Etiquette

While there are no hard and fast rules in yoga, here are some suggestions to make your practice and the practice of those around you a little more peaceful.

Minimum Age Rules

Yogis of all ages are welcome, but we must limit young folk to 16 and older. PLEASE NOTE: Parents or guardians MUST come to the studio and sign the waiver for 16-18 year-old practitioners.

Arrive Early
Getting to class about 10 minutes early can help you sign in, settle in and align your attitude with the purpose of the class. While you’re waiting you can practice a pose, do a few stretches, or just sit or lie quietly, breathe and get centered. We realize, however, that life happens. If you do arrive a few minutes late, put your things away quickly and enter the room ready to quietly unroll your mat. Try your best not to allow tardiness to become habitual. Not only is it disrespectful to the teacher and students who arrived on time, it also takes away from your own practice.

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Respect the Sanctuary
We love to hear feedback from our students and we want you to interact with one another, after all we’re all part of a wonderful community! The yoga room, however, is a place for inner reflection. Once you walk through those double doors try to limit your talking. Chitchatting with your neighbor throughout class can be very distracting to those around you. Save the socialization and conversation for the lobby, before or after class.

Remove Your Shoes
Take off your shoes before entering the studio and, once inside, watch where you step. Avoid stepping on other student’s mats, nobody wants someone else’s footprint right where they’re going to rest their forehead in Child’s Pose!

Silence the Cell
Okay, this one seems like a no brainer, but it bears repeating. The time away from technology can be an important time to invite in some peace of mind, so take advantage and muzzle your mobile… after all, it’s only 80 minutes!

Fresh and Fragrance-Free
Yoga puts a lot of emphasis on the breath and inhaling a lung-full of heavily scented air can all but ruin a practice. Avoid wearing perfume or using aromatic body products before class. Many people have chemical sensitivities or are disturbed by strong scents. Deodorant: Good. Chanel #5: Not so good.

Eyes on You
Try to keep your attention and gaze focused on you throughout your practice. After all, you are the most important person in the room! If you get a little lost or confused it’s okay to take a quick glance around to get back on track but try not to compare or contrast yourself to anyone else. Yoga is an individual journey.

Share with Your Teacher
As yoga teachers, we are here to help you get the very most out of your practice. Share any special health concerns with your teacher before class. Furthermore, if you are injured or tired, skip poses you can’t or shouldn’t do or try a modified version.

Share the Space
As the room fills up during our most popular class times, please work together to create enough space for everyone and a positive flow of energy through the room. Pulling the front row close to the front mirrors and staggering the rows behind allows more people to see the mirrors, and the feeling of being over-crowded goes away.


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Pick-Up/Clean-Up
We love it when practice leaves you in that state of post-savasana bliss. Unfortunately, we’ve found that such a state lends itself to forgetfulness. Do your best to pick up around yourself after class. If you rent a towel, place it in the laundry basket. If you borrow a mat, please clean it off (disinfectant can be found at the back of the room), roll it up, and place it back in the basket. If your water bottle is empty place it in the recycling bin in the lobby. Make a sweep to be certain you are not leaving behind any jewelry, hair accessories, coats, boots, etc.

Don’t Leave During the Final Savasana
If you know before class starts that you need to leave early, kindly let the teacher know. Also, know that Savasana is an essential part of your practice. If you need to leave early, allow yourself a few minutes in corpse pose to reap the benefits of your shortened practice. This also alerts others around you that you plan to leave class a bit early and tends to be less disruptive.

Finally, and most importantly–enjoy your time on your mat and have fun with your yoga practice!