Archive for October, 2014

Kula’s Warm Clothing Drive to Benefit Homeless Youth

It’s hard to know just how many homeless youth are living in King County–but it is estimated that in Seattle alone, 700-1000 young people are in search of a safe place to sleep each night. Some will manage to nab one of the few open beds in a youth shelter or may find that they’re able to “crash” on a friend’s couch for one more night. But many more will be forced to settle for the inadequate shelter offered by an overpass, abandoned building, door stoop, or a late night bus. And now that we’re entering the rainy winter season, it’s going to be even more of a challenge to stay warm, dry, and safe.

Photo provided courtesy YouthCare

Photo provided courtesy YouthCare

Our November drive will support YouthCare in their important work, and we’d love to have your help!

During November, Kula Movement will be hosting a warm clothing drive befefitting YouthCare. Each month, over 400 youth come to YouthCare’s drop-in center looking for clothing or blankets, a hot meal, or simply a place to escape the cold. According to YouthCare’s website, “That’s the first step to earning their trust, and our ultimate goal is to help them move off of the streets and prepare for life. In the meantime, those survival supplies are quite literally saving lives.”

Below is a list of items we’ll be collecting. Please note that certain items must be new and unused, while others are acceptable in gently used condition.

  • New underwear and long underwear
  • New wool or thermal socks
  • Warm coats or rain jackets
  • Warm hoodies (for layering)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Warm blankets
  • Gloves and handwarmers
  • Hats and scarves
  • Backpacks
  • Travel-size toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner)
  • Gift cards to Target, Fred Meyer, Safeway, QFC

YouthCare serves young people ages 12-24, so keep that in mind as you select sizes to donate. We have been told that the greatest need currently is for all men’s and women’s adult sizes, particularly XL, XXL, and XXXL.

We will be setting up a collection bin in our space, and invite and encourage you to participate if you are able. Please have your donations in by Wednesday, November 26th.

Thank you for helping us make a difference in a young person’s life!

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” ~Mother Teresa


About YouthCare and Homeless Youth

YouthCare has been providing services to Seattle’s homeless youth for 40 years. Their most visible facility is the Orion Center, which provides safe, overnight emergency shelter for up to twenty 18-24 year olds, where they can also do their laundry, take a hot shower, and eat a meal. Beyond satisfying these basic needs, the Orion Center is an entry point to other services – more permanent housing options, education and employment opportunities, health care and case management. YouthCare also runs the only short-term emergency shelter in Seattle for homeless youth aged 12–17. More information about the programs and services YouthCare provides can be found here.

Why are youth homeless?

This is a common question and one with a complicated answer. But one thing is certain: they are not homeless by choice. There is a common misconception that these are “rebellious” teenagers who have opted out of a traditional home life. The reality is far more distressing.

According to YouthCare:

  • 74% of homeless youth have been physically abused at home.
  • 39% were sexually abused.
  • Up to 40% identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. Most of those were kicked out for simply being who they are.
  • Many have prior mental health problems and come from families that could not or would not support them.
  • Many have “aged out” of foster care and other support systems, or have simply slipped through the cracks – something that is disturbingly easy to do in overtaxed systems stretched to the breaking point.

In the end, of course, it doesn’t matter why youth are homeless. What matters is that these youth are part of Seattle’s community — and they need this community’s help. Please contribute if you are able, and if this is a cause that resonates with you. We are grateful for whatever support you are able to give.

2-Day Intro to Forrest Yoga Series

Saturday & Sunday, November 1st & 2nd, 2:00-4:00pm

with Jill & Angela


Whether you are new to Forrest yoga (or yoga in general), rehabilitating and injury, or simply reconnecting to your practice, we invite you to join in this workshop that will bring more understanding and awareness to your practice. Class size is limited, allowing Jill and Angela to really customize instruction and cater to each student’s specific needs.

Bring your injuries, ailments, questions, and inspirations, and we’ll share a practice in which you’ll explore yoga with modifications specific to your body, along with a deeper breath awareness.

Specifically, in this series, we will:

  • Explore Forrest Yoga basic moves
  • Work with your personal injuries
  • Learn key poses for your body
  • Learn light anatomy
  • Deepen your breath practice
  • Practice relaxation and healing techniques

$60 for the 2-day series. Preregistration is required, and class size is limited!

Register here

Moonlight Yoga with Live Music

Friday, November 7th, 8:00-9:30pm

with Jill & Angela, and live drum accompaniment by Tommy Crocker.



Our monthly Moonlight Yoga classes are held on the Friday nearest the full moon. Class begins with 45 minutes of invigorating flow, followed by about 15 minutes of free-form movement, and finishes with 30 minutes of restorative asana. For November’s class, we welcome Tommy Crocker, who will provide live drum accompaniment. As always, we will practice in the warm glow of candlelight.

