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Autumn updates

 

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Namaste yogis and yoginis!

Warm greetings from Cambodia! It feels like endless summer here, but the children are returning to school and the rainy season has just about finished, which means the approach of autumn in the tropics.
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How was your summer? Did you keep up your practice? Personally, I feel incredibly grateful for another great season of teaching yoga and expanding my horizons. The summer began with workshops in Maine, and ends with workshops in Cambodia. In between I did a whole lot of teaching in Cambodia to inspiring people of all ages and abilities from all around the world.
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Looking forward into the autumn, I will be in Siem Reap, Cambodia for a bit longer. I’m teaching daily at Navutu Dreams and Anahata, for anybody still in Cambodia, and am running a series of workshops at Navutu Dreams in September, starting Sunday, 10th September. The theme for the workshops, in line with my November retreat, is Deepen Your Practice. The idea is that in 2 hours, you have more time than in a standard 60-90 minute class to explore alignment and more subtle aspects of particular postures, to practice variations, and to work on expanding your practice to include pranayama and meditation.
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Doesn’t that sound like a yogi’s dream? How would you like to do that a couple of times a day for a whole week? (Who wouldn’t?!) But wait, you can: There are a few spots left on my November 12-18 retreat at Ashok Tree in Tiruvannamalai, India. It’s going to be a fabulous week of stretching and toning the body, relaxing the mind, and nourishing the spirit in the beautiful environs of Mt. Arunachala. This package has amazing value and includes airport transfer, local tours, and an Ayurvedic massage. If you’re already booked in, I hope you’re getting excited (I know I am); if you’re thinking about it, let me know if you have any questions and how I can convince you. And if you’ve never been to India before, this will be a beautiful, peaceful introduction. I’d love to share this place with all of you, but there are only a few spots left, so book your mat soon!
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If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this year of teaching in South/Southeast Asia, it’s how amazingly diverse and beautiful – and rapidly growing – the international yoga community is. Retreats provide such a valuable opportunity to take time from your normal life to nourish yourself and spend time with like-minded yogis and yoginis. This time spent building your yoga community (sangha) and establishing new friendships with fellow yogis who can share the experiences – the rewards and struggles of yoga practice on the mat and off – is one of the intangible benefits of retreat that stays with you long after the retreat has finished. Give yourself this gift.
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Wherever you find yourself this autumn, I hope that you breathe easy and find your flow on and off the mat.
 Love and light,
Kath
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It’s my birthday month: Early bird retreat pricing extended to July 31!

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Happy summer, yogis and yoginis!

First, let me tell you how humbled and heartened I am by the many positive responses I’ve received regarding my November Deepen Your Practice yoga retreat. What an amazingly beautiful yoga community we have, and what a great opportunity it will be to deepen your ties to your community and your own practice for a week in India! I know it isn’t possible for everyone to make the trip, but you will all be there in spirit.

For those who have been considering the trip, or who have asked, here is some clarification on the pricing. (And if you have had trouble accessing the Ashok Tree website, they have had technical difficulties recently, so try it again – or you can email or contact me through the form below regarding booking or any questions. Sorry for any inconvenience!)

Early bird pricing, which lasts until the end of July, is as follows:

  • Standard room – private – £450 £405
  • Standard room  – shared – £350 £315 (couples only, must be booked together)
  • Deluxe room – private –     £525 £475
  • Deluxe room – shared –     £400 £360

Such great deals, don’t miss out!

Answers to a few other FAQs:

Q: What airport should I fly into?

A: Ground transport from Chennai (airport code MAA) is included in the retreat package. Bangalore (BLR) is also nearby, and transport can be arranged for a nominal fee.

 

Q: Do I need a visa for India?

A: Yes, you do, and it’s quite simple. You can get a 30-day e-visa online just a few days before you travel. You present the print-out for your approved visa upon arrival at the airport in India. (There is even a special queue for these visas at immigration, which is generally much shorter than the regular one!)

Any other questions or concerns about travel to India? Give me a shout.

No more excuses now, I’ll see you on the mat in India!

Namaste.

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Deepen Your Practice Yoga Retreat, November 2017 in Tiruvannamalai, India

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Happy summer, yogis and yoginis! Greetings from Cambodia!

After an all-too-short but very sweet few weeks of classes in midcoast Maine, I am back in Cambodia, teaching in Siem Reap. While I miss the beautiful, long Maine summer days, I’m enjoying this opportunity to gain experience teaching at a retreat center — particularly leading up to the retreat that I will be leading in November in India to which I am very pleased to invite you.

Enjoy sadhana, authentic practices in the home of yoga, and sangha, a beautiful community of fellow yogis. This will be a week to truly Deepen Your Yoga Practice and find the alignment between mind, body, and spirit. Imagine getting to practice Hatha Yoga, Prana Kriya Yoga, and Meditation every day for a week, in a place where the rest of the world just falls away and you can fully relax.

The retreat will take place at the ashram where I did my yoga training in South India, Ashok Tree, a beautiful retreat center set in a friendly village just outside of the pilgrimage town of Tiruvannamalai and adjacent to Mount Arunachala; it is a hidden gem that I would love to share with you. In between morning and evening yoga classes, you will have the opportunity to visit the 9th-century temple in town, climb Mt Arunachala, visit other local sites of interest, relax on the grounds, or get a treatment at the on-site Ayurvedic clinic. I can guarantee that the hardest part of the week will be when you have to leave.

