Yoga Etiquette Guide @ The Yoga Room (and beyond...)
New to Yoga, and don’t quite know what to do? Don’t let that stop you from stepping into a studio. Here is a guide that should cover most of the basics for most studios.
Before Class Eating and Drinking: it is best to give yourself 2 hours after a meal before practicing yoga and 1 hour after a snack. This allows time for food to digest so you can practice optimally. Hydrate prior to class. What to Wear: Wear comfortable, stretchy clothes, appropriate for twisting, lying, inverting, bending forward and sweating What to Bring: If you are prone to sweating, bring a small towel. We have mats, but feel free to bring your own. Avoid: As the space is small, please avoid strong smelling perfumes and colognes Get there on Time: If it is your first time, arrive 10-15 minutes earlier to settle in and speak to the teacher about any health concerns, injuries or limitations, so they can help you stay safe during class
On Arrival Footwear: Remove shoes and socks and place them with your bag under the table at the entrance. Some studios may have designated locker areas for use. Telephones: Make sure these are turned off! Positioning your Mat: Orient your mat so you will be facing the teacher, who will have already set her mat at the front. At the Yoga Room, we usually place mats in a semi-circle around the teacher. Place any water bottles, towels or props near to your mat. Making space for Others: If a fellow student arrives and there is not an immediate space available, please extend some yoga love and adjust your mat to create space for them. Other People’s Mats: Please respect others mats are a sacred space for them and avoid stepping on them if at all possible.
During Class Take Childs Pose anytime: If you need to rest at any time during class please take childs pose, then rejoin the class when you are ready. Communicate: Let your teacher know if you are confused or are experiencing any pain. Asking for help can be the difference between having a horrible time or being comfortable with your practice (and then coming back for more!) Follow the cues: Follow the cues given by the teacher who will guide you through the poses to allow you to move efficiently and safely into the asana. Modifications will be given during class for limitations and levels of proficiency. If you are late: Being on time is obviously optimal, however if you arrive more than 10 minutes late, it is probably best to come back for another class. The first 10 minutes is an important time for centering, breathwork and warm up poses to allow you to move into the more challenging asana during the following 40 minutes. If you arrive within 10 minutes, quietly walk in, collect and mat, and find a spot, without disturbing fellow students. Savasana: The final pose of our practice and the time where we lay on our mats with our bodies relaxed and our eyes closed to absorb the benefits of our practice. This is a very important part of the class, so please give yourself the time to do this. The teacher will tell you when it is time to come out of the pose. Leaving class early: Please plan to stay for the entire class, but if this is not possible, then just let the teacher know before class begins. As you leave please do so very quietly to respect the quiet time of your fellow students.
After Class Clean up Your Area: Wipe the mats down before rolling them up, and returning them and any other props back where they belong. Communicate: any questions, clarifications or concerns can be directed to the teacher at this time Have you got Everything: Double check you have all your belongings before leaving the yoga room.
Congratulations on beginning your yoga practice. We look forward to seeing you on the mat!