Yoga Class Etiquette
Please leave your shoes outside the door to avoid bringing dirt into the yoga room.
Please leave your bags and clothes and personal valuables locked in the locker room.
If you are using one of the gym or studio yoga mats, please wipe it down before and after practice, out of respect for the next student who will use your mat.
Personal hygiene is an integral part of practicing yoga. Please ensure that you and your gear are clean.
Please turn off your mobile phone.
No perfume, or body lotion, and no perfumed deodorants please; we are breathing deeply! Also some people are allergic to strong smells.
Before practice empty your bladder and ideally the bowels.
Refrain from eating at least 2 hours prior to and 30 minutes after your practice.
Please do not bring water into the room to consume during your yoga practice. Drinking water during your practice cools the body down, and the internal heat created by the breath and the bandhas to burn the toxins will be diminished. However, drink plenty of water no later than 1/2 an hour before you start your practice and immediately after, in order to keep the body well hydrated.
Respect the yoga room as a place of retreat and sanctuary. Please keep quiet before and after class, others might like to prepare themselves in reflection or meditation.
Please refrain from unnecessary talking.
If you arrive when others are already practicing, please roll your mat out slowly and quietly as flapping mats are distracting, and can create a draft on a sweaty body next to you, which is unhealthy and can be quite unpleasant. The same applies to unfolding blankets when getting ready for Savasana.
Stay within your space physically and energetically. We are very vulnerable during practice, and students next to you might feel invaded by overly noisy breathing or movements.
Don't watch someone else's practice during class, as yoga is non-competitive & and we want everyone in the room to feel comfortable and not self-conscious.
Respect your limits. Acknowledge that your body and mind will feel different every day; listen to what your body tells you and practice in your own time following your own breath.
Practice with care and consideration for yourself and others.
Please stay on your own mat and refrain from assisting other practitioners.
If you feel emotionally upset during or after a yoga session (joy, sadness, irritation, etc.) then accept the feelings and bid them welcome. If this feels difficult, you are welcome to speak to your teacher about it.
Do not underestimate the effect of yoga. It is a very effective self-therapy for personal development - physically, mentally and spiritually. Consider a balanced practice integrating both activation and release, engagement and softening, as the means to your progress.
If you need to leave early, let the teacher know in advance and position yourself close to the exit. Finish your practice 10 mins before you need to leave, take some time for breathing and spend a good 5 minutes in Savasana (corpse pose), as it is crucial that you rest at the end of your practice.