Our mission at Kula is to provide the Grand Rapids community with thoughtful, intentional, and accessible body-mind-and-spirit nourishing yoga. Our team is comprised of informed and attentive instructors who are ready to guide you, wherever you are on your yoga journey, at Kula. I'd be honored to have you make Kula your home for yoga in Grand Rapids.
I grew up just outside of Chicago, where I began practicing yoga in high school. After years exploring on my mat, I completed my first 200-hour yoga teacher training through CorePower Yoga in Chicago. I then deepened my understanding of yoga with two more 200-hr trainings while living in Seattle. My family and I moved to Grand Rapids in 2014, and I opened Kula Yoga not long after. My classes are both accessible and challenging, with a strong focus on safe alignment, steady breath, pushing limits, and really tapping into the fluid flow that is Vinyasa yoga. I created Kula, because I wanted to provide Grand Rapids a warm, welcoming, beautiful space to explore all that yoga has to offer. Kula is the spot where you can show up on your mat, just as you are, move with your breath, and spend time with your neighbors. It’s a true honor to serve you.
I was first introduced to yoga while taking classes at Grand Rapids Community College, but it was not until 2013 that I began to practice regularly. When I take a yoga class, I find myself so focused on my breath, movement, and the teacher's cues that my mind does not wander for the duration of the entire class. It is so refreshing to do something good for my body and mind and I look forward to offering that same experience to my students. Yoga has brought many new friends to my life, and I am very happy to be a part of Kula.
When I moved from Grand Rapids to Colorado, I discovered yoga. I was first made aware of yoga as a child, but was never really sure I wanted to practice. While living in Fort Collins, I discovered Bikram Yoga, and I was hooked. I loved the feeling I would get after class, as if all the cells in my body had been renewed. I continued to practice into my early twenties and entertained the idea of participating in a teacher training one day. My journey to yoga has always been about self-discovery, self-love, and becoming aware of what my body and mind are capable of doing. When I moved back to Grand Rapids, I searched for a yoga community that would match my values and continue to push me to discover more about myself, to love my self wildly, and to connect to my body and mind further. I am extremely excited to be linked to Kula and to be able to teach, learn, grow, and connect in this beautiful space with this incredible community.
I have been drawn to yoga for many years, however, when I found the Kula community, something clicked in place. I began taking my yoga practice seriously and practicing more regularly. Shortly thereafter, I knew I was meant to share this practice with others. In April 2018, I became a 200 hour RYT with Megan Rader, and also certified in Buti Yoga. What drives me most to practice and teach is the change in perception of self and the world that takes place, as well as the grounding and connection that students experience. From my classes you can expect dedication, intention, challenge, and growth, and a little lighthearted fun. Come meet me on your mat!
I discovered yoga while living in Denver for a summer internship. I not only loved the physical challenge brought by yoga, but I also loved the mental benefits. After graduation, I moved to Chicago where my yoga practice became a daily ritual. It was an escape to clear my mind and get moving after a long day of sitting at a desk. I also grew up with scoliosis, a curvature in my spine, which led to discomfort and back pain. I noticed the release in my back pain through my daily yoga practice. After about five years of integrating yoga into my life, I began toying with the idea of deepening my practice and participating in a yoga teacher training. I quit my job, traveled Europe for a month, and promised myself that the next place I moved to I would take the plunge and enroll in a program. An awesome new job landed me in Grand Rapids, where a few synchronicities led me to Kula and Megan's teacher training. I am excited to continue to grow and learn with the Kula family, and bring students creative and challenging sequences paired with fun, light-hearted playlists!
My yoga practice began in 2016, when I finally found a physical practice that resonated with me. My yoga practice made me feel strong, healthy, active, and capable. As I continued spending time on my mat, I noticed my mental and spiritual health begin to shift. Yoga opened up my mind and my heart to a plethora of new ideas and provided me with a new purpose and a new path. My passion for yoga runs much deeper than solely the physical element. I am passionate about the chakras, subtle energy, the mind-body connection, developing personal willpower, and how our thoughts create our realities. I am on a continued journey of learning ways to live a yogic lifestyle, and I look forward to the opportunity to share that with the community at Kula! My intention is to provide students with a space wherein they feel safe, comfortable, and acknowledged. I aim for my classes to be engaging and challenging, with cool music and thoughtful movements that leave the body and mind feeling amazing! I look forward to seeing you on your mat.
