumn, Brianna, Heidi, Jackie, Tonya, and Wendy that took that intensive journey with me that weekend.  I am looking forward to taking each of your aerial yoga classes and feel you will all be very successful in your personal expressions of this practice.

Flipping the perspective is another great benefit of the aerial yoga practice.  The simple position of being inverted with your heart above your head benefits your body by decreasing cortisol, normalizing hormones, activating the parasympathetic nervous system, and detoxing down to a cellular level all the no’s you happen to be unknowingly carrying with you at any given time.  We discover we can be in many postures or asanas, that we may not have thought possible, with support. The list goes on and is a major part of my personal path of healing.

If you are still reading, thank you for your attention and focus. If you’re looking for more, I will be offering this program again, this time at my home studio of Kula Yoga 3/4,5,6.  It’s over a long weekend so it will hopefully be accessible to anyone wanting to join whether you live near or far.  There are online materials to go with the training so you can also practice at home or your studio with supplemental aerial yoga classes and workshop videos.  To sign up, go to www.mykulayoga.com.

The investment for this Aerial Yoga Teacher Training is $333. This is a transformational training which is why the cost is what it is.  If you study numbers, 3 numerology is about creative expressions, it represents joy and is a social number.  33 is a transformational number regarding growth and abundance.  333 is divine, direct from angels that protect, and a reminder that we are always supported.  If that appeals to you at all, come discover all the ways we can be supported, with the use of these beautiful, locally, personally handmade hammocks.  It is my honor, joy, and privilege to share any and all of these teachings with you. 

I will end with: Lokah Somasta Sukhino Bhavantu = May all being everywhere be happy and free.  May my own thoughts, words, and actions contribute to that happiness of all. 

With much gratitude,

Michele Fedora

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Kula Yoga Kids Class restarts at Cypress Creek Elementary!

Kula Yoga Kids Class @ CCE 111021

Kula Yoga Kids is back at Cypress Creek Elementary! And the kids showed up more than ever before! I’m so grateful to be hosting these kids yoga classes at VCS campuses, and this one is special for many reasons. It’s where Luke, my son, goes to school. It’s where we started our after school program years ago. It’s where we had our “yoga club” portable on campus, and most recently it’s where we host kids yoga classes after school on early release Wednesdays.  Sarah and I are co-hosting this one, she is an amazing Kula Yoga Kids teacher. I’ve known her for a long time, as she was also Luke’s VPK teacher years ago. (He’s 10 now).  I thought she was amazing then and that has never changed. I’m grateful to host this with her and rest assured your child will learn much and are in very capable hands with us. We had so many kids sign up last minute that we had Kerry, one of our beloved Kula Kid moms I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for years now, come to help us this day and I was very happy she could attend. We had lots to do with new mats to hand out to signing everyone in and setting up in a circle so we all could see each other.  For this size class we will have 3 adults there each week. If, as a parent, you would ever like to come help us for a day, message me and I’m glad and grateful to coordinate that with you.  It’s a fun time and you’ll get to see what we do. It was great to see older friends from before and new friends as well! We are looking forward to next weeks class and many more to follow. 

We learned a lot of yoga poses during our first class and will continue to expand that. We also learned breathing techniques to release energy (lion’s breath) and (even breathing) to cultivate peace. We also used the mantra “Peace Begins With Me” to bring the mind’s focus inward as we practiced breathing while touching our thumb to each finger bringing attention to fine motor skills.  In classes we use stories, music, and games to learn yogic principles so every class is different while informative and fun. 

We sent mats home with the kids this past week because I didn’t have anything large enough to haul them in. I now do have a rolling cart to put them in so if your child would like to store their mat with me instead of carrying it to school, they will be able to starting next class. (They will need their name written on their mat with Sharpie if it’s staying with me).  I also have some mat carrying straps if you’d rather them carry them. They’re $10 and I will bring them next week if you want to see them or purchase one at parent pick up. Rubber bands around a rolled up mat help keep them in place too. 

