New to Yoga

Welcome to yoga at Kula! Yoga is a powerful and transformative practice that can be done by students of all levels, ages and abilities.  While our teachers and staff will help you settle in and feel comfortable at Kula, it can take time to get familiar with this practice. Please feel free to ask anyone at the studio any questions.  Here are some friendly tips to get you started.

GUIDELINES FOR PRACTICE:
  • Be patient and kind to yourself as your practice unfolds.
  • Arrive ten to fifteen minutes early to prepare for class.
  • Refrain from eating a heavy meal two to three hours before practicing.
  • Arrive well hydrated!
  • Please remove shoes upon entering the studio.
  • Remember to turn off your mobile device to cultivate a calm and peaceful space.
  • Sign-in at the front desk before you enter the change room.
  • Inform your teacher if you are working with any limitations or injuries to ensure you have a safe and healing practice.
  • Observe silence in the studio before the start of class to allow time for meditation and reflection.
  • Avoid wearing perfume or cologne, as others may have allergic reactions to fragrances.
  • Wear clothing that is comfortable and wicks away sweat.
  • All classes are drop-in, unless specified as pre-registered.
WHAT TO BRING:

Hot Yoga Classes: a yoga mat, a beach-size towel and water
(A second towel is suggested for the shower after class!)

Regular Temperature Classes: a yoga mat and water

ATTIRE:

Comfortable clothing that is easy to move in and wicks away sweat.

CHANGE ROOMS:

Our change rooms are equipped with lockers, private showers and complimentary eco-friendly Dr. Bronner’s spa soap, shampoo and conditioner for your comfort and convenience.

ALKALINE WATER FOR WATER BOTTLES:

An alkaline water filtration system is available for your use in each change room.  We encourage you to stay well hydrated both on and off the mat!

YOGA MAT:

Please bring your own mat. If you do not have your own, we have deluxe Manduka mats  or grippy B Mats available to rent for $2.00.  Mats are disinfected after each use with Benefect, a 100% botanical and hospital-grade disinfectant made of plant products.

*If you prefer, B Mats  and Manduka yoga mats are available to purchase at reception. 

JUST IN CASE…WE HAVE IT ON HAND:

Red Leaf Bio-Degradable Bottled Water $1.50.

Shower towels $2.00

Manduka Yoga mat towels $2.00
*To prevent sliding on your mat. 

Coconut Water $3.00-$5.00

Vega Electrolyte Hydrator  $1.50
*If you’re feeling tired or depleted in class, this is a great way for a natural energy boost; add to your water for an alkaline-forming drink that is sugar and artificial sweeteners free. 

Yoga for Beginners: A Guide to Get You Started

Welcome, aspiring yogis!

To begin with, Kula is proud to have you here in the world of yoga. Together, we help each other support a life of joy and reach absolute harmony. 

While it may sound daunting to practise this discipline, don’t be intimidated by its fancy terms and complex postures. The beauty of this powerful and life-changing practise is that it’s meant for every single person. In spite of your age, weight, and health conditions, you could reap the benefits of yoga.

Yoga will bring lasting impact to its followers. But, it will surely take time for beginners to acquaint themselves with the poses, more so to fully transcend beyond the spiritual and mental exercise. For that reason, allow us to guide you in the expansive and wandering world of yoga.

On this page, you will find a definitive guide prior to trying the practise as well as during your journey. For a much simpler and faster find on this page, below are the included topics. You may click on them to be directly headed to what you’re looking for.

  • Definition, foundation, and goals
    • Its classic Indian traditions
  • Prior to starting yoga
    • When and where
    • Diet and right clothes
  • Kula guide: guidelines for practise when you are at the studio

Yoga

With thousands of years that has been practised by global followers, to ask its meaning and you will get diverse answers. ‘To each his own’, they would probably say. 

Today, some would see it as a mere physical exercise — a key to flexibility. Others, on the other hand, are deeply rooted in their spiritual beliefs. Regardless of their varying point of views, one thing in common is that yoga is their basic foundation for living a healthy and fulfilling life.

As we slowly introduce you to yoga, let’s take years of steps back to acknowledge and fully understand the ultimate aim behind this practice.

From its Sanskrit root ‘yuj’ that means to attach, join, and harness, yoga is an ancient Indian discipline that covers and connects a wide range of physical, mental, and spiritual techniques. Based on texts, the earliest ‘possible’ origin of its term and study of practice date back to pre-Vedic age, or around 3,000 B.C.E. While there is no specific timeline, its spread in the ancient Indian subcontinent can only be based on its foremost traditions.

  1. Classical yoga or Ashtanga

Ashtanga yoga refers to Patanjali’s yoga of eight limbs. Patanjali is one of the renowned authors and practitioners of Hindu classical yoga. He defined the practice through the eighth-limb system, where followers begin with the lowest and broadest state and up to the highest and most distinguished level.

