Arrive a few minutes before class begins. This gives you a chance to check-in to class, find a space in the yoga room, and settle in. If you are late, please wait quietly outside the door until the class finishes the quiet centering practice and chant, which happens at the beginning of each class.
Please no alcohol or other mind-altering substances before class.
Leave your shoes outside the yoga room and please remove your socks before you start to practice asana.
Please bring your own mat to class. It is a good idea to practice using your own personal mat for both sanitary and energetic reasons although, there are several mats available to borrow. If you use one of Kula's loaner mats, please wash it after class and give it to your teacher to dry.
Inform your teacher if any injuries or concerns you may have.
Be aware of good hygiene to avoid offending your fellow yoga students. No strong perfumes, please.
Unless you have a special need, please turn off all cell-phones and pagers before class begins. If you must leave your phone on or near you during a class, please inform your teacher.
Set your mats out in an even and orderly fashion. Avoid “camping out”, i.e. having jackets, bags, etc. clustered around you. This helps to maintain clarity of alignment in the room, which in turn helps to create clarity and alignment in the body and mind.
Leave the pathways clear for students and teacher
Keeps the wall space clear for wall work
Leave your competitive nature at home. Honor your inner voice and your edge.
Respect the seat of the teacher. Your teacher has spent many hours in preparation for this class and there is something that you can learn every person. If the teacher is new to you, open your mind and your heart to them and they will be able to do their job a bit easier. The easiest way to show respect to your teacher is by following the poses or a modified version of them. If you disagree with your teacher, it is ok but please experience what they are trying to teach you in your body and then, if you have feedback, talk to them after class. If there are any bigger issues, please send Kula an email.
Keep your awareness on your breath and your practice. Kula is a group of individuals coming together with the same intention and in most of our classes, our intention is to guide our focus inward to refine each of our practices. If you are invited by your instructor to be aware of those around you, find that which is beautiful and good in those around you.
At Kula, we emphasize growing our community but please limit your conversation during class. Not everybody wants to come to Yoga to have yet one more opportunity to engage in shallow conversation.
Leave time for a good Savasana (relaxation pose) at the end of class. If you have to leave early, take your own Savasana before you go. Do not leave during the class Savasana so as not to disturb this time of stillness.
Please return all props neatly where they came from. Take time to re-fold blankets neatly, if necessary.
Move slowly and with awareness to maintain the vibrancy and stillness you have gained during class.
Smile and offer the fruits of your practice outward to all you encounter.
I'm new to yoga - where do I start?
Welcome! Our teachers are trained in alignment-based yoga and can help you understand how to enjoy your practice and keep your body safe. Every BODY is different and there is no all-encompassing solution to each individual practice, so listen to your body and try out a couple of different teachers. We offer many all levels classes at Kula and hold a Yoga 101 course a couple of times a year. This course is designed to give you the confidence to start or refine your practice and covers basic yoga postures, breath work, and basics of meditation. You are welcome to drop-in to any All Levels class. Please let your instructor know any concerns that you may have before practice begins.
What should I bring?
Please bring a yoga mat, water bottle, + clothes that are comfortable to move in. We have yoga mats at the studio that you are welcome to borrow and Jade yoga mats for purchase. We provide all props that are needed for class but you are welcome to bring whatever props you use to regularly support your practice. Kula has showers so bring or borrow a towel if you would like to freshen up after class.
Kula does not have a 104 degree hot yoga class but we offer Candlelight Sweat in a warm room at 85 degrees. This class is a vinyasa style flow class taught by Jessica Drago.
Can I eat before class?
It is recommended to practice Yoga on an empty stomach. Please allow 2-3 hours after a full meal, or one hour after a small snack. Digesting food takes a great deal of energy. Have you ever noticed how tired you feel after eating a big meal? Practicing Yoga takes a great deal of energy too. It is much kinder to your body to allow it to only have to do one of these major activities at a time. Yoga is an internal art. Each pose stimulates glands and organs in addition to working in the muscles and tendons. You will not receive as many positive benefits in these functions if your body has to keep busy with digestion. Eating and then performing some poses, like forward bends, actually may hinder proper digestion and elimination.
Can I just show up for class or should I register online?
It's your choice. Most students arrive 10 minutes prior to class time to complete checkin and have time to set up their space in the studio. However, you are welcome to checkin online or with the MindBody App to make checkin smoother once you get to the studio.
Can my Teen or child attend yoga with me?
We accept teens and children in our classes on a case by case basis. Most all levels classes are not for families or children and the expectation throughout most classes is that you deepen your own practice. If you would like your teen/child to attend yoga with you, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can set up an interview with your teen/child to understand why they would like to have a strong practice and to educate them on the basics of yoga etiquette before they enter the class. We may require a private lesson with your teen/child to assess the ability that your teen has to focus for an extended period of time.
Can I rent out the studio for an event?
We love to rent out our studio space/cafe for events when we are not having classes and the tea bar is not already open. Rent the studio and the tea bar for $60/hour or the studio for $40/hour. For events this includes someone to help check-in your event and Kula will share the event on their facebook page.
Kula loves to co-host events and split the gross income (70% to you/30% to the studio). With this split, Kula will build a flyer, advertise on their website, newsletter, instagram, and facebook. This also would include someone to help checkin the event .