Happy New Year!

On Wednesday, October 3, 2012, we launched the first phase of Kula Evolution Network, which we described in our newsletter as “a registry of network member teachers”. Since then, over 70 teachers have joined the network, and you can find their location and contact information at our website: www.kulaevolution.com

In our October newsletter we shared our Mission Statement:

It is the mission of the Kula Evolution Network to create high quality educational Yoga programs which encourage students and teachers of all levels to experience their true nature and deepest essence.  Through experiential practices such as asana, meditation, chanting, study, self-inquiry and karma yoga, Kula Evolution aspires to touch students’ lives with the self-actualizing teachings of the Yogic traditions.  Our world-wide cohesive community is committed to maintaining a culture of kindness, respect and integrity.

In our newsletter we explained who could join the Network:

All former and current Certified and Inspired Anusara teachers will be grandfathered into the Network at the level they had previously attained:

  • Formerly Anusara Inspired teachers will be called Associate Network Teachers
  • Formerly Anusara Certified teachers will be called Certified Network Teachers
  • Students will be welcomed as supporting members.

Those who were close to reaching Inspired status with Anusara Yoga can submit their documentation and a recommendation to join our Network at the Associate level.

The small group who started Kula Evolution has been communicating and meeting regularly. We realize that this vision of a new school will take time, especially since it is a collaborative effort. As questions from the members and the wider community have come in, we have posted our answers on our FAQ page: https://kulaevolution.wordpress.com/faqs/

Our process now is to work on these goals as part of Phase Two:

  • Articulate an evolved method based on non-dual Tantra philosophy and biomechanical principles of alignment.
  • Create a clear path to certification at the 200 hour and 500 hour levels, with all related curriculum and training materials.

We will be including a wide range of educational offerings in future teacher training curriculum such as:  Anatomy and therapeutics, Ayurveda, pre-natal yoga, teaching kids, teaching seniors, and more.  We look forward to including input from member teachers and related professionals as the curriculum takes shape. The curriculum will be reviewed and revised annually by a Curriculum Committee, and community members will be invited to submit feedback about the efficacy of curriculum in the classroom.

The first step that we have taken to articulate our method has been to create Class Guidelines for Kula Evolution Network classes. Here they are:

Kula Evolution Class Guidelines:

1. Welcome and Centering: Each class begins with an opportunity for everyone to turn inside and connect to their deepest essence and the power of yoga.

2. Philosophical Context: Asana is taught as an expression of the inherent potential and basic goodness of the human spirit.

3. Alignment: Clear alignment instructions support safe, effective asana and engender an ever-deepening practice.

4. Sequencing: The needs of each student in attendance are recognized and addressed by the pace and sequencing of the asana. Variations and modifications are offered as necessary.

5. Teaching Skills: Each class reflects the teacher’s training and skill with class preparation, observation, appropriate adjustments and artful use of language.

6. Community:  The class invites all participants into a culture of kindness, honesty and respect where community among students is fostered. Teaching yoga is seen and valued as a service.

7. Closing: Each class concludes with meditation and/or Savasana.

We feel that the collaborative process that we follow to create something like the Guidelines is just as important as the result. The process used to create these guidelines was:

  1. The founding members wrote a first draft of guidelines.
  2. Then one member shared them with all 70 Network members and asked them for input, suggestions, feedback. She listed all of the submitted feedback for the founding members to read and consider, and then,
  3. Using that feedback, we created this second draft.

We want to emphasize that all the curriculum that we create and other decisions that we make about the direction of the Kula Evolution Network will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and that we will endeavor to refine, improve, and respond to feedback regularly.

To give feedback on the process or the guidelines, please send us an e-mail at info@kulaevolution.com or leave a comment on our website.

This process is indicative of how we want to act: collaborative, participative, yet productive, leading to high quality curriculum. Our intention as the new year begins is to develop curriculum and a certification process, and to involve members in this process.

If you want to join the Network and join in this exciting discussion, please fill out and submit the application that you can find at kulaevolution.com.

If you are a Network member, be aware that we will continue to keep you informed about what is happening through these newsletters and our website. And that we will continue to offer the invitation to be involved the same way as we did with the creation of the Class Guidelines.

Again, have a great new year,

Kula Evolution Team: Darcy Lyon, Deb Neubauer, Ellen Saltonstall, Kathy Simonik, Ross Rayburn

A message from Jayendra Hanley: Last June, I was invited to join the group of teachers who created Kula Evolution. I considered it an honor to work with such dedicated and selfless people in this exciting adventure. Also in June, I was invited to join a group of European teachers to discuss how to keep Anusara yoga going in Europe where I live. In the past eight years, I have offered many Anusara teacher trainings in Europe. Most of the students from these trainings would like to continue in Anusara yoga and become licensed Anusara teachers. Since this is my number one priority, to support my students and colleagues in Anusara Europe, I am resigning as a member of the Kula Evolution Team, even though I completely believe in what they are doing. The remaining members have asked me if I would like to consult with them on any projects where I can be of assistance, which I am quite happy to do. Thanks to you all.