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Tula Yoga Center Provides All Kinds of Yoga for All Kinds of People

By Pamela Sosnowski

Tula Yoga Center of Reading likes to describe its offerings as "all kinds of yoga for all kinds of people." By offering a variety of yoga classes for yogis of all levels, the studio is not only making yoga approachable for many clients but helping to prevent boredom and burnout as well.

"I know from my own practice that after doing the same series for a while, you want to try something new," owner and founder Sue Siegrist said. "We try to accommodate as many different types of yoga as we can under one roof!"

The studio is only a year old, but has already attracted a devoted following in the Reading community thanks to its knowledgeable, friendly instructors and peaceful atmosphere. Siegrist originally worked in the corporate world while teaching yoga on weeknights and weekends. Trained at the Yoga Life Institute of Devon, she decided to pursue her passion full-time when she become the director of yoga and meditation at a wellness center and evolved the business into Tula Yoga.

Along with three other instructors Siegrist teaches hatha yoga, restorative yoga, hot yoga, meditation, and more. New to the class roster this year is ashtanga yoga, which focuses on breath to increase strength and flexibility. Hot 26+, which is a complete bikram hot yoga routine, is one of the studio's most popular classes. A beginner's version of the same class is available but with the room heated between 100-102 degrees and containing 35% humidity which is a little less intense to help ease new students into the benefits of hot yoga.

No matter what class people choose, Siegrist always recommends that students progress at their own pace.

"Our culture is very laid back," she said. "When you go into a yoga class, you should always do what feels right for your body. If you're having an energetic day and want to push to your edge, that is awesome! Conversely, if you are having a low energy day, just do what you can."

The center also offers acupuncture, Shiatsu Shin Tai (an ancient form of massage that focuses on acupressure points along the body), and Reiki work, which helps replace negative thoughts and energy with a more positive energy. Occasionally the studio hosts workshops and special events, such as its recurring Friday Night Foot Soak series. Throughout the summer, registrants can sign up for a half-hour ionic foot soak on Friday afternoons. The soak is a detoxing treatment believed to pull toxins and heavy metals out of the body and rebalance the body's alkaline levels.

The drop-in fee for all classes is $12; new students are advised to arrive a bit early to check-in at the front desk and should also bring a yoga mat and water. Those taking a hot yoga class should abstain from consuming a meal a few hours prior to taking the class. Blankets, straps, and other supports are available in classes for those that need them.

Siegrist is proud that her studio is a welcoming place to enjoy the practice of yoga, and looks forward to meeting new students.

"The people that come to Tula Yoga are really awesome," she says. "There are people from all different backgrounds, but the one thing they all have in common is that they are super nice. It makes being at the studio a really fun time!"

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Pamela Sosnowski is a freelance writer, social media manager, contributor for REBEAT...

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