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Finding Yourself through Practice with Kula Yoga Shala

By Marina I. Jokic

At Kula Yoga Shala in Jupiter, Florida, you might be surprised to find that all yoga classes are offered on a donation basis. Amazingly enough, there are over 90 classes taught per week, each relying on people's generosity for its continuity.

Owner Scott Feinberg thinks that this model of practice embodies the spirit of Kula, Sanskrit for "community of the heart." Capturing the rich diversity of yogic practice from the dynamic and exhilarating to the calming and centering, Kula Yoga Shala welcomes beginners and experts alike into its community. Without memberships or class packages, Kula offers practitioners freedom and flexibility.

A collective of over 75 yoga teachers, healing practitioners, and creative artists, Kula Yoga Shala wants to make yoga accessible to everyone regardless of income, age, or physical ability. In addition to regular classes and therapies, there is a Buddha Bar that is inspired by vintage style coffee houses. The bar serves organic coffees and teas as well as sandwiches, salads, and snacks. You'll find an assortment of beverages from tasty Kombucha to hydrating coconut waters and fresh carrot juices.

"Our goal is to help facilitate the healing benefits of this ancient practice in the most effective and authentic way possible so that we can support one another through the inevitable ebbs and flows of life," said Feinberg. "There is a quality of depth expressed through the practices as we truly seek to offer programs that extend beyond the physical aspects of yoga."

Besides teaching yoga and practicing healing arts, Kula Yoga Shala is the center of a large and thriving community. It's a spiritual haven for many of its practitioners, and it radiates acceptance and positivity. People enjoy just hanging out before and after classes in the garden or the Buddha Bar, sipping tea together or discussing a difficult asana. There are book clubs, discussion groups, sound healing, and meditation and breath work classes. Movie nights and open mics bring everyone together in the spirit of fun and experimentation.

"We see ourselves more as a home away from home and less like a business," said Feinberg. "We see yoga as the practice that connects us to our individual depth so that we can connect with each other from that same depth."

Teacher training workshops are held twice per year, offering a comprehensive study of the Yoga tradition. Approved by the Yoga Alliance, the training program is suitable for those seeking to enhance their teaching abilities as well as for those looking to deepen their personal practice through a more devoted study of the discipline. The program explores the full depth and breadth of Yoga including its history, philosophies, lineages as well as experiential practices such as asana, pranayama, meditation, and gross and subtle anatomy.

"Whether through a single practice or a more immersive training, we hope to support [students] in not only finding a deeper connection with yoga but with themselves and their community," said Feinberg.

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Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East...

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