In Sanskrit, TULA means “balance". We are a Vinyasa-based studio that truly believes that yoga, like most things in life, is all about Balance.
Our approach to yoga is a harmony of traditional principles & philosophy combined with modern practicalities & accessibility. We aim to create classes that are a healthy mix of playfulness and exploration, while maintaining mindfulness and respect for the origins and traditions of yoga and attention to the anatomy and alignment of the body.
We believe that through this balance, yoga can help one to develop greater self-awareness, physical strength and flexibility, resulting in an overall sense of well-being and inner peace.
We want to empower our students to find their own path through yoga, to create their own unique balance, both while on the mat at TULA and off the mat into this wild world.
Balanced Vinyasa (All Levels)
An all levels class that is a mindful combination of Vinyasa Flow (breath-synchronized movement) and holding static poses. In this class, instructors will support yoga practitioners in all stages of their practice. Expect a well-rounded practice that includes a warm-up, a combination of strength, balance & flexibility building postures, standing & seated postures, a exploration of arm balances and/or inversions, concluding with a cool-down and a final resting pose (savasana) and/or guided meditation.
Happy Hour Yoga (All Levels, Fridays at 6:30pm)
Our Happy Hour Yoga class is taught by a different TULA teacher each week and is always a Balanced Vinyasa class (unless otherwise noted) followed by a social hour with wine, tea & snacks!
Gentle Yoga (Beginners/All Levels)
An all levels class that approaches the practice of yoga in a softer, more sensitive way. Ideal for those that are new to yoga, students seeking a more accessible practice and regular yoga practitioners that just want to slow it down.
High-Energy Vinyasa (Intermediate/Advanced Levels)
An intermediate/advanced level class that is faster-paced, playful and fun. Be prepared to work on arm balances, inversions and/or more advanced yoga postures. Ideal for the regular yoga practitioner that is looking to be challenged further in their practice.
Restorative Yoga (All Levels, Sundays at 9am)
Restoration is an essential piece of any physical practice. In Restorative yoga, the 'rest and digest' part of the nervous system is activated and the body and mind are given permission to relax and recover. Gentle movements, passive stretching and postures supported with props are all components you will find in in this class.
Yoga Basics (Beginners/All Levels, Saturdays at 9:30am)
An all levels class that focuses on mastering basic yoga poses with proper alignment and breathing techniques. This class is recommended for those that are new to yoga and those that want to return to the very fundamentals of a yoga practice. Pose modifications and props are offered to help make the practice of yoga more accessible for all.
Open Mat: Self-Practice (Fridays at 10:30am)
For 75min, we will open up the space for students to 'self-practice'. Students will practice on their own with a teacher in the space to help with, developing or advancing a self-practice, receive physical assists (with consent), alignment assistance, sequencing ideas and deepening the asana(s) they are working on. Each class will start with a group meditation and then the student can begin their practice and exit the space when their practice is complete. Asana books will be available for students to reference for inspiration as well.
Yin, Restorative and Reiki (All Levels, Mondays at 8pm)
Yin, Restorative & Reiki with Rachel Duerkop*. Reconnect to your joy, passion, and vitality in life off the mat! Rachel, who is a Reiki Master, leads supported yoga postures and offers individual healing energy work with a light touch of her hands. Yin postures are deep stretches supported by props and sustained for 2 to 10 minutes. Yin improves joint circulation; lubricates fascia, ligaments, and tendons; and decongests the meridians that run throughout our bodies. Restorative Yoga is also a passive and supported practice of asana to release tension and busy thoughts. Reiki is a Japanese healing technique that involves the transfer of “life force energy,” chi, or prana. Other healing practices may be incorporated. Suitable for the absolute beginner and the seasoned practitioner.
*Reiki is optional and will be offered only when Rachel is teaching (subs will offer a Yin & Restorative practice)
Meditation (All Levels, Saturdays at 4:30pm)
Meditation is a tool that works to gradual refine a person from the inside out, and it is a very good counterbalance to a physical practice. The real aim of meditation is establishing some connection back to the highest part of yourself, while simultaneously creating a separation from our outer manifestations and the ego's perception of self.
This class will start a short movement sequence to wake up and center the bodies energy. Then, you will be lead a guided meditation practice with time for questions at the end.
*This class cost is $10, or 1/2 a class credit.
Vibrance Yoga Nidra (All Levels, Wednesdays at 8pm)
Ready to release the anxiety and tension that diminish your bright and joyful spirit? These sessions of yoga nidra (guided meditation) are lovingly crafted by with themes that will help you unburden life's daily stress and truly enjoy life! Dress for a comfortable "yogic sleep" and just a bit of gentle asana.
High-Energy/Gentle Yoga (Intermediate, Thursdays at 8pm)
An Intermediate level class. This class will consist of 1/2 of our High-Energy Vinyasa class and 1/2 of our Gentle Yoga class.
Prenatal Yoga (Sundays at 12:30pm)
Modified techniques and props make the practice of yoga accessible and comfortable for expectant mothers at all stages of pregnancy. Class explores basics of hatha yoga philosophy, poses and alignment, and centering, controlled breathing and meditation techniques. Emphasis is on providing a well-balanced , physically, mentally and spiritually nurturingyoga practice for expectant mothers —and celebrating their transition into motherhood!
Family Yoga (Last Sunday of each Month - check our class schedule, 2:30pm)
Yoga is taught to the whole family using dancing, singing, story-telling, partner poses and just simply moving and having fun together! All ages (from tots to tweens) are appropriate, but kids should be at least walking to fully participate in the class (younger, non-walking siblings are always welcome to join in).
*This class is $10 per family (1 child + 1 adult). Additional children under 2 years old are free, additional family members over 2 years old are $5 each.