Yoga Etiquette

PLEASE BE ON TIME AND READY TO GO IN THE STUDIO WHEN CLASS STARTS.

We begin promptly and there are no late entries.

PLEASE STAY IN THE ROOM DURING CLASS.

If you feel overwhelmed, simply lie down and relax as long as you need to. This is perfectly acceptable and even an important part of a yoga practice- knowing when to back off and not push yourself if your body is resisting too much at that moment. Staying in the class is important for your health and the energy of the group.

If an emergency requires you to leave, please wait in the lobby until the class has finished to retrieve your belongings in order to minimize disruption for your classmates.

PLEASE COME TO CLASS CLEAN AND SCENT-FREE.

One out of five people react negatively to perfumes and scented oils.

PLEASE NO SHOES IN THE STUDIO.

They can go in the dressing room, in the cubbies or lockers or under a bench.

PLEASE NO TALKING DURING CLASS.

Talking is disruptive to the flow of the class, distracting and you and those around you may miss important instructions from the teacher.

PLEASE HELP KEEP THE STUDIO A CALMING, RELAXING SPACE.

You can do this by quietly opening and closing the door, setting up, and leaving silently, especially when others are relaxing in final savasana. For some this is their only time for themselves during their day.

PLEASE HELP US KEEP THE STUDIO CLEAN.

There are wastebaskets for garbage and recycling and bins for rented towels and ice towels.

MAKE SURE YOU BRING YOUR BELONGINGS HOME WITH YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE.

We donate items that have been left behind for more than two weeks.

THE FRONT ROW LEADS THE CLASS.

If you are newer, tend to fidget or lay down frequently during class, or are having a day when you don't feel like giving 100%, please set up towards the back of the room. This allows new students to have a consistent example of a focused practice to help guide them.

IF YOU HAVE AN INJURY OR UNIQUE PHYSICAL CIRCUMSTANCE, PLEASE LET YOUR TEACHER KNOW BEFORE CLASS.

This is so they can guide you safely by providing modifications or alternative postures when appropriate.

DO YOUR BEST IN EACH POSTURE WITHOUT STRUGGLING OR STRAINING.

...even if this means just setting up for the posture and holding it there. Each posture has a progression into the fullest expression of the posture. No matter where your particular version falls on this spectrum, you will get 100% of the benefits of the posture if you focus on proper alignment and do what is appropriate for your body at that moment. When your body is ready you will find yourself moving deeper and deeper into the posture.

ABOVE ALL, ENJOY YOURSELF!

It is challenging and life-changing work, but it is also fun and even pleasurable. Keeping a light-hearted attitude of acceptance toward yourself and others will make your experience more rewarding and help you to progress more quickly!