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 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