I discovered the beauty of yoga while I was going through a challenging phase in my life. When I moved to Grand Rapids years ago, my practice became my constant companion through the transition. I eventually made new friends and joined a community through yoga. It has kept me grounded and present through the ebb and flow of life. I decided to take the Megan Rader Yoga Power Vinyasa Teacher Training in order to better understand yoga and all it encompasses. Little did I know that I would want to share the knowledge I gained with others. The sequences I create for my students form fluid patterns of dynamic movement and grounding energy and are designed to rejuvenate your mind and body. I am beyond excited to be part of Kula and to connect further with the yoga community here in Grand Rapids.
Stacey da Silva
I first became intrigued by yoga when I was in high school. I bought a book and began to study it on my own. I soon began to participate in classes. Through some periods of life, I have practiced consistently, and other times I have stepped away from the mat for long periods. Each time I return to my mat, I find peace and renewed energy. Becoming a teacher of yoga and sharing that peace and renewed energy with others is something that I have long dreamed of. The right time came along in the summer of 2017 when I enrolled in the Megan Rader Yoga Teacher Training which only grew my love for yoga even more. I am so excited to be at this part of my yoga journey and share this amazing practice with you.
Yoga was just a fun workout when I first discovered it while in college in Kalamazoo, and it took a few years for yoga to become part of my go-to routine. I explored such styles as Vinyasa, Yin, and Hot Yoga. Over time, my practice began to develop more spiritual and mental components that complimented my physical practice. The shift in perspective and awareness I’ve found as a result of the time spent on my mat has been truly transformative. I discovered a natural desire to share the yoga culture with others when I found Kula Yoga and completed my 200 hour training with Megan Rader Yoga School in October 2018. Shortly after graduation, I became Yoga Nidra certified under the guidance of Stephanie Lynn. Studying the meditative consciousness involved in Yoga Nidra has been a path of deep self-discovery, and I am so excited to share it with this community!
I took my first yoga class in 2010, but did not have a consistent practice until 2018. I came back to my mat during a chaotic time in my life and yoga became a stable, habitual force of good to rely on. In April of 2019 I earned my 200 hour RYT with Megan Rader and am certified through Yoga Alliance. I aim to empower others to hold their space in the world, and embrace their own personal power. My love of yoga deepens each day; it is a true honor to share my love and joy of yoga at Kula. I look forward to meeting you on your mat!
I'm originally from Philadelphia, and through unexpected twists of fate, I've ended up in Grand Rapids working as a dog trainer and teaching yoga here at Kula! When I first tried yoga in high school, I really only enjoyed Yin and restorative classes, because I felt like the Vinyasa classes were too challenging for me. Now my favorite classes are the ones that challenge me in some capacity, regardless of the style. I teach Vinyasa and Slow Flow, and I love creating sequences that work toward peak poses. Yoga has helped me build strength and flexibility after numerous back and neck injuries— I'm able to do things that five years ago I would've considered impossible. Kula has given me a community that feels like home when I’m feeling lost and lonely in a new city, and I'm excited to have the chance to help that community continue to grow.
I discovered yoga as I was in the throws of grad school and half-marathon training, and I never would have believed my journey would have led me here. Yoga has brought mindfulness and empowerment into my life in a way I never expected. My yoga practice is a way to stay grounded in gratitude, connecting with myself and my spiritual beliefs, as well a connecting with others through shared breath and movement. It is an honor to share this practice with others, as they discover the power of strong mind-body connection in their lives. I am eager to meet you and share this Kula with you. See you on your mat!
I had a slightly nontraditional introduction to yoga. I used to think that yoga itself wasn’t for me, mostly because I had a lot of misconceptions about the practice. However, after taking one yoga class held at a brewery and lying on the floor dripping sweat, I reevaluated my perspective. Not only was it a phenomenal workout, but also the mental clarity I gained from just one practice blew me away. Once I found Kula Yoga, I immediately fell in love. The teachers are all kind, non-judgmental, and have fabulous senses of humor. Slowly and steadily, I began incorporating more class types into my practice, including Buti Yoga. This practice was my “missing piece.” It combined the Vinyasa yoga I love with the cardio and plyometrics my body craves. It took a few years of practicing until I finally took the plunge to get Buti Yoga-certified, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Buti Yoga is amazing for those who have a solid yoga practice, are just getting acquainted with their mats, those looking for a good workout, have all the chill, or zero chill! It is a community-building practice, and I can’t wait to share it with you!