So you've signed up for class and you're wondering what to do. Here is some yoga etiquette information to keep in mind:
1. Showing up
Being late to class is the anti-yoga. Be sure to give yourself extra time. Ideally, you'll arrive 5-10 minutes early. Use the time to check in with the teacher, fill your water bottle, situate your mat, and grab any props needed for class.
2. For the newbie
If you're new you should take a spot in the front row - don't hide in the back. Remember, you need the instructors help most of all. Don't be self-conscious, yoga is about turning inward, and everyone is focusing on their own practice.
3. What to Wear
Images of yoga in mainstream culture show perfect bodies in matching outfits. But here, we real. We only care about your ability to move freely and comfortably. Think gym clothes.
4. No shoes
Yoga is practiced barefoot. Besides being traditional, this provides better contact with your mat, and keeps the studio space clean. So ditch those shoes upon entering the studio. Don't be shy, it's fine.
5. Check that ego
Our studio is a supportive, positive place. This means practicing in a spirit of community, not competition. Your practice will differ everyday, so will everyone else's. So be supportive of others and don't be too hard on yourself. We don't hand out trophies.
6. What to expect
The lower level classes will provide step-by-step instructions; higher level classes will expect you to be familiar with the movements. Most classes will begin with a centering exercise and mindful breathing.
Prior to class, please tell the instructor of any injuries or limitations you may have or if you are pregnant (congrats!) At any time during the class, you should feel free to ask your instructor questions, or for modifications. That's what we're here for.
8. Personal Hygiene
Everyone's favorite topic. Please come to yoga groomed but not over groomed, both ends of the spectrum can be offensive. No cologne or perfume, please. Keep your fingers out of your toes. Mat spray is available for use after class. If you have borrowed this is mandatory.
9. Devices are vices
Turn off that phone. Don't set it to vibrate, don't put it in airplane mode, turn it off. This is a time for you to connect to yourself.
10. Space is sacred
The mat is the home of a yogi's practice, so please avoid walking on another yogi's mat. Make room for others, and try to stagger mats when possible.
11. Have fun
Take the practice seriously, but don't take yourself too seriously. We're all doing the best we can.