Please join us in bringing together music and sweaty movement to find more freedom in your form!

$20 pre-regitration; $25 day of; $10 discount for 30 Day Yoga Challengers.

Register here

Inversion Yoga Workshop, Saturday 10/18

Refine Your Alignment :: An Inversions Based Experience

Saturday, October 18th, 2:00-4:30 pm
with Jill & Angela

Inversions Workshop

This workshop will focus on creative, sustainable, and safe ways to bring ease and empowerment to your inversion practice. We will explore strengthening techniques, partner inversions, and postures that will prepare you for an effortless and aligned inversion. Materials to be covered include windmill handstand, one arm handstand, partner inversions, handstand canes, and more! Join us for a full day of monkey business and FUN!

All levels welcome. Prerequisites: must be able to kick up in handstand or headstand and willingness to work with a partner.

$35 preregistration; $40 day of event; $10 discount for 30 Day Yoga Challengers.

Register here

October Newsletter: Exploration, Discovery & Growth

Dearest Friends,

What comes to mind when you hear the word “challenge”? Do you think of struggle and difficulty? Do you envision the daily hectic rush required to get your kids to school on time? Or maybe that worrisome project at work that keeps you tossing and turning at night? Many of us (myself included) surround the mere idea of challenge with mental mountains of negative connotations.

A simple mind shift, though, reminds us that personal challenges can be less about difficulty and more about exploration, discovery, pushing toward greater potential and, ultimately, tremendous growth. Framed in this light, “challenge” becomes intriguing and playful – even fun!

It is this type of challenge that we’re looking forward to in October. Our 30 Day Yoga Challenge begins on Saturday, October 18th, and we’re so excited to embark on this month-long journey of discovery. We do hope you’ll be able to join us – if not in person, than certainly in spirit. We encourage you to take some time to reflect on opportunities for exploration in your own life. What can you learn? Where can you grow? How can you challenge yourself in a positive and nurturing way this month?

With warmth and support,

Your Kula


3 Month Unlimited pass for just $285!
(Regular price $330)

Limit one per student.
Must be activated by October 31st, 2014.
Expires 90 days from activation; may not be extended.

Yoga Challenge


Saturday, October 18th – Sunday, November 16th

30 Days of Yoga, Mindfulness & Inversions! Join us for this one of a kind, month-long immersion Including:

  • 5 Meet up groups
  • 4 Workshops
  • Ayurvedic Cleanse
  • Plus a week of 2-hour yoga intensives!

$40 registration* due by Saturday, October 18th.
*Does not cover the cost of classes during challenge.
*Challengers receive $10 off select workshops during the challenge.

Register here

Yoga Sound Bath


Sunday, October 12th | 6:30 – 8:30pm
With Cosetta Romani & Daniella White

Join Cosetta and Daniella for an inspirational and deeply revitalizing evening of energy and sound healing. Cosetta offers a restorative asana sequence and hands-on adjustments and healing. Daniella applies the vibrational resonance of crystal singing bowls, gong and voice to aid meditation and massage the nervous system.
$30 in advance; $35 day of event.

Register here.

Inversions Workshop


Saturday, October 18th | 2:00 – 4:30pm
with Jill and Angela

Get creative with your handstands and inversions! This workshop will focus on creative, sustainable, and safe ways to bring ease and empowerment to your inversion practice. We will explore strengthening techniques, partner inversions, and postures that will prepare you for an effortless and aligned inversion. Materials that will be covered include windmill handstand, one-arm handstand, partner inversions, handstand canes, and more!Join us for a full day of monkey business and FUN!

Pre-Requisites: must be able to kick up in handstand or headstand and willingness to work with a partner.

All levels welcome! We will offer Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced variations.

$35 in advance; $40 day of event.
Register here.

Yoga Trance Dance


Saturday, October 25th | 7:00 – 9:00pm
With Cosetta Romani

A sacred ceremony of dancing, playfulness, and sharing in creativity!

Dance the body into harmony with the spirit. Cosetta masters this experience in the most safe, genuine and nourishing way. Come meet her and many other beautiful beings on the dance floor. Wear a mask if you wish, or come as you are.
$20 in advance; $25 day of event.
Register here.


2-Day Intro to Forrest Yoga Series
Saturday – Sunday, November 1st – 2nd
with Jill & Angela

Moonlight Yoga with Live Music
Friday, November 7th
with Jill & Angela

Chakra Workshop
Saturday, November 8th
with Cosetta Romani

Yoga Trance Dance
Saturday, November 15th
with Cosetta Romani

Yoga Sound Bath
Sunday, November 23rd
with Cosetta Romani and Daniella White

“The moment you stop accepting challenges is the moment you stop moving forward.”

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