Yoga Etiquette

 

  • DON’T BE LATE! It is disruptive and disrespectful to others! Also, the Asana’s (Yoga poses) are sequenced in a particular order for good reason, so it is important not to miss the first few
  • DO arrive a few min early. Take a few moments to go inward and focus on the breath, let go of your day and prepare for practice
  • DON’T COME TO CLASS SICK! Not only is it bad karma to spread your germs, your body is fighting and needs all the rest it can get. So for your sake, and the rest of the class, take a class or two off and come back when you’re feeling ship shape again
  • Leave socializing and business outside the classroom so that other students can prepare in quiet
  • Turn off all cell phones and pagers or better yet leave them in the car or the change room
  • If you must leave early, take a spot in the back of the room. Prepare to leave BEFORE Meditation and Savasana (final surrender) so that you don’t disrupt others
  • Yoga is practiced on an empty stomach, stop eating 2-3 hrs before class
  • Clothing worn should be something comfortable and stretchy, that you can move freely in.
  • Bringing your own mat is always recommended for sanitary reasons. Your Yoga mat should be the length of your body, a sticky and non-slip mat, Fabric mats are not suitable
  • Bringing a water bottle is always a good idea, however, in a Yang class try not to drink water until the cool down portion of the class. Yang Yoga works on building internal heat or Agni which can help to purify the body. I encourage you to drink lots of water when the class is done. In a Yin Yoga class, you may even want to bring warm water since you’re unlikely to get warm
  • It’s of the utmost importance to let me know of any and all past or present injuries medical conditions. That way the poses can be adjusted to accommodate a safe Yoga experience
  • Artificial scents and perfume should not be worn to class as some students may have chemical sensitivities
  • Your alignment in the pose can be important, so it may be necessary to modify the pose. If for any reason you are uncomfortable being touched, please let me know
  • We want to feel a stretch or work in Yoga, however, never pain. If at any point you feel pain, come out of the pose carefully and let me know so I can customize the pose for you
  • Often beginners ask “Where should I be feeling this”. Please keep in mind everyone’s body is different, so instead of ‘should’, just be mindful of your own body and let me know if you aren’t feeling any sensation
  • At the end of Yoga (the winding down portion), the body tends to cool off. You are welcome to bring a cover-up/or blanket (something firm and portable, i.e. a Mexican/wool blanket)
  • Most of all, Yoga is not a competitive sport. We are not in a race to reach our feet, so relax take a deep breath, life is stressful enough