Yoga Etiquette – Get on your yoga mat! 

Yoga Etiquette – Get on your yoga mat!

Like starting anything new, it takes time to learn etiquette, behaviors and what’s expected. Yoga is no different. Yoga comes with its own etiquette.

  1. Arriving to class –  It’s really important to arrive on time, or at least 10 minutes before class. There’s nothing worse than people arriving late when you are already in relaxation. If you see others in the room on their yoga mat in relaxation before the class has started, maybe be more mindful of this and refrain from conversations.
  2. Shoes (and Socks!) – off! Generally, studios would prefer to remove your shoes before entering, and socks should be removed before practice. There is no point in purchasing a sticky mat and then leaving your slippery socks on your feet.
  3. Phones – turn them off, or leave them in your car. You will be quite embarrassed if your phone rings during class. If this happens (and it has even happened to me), I advocate owning up and going to turn the ringer off immediately.
  4. Quiet time – if you arrive in a yoga space and other practitioners are already in relaxation, don’t be that person who throws their yoga mat on the floor.
  5. Variations – Keep in mind the level of the class you are attending. If it is an advanced class and some of the poses are a little challenging for you at this point then take a variation which works for you – leave your ego at the door! Conversely, if the class is a beginner class, listen to the teacher, take options which are offered to you. If the teacher offers more advanced variations, then, by all means, go for it – but again, leave your ego at the door!  If someone says, come into prasarita padottanasana and you go in the headstand how will a new student feel? How will it make the rest of the class feel? Chances are they may feel intimidated and not want to return! How will it make the rest of the class feel?  Maybe let go of your ego and listen to your teacher, let go and be in the class, in the moment on your mat! (Hopefully, it’s a Banjaara Yoga Mat 🙂
  6. Savasana – don’t skip it! This final resting posture is so important and should be practiced at the end of each class.

Practice and all is coming –  Pattabhi Jois