Yoga Class Etiquette
Understanding basic yoga class etiquette will help you feel more comfortable during your practice. Although the following tips are common sense and courtesy reminders, there are certain manners that are specific to yoga classes and studios. Practicing silence, self-awareness, and respect to the teacher and other students will help to ensure that your yoga experience will be beneficial, stress-free, and less distracting.
Enjoy your Practice! Namaste.
Remove Your Shoes or Footwear. We will have space near the door or entranceway to leave your shoes. Please, do not put shoes on your yoga mat. Yoga is practiced in bare feet, so take off your socks, too.
Turn Off Your Cell Phone. And, please don’t bring it into the room. You can leave it along with your wallet and other valuables at the front of the studio with your shoes. Don’t forget to turn it off…and please no vibrate either!
Arrive 5-10 Minutes Early. This allows plenty of time to settle in, get centered, and prepare for your practice. Unroll your mat quietly, so as not to disturb students who are already there. Check in with your mood and try to let go of any worries and distractions. Lie or sit quietly. If needed, quietly, do some gentle warm-up poses.
Don’t Skip Savasana. The final relaxation pose, called Corpse Pose, is vital to your practice. It’s a time for integration, stillness, and deep rest that lets your body fully receive the benefits of yoga. If you absolutely must leave early, then let your teacher know prior to class. Please, be sure to depart quietly before Savasana starts. Helpful tip: be sure to allow sufficient time to collect your mat and belongings.
Respect the Yoga Instructor’s Sequencing. Don’t do your own routine. Let your teacher know about any injuries or conditions (such as pregnancy) that might affect your practice. Your instructor will provide you with appropriate modifications. Otherwise, do not add to or skip poses in the sequence. Trust the process. Respect others. Honor the space.
Don’t Try to Impress Anyone. Yoga is not a competition. There aren’t any prizes for poses. Your practice will be different every single day. If you reach the full expression of a pose, acknowledge it to yourself, but do not seek rewards for your effort. Attain what you can during your practice, then let it go.
Respect & Honor the Space. Practicing yoga in a group setting creates a sacred, safe zone. Observe silence before, during, and after practice. Allow room for other students to come in. Refrain from unnecessary talking, grunts, and moans. Do not chew gum - it’s distracting and unsafe. Never adjust the lights, fans, windows, or thermostat without permission.
Practice Cleanliness. Apply the yogic principle of saucha, which means "cleanliness" or "purity." Personal hygiene is an integral part of practicing yoga. Ensure that you and your mat are clean before practice. Further, avoid heavy fragrances.
Honor Your Limits. For your safety, as well as respect for the teacher and other students, do not go to a class that is beyond your current level. Work from where you are, not where you think you should be. Never force to hold or attain a pose. If needed, ask for modifications. Remember, it’s not a race.
Keep the Chit-Chat before Class to a Minimum. With respect to others in the class, please keep your voice to a very low whisper before the class begins, and the same advice applies after class. Also, when the teacher takes his or her place in the front of the room, it's time to be completely silent.