For yogis ages 7-11, I offer kids aerial yoga classes at Kula Yoga in NSB Wednesdays at 4pm… I know it’s the same day. I will be offering extra classes over Thanksgiving break while they’re out of school so if you’re child would like to attend, check the http://www.mykulayoga.com website or MindBody to sign up.  

For the parents, I’d like to invite you to our studios to have a yoga class. We have a studio in the PO Pavilion since 2011, and another one off Canal St in NSB since 2015. I personally teach:

Yin Yoga Sunday’s 4pm (every other week) @ Kula PO

Vinyasa Yoga 6pm (every other week) @ Kula NSB

Kids Aerial Yoga (ages 7-11) Wednesdays 4pm @ Kula NSB

Aerial Yoga 12pm Thursdays @ Kula NSB

We have many wonderful teachers and have multiple classes every day so I invite you to check out any and all of what we offer. 

I would love to meet you all, and offer you a yoga practice. Your first class to Kula is always free, using the coupon code “Kula first” when you sign up. 

Thank you for your support with our yoga and mindfulness kids programs and we look forward to seeing you Wednesday!

With much love and gratitude,

Mrs Michele Fedora

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Little Yogis On School Campus

We had a great first class back yesterday at Chisholm Elementary! It was great to see both familiar and new faces! Ms. Ashley shared the yoga story of Parker Pig as we learned yoga asanas (postures) and centering techniques. All the little yogis were fantastic, and we are both grateful and excited to be back on campus this year! Thank you so much for supporting this Kula Yoga Kids program of bringing the yoga classes to the school. We are grateful to be of service to your little yogis and we look forward to yoga class with them on Mondays! With much gratitude,Michele Fedora

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 Aerial Yoga Alignment for Home Practice Workshop

Aerial Yoga Alignment for Home Practice Workshop

10/17/21, 1-3pm @ Kula Yoga Port Orange

In this 2 hour workshop, we will learn how to tie our aerial hammocks to get them in correct alignment with our own unique body dimensions.  This is followed by an alignment based aerial yoga practice designed to support your home practice.  The class will be recorded and made available to you for home use.  

If you have your own deluxe studio aerial yoga hammock from Flying Beach Yoga, bring it in.  Studio hammocks also available to use. Investment for the workshop is $30.  If you would like to purchase one for home use, the investment is a discounted $199 for both the workshop and deluxe studio aerial yoga hammock.  (Please let Michele know what color you would like).  For a complete catalog of hammock colors, visit www.FlyingBeachYoga.com. Please bring your yoga mat and water bottle to the workshop as well. 

As with all aerial classes, please leave your jewelry at home as it can tear the fabric.  Also come dressed comfortably in clothing without velcro, zippers, or grommets.  Also keep hair accessories to rubber bands and not plastic or metal clips as these can tear the fabric as well.  Space is limited so reserve your spot today @ www.mykulayoga.com.

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Kula Yoga Kids classes at Chisholm Elementary!

Kula Yoga Kids

Join Ms. Ashley as she returns to Chisholm Elementary this Fall 2021! Kids Yoga classes are fun classes that seem more like playtime to the kids than yoga. Our qualified Kula Yoga Kids instructors will take the kids through a series of yoga poses all the while teaching them to connect with their inner peace. This is done through yoga postures, breathing techniques, and mindfulness practices. This is a 45 minute class once weekly held on school premises. It is open ONLY to the kids of the school where it is located. Kids should come in comfortable clothes with a water bottle and yoga mat. (Mats for sale online or on site with instructor for $20 each). No rental mats will be provided. 

Notes

Kids should wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move around in. School uniforms are fine. Please send a yoga mat and water bottle if attending a live class. (Yoga mats available for purchase as an add-on item for $20. Instructors will bring mats to school for kids to pick out and will store them at the school if you wish). We look forward to the opportunity to share yoga with your family.

