HOT YOGA STUDIO ETIQUETTE
Here are some helpful tips to guide you in being a courteous and wise yoga student. You’ll want to check them out if you’re a yoga studio newbie, but even if you’re a yoga buff you may find a few good tips you forgot!
- Show up on time. If you are more than a few minutes late to your class, you may not be allowed in because you could disrupt the rest of the students’ practice.
- If it’s your first time at the studio, sign up for the introductory offer. It’s cost effective since experiencing more than one class is important in making sure the studio is the right fit for you. If you don’t enjoy the first teacher you practice with, ask for recommendations and try another one at the studio.
- Make sure the person at the front desk checks you in. When people hurriedly sign into the class roster sheet and walk away while we’re helping someone else, it makes it harder to track them in the online system, which can mean their teacher won’t get paid for their attendance.
- If you don’t know the class schedules, ask if it’s OK to go into the studio. The class before you may still be in there, and opening the door can disrupt Savasana time. Or the class you’d like to join may still be in an opening meditation.
- Most people remember to turn their phones off or put them on silent, but here’s an added tip: make sure there are no alarms set to go off during class!
- Don’t be afraid to quietly ask your yoga teacher for help if you don’t have enough room to practice or if you are having trouble doing something. A quick mention to the teacher can be the difference between having a horrible time and being comfortable enough to focus on your practice.
- If you have to step out during class, make sure you keep the studio door closed to keep the classroom temperature regulated and keep out any outside noise.
- If you’re using a rental mat, return it to where you found it or ask where it should be put once you’re done with it.
- Double-check that those are your shoes! This goes for anything else you leave out during class, like sweatshirts or jackets. Taking someone else’s stuff unintentionally happens more often than you think.
As always, remember to keep your voices low when you are out in the common area. You may feel invigorated after class, but your voice will travel far in the tranquil environment of the studio.
- Please inform the instructors of any physical restrictions or injuries so that they may help you modify your practice if need be. Note, if your physician asks that you do not practice yoga, we ask that you follow the guidance of your doctor.
- Please note that yoga is about nonviolence and non-competition with yourself or others. We ask that you do not push yourself beyond where your body or mind are ready to be. Practice compassion and enjoy your practice so that you may practice again the next day!
- Please take your valuables into the yoga room with you when you practice. A receptionist may not always be able to see your belongings during a class and cannot be held responsible for them.