Arriving 10 minutes before class starts is usually enough time to check-in with the teacher and get settled. If you arrive less than 5 minutes before class starts, you will forfeit your reservation and your spot will be released to another student. Give yourself a few extra minutes to use the restroom, lay out your mat and gather props. What should you do if you arrive after class has begun? Do not enter the studio after class has begun. Do not knock on the studio windows or door. Check the schedule for the next class, signup, and plan to arrive early to that class.
Yoga is practiced with bare feet. Please place shoes in the lobby. By removing your shoes, you’re not only helping with studio cleanliness, but you’re respecting the studio space.
Turn off Electronics
Phones, wrist watches, fit-bits or anything that dings, rings, or buzzes—should be turned off and put away before class. Take this time for you! Disconnect from electronics so you can be fully present with your practice and to avoid embarrassing disruptions in class.
Enter the studio quietly and settle down peacefully
Settle down quietly, briefly greet your friends and then relax until class starts. Save the social time for the lobby after class. When you enter, please do not slam your mat or props down on the floor. Focus inward and take a few minutes before class to meditate or set intentions.
While yoga is a very personal practice, it’s also a group activity. The teacher may make requests to arrange mats if the class looks like it will be full. Help make room for your fellow yogis by moving your mat over if you see another student needs a spot.
Mind Your Scent
When you come to yoga class, you want to be as clean as possible. Be mindful of body odors, excess perfume or colognes. Yoga class can be an intimate setting and you may practice close to fellow students. As the body warms and the breath deepens, smells become magnified and many people are sensitive or even allergic to certain scents.
If you borrow a mat or props from the studio, wipe them down and put them away. If you created a puddle of sweat, wipe it up. In general, tidy up the space you used in class. Thank you!
Follow the practice
The easiest way to show your teacher respect is by doing your best to follow the sequence the teacher has created for you. Remember, you can always take a resting posture when needed, or modified version of the postures being taught. Talk with your teacher after class if you have questions regarding appropriate modifications. Please do not do your own series in the middle of a guided class. It can confuse other students and distract the teacher.