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Kula Yoga Kids is back at Schools!

I am so excited to announce that Kula Yoga Kids is back in-person at local schools! Due to the pandemic and public school policies, we were not on Volusia County school campuses for the 2020-21 school year. This year we are back, starting in September with Preschool Yoga at Inspirations Beachside in Daytona and Elementary School Yoga at Chisholm Elementary in New Smyrna Beach! The schedule is linked below so you can sign your child or children up for some inspired classes of yoga, mindfulness and meditation practices that they will use for the rest of their lives.

If your child’s school is not listed, feel free to contact us with your request. New classes are being added to the schedule, and if we have the resources to help build this program in your community or at your school, we are happy to do so. Our mission at Kula Yoga Kids is to empower the youth of our community through yoga and mindfulness practices; giving them the tools they need to navigate through this ever changing, fast paced world.

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Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa yoga translation os “to place in a certain way”. That’s it. We move the body into all these different shapes or asanas, and simply breathe. When we bring our attention and intention into our body using the posture, we create awareness, space, and healing. Anywhere we can create this space in the body, healing will occur. Sound too simple? It’s just the beginning. We bring breath and awareness into the physical body while we focus on the one pose we are actually doing so that the mind follows. Then we breath full deep breaths into the posture noticing anywhere there’s tension. Anywhere we find our edges of where we think we can be, we simply bring the breath in gently and more and more until there’s space to move and be.

As the physical body start to feel better, we notice how our mind is wound up, or how we are being. The healing happens in layers, one breath after another and one practice after another. There’s no where to get, no goal to achieve. Because once we think we’re there, we start healing more subtly. The 8 limbs of yoga give us a path to focus our mind, heal our bodies, and breathe into whatever shape we need to make in that moment. With ease and peace.

If you’d like to join some Vinyasa Yoga locally, our current schedule is:

Michele – Vinyasa Yoga every other Sunday 9am @ Kula Yoga Port Orange (also available on zoom), every other Monday 6pm @ Kula Yoga NSB

Jeff – Vinyasa Yoga Mondays 9am @ Mary McLeod Bethune Park, Wednesdays 12pm and Slow Flow Vin Yin Fridays 12pm – both @ Kula Yoga NSB

To sign up go to http://www.mykulayoga.com or MindBody

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Kids Aerial Starts in July!

Kids Aerial Yoga starts back in July at Kula Yoga New Smyrna Beach! This is a 6 week program with a limited number of spots so pre-registration is a must. This has been a popular class in years past so don’t delay in signing your little yogi up! They will have fun as we learn aerial yoga postures in the hammock in a safe environment. No experience necessary. Ages 7-11. To sign up go to linktr.ee/kula_yoga and you will be redirected to the Kula Yoga Studio website to register.

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Kula Yoga Kids Summer Classes and Camp!

Join the kids teachers of Kula Yoga Kids for fun and adventure this summer with the kids!

Kids Yoga classes are fun classes that seem more like playtime to the kids than yoga. Our instructors will take the kids through a series of yoga poses all the while teaching them to connect their movements with their breath. This is done through yoga postures, breathing techniques, and mindfulness practices. For ages 4 to 11. Child MUST be potty trained. Bring a yoga mat and some water to drink. Adult yoga classes happening simultaneously next-door! To sign up go to http://www.mykulayoga.com

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Aerial Yoga at Kula Yoga NSB

 

Aerial yoga with Michele happens Thursdays 12 noon NSB! Spots are limited so please pre-register. It’s an all levels class that brings alignment using the aerial hammock to support us in asanas, bringing awareness, prana, and healing into everywhere we’re willing to go in class. It’s hard if you think it’s hard. It’s easy if your mind thinks that too. We learn to trust both the support and the process, showing up for each posture one breath at a time. Finding peace and ease no matter what position we are in. It’s a practice. I think it’s fun. I know it’s healing. I would love to share this practice with you. Sign up at: https://linktr.ee/kula_yoga