I want the people of Logan Square to know about the wonders and amazement that happen daily at Tula Yoga Studio (2827 W Belden Ave.)
I used to drive to River North to practice yoga until I stopped in at Tula one day and talked to Maile, the owner., who welcomed me with open arms into their yoga community.
The hardest part of yoga for me is transferring from my wheelchair to the ground. A hoyer lift was gifted to Tula so that the wonderful instructors didn’t have to get injured in this process to help me. Rhiannon Kirby, a friend from the neighborhood, also happens to be the manager at Tula. She suggested a lift be brought in and stored there so I could participate in yoga classes. After getting this all set up, I have been able to go practice there two to four times a week.
For anyone who has thought about yoga for relaxation, it is a great way to help. Yoga saved my life; after fifteen years of pain from being hit by a car while riding my bicycle and getting paralyzed, it has done more for me than the morphine, lyrica, oxycontin, neurotin and other various drugs prescribed to me by a doctor.
One of the instructors who I regularly sign up for yoga is Hannah Keene, who leads the practice called gentle yoga. Tula has many wonderful teachers there and finding the one who pushes you is key to getting the most out of yoga practice. It is a great set up for people of all yoga experiences, regardless of how long your practice has existed.
Photos: Tom Vlodek
Keene has you close your eyes, breathe deep breaths, relax, breath some more, stretch and breath continuously. My body has responded to yoga like nothing I ever have done before. I highly recommend yoga for everybody—it has been so helpful to me and I want everyone to get the benefits that yoga offers. Whether you are doing a downward dog, a medulla abbligata or another pose, I guarantee you will come back to Tula yoga for growth, support and community.
For me personally, it has been a godsend to my neighborhood. Stop in and talk to Maile or another instructor about getting your yoga practice started and check out special classes and events online. I recommend it to anyone in Logan Square to find a class to attend, meet new friends and find that peace and happiness we all look for in our daily lives. You will be so happy and feel awesome about our Mother Earth in the process. Namaste!
Featured photo: Tom Vlodek