About Us

Our Team

Sydney

Instructor / Owner
Namaste! My name is Sydney Holly and Kula is my 2nd home. I’ve owned and operated the studio since September, 2012. Yoga came into my life as a transition from dancing in New York City. I responded to this new form of movement right away. I knew I had found my path. I went on to receive my 500 RYT E from Yoga Works NYC and I’ve been teaching since 2001.

Prior to that, I got my BFA in dance from the University of Illinois. My teaching style is dynamic. I incorporate the alignment, pranayama and philosophy of Yogi Raj Alan Finger’s Ishta System with the flowing movement of Vinyasa. My students know me for my elegant sequencing and ability to break down postures into their essential elements.

I believe in developing a body that can perform at its maximum efficiency. I encourage my students to explore their perceived limitations. A thoughtful yoga practice can bring clarity, harmony, and inspiration to your life by allowing you to live your fullest potential. I’m also a proud mama of 3 young boys. In my free time, I love to travel and read about fashion.

Can’t wait to meet you on the mat!

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I've been in the "healing arts" for my entire adulthood. As a Massage Therapist, Pranassage Practitioner Trainer, Prenatal Specialist and a Yoga Educator I feel extremely grateful for the tools and teachings I have gained along the way.  My yoga home and my self- inquiry journey truly began at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Nosara, Costa Rica in 2005. 

I was on faculty at NYI for seven years as a senior teacher (Nosara Yoga Institute- is now called Self Awakening Yoga).  During this time I was also the Director for 46 prenatal yoga teacher trainings that expanded the globe, for the company Blooma 2011- 2017. I most recently served on the faculty of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Massachusetts for their 1,000 Hour Teacher Training Program. I'm honored to share my teachings with the Kula community!

 

My classes, workshops, and retreats have been described by students as a heart centered, grounding and transformative journey.  I share the experience of my own healing of being a cancer survivor and how yoga helped me through that crazy, wild process. I have a deep wanderlust and travel the world as often as possible!  I look forward to meeting you on the mat.

Kim
Instructor / Studio Manager

I first stepped onto a yoga mat in my basement with Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga VHS tape (yes, tape!) about 25 years ago and was immediately hooked. Initially it was the discovery that yoga could be physically challenging that kept me putting the VHS tape into the VCR week after week but soon I discovered there was much more to yoga. The little power nap at the end was as important as the “workout”???

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It didn’t take long to segue into Community Ed classes and ultimately studios. With three small children at home, yoga became my mini-vacation once a week. Then week after week, year after year, I became aware of the sacred space I had created for self-care and how what learned on the mat shaped my life off the mat.

In an “Aha” moment, I realized I could combine my love of teaching, coaching, and yoga by becoming a yoga instructor. I took the leap and ventured to Costa Rica to study multidimensional yoga at Pavones Yoga Center with Indira Kate Kalmbach. Although many people enter the yoga world with physical aesthetics as the goal, multidimensional yoga approaches the practice as sadhana, meaning to “draw forth nascent abilities.”

I enjoy teaching a vinyasa style class that is rooted in the basics of Iyengar sequencing while mindfully incorporating stamina and strength building with a connective mind, body, spirit flow. My intention in class is to offer a space of possibility for yogis to evolve and grow their own practice.

Tracy

Instructor

Tracy is a Yoga alliance RYT-200 certified yoga instructor, teaching Vinyasa Flow for all levels,   Restorative Yoga, and Kula Conditioning.  Her strong focus on breath and proper alignment provides a safe environment for her students to explore their edge while tuning into the needs of their body.  Tracy offers a safe, playful, non-judgmental environment for all students to experience the joy of yoga.

Her teaching stems from a dedicated personal practice and she actively continues her education and training.  When not on the mat, Tracy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, rock climbing, and reading.

Anne

Instructor
“My deep desire is to share the wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda while guiding students to experience yoga as postures, breath, nourishment and connection with their soul. I teach with a skillful awareness of our broader connection to the rhythms of nature. My classes are intuitively designed to help direct you toward your highest potential. By inviting students to listen, reflect, and know their true self, I gain the privilege to watch students transform in each and every class.”

