Yoga Etiquette

  • Remove Your Shoes upon entering studio. Many yoga studios, including ours have a place for your shoes by the front door.  Because yoga is practiced barefoot, it is most hygienic if shoes are taken off first thing.
  • Turn off your Cell Phone. Make a habit of turning off your phone.
  • Arrive on Time.  Arrive at least 10 minutes before the class begins.  If you see the class before your class is still in Savasana, wait outside till its over.  If you do arrive late, enter quietly and don’t make a big deal about it.  Just put your mat down and begin.  Don’t enter a class more than 10 minutes late if it has already started.  Wait for the next class.
  • Respect the Teacher.  When you enter a yoga class, you sign on to respect the teacher.  You may discover halfway through the class that you don’t care for this teacher, style or hour of the day.  But you still should continue with the class, follow the teacher’s instructions, take your Savasana and chalk it up to experience.
  • Keep variations appropriate.  Keep in mind the level of the class you are attending.  If it is an advance class and some of the poses are too hard, it is fine to take a more basic variation of the poses being taught.  Usually the teacher will offer this option.  If you are attending a basic class, stick to the basic versions of the poses so you don’t confuse new students.
  • Go to the Bathroom during resting Poses.  It is fine to go to the bathroom anytime during class.  The best time is during a period of rest, or in child’s pose or downward dog.
  • Clean up after yourself.  The studio supplies everything needed for you in your yoga practice. We just ask that you put everything in its place when you are done. If you have used one of our mats, please use the spray bottle on the top shelf of the blanket bookcase to clean it before you put it away.
  • Don’t skip Savasana.  Your final relaxation in Savasana is an important part of your practice.  Don’t plan to leave class early.  If you must, tell the teacher in advance and take a short Savasana before you go.  Don’t make a habit of this.
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