Our (sometimes) fearless leader:
I'm Chantal, the founder and owner of Kula yoga. I started doing yoga in my early 20s as a means to sneak a good workout into my stressful, packed schedule as a wife, home owner, roommate, full-time student, and part-time nanny. I graduated with a degree in Education (Teachers unite!!) and moved from my home state of Michigan to the Valley of the Sun to be closer to my husband's amazing extended family.
As a stressed out, overworked, underpaid 4th grade teacher, I found yoga to be necessary to help me get through the workweek (I had to look this up and yes, it is one word!) halfway sane and kinda patient. I loved that yoga offered a workout that got me sweating, challenged my balance, worked my flexibility, and left me feeling peaceful, all in an hour!
I took my 200-hour teaching training at Inner Vision in Tempe and began dreaming of bringing more yoga to the West Valley, where I lived. I had to drive so far to enjoy fabulous teachers in pretty studios on the East side! It just wasn't fair.
Kula yoga llc was born in the fall of 2016, with a vision for an inclusive, friendly yoga center with a heart for people. Where you can walk in and find a class and teacher that fits you perfectly, whether you're young or wise, flexy or kind of tight, thin or curvy. We believe yoga is for every body. And everybody can use some yoga.
In June of 2017, we heard about a Christian studio closing down in Glendale. We began talking with Sandi, the owner of Y.O.G.A. for the Soul and quickly discovered that it was meant to be for us to continue her vision in her studio space. On September 1st, 2017 we transitioned into the space and the rest is history.
We believe yoga aligns with all sorts of different spiritual belief systems and consider it our specialty to bring the Christian faith into some of our classes. Our 'Soul' classes, as we call them (as a tribute to the original studio, Y.O.G.A for the Soul) may include the teacher praying, reading scripture from the bible, or worship music throughout the practice, in a non-preachy, definitely non-judgemental way (I know, whew!). About half of our weekly classes are Soul classes and the other half are more spiritually neutral. Most yogis find they enjoy either type of class, regardless of where they may be spiritually.
Our well-loved teachers combine current knowledge of the age-old practices of yoga with a desire to meet you where you are and gently grow your practice in body + mind + spirit. See ya on the mat!
Love and light,