Introducing: Kula's 2018 Spring 30-day Yoga Challenge!

We're happy to announce Kula's new, 2018 Spring 30-day yoga challenge! Join us for a month of yoga, and start your spring off on the right foot!! Participants who complete 21 days of yoga during the month of March will be entered to win 1 month of free yoga at Kula Movement! A variety of fabulous prizes will also be awarded to others who complete the challenge! More information about signups will be coming soon.

Introducing: New Kula Massage Therapist

We are happy to announce that Mike Ritter, LMT, has joined the Kula Movement team! Mike is highly qualified, eager to serve the community, and ready to see patients Wed - Sat. You can book an appointment by calling 206-972-2999 or going to

Michael Ritter, LMT

Mike became a massage therapist through his passion for endurance sports and the benefits soft tissue manipulation can have on performance, overall wellness, injury prevention and recovery. He graduated from the Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts massage program, which focuses on clinical massage treatment, in 2017.

Mike practices a results focused approach to massage, integrating Swedish, deep tissue, and muscle energy techniques to address each client’s individual needs and goals. Whether you are an athlete looking to improve performance, have pain from a chronic use or an acute injury, such as a car accident, Mike is excited to show you how massage can be a powerful tool in your overall wellness journey.

Free Thanksgiving Day Yoga Class 8-9:30am with Mary Kay

We are so thankful for all of you who make up our Kula Movement community! Whether you have been a part of our family for years or have just joined it, we appreciate you and that you’ve allowed us to be a part of your yoga journey! As a token of gratitude, please join us for a free morning yoga class on Thanksgiving Day, at 8AM with Mary Kay 💕 
Thank you for being a part of our Kula 🙏🏼✨
We can’t think of a better start to the day - ease out any holiday-planning stress, get in a few twists to make room for second helpings and pie, take a few moments for peace and balance, and truly embrace your body with gratitude!

Holiday Schedule November 23-26
Thursday, 8am Vinyasa Yoga w/Mary Kay

Friday, 9:30am Forrest Yoga w/Hope
            12pm Forrest Yoga w/ Ally
            5:45pm Restore and Renew Yin Yoga w/Emily

Saturday, 8am Forrest Yoga w/Rosalie
                 10am Vinyasa Yoga w/Roe

Sunday, 9am Vinyasa w/Mary Kay
              4:30pm Restore and Renew Yin Yoga w/Jessica

Black Friday Sales

Our Black Friday Sales have started early, running through until the end of this week! Stop by the studio for 20% off all clothing, mats, and yoga props.

Transition into Fall with the Help of Medicinal Mushrooms

Transition into Fall with the Help of Medicinal Mushrooms

By Joyful Living | October 10, 2017

As we transition from the activity of Summer to a slower pace in the season of Fall, it is crucial to listen to our body and support our immune system. This transition from Summer to Fall can be especially challenging because of the big temperature change, resulting in more vulnerability to bacteria and viruses in our environment. Often times, we feel the change into Fall with a slight tickle in the throat accompanied with physical and emotional fatigue.

The good news is that there are steps we can take to combat the less welcoming aspects of Fall, so we can focus on the good stuff; cozy sweaters, time indoors with dear friends and family, creative exploration, and delicious stews.  One of my favorite ways to bolster my immune system and transition smoothly to Fall is with medicinal mushrooms!

Medicinal mushrooms have been used throughout human history for their energy and immune boosting effects. In my eyes, if the immune system is working efficiently, we will have the resilience to meet the myriad of viruses and bacteria that we so often come across in the beginning of Fall. What’s more, the support that the body gains from an immune tonic like medicinal mushrooms means that it will be using less energy fighting these pathogens off. That means that you will experience greater overall energy. When we have more energy, we are able to express ourselves in the world and live our lives to our fullest capacities.

Today I would like to give a brief summary of three of my favorite medicinal mushrooms. Turkey Tail, Lion’s Mane, and Reishi.

Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) is a shelf fungi that grows prolifically in forests. You can find it in our Pacific Northwest forests, draping itself over tree stumps in all its silvery, shimmering beauty. This is one of my absolute favorite mushrooms to use for immune wellness. Turkey Tail’s claim to fame was in a research study done on breast cancer patients who were undergoing chemotherapy. Results showed that the patients who were taking the turkey tail had enhanced immune function in comparison to those who were given a placebo. I find that daily use of turkey tail provides greater energy, less instances of sickness and a generalized feeling of well being.



Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is a highly medicinal mushroom which can also be found in the Pacific northwest.  This mushroom has a ghostly white color and has an interesting growth pattern which often looks like dangling spines. The amazing thing about Lion’s Mane is that regular consumption of this medicinal has been shown to stimulate nerve growth factor (NGF) which is critical for the growth, maintenance and  survival of nerve cells in our brain, called neurons. Healthy neurons are sheathed in something called myelin, a fatty tissue which insulates the nerve and allows for the smooth transfer of information in the brain. NGF helps to repair myelin, preventing us from scattered thinking and memory loss. What’s more, Lion’s Mane can help to promote a healthy immune response, lift depression and relieve anxiety.



Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) is one of the most celebrated medicinal mushrooms in history. With its glossy shell, and caramely red color, reishi is a treasure to be found in the woods. This mushroom can also be found in the Pacific Northwest! Reishi has a myriad of health benefits. It has been shown to lower blood pressure, quell allergies and fight respiratory ailments, increase energy, help the body to fight cancer, and promote a healthy immune response. This is a general tonic that can be safely taken every day and generally just helps our body to function better.



What do these three mushrooms have in common? All three of these mushrooms are immunomodulators. That means that they will help the body’s immune system come into a place of balance. For those who tend to have overactive immune responses (chronic inflammation, allergies, etc), it will lower the immune response. For those with weaker immune systems, it will help to strengthen the immune response. What sets them apart? Turkey Tail’s special characteristic is its emphasis on immune wellness, Lion’s Mane has an emphasis on brain health, and Reishi supports a healthy blood pressure and fights respiratory ailments. Pick the mushroom that feels right for you and glide into fall with ease and grace :)

Thanks for listening!

Nicole at Joyful Living Acupuncture

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New Prenatal Yoga Class Tuesdays, 6:15pm

Prenatal Yoga Tuesdays, 6:15-7:15pm
with Emily Rose

Our Prenatal Yoga classes are open to all levels and taught in a peaceful and calm environment, to support women in their journey of pregnancy. Each class provides postures that aid in, as well as often preventing the common ailments one may experience during pregnancy.

Tuesdays, 6:15 - 7:15p.m. 
Saturdays 12:30 - 1:30p.m.
Drop-in friendly, $18 per class, class passes available

Street Yoga Interview with Mary Kay Vadino


Mary Kay Bisignano-Vadino is one of Street Yoga's most dedicated volunteer teachers. She has been a part of our community since the very beginning: bringing yoga and mindfulness to at-risk youth since 2007.

A seasoned teacher, Mary Kay is passionate about empowering young people to grow, thrive and cultivate resilience through yoga. She is especially devoted to the school-aged foster kids taking her weekly class at Ryther Center for Children and Youth, where she has taught yoga for the past three years.

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