Yoga Etiquette Tips
Yoga is an eastern tradition. Here are a list of helpful etiquette and traditions that we would very much like to ask you to honor in our studio. Thank you so much for your interest in us and for your interest in yoga. It is a practice that will serve your life long health if you commit to it!
1. Shoes – we ask you to leave your shoes in the hallway. If you would like to bring them inside, you may carry them. Purses and coats can be stored inside the studio. If you cannot remove your shoes without sitting, feel free to enter the room and leave with them on; we understand not everyone can remove their shoes standing up.
2. Socks – It is not a good idea to wear socks during yoga. We will keep the room at a temperature that your feet will not be cold. If you are embarrassed about your feet, you aren’t alone. Erin has a video on feet care tips that you might like to watch to try to get them into shape – she has faced some challenges with feet herself. (coming soon)
3. Arrive 10 – 15 minutes early – If you can come early this will help your experience in yoga be more effective and prevent you from missing essential instructions and preparation before class. Think of each class as starting 10 minutes before the scheduled time.
4. Late arrival – If you are running late we welcome you to class anyway – we understand that things happen and we would hate for you to miss your yoga. If the class is centering, please do not enter the room. Wait until centering is complete, walk to the back door, and enter there.
5. Props – This is very important. Please put away your own props. Blankets should be folded like the others and put neatly in a stack with the fringe back. If you would like to purchase your own props we do have a store on site with mid-grade quality props. (Webpage details coming soon)
6. Centering – At the beginning of class we center the group. This means that it is traditional for the instructor to gather the group for a short chat, perhaps do a reading or dedication of some kind, then quiet everyone down for a brief meditation. You may be asked to aum or perform concentration or breathing exercises. Do not feel rushed. This is an essential part of your yoga practice. Your yoga class will challenge you greatly in the physical regard, but the centering is a time to check in and connect with the self and the group. Group exercise is very healthy for your brain. By connecting and checking in with yourself and others you will increase the biochemical impact of the exercise class. You receive more mental health benefits from yoga when you perform it with a group. See Spark by Dr. John Ratey for studies on this.
7. Savasana – Final relaxation, done at the end of class, is a time when you should not talk. Definitely if you are feeling uncomfortable in the pose or coughing we understand that you must excuse yourself quietly – Don’t worry about what others will think, take care of yourself. But if you are in savasana and simply feeling restless please wait patiently in respect of others. The time is short, please be patient and force yourself to calm and settle.
It is strongly recommended not to sit up quickly after savasana. You should bend your knees, roll to your right side if you are able to do so (pregnant women should roll left, people with shoulder injuries on the right side may also roll left), and then slowly sit up with your head low and your eyes closed.
At the end of savasana, we sit comfortably. You may be asked to aum. Your instructor will thank you and then the class will say Namaste to each other. Namaste means – “I bow to you.” If you need to continue your rest / savasana, feel free to stay down until you are ready to sit up. Do not feel rushed by the others in class or by the instructor.