Welcome To Kula Kamala Foundation
Kula Kamala Foundation is an educational and philanthropic movement dedicated to the healing of all beings everywhere. Our educational programs serve professionals and the general public. We integrate Yoga, Yoga Therapy and a broad range of holistic approaches into our programs, many of which result in Professional Certification. Our Yoga Teacher Training programs are accredited through Yoga Alliance at the 200 and 300 hour levels and our 870 hours Professional Yoga Therapist Certification program is accredited through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. We are one of only 20 schools of Yoga Therapy worldwide to have their program accredited by IAYT. We also provide holistic ministries and a variety of programs that support the experience of a happier, healthier more integrated life.
In addition to our educational programs, we provide Yoga Therapy services for special needs populations. Our work takes us into hospitals, schools, military bases,
Without support from the community at large it becomes difficult, if not impossible to meet the growing demand for complementary wellness practices that address the needs of underserved and special needs populations. We work to grow our community of clients, practitioners, students and interested individuals.
Please support our work by making a donation directly (mail to Kula Kamala Foundation 17 Basket Rd. Reading PA 19606) and by registering and shopping through smile.amazon.org. It doesn't cost a thing but it could change everything.
KULA KAMALA ASHRAM
An ashram is a spiritual school, situated in quiet and peaceful spaces, denoting a locus of activity centering on Yoga study and instruction. Yoga is unity. Yoga is healing. Yoga is living fully and healthfully.
Our seva (service) at the ashram includes a full schedule of BY DONATION classes, and tuition based professional trainings and workshops, as well as personal services such as Yoga Therapy, Thai Yoga, Ayurveda Lifestyle, and more. Programs are led by our in house faculty, as well as visiting local, regional and international teachers.
"I think you speak faster than I do... and that is the way the mind usually works. Its constantly in over-drive. Tons of stories. Tons of thoughts. Tons of ideas. Most of which are actually not high vibration. Most of which are full of doubt, full of self questioning, full of fear for many people. At one point when you came back on air you slowed down, and you started to talk at a pace that was calm and comfortable and that's what Yoga teaches us to do and that's what we are teaching the kids how to do is to bring their mind from a place that is high speed, that is full of thoughts that seem chaotic and out of control, and that cause impulsive behaviors and we are giving them tools to bring themselves into a place where they can think more calmly, behave more calmly and more rationally, and interact more appropriately with their community, whether that community be at school or at home or with friends." (Sudha during interview with Jeremy Grunin on WOBM on 2/3/16)
PYS 1.2 Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodhah
Yoga is the cessation of the mindstuff.
This sutra by Patanjali explains completely what Yoga is. It is not anything you do, not in the largest sense of the word. It is not the moment by moment attempts to live a satisfying life. It is not the struggle to stand on your head or achieve the perfect chaturanga. It is not even the random acts of kindness you commit. Yoga is a balanced quality of mind, which each of us has the potential to carry while engaged in living the particular life you are living. No matter what comes your way. No matter the attainment or the loss you experience. Yoga is the balanced or pure quality of the mind that opens the heart to serving, surrendering and knowing one's own unity with the Divine and with all beings everywhere.
Buddha and many other great teachers have said "humans suffer." It is true. That is what we do. The quality of our suffering is extrapolated one-thousand fold due to the tendency of the mind to replay, rehash and resort to the "story" we carry.
Patanjali's Sutra 1.2 explains that the true Yoga exists only when the mind is peaceful. Not necessarily empty, but peaceful, unfluctuating, not irritated, not caught up in retelling the story...
Not easy. And that is okay because we are not meant to be perfect in that way. Our life is a series of struggles, on purpose, so we can re-discover the method to resolving our actions, one at a time, until we make peace with all we have done and not done. Until we make peace with ourselves. It is only then that we will be able to truly be at peace with all others, including the "others" whose names currently fill our storybooks with details and dramas...
Yoga is the cessation of the mindstuff.
Learn more about Patanjali and his words of wisdom. He didn't stop at the simple definition of Yoga found in Sutra 1.2. He goes on to explain to the interested student just how to achieve that state of peace.
PATANJALI YOGA SUTRA STUDY
SUNDAYS @ 9:30am
suggested donation $10
300YTT starts on June 1st. Have you submitted your application? Contact us for more info at email@example.com or call us at 484-509-5073
An Ashram is
a sacred space
stillness is enjoyable
kindness is consistent
community is supportive
service is heart centered
practice is spiritual sadhana
sound is healing
healing is a priority
potential is accessible
the Divine is present
in each breath
in each moment.
An Ashram is
a sacred space
that calls to the heart.