The 7-day retreat package includes 6 nights of lodging, 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day (the food here is truly amazing – all fresh, local and organic!), daily yoga and meditation classes, airport transfer from Chennai, one Ayurvedic massage, and local tours. A selection of rooms are available – standard or deluxe, single or double, etc. – and prices range between £350-£525.

Full details and booking are here. Feel free to contact me with any questions through the form below.

This is going to be a very special week at a very special place and I do hope you can join me to deepen your practice.

Namaste.

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Save the date: November retreat in India!

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Namaste! I’m so pleased to be able to announce the dates for my upcoming retreat in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, South India: November 12-18, 2017.

Imagine awakening to the sun rising over holy Mount Arunachala, followed by a nice invigorating morning yoga practice, and then a delicious healthy breakfast. And that’s just the start. Local treks and tours and/or ayurvedic treatments at the on-site clinic fill the day. More yoga and meditation practices, more scrumptious food, and social activities round out the evenings; and a beautiful, remote, and peaceful location in nature make this the ideal retreat environment. 7 days to rest, rejuvenate, and return to  your practice. 6 nights to return to your self. 0 regrets. Infinite benefits.

Booking details soon to follow. Contact me with any questions or for further information.

Om shanti shanti shanti

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Free Yoga in Rockland this week!

Calling all yogis in midcoast Maine! Free yoga is on offer this week at the Dancing Elephant in Rockland; this is an event not to be missed!

In celebration of my new teaching schedule at the Dancing Elephant, we’re inviting anyone who has even a passing interest in yoga to come sample my new class offerings: Friday morning at 9 a.m., I’ll be teaching Prana Kriya Yoga. And this week, June 10, it’s absolutely, 100% free! If you’ve been wondering what all the buzz is about, this is your chance to sample this special practice. Not your usual sun salute and vinyasa fare, Prana Kriya combines specific movements, or kriyas, with the breath to energize and stimulate mind and body. So put the finishing touches on your week here aligning with the breath. Also, I must add that my parents love it, which means: No prior yoga experience is necessary, open to everyone.

Saturday morning you hit the snooze button and then eventually drag yourself out of bed thinking, ‘I don’t care what I do for the rest of the day – I just need a yoga class, any class, stat!’ Does that sound like you? This is your class. Starting from now, on Saturday mornings at 10:30, I’ll be teaching All Levels Yoga, a hatha-based asana class to get your weekend started right. Get it free on June 11. Nothing fancy here, just good, solid yoga basics suitable for every-body, from beginner to advanced, as the name suggests.

And that’s not all — Community Yoga begins on Sunday, June 12. This is essentially the same as All Levels Yoga, but with a special invitation to all of those aspiring or curious would-be yogis out in the community who have for one reason or another never made it to class. There’s a special incentive, too: $5 suggested donation is all we ask. Nobody will be turned away (unless we can’t fit you in the room!). The intention is to expand the yoga circle and to build community here on Sundays, so basically what I’m saying is, obviously everyone should come to this class, and also –  bring a friend!

Om shanti, I’ll see you on the mat!

 

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Prana Kriya Yoga comes to midcoast Maine this week!

Om shanti. I’ve been waiting all year for this and finally the moment has arrived: Prana Kriya Yoga of the Yogi Ashokananda School comes to US shores beginning this week in midcoast Maine! I’m so pleased to be able to share this practice with such a fabulous local yoga community.

You may be wondering, first of all, what is Prana Kriya Yoga, and next, what’s the big deal?

Prana Kriya is a dynamic practice that works to harmonize the physical movements (kriyas) with the energy flows in the different layers of the body. A process of awakening dormant energy (kundalini) in the body, Prana Kriya Yoga has long been regarded by yoga masters in India as a powerful anti-aging technique that works to oxygenate and decarbonize the blood, thereby rejuvenating the brain and spinal centers and preventing tissue decay.

The kriya practices involve active exercises to strengthen the heart; breath work to expand the lungs and train the mind; and meditations to align the body, mind, breath, and consciousness. The result over time is a calmer and clearer mind, deeper and more even breath, a stronger and more detoxified body, and a more balanced emotional body, leading to a greater sense of confidence and creativity in one’s life.

Maybe you have heard people talk about the ‘yoga high’ experienced after an intense yoga session – or perhaps you’ve felt it yourself. In my experience, Prana Kriya gives you a yoga high like no other. But no matter what superlatives I might use to describe the practice, you really have to experience the effects for yourself.

And, alas, here’s your opportunity, Mainers: Classes start at Thomaston Yoga Studio at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesdays from  June 1. Drop-ins are welcome, although it is advisable to email in advance to kathpullumyoga[at]gmail.com to book a place.

Then, from next week, June 10th to be exact, Friday Prana Kriya classes come to the Dancing Elephant in Rockland starting at 9 a.m. All welcome; no need to book in advance.

Come to one or both – 2 Prana Kriya classes in a week will leave you feeling like a new person. But don’t take my word for it; come try it yourself.

Prana Kriya Yoga is a great compliment to hatha, or other asana practices, as well as meditation. Peruse my full teaching schedule, and find the class that works best for you. This summer, I highly encourage you to expand your yoga horizons – and why not begin by trying out Prana Kriya?

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