Yoga Class Etiquette
December 31st, 1969

These are some tips that will help you be welcome in any yoga studio

  • Arrive early to get settled before class begins.  If you are a new student, or new to the studio this is especially important.
  • If you have an opportunity to speak with the instructor before class, tell him or her about any physical limitations you have, and whether or not you know how to modify to accommodate your limitations.
  • If you arrive late, be sure to ask the desk attendant if it okay to enter the room.  If the class you are joining begins with a meditation, wait until they begin to move before entering the room.
  • Remove your shoes before you enter a yoga space.
  • Turn off your cell phone. 
  • If joining an existing class, call as little attention to yourself when you put down your mat and get your props.
  • Do not walk on another person’s yoga mat as you move through the room.
  • Do not assume you can use another‘s yoga mat.  Even in partner yoga, it is a nice gesture to ask permission before you use another’s mat.
  • Try not to invade another participant’s space.  Leave a good margin around a yogi already set up it it is possible. 
  • Be clean and wear clean clothing to every yoga class.  
  • It is acceptable and preferable for you to come out of a pose when you feel complete.  If you come out of a pose assume a respectful resting posture such as child's pose or tadasana,  until the instructor releases the pose. 
  • If you must leave before class is over, leave just before Savasana so as not to disturb others in the final pose. 
  • If laying down in Savasana causes coughing, try doing the pose in a seated position.

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