Yoga World Past, Present & Future with Nikki Vilella (#151)

About the Guest

Nikki Vilella started teaching at Kula Yoga Project in New York City in 2005 and opened Kula Williamsburg (alongside Schuyler Grant) in 2010. She has written for Yoga Journal and was named one of America’s top 100 Most Influential Yoga Teachers by sonima.com. As a teacher, she strives to include the perfect alchemy of precise physical instruction, intelligence, intention and space into her classes. As a teacher trainer, she wants to unpack the mystery of putting together an inspired vinyasa sequence so that the student can step away from the stress of “following a methodology.”

In this Episode, We Discuss:

  1. Behind-the-scenes conversations about the Kula Yoga Project and how it’s evolved through the pandemic.
  2. Contemplating the current state of the yoga asana world, how it has changed, and what its future might look like.
  3. The value of brick-and-mortar spaces and in-person yoga as a place for support and to connect.
  4. What it is to be a modern yoga teacher and what it is to engage in studentship. 
  5. Rethinking the path to becoming a yoga teacher.
  6. MeToo, Social Justice, and Inclusivity; how collective awakenings and movements are calling for the transformation of how yoga is taught. 
  7. Evolving views on physical adjustments in yoga classes.

Quotes from the Episode

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