YOGA ETIQUETTE + TIPS FOR A MORE ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE ~ Make it part of your yoga practice to arrive early. Getting to class about 10 minutes early can help you sign in, settle in and align your attitude with the purpose of the class. While you’re waiting you can practice a pose, do a few stretches or just sit or lie quietly, breathe and get centered.
~ Repeatedly arriving late to class can be disruptive to others. We realize that situations do occur, however. If you do arrive late, politely prepare yourself for class at the door (put away your keys, remove your coat, cover-up, shoes) and have your mat ready to unroll quietly as you enter the room.
~ Tell your teacher about any injuries or special health conditions that might affect your practice. If you are injured or tired, skip poses you can’t or shouldn’t do or try a modified version.
~ Remove your shoes before entering the studio… NO SHOES IN THE STUDIO.
~ Please turn off cell phones, pagers & anything that makes noise.~ Please refrain from wearing fragrances as some people are allergic to strong odors.
~ Be aware of the space around you - avoid bumping into your neighbor - avoid stepping on other's mats.
~ Come with an empty stomach. Allow 2-3 hours digestion after a large meal
~ If you need to leave early, allow yourself a few minutes in corpse pose to reap in the benefits of your shortened practice. This also alerts others around you that you plan to leave class a bit early. Also, please know that Savasana is essential.
~ Always create an intention. To help you focus, you might find it helpful to dedicate your practice to a certain intention. This might be to become more aware and understanding, more loving and compassionate, or healthier, stronger and more skillful. Or it might be for the benefit of a friend, a cause – or even yourself.
~ Bring a big towel and water if you are attending a vigorous class or Hot Yoga.
~ Read class descriptions and take the class that’s appropriate for your level of experience.
~ Pick up and neatly put away any props you use. Be a good yogi and clean your borrowed mat before putting it away. Mat disinfectant is kept at the studio.
~ Speak in hushed tones before and after class. Loud voices can interfere with students who have arrived early for meditation or staying after class for some quieting time. Be respectful of the volume of your conversations.
~ Come in with an open mind and an open heart and take time afterwards to think about what you did in class, so you can retain what you learned. Review the poses you practiced and note any instructions that particularly made sense. Even if you remember just one thing from each class, you’ll soon have a lot of information that can deepen your own personal practice.
~ The most important thing…enjoy yourself and have fun with your yoga practice!