Etiquette for Yoga Classes

Here are some basic tips for etiquette in attending yoga classes.

Arrival and Greeting

  • Habitual tardiness is disrespectful to students and teachers.
  • Exceptions to occur rarely.  When that is the case, enter the room when there is a break in the classroom process, e.g. after the chant and before the first instructions or while students are setting up for a pose (not while the teacher is talking).  This disruption may make it hard for students to hear the teacher.


  • Prop collection occurs at the beginning of class to meet individual needs.  If you need an additional prop, take it from the prop shelf (not another student).
  • Set-ups may vary according to individual needs/injuries.
  • Straps are stored unbuckled, knot free and hanging on hooks.
  • Blankets are stored fringe side back with like blankets together.
  • Blocks are stored on the short end and snug to the back of the shelf.
  • Teachers will tell you how to manage props during class.  Follow their instructions for prop use/set-up because they have specific plans.

Cell Phones

  • Cell phones are completely off before class (or set on vibrate–no ringtones)
  • Important and/or expected phone calls can be addressed:
    • Inform the teacher before class
    • Sit near the door, set phone to vibrate and place it on your mat
    • Answer phone outside room, walk toward lobby before talking extensively

Comments During Class

  • Questions regarding instructions are welcome.  Don’t repeat.
  • Humor is always welcome.
  • Injuries should be discussed with the teacher before class begins or when the teacher addresses injuries at the beginning of class–speak clearly and briefly.
  • Personal life events/stories are best left for before/after class.
  • Yoga questions only.  If you misunderstood an instruction, observe what other students are doing before asking for the teacher to repeat.
  • Multiple questions may signal you need to choose a different class level.
  • A few minutes of silence at the conclusion of class is expected before stirring or talking because most students are very focused and movement/talk is disturbing during this brief time.


  • Wear appropriate clothing that allows free movement such as footless tights, t-shirts, shorts, men/women’s athletic tops.  No socks or shoes.
  • No body odor or scents.
  • Have clean body, hands and feet.

Honor your teacher, respect other students.  Have empathy.  Practice compassion.


List compiled by Kate Hebert


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