Cellphone chatter, unending ring tones and texting are roundly booed!
Arrive 5 to 10 minutes before the class is scheduled to start. If you do arrive late, don’t enter a class more than 5 minutes late if it has already started. Wait for the next class or another day.
Go Easy on Perfume and Cologne
First please note this does NOT mean skipping your deodorant. 🙂 It means going easy on perfumes and colognes. No one smells like a rose in a yoga class. And you shouldn’t, because some people are allergic to or just dislike inhaling perfume. But body odor shouldn’t make you gag, either. Observe good general hygiene but save the perfume for your post-yoga after-shower celebration!
The few minutes before class are ideal for a short meditation and for setting an intention so refraining from chit-chat is not just good etiquette but also really beneficial for your state of mind.
When you enter the studio, settle down quietly. Please do not slam your mat down on the floor to announce your presence and jolt everyone meditating or relaxing. Do not fuss and move about a hundred times. Settle down quickly, greet your friends and relax until class starts.
Practice silence during Savasana and however tempted you may be to leave and skip out, resist it. This is where your practice assimilates and the results are infused with a rest so well-deserved and so necessary. If you must (really must!) leave before the end, leave before people settle into Savasana and be as quiet as a church mouse!
Keep in mind the level of the class you are attending. If it is an advanced class and some of the poses are too hard, it is fine to take a more basic variation of the poses being taught. Usually the teacher will offer this option. If you are attending a basic class, stick to the basic versions of the poses so you don’t confuse new students. The teacher will offer you the option to take a more advanced variation when appropriate.
It is fine to leave class for a few minutes to go to the bathroom: There is no need to ask the teacher’s permission. The best time to go is when there is a period of rest, either in Child’s Pose orDownward Dog.
If you used props, put them back the way you found them.
10. Sign in or Pay without a Reminder
Yoga is not generally free. Remember your payment arrangement without a reminder from the teacher.