Sunday May 22, 2016
from 11am - 8pm
11am meet & greet
11:30am Gentle Mantra Movement and Meditation with DurgaMayiMa Louisa
12:30am Q & A, Cookies & Chai compliments of Chef Lisa
1pm Chair Yoga with Healing Bowls with Ed
1pm Mantra, Movement & Meditation with David Dragonfly with Live Classical Music by Jaime & Lisa
2pm Yoga & Yoga Therapy Q & A
2pm Shitili and Karana Yoga Relaxation Sampler with Gayatri (Ine Jones)
3pm - 4:30pm Special Musical and Kirtan Guest: DALIEN, aka 13 HANDS ( Daniel McBride )
AS A SPECIAL GIFT FROM KULA KAMALA ASHRAM & 13 HANDS....
enjoy this beautiful BHAVANTU chant from 13 HANDS latest album TRINITY:
5pm Basics of Practice with Jeanette Rashmi Devi
6pm Hip Openers with Sudha
7pm Kirtan & Satsang with TAO (The Ashram Orchestra)
VENDORS & SPECIALTIES
(more are being added every day)
holistic vendors 11am-3pm
John Balinski with IASO
Sacred Malas by Sivakami https://www.etsy.com/shop/sivakamimala
Paintings by Jim Houba - Jim painted the murals at the Austraw him. He will be creating a new painting and talking about his creative process.
Art by NaShiRa www.artofnashira.com
Hermit House Creations
The Ashram is a holistic ministry providing weekly “BY DONATION” Yoga, Meditation, Mantra, and Ministry.
The Ashram also provides tuition based professional trainings and workshops.
PHLOX & WILD FLOWERS
We are asking everyone who attends the grand opening celebration to bring a live green plant for inside the ashram or a live outdoor wildflowering plant. Particularly we are looking for the phlox genus, echinacea and other wildflowers that can fill the hill side opposite the parking lot behind the school.
Thank you for being part of the magic. Thank you for being part of the healing.
KULA KAMALA ASHRAM
17 Basket Rd Reading PA 19606 www.kulakamalafoundation.org
Register online at www.kulakamalafoundation.org
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Thank you for your kindness.
Listen to the interview here:
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
What are people saying about their experience at Kula Kamala Ashram?
Dearest Sudha and Ed, As we neared the Ashram , driving the rolling country roads, I felt my shoulders relax, my heart lighten and a joyful anticipation begin to grow . Then we arrived at the Ashram and I let out a full sigh, release , letting go. Walking into the welcoming Kula Ashram the journey of transforming love and light began!! Thank you so very much for an amazing experience!! The food was soooo good! The rooms so comfy and inviting!! The meditation room, the yoga room, cafeteria....beautiful. Everyone on staff was so helpful, kind , friendly. Honestly, it felt like a coming home. The yoga practices skillful, the lectures inspiring, the Kirtan opened heart and spirit in a community of people committed to awakening self..to opening heart of acceptance to community. Thank you, thank you..Namaste....can't wait to return. (Debi Aranyani Heptig)
As we got closer to arriving at the Ashram, the smell of the air shifted, filling the car with the beautiful fragrance of fresh cut grass as we drive through the farmlands during sunset. This feeling of being where you're supposed to be set the precedence for the rest of the stay. The arrival was welcomed with open arms, as Sudha and Ed led us through the ashram, and it was brilliant to see the transformation that has taken place here. It would be hard not to leave here inspired after breathing in the genius artwork portrayed all throughout the hallways and practice spaces, to the most amazing vegetarian foods cooked on premises to satisfy every taste bud. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to practice in Durga's Garden, share laughter with the other amazing yogis, and make space within myself for the ever growing potential that we all carry and that the ashram truly lets shine. Om shanti. Namaste (Kate D.)
I feel completely restored and inspired after staying at the ashram. Sudha and Ed have painted a beautiful reality. It made me realize that all is possible. The food is amazing, and you just feel at peace. I came home feeling creative, rejuvenated, and ready to follow my heart. Thank you!!! I have been cooking some of the delicious food- trying to recreate the experience for my family. I love love love it there. And mermaid pose was an unexpected bonus- never thought my body would do that after 17 years of practice! All is possible!!! (Kristy V.)
What are professionals and organizations saying about the work of Kula Kamala Foundation?
“I cannot speak highly enough of the work that the foundation does. As someone who has witnessed the contributions some clients have made, and the benefits others have gleaned, I can say that The Kula Kamala Foundation is a community organization that truly connects people in a very meaningful way. My hope is that support and recognition grows to allow the foundation to reach it’s true potential."
Patricia West-Low, PT, MA, DT, PCS, Children's Specialized Hospital
“Ocean Partnership for Children and the Kula Kamala Foundation have enjoyed a successful partnership in helping troubled children for many years. For children with mental health struggles, behavioral challenges and developmental delays, the practice of yoga, therapeutic yoga, mindfulness and stress reduction programs provided by the Foundation are an important tool in helping those children succeed at home and stay in school and in the community. The Kula Kamala Foundation so often makes that difference in the life of a child that breaks the cycle of failure and leads to a child finally experiencing success, mastery and fulfillment.”
Mary Jo Buchanan, LCSW, MPA, Chief Executive Officer
Ocean Partnership for Children