Here are some helpful tips for classes.
Please do not wear shoes into the studio area due to sanitary reasons.
If you have any physical limitations or injuries, please let the teacher know. We can help you modify poses and assist you with the use of props.
The following guidelines will help you reduce your risk of injury:
We offer some basic rules of good yoga etiquette that will help you feel more comfortable about what is expected when entering a yoga studio. They are based on common sense and courtesy, but deal with some issues that are specific to yoga classes and studios.
1. Remove Your Shoes
We have benches with shelves for students to store their shoes while in class. Please put shoes neatly under benches, not out where someone could trip over them. Since people will be walking around the studio barefoot, it is most hygienic if everyone takes off their outdoor shoes first thing.
2. Turn Off Your Cell Phone
Make a habit of doing this as soon as you get to the yoga studio. You will be quite embarrassed if your phone rings during class. If this happens, I advocate owning up and going to turn the thing off immediately. Some teachers prefer that it just be ignored and will let you know of their preference.
3. Arrive On Time!!!!!
Arrive at least 10 minutes before the class is scheduled to start. If you do arrive late, don't enter a class more than 15 minutes late if it has already started. Wait for the next class or another day. If the class is in meditation or centering, wait until the postures have started before you enter the room. Never walk into the class in the middle of meditation! Quietly conduct your meditation outside the room. We understand that there are occasions when arriving late cannot be helped. PLEASE, do not make it a regular occurrence. Arriving on time is a sign of respect for your teacher your fellow students and for yourself.
4. Respect Your Fellow Students
When entering the yoga room, please keep conversation to a minimum. Some students may be using the time before class starts to center and meditate. Be aware of the peaceful space we have created. For some, the studio space is a rare sanctuary of stillness in their busy day. Please be mindful and considerate not to intrude upon their peace. When you enter the studio assume that there is either a class (savasana/relaxation) in session or a body work session in progress. Your fellow students appreciate your quiet consideration. Use this time to meditate. If you must speak, please whisper.
5. Respect the Teacher
When you enter a yoga class, you sign on to respect the teacher for the next hour and a half. You may discover halfway through the class that you don't care for this teacher, style, or hour of the day. But you still should continue with the class, follow the teacher's instructions, take your Savasana, and chalk it up to experience. If you become ill, however, please feel free to let the teacher know, and leave the class. Class will not be held for only one person.
6. Respect Yoga Props & Studio Space
Take care of studio props by carefully rolling mats and putting away bolsters, straps and blocks in a tidy fashion. If you sweat excessively, mat spray is provided for cleaning studio mats. Please always spray and wipe down studio mats after use. If you sweat on a blanket, please do not replace it in the blanket box. Place it in the basket provided, so that it can be laundered. Please, do not chew gum inside the studio.
7. Keep Variations Appropriate
Keep in mind the level of the class you are attending. If it is an advanced class and some of the poses are too hard, it is fine to take a more basic variation of the poses being taught. Usually the teacher will offer this option. If you are attending a basic class, stick to the basic versions of the poses so you don't confuse new students. The teacher will offer you the option to take a more advanced variation when appropriate. When it comes time to take a vinyasa, always feel free to take either Knees, Chest, and Chin and Cobra or Chaturanga and Updog.
8. Go to the Bathroom During Resting Poses
It is fine to leave class for a few minutes to go to the bathroom: There is no need to ask the teacher's permission. The best time to go is when there is a period of rest, either in Child's Pose or Downward Dog. You will not earn your teacher's respect if you routinely dodge out during difficult poses or skip part of Savasana.
9. Don't Skip Savasana!
Your final relaxation in Savasana is an important part of your practice. Don't plan to leave class early. If you must, tell the teacher in advance and take a short Savasana before you go. Don't make a habit of this.