Kula Kamala Foundation took root in 2007 as a result of the healing vision and dedication of Sudha Mataji and her husband Ed, Ramachandra. Together they worked to build a sacred space where community, health, wellness, unity, and goodness can thrive. Ramachandra left this earthly realm on November 23, 2018. Sudha Mataji continues to build and expand her vision of and service toward a world where simple goodness and spiritual upliftedness have a place and a purpose for everyone. Kula Kamala Foundation is dedicated to coordinating, implementing and supporting therapeutic Yoga education, services and training for individuals and groups from public, special and medical communities, in order to reduce suffering, enhance happiness and improve overall health & wellbeing, with a special emphasis in areas and for individuals where such programs might not otherwise be available or accessible.
the ashram's dedicated staff:
Casey Jaya Bertolami
Dayananda Das Feenstra
Kula Kamala Foundation envisions universal availability in the practice and application of all aspects of yoga, including asana, pranayama, meditation, reiki, ayurveda, art, music,
and movement in order to enhance the wellness of individuals and communities.
Kula Kamala Foundation is dedicated to walking the path of progressive nonsectarian spirituality and to enhancing human holism.
The Kula Kamala Foundation is organized specifically and exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes.
The mission of Kula Kamala Foundation is to empower individuals and communities throughout the world to enhance wellness, increase happiness and minimize suffering through the education, practice and application of yoga, yoga therapy, meditation, reiki, ayurveda, art, music, and movement. Kula Kamala Foundation seeks to further provide individual and community opportunities to be of service (seva) through structured programs meant to support enlightened living in areas and for individuals where such programs might not otherwise be available or accessible.
Kula Kamala Foundation is organized specifically and exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes. We are dedicated to walking the path of progressive nonsectarian spirituality and enhancing human holism.
We are devoted to:
Our goals include:
1. Research and implementation of yoga, meditation, and alternative therapies as an approach to alleviating suffering and supporting enlightened living in the local and global public, medical and special needs communities.
2. Creation and co-creation of yogic and alternative therapy programs to support the well-being of individuals enlisted, enrolled, registered as patients or participants, or otherwise involved in the fields or professions of the: military and law enforcement, health care, mental health, crisis prevention, intervention, women’s shelters, education, correction and rehabilitation, homeless shelters, and special needs care and education.
3. Education of the general public and special needs populations on the use of yogic and alternative techniques to enhance wellness and healing.
4. Implementation sustainable social action programs addressing issues of individual and communal access to health, wellness, food, water, housing, education and other necessities, both locally and globally.
5. Empowerment of yoga instructors to conduct or participate in sustainable social action and service programs.
6. Develop and sustain a spiritual school and holistic service center focused on education in yoga, yoga therapy, mindfulness, health and wellness, and the experience of a happier more integrated life. The spiritual school and holistic service center is developed for the general public, for special needs communities, and for individual who for a variety of reasons including economic and social reasons, might not otherwise have access to such programs and services.
7. Provision of high quality residential based education programs for Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists to develop and improve skills and understanding in Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Positive Psychology, and similar mindfulness practices.
8. Offer work based and financial hardship based partial scholarship opportunities toward professional trainings.
9. Reduce the suffering of people and communities through application of the transformative wisdom and practice of Yoga.
We teach a modern yet traditionally inspired style of yoga, called kula-kamala-yoga, which is centered in awakening Anahata (the heart) chakra, is spiritually uplifting, therapeutically oriented and has a strong focus on alignment of body, mind and spirit. Our work includes a significant commitment to seva or service to our community. Our style of practice is appropriate for all levels of experience. Our students come from all walks of life and from all socio-economic and religious backgrounds. Yoga teaches us that true happiness emerges as unity, faith, love, and compassion deepen. Whatever YOU have faith in, Yoga can deepen that faith as the wonders of awakening consciousness opens your heart to the greater inclusion and completeness of the Universe.
We see Yoga as both a unique method and an experience of unity that can empower an end to oppression and suffering for ourselves and for all beings. We work to manifest an environment that is conducive to “yogic living”, which is based in the principle of non-violence. We embrace the yogic and buddhist wisdom of sangha (supportive community) and we are deeply committed to heart centered Yoga and wisdom teachings, which espouse that to love is the one true path to lasting happiness.