  1. Yamas: moral restrictions (contentment and truth)
  2. Niyamas: moral practices (order and kindness)
  3. Asana: physical or body poses
  4. Pranayama: It is the practice of controlled breathing with the goal of getting oxygen while removing toxins.
  5. Pratyahara: This means the ‘withdrawal of senses’. 
  6. Dharana: This means the ‘collection or (focus) of the mind’. This step allows you to continue and sensibly prolong the basic grounds that you have built-in this practise.
  7. Jhana: This is the second to the highest state of yoga. By this stage, which means ‘to meditate’ and ‘to absorb’, you are to reach a state of utmost calm and awareness.
  8. Samadhi: The 8th and highest limb of yoga is the state of ‘meditative consciousness’. Meaning to say, as you consciously rest in all aspects of being, you have finally unionized the state of your physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional. Hence, you have reached the stage of enlightenment, which is the ultimate goal of yoga.

2. Hatha yoga

Here in the West, the most prevalent type of yoga is called hatha yoga. Compared to ashtanga that mainly begins with one’s self, Hatha starts off with physical postures until you lead yourself to deeper meditation. This is the kind of yoga that is normally done in today’s era. In general, yogis chiefly practise breath control and body and mind yoga poses. 

That said, whichever traditional yoga you choose to practise, all serve as effective forms of mental and physical exercises.

Prior to starting yoga

Prior to getting on your yoga mat, here are some of the tips and reminders to guide you throughout this wonderful journey.

While yoga may be for everyone, not each body pose and technique are meant for people who have medical conditions. Before you start sessions, we highly suggest that you consult your medical or health specialist. 

According to Dr. Ashley Bouzis, complicated poses from ashtanga yoga require a lot of shoulder weight and flexibility. To those who have multiple sclerosis (MS) — a disabling disease in the central nervous system — those postures could put them at high risk.

Where to practise

The beauty of practicing this discipline is its versatility. As there are a broad range of yoga styles, belief patterns, and traditions, there are as well countless options where you could do it. Aside from Kula Oakville Yoga Studio, your place could be your room, garden, or even at the beach. Whether indoor or outdoor, any location is possible to work on as long as it’s a flat surface along with fresh, calm, clean surroundings.

In relation to indoors, make sure that it is not air-conditioned as it’s not highly advisable to work on. Instead of relaxing, your body would be stiff and experience difficulty in breathing control. On top of that, since yoga requires stretches and various movement patterns, make sure that you have enough space.

When to practise

Likewise to places, yoga doesn’t demand a specific time. As yoga is personal to each individual, any date, time, and frequency are dependent on the person. You may, on another note, consider doing it either in the morning or evening. The former prepares your mind and body in starting the day. The latter, on the other hand, benefits you to relax and unwind after a stressful day. 

The right diet intake and clothes to wear

With regards to eating and drinking, it is strongly advised that you do yoga on an empty stomach. At least give yourself 1 to 2 hours of gap after you have eaten. As you start off the session, do not forget to drink water first in order to keep hydrated. To help remove your body toxins and give a boost in your immune system, try drinking a cup of hot lemon water.

As for the proper clothes, it is crucial for you to wear cosy, light, and slightly fitted clothes that are made up of natural fibres. This allows you to stretch more and move freely. Since movement patterns are commonly done on a yoga mat, you do not need a pair of rubber shoes. Doing with bare feet will suffice your sessions. Aside from clothes, below are some other materials that you could add to your shopping cart.

  • Clothes: yoga pants and tank tops.
  • Yoga mat: in buying a yoga mat, bear in mind that you consider its thickness, texture, and material. These factors help you determine where you are most comfortable.
  • Extra props and gears: set of yoga blocks, straps, and bolsters.

Then again, here at Kula, we provide students with the basic yoga necessities. Please read below our studio guidelines.

Kula Oakville Yoga Studio guidelines: Reminders for you to remember when you are at the studio

Are you completely new to yoga? Here at Kula, put your confidence in our teachers and staff. They will help you settle and get familiar with the place. Below are the studio’s guidelines before, during and after classes.

  • Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early prior to the scheduled start time.
  • Please remove your shoes upon entering the studio. For members of Kula, we have disposable slippers that are free of charge. To those who are new, a pair of slippers only costs $1.50.
  • Remember to turn off your mobile phones to maintain a calm and peaceful ambience.
  • Observe silence in the studio, more so when classes start. Please refrain from speaking to other students.

In the event that you didn’t bring any of the required materials, Kula has it readied for you. Below are the following available energy drinks and stuff for you to buy.

  • Red Leaf Bottled Water: $1.50
  • Shower towels: $2.00
  • Manduka Yoga mat towels: $2.00
  • Coconut water: $3.00 – $5.00
  • Various yoga mats (different sizes, colours, and types) 

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Did you enjoy Kula’s guide to yoga? Perhaps, you are now ready to finally channel your inner core, power, and energy. Never undervalue your ability as you strive to try this practice. Or better yet, start your healing journey by joining Kula Oakville Yoga Studio! 

With our several yoga lessons, workshops, and training, find what’s best for you by giving us a call or sending a message. We assure you that our hardworking contact/support team will get back to you and assist you in no time. We look forward to teaming with you.