New students and returning practitioners can all benefit from a few simple guidelines for yoga classrooms and studios. Some of this is common sense. Other tips are not so obvious. Experiencing a yoga class for the first time or for the hundredth time should be enjoyable and stress free.
Please be considerate and respectful to the other students, your teachers and the space around you.
- Tip 1. Make it a part of your practice to arrive 10 minutes early. Latecomers will not be able to join once class is in progress.
- Tip 2. Please turn off phones and anything else that rings or beeps!
- Tip 3. Remove shoes before entering studio.
- Tip 4. Speak in hushed tones before and after class, if you must speak at all.
- Tip 5. Follow the teacher. It is better to stay still and skip certain moves if you cannot do them than to do your own thing in the middle of class. We want to always share the energy in the room, not steal it.
- Tip 6. If you need to take a break, lie quietly in savasana or child’s pose. This is a personal practice, not a spectator sport. Honor the practice of others.
- Tip 7. Please stay in the room during the entire duration of the class. Leaving is a disturbance for everyone, and the teacher can only look after you when you are together.
- Tip 8. If you have borrowed a mat please clean it with our spray and then hang it over the barre.
Enjoy yourself and have fun with your yoga practice!
Smile, breathe, go slowly.
~Thich Nhat Hanh