YOGA ETIQUETTE AND TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST CLASS
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, shoes, etc.) and have your mat ready to unroll quietly as you enter the room.
Remove your shoes before entering the practice space…NO SHOES ON THE WOOD FLOOR.
A sweat towel (which you can grab at the front desk) and water are recommended for heated or vigorous classes.
The practice space is a quiet zone. Keep conversations in the hallway or lobby and use hushed voices as to not interfere with students who have arrived early for meditation or staying after class for some quiet time.
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.
Please turn off cell phones & anything that makes noise and leave outside of the studio.
Please refrain from wearing fragrances as some people are allergic to strong odors.
Yoga looks different on every body. Keeping your eyes on your own practice promotes self love and a space of non-comparison or competition.
Be aware of the space around you - avoid bumping into your neighbor - avoid stepping on other people’s mats.
Read class descriptions and take the class that’s appropriate for your level of experience.
If you must leave class early, do it before Savasana (final relaxation pose). Also, please know that Savasana is essential. 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.
Always create an intention to dedicate your practice to. This is a wonderful way to focus your attention. Your intention 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.
Pick up and neatly put away any props you use. In heated classes, please wipe up any sweat around your space.
Come in with an open mind and an open heart and take time afterwards to reflect on your experience and your intention for the rest of your day.