While there are no rules for yoga, there is a good code of etiquette students follow out of respect for their studio, teachers, fellow students, and personal development. Here are some easy ways to promote harmony in the studio.
Please honor the student-teacher relationship. As your yoga practice matures, you will find what styles appeal most to you. You will also experience different teaching methods from different yoga teachers, and different approaches to seemingly identical postures. Experience these with a beginner’s mind; a simple statement from a different viewpoint may be the key to a posture you’ve been attempting for weeks or months. Allow yourself to be open to these suggestions and approaches, and with that experience decide what’s right for you. Yoga is for everyone, but not every yoga style is suitable for everyone.
Leave your ego at the door; challenge yourself on and off the mat. It doesn’t matter where you think someone else compares to you in your practices: you are all in the same place. You are all on the mat, sharing energy and finding balance. Everyone’s body stretches further on some days than others, or in different poses than others. Accept where your body is at that point in time and move on to the next pose. Advance when your body is ready, not just your ego, is ready.
Please honor and respect other students before and after class with your silence in the studio. Many students use this quiet time to meditate and work on silencing the chatter in their heads. We have seating areas in the hall and front lobby for comfortable chats.
Personal hygiene is an integral part of practicing yoga in a classroom environment. Strong perfumes and body order may be distract others. Take a quick shower before class if you need one. Please ensure that you and your gear are clean. Taking a shower or bath after class refreshes the body and mind.
Notify your teacher of all special conditions and or injuries – we want to know and we want to help. Poses have variations for a reason: pushing yourself doesn’t mean injuring yourself. Listen to your body, challenge when you can and rest when you need it. Never force yourself into any posture. As you practice your asanas, respect your body for that day. Take your time and build your practice slowly. You are responsible for letting your teacher know if you are feeling any pain or discomfort in a pose
Please stay in the yoga room once class begins. It is fine to leave class to go to the bathroom: no one needs to ask the teacher’s permission. When necessary, please exit during a period of rest or between postures, to minimize distraction for your fellow yogis.
Your final relaxation is an important part of your practice. If you must leave class early, still take some time to relax in Savasana before you leave. Please notify your instructor before class so they know you’re not ill or or injured. After completing the practice of asanas, allowing 10-15 minutes for Savasana will refresh and invigorate you.
When in doubt, if you approach the situation with honesty, respect, and an open mind, you’re already successful in your practice for the day.