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Anne Gustin is a 500hr RYT through the Devanadi Yoga School in Minneapolis and a Certified Ayurveda Yoga Specialist through the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA. Her trainings are deeply rooted in the Himalayan Tradition. Anne is also trained to teach restorative and prenatal yoga. Today, her passion for living her yoga has evolved into a strong interest in yoga anatomy, holistic nutrition/Ayurveda and devotion in practice. Anne believes in the healing nature of yoga and that most injuries to the body and the heart can be prevented and/or remedied using the tools of yoga. She is an avid outdoorswoman, loves to travel and seeks to find adventure in the ordinariness of everyday life. Anne lives in Edina, MN with her husband and two daughters.

Our Mission

Kula yoga is a studio designed by our community, for our community. By building and shaping the studio workspace together, we are creating an environment that allows you to explore and deepen your yoga practice in fresh and exciting ways...while meeting your scheduling and lifestyle needs.

Our Promise

Kula contributes its time and resources to schools and fundraisers. We also help cultivate the Minneapolis yoga community by participating in local collaborations.

We strive to not only give our best to our studio community, but also give back to the larger community.

If you’re interested in working with Kula through a give back campaign, please contact us.

✨Opening our Hearts to Change✨

I have some bittersweet news to share...Kula Yoga is changing.

After 10 amazing years at 4402 France Avenue South, the studio space will close on May 31st. I will be the sole Kula teacher live-streaming all classes from my home starting June 1st.

The livestream program is robust, convenient, and surprisingly intimate. I am happy that we were able to adapt to this way of teaching yoga so effectively and look forward to continuing this shared connection with you.

I moved to Minneapolis in 2005 and was lucky enough to start teaching at Michelle Lynn's beloved Yoga House right away. Many of our Kula Community, reading this newsletter 17 years later, attended my first class there. In 2012 the studio changed ownership and Kula Yoga was born. To be able to spread the love of yoga and meet so many amazing human beings along the way has been a joy beyond measure. And this is why the Kula teachers and I are so happy that it's not ending...it's just evolving.

Kula is Community...and our beautiful community is growing. I am thrilled and honored to announce that friend and fellow yogi Wendy Oberg is opening The Yoga Room Edina this fall!

Wendy and her devoted team at The Yoga Room Eau Claire have been cultivating an inclusive and inspiring yoga studio and school since 2017. Their expansion into Edina is organic and I am so grateful to be a part of it. You will find your favorite Kula Yoga teachers and me teaching in-person classes at The Yoga Room Edina this fall.

The Yoga Room Edina will be located in the Lorient building at the corner of Sunnyside & France; just steps away from the current Kula location.

Click here for Yoga Room Edina

http://www.theyogaroomtc.com

Please join me in honoring this transition. So many years, so much laughter, so many tears, so many down dogs, and of course love....so much love. And much, much more to come. Let's honor the past, celebrate the future, and embrace the moment together.

Friday May 20th
5:30-6:30pm open vinyasa flow
6:30-8:30pm celebration

With love & gratitude & even more love,

Namaste
Sydney

Big news! 🎉

Your response to our live-stream classes over the past few months has been so incredibly positive. THANK YOU!  We couldn’t be prouder of our resilient, resourceful, and supportive yoga community. In order to continue to better service both in-studio and live-stream classes, we have teamed up with Union.Fit. This innovative and service-oriented online yoga platform provides the best mix of quality, convenience, and conscience.

You can learn more about their commitment to community HERE .

Moving forward, there will be 4 different ways you can experience Kula Yoga MN which you will notice on the Union schedule:

  1. In person classes: Physically distanced, socially close
  2. Video Classes aka Zoom Classes
  3. Livestreams in HD
  4. On-Demand Replays available 24/7

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Beginning Monday, Aug 3rd we will switch over to Union.Fit:

  1. Create your account HERE.
  2. You receive a free credit to the replay library for creating an account...click to use it within 48-hours HERE.
  3. Purchase additional classes at NEW DISCOUNTED RATES...and/or if you have credits in MindBody, we’ll transfer them to your union.fit account (please allow 72 hours)
  4. In the meantime check out our schedule and replay library HERE. More teachers and classes will be added soon!
  5. Click on the class you intend to take, then click "register"
  6. When you register for a class, you’ll get a registration link in an email from [email protected].fit. If it's time for class, or even if class has already started, you can just get in to class by hitting “register” again from the schedule in Union. No more waiting for Zoom links!

Create your Union.Fit account!
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