There is much more to yoga practice than building a strong, healthy, flexible body, or a calm focused mind. It can become a way of life and a way of being. Yoga practice starts on your mat, but its influence can go way beyond your mat, into every aspect of your life: in fact, it needs to for your yoga to have real meaning in the world.
In this page, you’ll find a useful yoga etiquette guide
that will give you more from your practice, and, if you’re a beginner, enable you to walk confidently into the studio.
These points are offered as a means of bringing awareness to how we operate the studio so that you can begin without fear of embarrassment, and share the space with others so that it is a great experience for everyone.
We invite you to be an example within your studio community by showing respect for the space and your fellow yogi. Here are a few yoga etiquette tips that should help:
Ten Yoga Etiquette Tips
Please show respect to the students who have already arrived by being on time. If you are regularly rushing and often late, there’s something there for you to see and adjust. We are very particular about this. Think of a yoga class as being like an aircraft flight: once the aeroplane leaves the gate, no amount of pleading with the ground-crew will get you on board. In other words: there’s no late entry. When the teacher enters the room, that’s it! By the way, “on time” means being in the room, on your mat, ready to go, and does not include just making it into the registration area, just reaching the top of the stairs, just arriving in the car-park, or just entering the 2066 post-code area.
Be aware of others when choosing your place in class and please make room for others when necessary. Do not stand directly in front of someone who is already there, and know that if you choose the back row, there’s always a chance that will happen. On busy classes, please use the lines on the floor, with the line through the middle of the mat.
Come to class looking and smelling clean, with clean gear and mat. (In busy classes, feet and faces can become very close!) If you tend to sweat a lot, consider using two towels, drink a little less during the class, and more after class. Strong perfumes and body odours can become pronounced in the hot room, so you’re always welcome to take quick shower before class if you need one.
Please be aware of others in savasana before and after class. The yoga room is intended to provide a calm, meditative environment, so every student can enjoy a focused, undistracted experience in class. Please maintain a respectful quiet in the room.
Keeping with the pace and flow that the teacher creates benefits you and everyone around you. The practice is both a personal and a communal meditation, and the energy you project in class, whether you are aware of it or not, affects the whole room. When we focus together, and practice the same postures together, the energy builds and builds, and every student leaves the yoga room energized and glowing.
Stay the Distance:
Just setting your intention to stay throughout the class will make it easy to stay and enjoy a full practice. Leaving the room during class should be an rare exception in your practice, not a rule. The series was designed as a balanced 90 minute class, and you’ll miss elements of balance in the whole if you consistently leave your practice unfinished. Struggling through hard moments in your practice is often followed by a breakthrough, and staying through the whole class keeps the energy of the room intact – your fellow students feel the loss of your energy if you leave the room.
Help keep the studio tidy:
Pick up after yourself and others. Tissues in the bin: bottles to recycling bin.
Refresh your mat with a little spray, and store it in a mat bag on the shelving provided if you wish to. Take it home for a wash sometimes. Studio hire mats should be hung neatly over the bar of the storage rack after use.
Please be aware of others waiting for showers. Please keep your showers to two minutes or less, and leave the shower cubicle or basin just how you would like to find it, if you were the next person.
Please don’t take a larger locker than you need, and share with a friend/partner if you know it’s busy. Use the pigeon-holes in the room if you’re travelling light with just wallet and keys.
“Be the change you want to see”: Please support others in these changes by your own demonstration. If you see a new student who might need help, please welcome them warmly, and show them how the studio works, where to put shoes, etc.
Remember that everything is part of your yoga practice. Please use this yoga etiquette guide and you’ll enjoy your yoga more, and so will everyone else.