We provide holistic wellness programs to public, military, law enforcement, health care, mental health, crisis prevention, women’s shelter, education, correction and rehabilitation, homeless shelter, and special needs care communities. We also educate and empower yoga instructors to conduct or participate in Yogic service programs. Our approach marries traditional and contemporary mindfulness techniques including Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Meditation, and Relaxation, just to name a few, with current medical research to provide the broadest possible understanding of what the practices of Yoga can provide to the individual person and to the community as a whole.
TEACHER CODE OF ETHICS
Yoga teachers should strive toward the highest ethical behavior as set forth in the Yama, Niyama and Patanjali's Yoga Sutra.
We, as yoga teachers are examples to our students. We should strive to exemplify the change we wish to see in the world. We can best achieve this goal by conducting ourselves in a way that fosters peace, harmony and integrity.
As a Registrant of Yoga Alliance, a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and a representative of a Registered Yoga School (RYS), we agree to the following Code of Conduct as a declaration of acceptable, ethical, and professional behavior to which Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) and Registered Yoga Schools (RYS) should adhere when conducting the teaching and business of Yoga:
1. Conduct all interactions with integrity and in a professional and conscientious manner.
2. Do not falsely represent my skills and scope of practice and if necessary, refer students to seek alternative instruction, advice, treatment, or direction when same is out of the purview of my skills.
3. Provide a safe, clean and holistic environment where all students regardless of age, physical limitations, race, creed, gender, ethnicity, religion affiliation, or sexual orientation feel welcome.
4. Respect the privacy of all students and treat them in a dignified manner at all times.
5. Do not sexually, verbally or physically harass any student.
6. Abide by yogic ethics as set forth in the Yamas and Niyamas.
7. Follow all local government and national laws pertaining to the business of yoga
8. We will NEVER share your personal information with third parties for any reason not associated with the regular operation of our yoga Studio or to meet the requirements of Yoga Alliance without your permission.
We believe that "action taken, deeds done and words said" should enhance the beauty of the world, increase harmony between beings and promote the general wellness of the community. Actions, deeds and words opposed to these principles should be avoided. We are guided by the Yama and Niyama as follows:
The Yama are behavioral restraints. They guide our interactions with humans, non-humans and our interactions with the world we inhabit. This is a short discussion and
Ahimsa. Avoid violence or unkindness in word, deed and thought, and avoid activities that stunt the realization of harmony.
Satya is being honest in word, deed and thought. Manifesting an authentic representation of ourselves and others by not concealing truth, and by not downplaying or exaggerating our abilities and accomplishments.
Asteya. In its simplest form it means do not steal or take what is not yours and includes physical items such as money and items as well as ideas, identities, and experience. Do not act out of jealousy.
Brahmacharya is behaving in an ethical, God-like way that enhances all that is Divine. It encompasses unconditional love, true joy for others, and treating all with integrity. It includes practicing moderation in all practices and allowing only pure motivations to be acted upon.
Aparigraha means non-clinging. Live simply. Do not accumulate things needlessly. Do not hoard and do not give material objects, status or greed priority over that which enhanced truth and harmony.
The Niyama guide us in our relationship with ourself. They are observances we should adhere to.
Sauca is Purity or Cleanliness. It enhances balance and sharpens clarity.
Santosa is Contentment. Contentment with yourself, with others and with the situation of your life, Santosa involves surrendering to your faith and truly believing that the process of yoga will bring you from personal suffering toward great happiness.
Tapas is the fire of self-discipline. Think of it as the willpower to follow through.
Svadhyaya is the Study of the Self. We self-inquire, we practice mindfulness, it is also the study of scriptures and chanting. Svadhyaya opens us to our own divine nature.
Ishvara Pranidhana is devotion or surrender to the Divine. It is about being open-hearted to the possibilities.
Additional Ethical Guidelines...
Honoring truth, acting only out of kindness, speaking only with compassion, avoiding harmful words and deeds, living simply and avoiding indulgences, practicing charity, practicing discipline, engaging in self-study, avoiding judgmental tendencies, acknowledging the inherent beauty of the overall picture before making any other assessment, enhancing harmony, embracing shri, living in spiritual freedom.