Manners for the Yogi
Each year, yoga gains in popularity, and numerous new studios are opened to keep up with the demand. The good news is that these studios are crowded with new practitioners eager to reap yoga’s health benefits. The bad news is that many of these well-intentioned people do not realize that yoga requires its own rules of etiquette:
- Always arrive five to ten minutes before class begins. Yoga teachers strive to create a stress-free environment in their studios, so being on time and unrushed lends itself to that environment.
- ALWAYS remove your shoes before entering the yoga studio.
- Turn off cell phones and other electronic devices that may interrupt instruction and disturb others in the room.
- Enter the studio quietly. In other words, don’t come in talking loudly on the phone or chatting enthusiastically with other yogis.
- If you can’t avoid being late to a class, be as quiet and respectful of the others as possible. If you are more than five minutes late, however, it’s best to attend the next class if possible.
- Bring your own yoga mat unless the studio provides one for you. Always call before your first class to find out if you should bring your own equipment.
- Be respectful of space in the yoga studio and place your mat in a way that maximizes that space so others have room also.
- Bring a towel if you tend to sweat a lot.
- Wear comfortable clothing that you do not have to tug on. You should also choose tasteful outfits so you do not make others uncomfortable.
- Forgo heavily scented perfumes and lotions as some people are allergic to them.
- Always mention pre-existing conditions to your teacher so she can alert you if you should sit out a pose or readjust the pose.
- If you must leave class early, always notify the teacher and those who sit close to you.
Observing the proper rules of etiquette ensures that you and everyone around you remains comfortable, and I can’t think of a place where comfort means more to me than in a yoga studio!
Thank you, Arely, for inspiring this post.